When I took off the Cut It Out strips, I saw no new damage on my nails so could keep most of the length that had grown out since I last took a file to them; that was encouraging. I wasn't up for another treatment week, so I just used Nail Envy as a base coat and then my usual routine of Instant Artificials, color, and Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat. The color in this case was Butter London Toff, one of the shades from their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. Butter's website describes this as "A darker, dustier, brownish variation on a rose pink." Against my skintone, it pulled more purple than pink, which of course was fine by me. I used two coats.
It's been a while since I did a product line-up; here are all the bottles I used for this mani:
I am disappointed to report that Toff did not wear well on me. By day three, I had enough chips that I needed to do some touchup. As far as I could see, the chips couldn't all be blamed on a weak/peeling nail underneath, either, as is sometimes the case when Mr. Peelies is on a rampage. By day four, it was so bad that I did a complete coverup, adding one coat of Studio M Alter Ego, a dusty purple shimmer (this is the same as Color Club Alter Ego). The gold in Alter Ego really seemed to pop on the Toff base.
With a layer of the Sally Hansen top coat on top of the Alter Ego, the mani lasted out the rest of the week with no chips.