I hadn't used this particular brand of nail polish strip before. Comparing to ones I have, they're most similar to China Glaze and Incoco as far as packaging and application. The major difference, which I didn't manage to capture on camera, is the Formula X strips are textured. Running my fingers over the design, it felt like tiny smooth pebbles.
I showed up at the conference wearing the strips as shown above; before the first full day of activities, I added a layer of Wet Paint Voice of Raisin to give the silver a purple tone. Here's a shot with the leftmost two nails topped and the right two not; it's a subtle difference, to be sure, but it pleased me. You can see how the Wet Paint jelly settled intot the low spots of the textured strips, which I thought was a neat effect.
All done (I didn't even add clear topcoat because the Wet Paint dried pretty fast on its own, as it was only the one coat on top of the strips):
For the second full day, I added Zoya Monet plus clear topcoat. I loved this combination, with the shifting pops of color from the translucent glitter in Monet.
For the costume party on day two, I'd intended to change to some Kiss imPRESS press-on nails, but got so distracted putting on tons of makeup and big false eyelashes that I neglected to do anything about my nails until I'd already put in my contact lenses, at which point, my detail vision was rather poor (I wear glasses so much of the time that I haven't bothered to investigate multifocal contacts) so dealing with tiny tabs on the adhesive of ten nails didn't appeal, even if I'd had the time, which I did not, so I just popped on fakes on my thumb and index fingers right over the dark strips, which took some of the brightness away from the glittery orange and yellow gradient falsies, but was the best I could manage in the situation.
The fakes were still a fun touch and coordinated with my bright gradient wig (though you can't see the yellow to orange section of the wig in this shot below, as it's trailing down my back).
I was delighted to be able to incorporate my nail polish print skirt into my costume, too.
I didn't want to show up for the closing session the morning after still in my party nails, so I did a late night polish change to OPI Dark Red (yep, that's what it's called, no pun involved; it's from a Merry Fashionista gift set that had this polish and a bracelet with a polish bottle charm) topped with two coats of ILNP Electric Carnival (plus clear topcoat). I didn't get any decent photos of it that night, but fortunately the quick dry topcoat did its job and I avoided sheet marks so I was able to get some shots when I set up my light box that night after driving to visit my Mom on the way home from the conference. Those ILNP flakies are so shifty, even in indirect light.
I have this flakie mani on as I type this. When I pause and glance down, the way the light is hitting my nails they look mostly green, which against the red base is perhaps a bit Christmas-y for this time of year, but since the colors shift as I move, they don't stay that way for long. Since I put this combination on, I almost look forward to having to stop at light when I'm driving so I can flip my hands this way and that and enjoy the show.
UPDATED 11-Mar-2015 to add two photos I'd meant to include but somehow got distracted and failed to. First, while I did no swatching, all that polish I brought did come in handy when a friend asked if I'd do her nails. She wanted blue and not plain, and boy did I have stuff that fit the bill. She ended up choosing a base of Wet Paint Waterfalling for You topped with Zoya Muse plus a stripe of Morgan Taylor time to Shine.
And second, one of the reasons I chose the Stingray strips in the first place was they match my Fluevog heels (Paris in Black Devilfish). This sort of thing delights me so much I don't know why I don't try to do it more often.
Okay, I think now that's all the nail news from the weekend.
The Wet Paint polish in this entry was previously reviewed on this site and was provided to me for free.