In my January Glam Bag I received the Balm's Hot Ticket nail polish in Don't Pink and Drive. My experience with the Balm so far is minimal. I picked up a Shady Lady palette I was ogling for my boyfriend's sister as a birthday gift. She said she really liked it. I loved the colors in the palette so I may try it out if I come across it again.
Anyway, back to the polish :) I normally don't go for such bright , pepto bismal type pinks. I lean more toward a pastel or pale pink when purchasing, so I wasn't over the moon about the color I got. When date night rolled around Friday night, I had bare nails so I decided to give it a go. I quickly put on two coats and had to skip a top coat because my little one was not feeling mommy's little "me time" while she was still awake.
So all day yesterday, until this afternoon I really put this polish to the test. Not intentionally either, I just had things I needed to get done. The polish was already on and it wasn't until today that I realized how well it was holding up. I did dishes, washed my hands 11,000 times, scrubbed the hard wood floors on the whole first floor by hand, gave both girl's baths, cleaned the house, laundry, etc. So, this afternoon when I finally had some down time I realized how awesome this polish held up. With no top coat! With my regulars OPI or China Glaze, there was bound to be chipping after doing the dishes or cleaning the floors with no top coat. This bad boy was chip free! I know it was only two days of wear, and I normally test a product longer before reviewing but I was really getting my hands dirty those two days! The fact that I still looked like it was just polished really compelled me to share this with you.
The color was as bright on as it was in the bottle, but it was nice and opaque. The polish dried fast and felt shiny and smooth, almost like there is a built in base/top coat. It stood up to my weekend mommy tasking test, and I'm impressed. I decided to try it out with stamping and it worked like a charm the first time! Not even my expensive regular brands always stamp well the first time, or at all. It's smooth, it's shiny, it's thick, and the color really grew on me. I really think that part of the success of beauty subscription programs and samples, is that you discover products or colors you never knew you always wanted or love :)
Hot ticket polish comes in 34 shades, I believe, and retails around $10 a bottle. Found HERE . It's a bit pricey, as with other high end polishes, but you get what you pay for in this instance. I would definitely try other shades as I am overall super happy with the product.
I mentioned that I tried it out with stamping, this was only about an hour ago, so here's what I came up with:
Hope you liked my review! I know a lot of you got one in different shades in your Glam Bags so I'd love to hear your experience with it. Thanks for reading :)
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