Ugh! I have not been looking forward to doing this post because I don’t think I can properly put into words how much I hate this nail polish. As I was browsing at Walgreens the other day I spotted a new wet n wild Fergie nail color display. Of course I wanted to try a polish or 2 but none of them really jumped out at me.
Dutchess looks pretty enough in the bottle. It’s a mix of mostly small blue glitter with slightly larger more sparse purple glitter. Unfortunately between the bad formula and horrible brush this polish was a nightmare to apply. The formula is thick and can get clumpy fast. The brush is even worse. It’s wide but one side was thicker than the other. Due to this, the polish would apply unevenly so the polish would be super thick on one side of the nail and almost non-existent on the other side of the nail. This also makes this a very messy polish to apply!
Despite the fact that the polish is thick I needed 4 coats to get anything close to an opaque color. Plus, even with a thick layer of top coat, the polish was lumpy and not at all shiny. Also, because of the weird brush and thick polish, the polish made my nails look strange. Like they were wider towards the top of my nail bed, which they aren’t.
To try to rectify this situation I did try layering Dutchess over Essie Mesmerize. I had the same problem I had with Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained. Even with just one coat, Dutchess made the manicure uneven and very dull.
So basically…I have no clue what to do with this polish. It was a total bust! I would not recommend this polish to my worst enemy. Except perhaps to drink.
The Fergie nail color display said that these polishes were $3.49 but to my surprise, when I got to the register they rang up as $3.99 (I even tweeted a picture of my receipt!). I asked and this was the correct pricing so just be aware of that.
Below the jump there are bottle and brush pictures as well as more swatches of Dutchess on its own along with swatches of it over Essie Mesmerize.