February 12, 2013

Duri- Poison [Swatch]

Here is an exciting pink, Duri- Poison, an extremely bright, neon, medium-toned, hot pink.

I thought this would make for a nice jolt during the coldest month of the year.

Artificial light, four coats:

Mixed artificial & natural daylight:

It's definitely super bright, and makes your skin appear tanner for that reason.

Poison does dry more orange-ish than it appears in the bottle, although some of that difference you see in the photos is a result of the camera sensor spazzing out at the bright ass color.  To the naked eye, it looks just a touch pinker than in the photos, but not much.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:


So, the color is gorgeous, but now for the downside-

Formula:  The formula is pretty abysmal in my book: streaky, and will cuticle drag and create bald patches, so you must work quickly, using few strokes.  Using thick coats helped me; if you underload your brush, that's when you tend to drag patches into the previous layer.  However, the thick coats which prevented bald patches also led to a lot of bubbling, my least favorite nail polish application fail! I don't know if you can see them in the photos.  UGH.

I used four coats, but still couldn't get everything perfectly even.  It does not self-level at all, quite unforgiving, really.  It is sufficiently opaque at three, but I kept going, trying to get everything level.  Oh well.

The only good thing about this formula is that it dries very quickly (to a matte finish- almost like the Illamasqua Rubber finishes.)

And, like most neons/ mattes, it chips super easily, so after all that work, it may not even last you that long unless you wear a topcoat. 

So is all the application trouble worth it?  I'm not sure.  I love the color, I really do.  But, I worked so hard, and still came up short of a smooth, even finish.  Bleagh.  Maybe it'd be better for toes, since the details would be under less scrutiny.


  1. the color is eye searing! wow.
    too bad about the application. When I read about horrible formulas, I am happy that I decided to only keep polishes that apply easy, nicely, and flawlessly (except for a fex HTFs!).

    1. Yea, with soooo many brands and polishes on the market, there is no reason to keep one that is awful to work with. A lot of these bright bright neons do have less-than-stellar formulas though. :/