After my last manicure of black polish and multicolored flakie topcoat, I was in the mood for something brighter and more cheerful-looking, so I reached for my go-to color, pink. And by the way, I ended up not liking that dark look as much as I thought I would. With some colors, the longer I wear them the more I like them, but the opposite happened with the black. Even with the bright flakes, I think the dark polish really made my hands look older. Plus the flakes were devilish hard to remove.
The pink I picked is a creme shade from the new Spoiled line from Wet n Wild (CVS exclusive, $1.99) called “Cotton Mouth.” Now why someone would name a happy nail polish color after a swimming poisonous snake is beyond me. When I was growing up, the surest way to keep us kids out of a pond was to spread the story that there were cottonmouths in it. Maybe the name is supposed to suggest how you look after you eat cotton candy.
Like the other Spoiled polishes I’ve tried, the brush is wide and thick. I like wide spatula-type brushes because they cover my nail in just one or two strokes, but this brush is so thick it holds too much polish. I had to keep scraping it off against the bottle opening, and still had too much. It left a few tiny bubbles which are visible in the photos.
It does cover well and dries very glossy. Here are two coats with no top coat, in diffused outdoor light:
The color reminds me of the pink plastic furniture that Barbie dolls tend to acquire. Or bubble gum. I love pink but I don’t think this is the most flattering shade for me and that it makes my skin look a little yellowish. Here it is in direct sunlight:
And with the flash:
I thought about what I could use to change the shade, and got out the Sally Hansen “In a Flash” sheer beige shimmer that I swatched earlier. As a reminder, here’s what In a Flash looks like by itself:
One coat over Cotton Mouth gives a whole new look. In diffuse light:
I LIKE it! Here with flash:
And at a different angle with the flash:
This is a great example of how a sheer tinted top coat can give another polish a whole new look — depending on what you pick, it can brighten, tone down, give a different hue. Cotton Mouth by itself is bright and pretty but it’s not what I’m in the mood for right now. I may feel differently in a few weeks or months, though, so it’s a keeper.