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Color Club Blue-Ming Ding

I'm currently on a stringent No-Buy. For my non-polish addict readers, this means I'm on a self-imposed, zero-tolerance, polish purchase restriction. As a side note, I am WAY better at being on a No-Buy than my sister. She's purchased like 42* polishes since her No-Buy began a week ago...she meant, Thursday...er...yesterday...um...starting NOW.  So anyway, imagine my excitement when my July Birchbox included a mini Color Club Blue-Ming. I've never tried Color Club. I'm so OCD that I hate to buy new brands because then I have to have MANY of that new brand so my polish racks are tidy. I know. Craziness.

I'll start with the good news first. I don't have anything exactly like this. Blue-Ming is more green than blue. Darker than China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and brighter than China Glaze For Audrey. After two coats, I stamped all ten nails with a fishnet pattern in Konad White.

Color Club Blue Ming

Now for the bad news. Unfortunately the Blue-Ming formula was the absolute worst thing I've ever tried. Ever. It was a splotchy, draggy, catastrophe. I was so shocked, in fact, that I was sure Birchbox had unloaded a crateload of rejected Color Club stock in their boxes. But a quick google search revealed I'm not the only one who's experienced this phenomenon with Blue-Ming. Here's a quick phone pic after the first coat. I wish I'd grabbed my good camera instead because this pic doesn't do the hot mess justice. Has anyone else had this problem? I did all of the customary preparatory steps and I didn't use a base coat (shame on me) so I can't blame that.

Color Club Blue Ming

The second coat helped but I had to make it thick and it was a ton of work. Many people online went for a third coat to get the color smooth. But I refuse to do that for a creme polish. It's too much trouble. So instead I resorted to stamping. The stamping redeemed the mani and I ended up a happy camper.

*actual number of polishes has been exaggerated for effect