Today I might rant a little and I apologize for that. Today is also a comparison post day!
I was at Lawtons Drugs and saw a bunch of Essies on display so I picked up Action. I hadn't seen swatches of it yet but I was really curious because it looked like a bright coloured cantaloupe that I have been looking for! You know when you imagine a shade in your head and decide you need to own it? Well that is me and the colour of cantaloupe. Well I got action home and tried it out. Originally I was excited because it seemed to be drying to a satin finish on the first coat and I realized this shade was from their summer neon collection. I was like "A JUICY NEON CANTALOUPE! COOL!" But I soon came to be VERY disappointed.
It was drying MUCH darker than bottle colour. Like, beyond what you'd expect. No, this shade is not actually cantaloupe on the nail at all. Its much darker. Not so dark as to be a traffic cone neon orange, it is more of an awkward orange. Also, for me the formula was no bueno. It was sort of goopy.. but managed to be thin enough to fall off the upper end of the brush while I was painting. It was sort of streaky. I needed four coats to get rid of visible nail line. I needed THREE over white to make everything even. I was unhappy. I liked how it was neon though. I thought it might compare to China Glaze Sun Worshiper, another yellow toned neon orange.
|Bottle Shot of Action. I would have suffered through the formula if it ACTUALLY looked like this colour on the nail.|
These pictures are:
Index and Ring: four coats Essie Action
Middle and Pinky: three coats China Glaze Sun Worshiper
All have topcoat.
Okay, so Action is nice in its own way. It does have a nice "Squishy" look to it. I will probably wear it again because of that. If you are willing to put up with the formula, and want a neon orange that isn't traffic cone or too yellow.. go for it. I am the type of girl who usually puts up with a bad formula if the colour is a good trade off (Hi, Sun Worshiper). I think most of my disappointment stems from the fact that it is NOT bottle colour. ITS WAY DARKER. I was expecting my dream cantaloupe colour to have finally found me but I guess I have to keep looking.
Anyone know of any nail colours that are the colour of a ripe cantaloupe? Anyone else have problems with the formula/colour of Action? Did I get a bad bottle?