A parcel arrived a couple of days ago with a triplet of new Striplac colours – two bright blues and a confetti topcoat. The colours are much more true on the labels than I’ve come to expect from this range of peel off gels by Alessandro International, a German manufacturer (see previous posts). In case you think I’m mad buying three shades at once, the standard postage is £5 whether you buy one or six products!
Deep Ocean Blue is a clear cobalt, very striking
Hula Aruba, a bright turquoise, like the sea off Greece
Portand Dream, bright coloured dots in a clear gel which is shown as topcoat on the website. I’m not sure whether this is a a sealer the same as the twincoat, or something which has to have that on top as well but I’ve emailed Alessandro and am awaiting a reply. * Update: I never heard back from Alessandro (such good customer relations!) but tried it out and confirm it is a topcoat.
The last two are special edition colours, only available for a short time so if you like, better hurry over to the Alessandro website.
Deep Ocean Blue reviewed
Shrinks all round when applying which is a nuisance. I couldn’t finish five nails before the first had crept back on all edges. The only way is to do two or three, slip them under the light to semi-harden, then do the others and cure for a full minute. The second coat went on better but a third may have been necessary for full opacity. I decided the colour, although with the usual Striplac shine, was too flat for me and added a final topcoat of standard glitter polish in turquoise. I think it will be a lovely colour in the darker winter months.