I picked up two of the new Revlon Nail Art Frenchmix duos a little while ago, and today I'd like to share with you the first of them. The concept of the Frenchmix duos is simple: they're double-sided polishes in coordinating colors (some more bold and daring in terms of color pairings than others). Kiss & Tell contains two shades that naturally go together: yellow and orange.
You can use these duos in a variety of ways: for a traditional French manicure, a half-moon manicure, a reverse half-moon manicure (AKA ruffian manicure) or anything else where two shades might come in handy. And of course you can also wear each shade on its own.
Let me first tell you that what you see in the photos or my nails was my SIXTH attempt at creating a French manicure with these polishes. I won't bore you with all the things that went wrong during application, but I can sum it up like this:
1) These polishes are both sheer AND streaky. What you see above is after two coats to my nail bed and one (thick) coat on my tips. You can see the streaks best on my pinky nail (far left), but in person it's more apparent on all of my nails. I know that I could have used a white creme base color underneath these polishes to make them more opaque, but I really wanted you to see what these polishes look like in their "natural" state.
2) To achieve a streak-free look (with either color) you absolutely need three or more more coats. The problem with that? Well, these are French manicure polishes, which means they're supposedly designed to create a French manicure, right? I don't know about you, but I'm not great at free-handing French tips, so I must use nail guides (like these). But when I applied three coats of polish and THEN tried to use a nail guide, the polish was so thick on my nails that when I removed the guide, it lifted the polish right along with it. I tried to wait longer to let the polish dry, but even after three hours, I had a problem (see my index finger on the far right above). Even after three hours, the nail guide lifted the polish right off my nail. So...you can either paint your nails and wait half a day to apply a nail guide, or use one coat of polish (sheer and very streaky) and use a nail guide without any issues. If you're good at free-handing your tips, then this obviously isn't going to a problem for you and you can disregard this paragraph completely.
3) When painting the tips of my nails, I didn't want to mess around with two coats because that would mean the nail guides would have to sit for a longer period of time on my nails. So I decided to use a thicker coat for my tips, and that does provide a more opaque look. BUT, that also creates bubbling. You can see the bubbles on my two middle fingers in the above photo if you look at the tips.