As a result of me not taking care of my hands, it's not really suitable for me to get gel/acrylic nails. Instead, I have a slight obssession of nail polishes. Although I don't collect many of them, I do have a favourite. It's the Majolica Majorca Artistic Nails/Nail Colour.
These are darling little things. Just look at the bottles! At about $5 a pop for 5mL, it's kinda expensive for such a small bottle. But of course being a Japanese brand, this meant quality.
I love these nail polishes. They don't chip, they have buildable color and they're so nice and sparkly. Since you can build up the color, these are great to make a gradient effect, which I always do whenever I use these polishes.
The polishes stay put for I'd say, a week or so before starting to chip on the edges. I don't take care of my hands, otherwise they probably could last longer than that.
I use the PA topcoat after the MJ polishes. As I've said earlier, they are very sparkly, so there's tons of glitter in them. It tends to feel sandy if you don't put a top coat on. I belive all the nail polishes have glitter in them.
Another great thing about these polishes is they dry very quickly. I hate sitting around not being able to do anything while my nailpolish dries. So this is a major plus!
SV831 from the 2007 winter collection
OR203, PK401, GR102 are from the 2007 s/s collection. I don't quite understand why it's labelled as GR102 when it comes out more blue than green.
All are available on Adam Beauty, JPMon, or Ichibankao.
My usual gradient looks. I did a horrible job on the PK401 though. In order to get these looks, put a thin layer on the whole nail. Next from the middle of the nail, add another thin coat. Then add another thin coat on the area where you would paint to get that french manicure look. Finish with a top coat. Of course you would let it dry inbetween the coats first.