Remember when I was obsessed with tracking down the limited edition Face of Australia Glitterati nail polishes a couple of years ago? Probably not. But the fixation was real. With the help of friends, I managed to find and buy all 8 polishes in the collection. After the pursuit was over though, I immediately lost interest (gotta love human nature). Recently, I was drawn again to Boogie Wonderland as I remembered it'd been a long time since I last wore it. It's a milky, multicoloured confection packed with "small orange, blue, purple and magenta hex glitter with blue and green curls, iridescent bars and huge holographic hexagonal pieces in a whitish blue base". And yes, I had to quote myself just then, since I evidently was much more observant and descriptive with nail polish back in 2013. I don't think I could have come up with that now if you asked me.
I decided to paint a base of Nails Inc. Porchester Square since Boogie Wonderland is a pale blueish-white on its own. That means it's perfect for transforming any base colour to a lighter, more pastel version of itself. In the pictures, my nails look more blue, but in real life it's more of a pale, ever so slightly purplish mushroom/taupe/grey shade.
What I love about Boogie Wonderland, apart from the fact it looks like someone unleashed a party popper on your nails, is that it's a brilliant layering polish. There's a translucency to it which means it won't completely overpower any colour you paint underneath, but the formula remains very smooth, not too thick or thin, and a breeze to apply evenly. I needed only 2 coats to achieve the glitter density pictured, which I thought was pretty impressive given how much is going on. I was able to get a good mix of everything without having to try too hard to achieve a balanced spread.
As always, I painted a coat of my beloved Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat to seal everything in and speed up the drying process. In the past few days, I've received multiple compliments and people asking me if my nails are shellac. I tend to get bored of nail polish easily (it's not uncommon for me to get rid of a nail polish only a day after painstakingly applying it the previous night), but this combination has been going strong for a week now with no signs of imminent disinterest.