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After my first experience trying glittery Lynnderella Mercurial (read about it here), I was a little… well, unhappy.

It was nowhere near as shiny or as grey as I had seen in other pictures. The glitter pieces did not show their true colours, mainly because of the many, many coats I had used. You may recall I did not use a base colour, so had to reapply coats in order to get full coverage.

Yesterday I was still wearing my beautiful A-England Guinevere when I decided to give Mercurial another shot. Guinevere is a pale mauve–not exactly the colour you may think of using as a base with Mercurial. But I decided to try it.

I used only one thicker coat of Mercurial as I did not want its charcoal base “staining” the glitter. I also used a coat of Gelous, followed by OPI’s top coat.

Here is the new pic vs the old one below.

What do you think? Is Mercurial better on its own or with a base colour?

I have dreamt of this nail polish. If I was obsessed before…. things certainly only got worse when I saw a stunning photo of Mercurial. And stunning it was.

The hunt for Lynnderella Mercurial began. I contacted the lovely woman whose creation this was, but soon realized that Lynnderella polishes were a hot commodity and difficult to get your hands on, especially if you do not reside in the US. Enter cult polish site Llarowe, where you can purchase not only the stunning Lynnderellas, but also a variety of other incredible polishes including A-England (see one of my reviews here) and Glitter Gal.

Mercurial is, in a word, special. The polish is in a sheer charcoal base, and is densely packed with lavender, silver and black glitter, ranging in size from tiny sparkles to larger hex pieces. Its description does warn that “application requires moderate patience and skill.” Definitely. Some of the very large pieces were curled somewhat, and required a little manipulation to get them on the nail correct side down.

I did not use a base colour this time around, but I think I will the next time. Due to the sheerness of this polish, I found myself having to reapply multiple times to get nice coverage, which in turn covered many of the glitter pieces with colour. You will also need multiple coats of topcoat for smoothness.

So….? What do you think?

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