Fing'rs Get Spotted Nail Art Kit
(retail: $6.48 at Walmart)
I don't own OPI Black Spotted, but I've seen enough photos of it to know exactly what it looks like on the nail. So let's see if this is a dupe, shall we?
This kit comes with two mini neon polishes (0.36 oz each), and the Get Spotted Top Coat, which is 0.45 oz and comes in a bottle very similar to the Milani polish bottles (same amount of product as well).
The brush is very thin (not as thin as a striping polish though) and it's cut very cleanly at the end:
I have used this polish over 50 times in various combinations (thick coats, medium coats, thin coats, on bare nails and over various polishes). Here is an example of some of my "finest" work:
After waiting one full hour for the spots to appear
Left to right:
1) One normal coat on bare nail
2) One very thin coat over the hot pink polish that came with the kit
3) One very thin coat over China Glaze Argo
4) One very thin coat on bare nail
Here's the same photo blasted with light so that you can better see the "spots":
Two words: WHOMP WHOMP.
What a bust.
So the first time I used this polish, I didn't take special care to use a very thin coat, and I didn't watch my brush strokes to make sure that I didn't go back over the same brush stroke twice. That was a huge fail. A normal amount of polish on the brush does not get you any spots. Also, if you go over the same brush stroke twice, you won't see spots.
It's the same principle behind crackle polishes--you really must avoid going over the same brush stroke twice, so you need to work from one side of your nail to the other and carefully lay down one stripe of polish, then move to the next and so forth until your nail is covered.
BUT EVEN IF YOU DO THAT, you're not guaranteed to see spots. For the 2nd, 3rd and 4th nails above, I did NOT go over the same brush stroke twice. And as you can see, the spots are very tiny and there are lots of places where no spots appeared, even after waiting an hour for the "magic to happen."
I wish I could say that a thinner coat of polish would guarantee spots, but if you look at the nail on the far right above, you'll see that I used a very, very thin coat and that was not successful. After using this polish literally over 50 times in the past few days, I honestly can't tell you the exact amount of polish you should have on your brush to achieve spots. But I can tell you that it's somewhere between "thin" and "very thin." Seriously, every 10th attempt or so, I'd suddenly see spots. So I'd try to recreate the same conditions and use what I thought was the exact same amount of polish on another nail and...no spots!
Also, I don't really think it matters if you use this polish on bare nails or under a base color. I was able to achieve similar results both over polish and on bare nails.
On the bright side, both of the mini polishes are cute neons that dry very quickly to your standard semi-matte finish. And the Get Spotted Top Coat dries very quickly as well, and dries to a very shiny finish.
FINAL VERDICT: This is absolutely not a dupe of OPI Black Spotted. I tried, and tried, to get this polish to work by using thin coats, thick coats, not retracing my brush strokes, applying over various different brands of polishes and on bare nails and I was never able to achieve results that looked anything like OPI Black Spotted. The best "spotting" that I could achieve was the tiny pin-hole spots you see above. And the most frustrating part is that I can't even tell you how to achieve that, because sometimes this polish works when you use a very thin coat of polish, while other times it works if there's just a tiny bit more polish on your brush. The only thing I CAN tell you is that you're guaranteed to see no spots at all if you use a medium or thick coat of polish and you go over your brush strokes a second time. Other than that, I'm afraid I can't help you. I just can't recommend this kit, unless you're an optimist and think you can somehow get it to work. In which case, please do tell me how you did it!
Do you own the Fing'rs Get Spotted kit? If so, please tell me how it's working for you (please!).
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