On Sunday, after a night of swatching, writing, and scheduling posts (which is my new way to not be a slack-ass blogger), I decided I'd pick my color for the next day or 2, do a mani, take a pic, and be on my way. Unfortunately, I picked a big fat disappointment.
Probably like the majority of people that picked up this polish, I did so because it was supposedly dupish to RBL Scrangie. Truth be told, Scrangie (the polish) had never really grabbed me. It looked pretty enough, but perhaps I'm broken, because swatches of it never gave me a polish-gasm, unlike most normal polish junkies (ha... normal polish junkies, that's an oxymoron). However, I did almost pick it up during RBL's fall sale just because it was LE and Scrangie (the blogger) is one of my favorites. I decided not to, though, because I thought it would be best if I let someone that really wanted it get it, as I had a feeling it would sell out. Then, I read that SH I-D Grape Going, was a close fascimile to RBL Scrangie, so I decided to pick it up. It's pretty enough in the bottle... a shimmery blue-purple, but it didn't have the green flash of Scrangie, but I fgured for $5, that was okay. Afterall, the RBL was 18 bucks.
I picked this up several months ago, when the new Insta-Dris came out, but I just now got around to trying it. OMG. I couldn't get it off my nails fast enough. Before I go too far, here's a pic:
All I can say is "ew". Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think RBL Scrangie is in anyway "ew"-worthy. Granted, I don't own it, but in pics, it looks pretty, it just didn't make me want to pay $18 for it (if that makes sense). However, the flash in this from blue to purple was minimal, and it has a frosty sheen that just made my hands look gross.
Also the formula and application were shit. Pardon my language, but there is no other way to describe it. I've never tried an I-D (just the TC which isn't the same), and I'd heard the brush was troublesome, but I didn't know it was such a PITA. It's like a big mop that slops polish all over your cuticles. I can't imagine how girls with small nail beds deal with it. Also, the formula is hard to deal with. Given the name, Insta-Dri, it's only reasonable to assume that it would dry fast, but this was more irritating than a matte. You have to work very fast, and if you need a second coat, you have to make sure that mop of a brush is fully saturated or you have pulling, and of course, that puts too much polish on your nail, so you are just chasing it around with that irksome brush. Grrr.
All in all, IMO, avoid this polish at all costs. If you wanted Scrangie, but didn't nab it before RBL sold out, fear not because Ji is bringing it back (along with No More War (yay!!!) and Opaque Nude). I realize RBLs aren't in everyone's price range (and they aren't really in mine, if I'm being honest), but for such a specific color, I think it's worth it, especially if you've been lemming Scrangie. And though it doesn't really wow me in pics, I think I'm going to pick it up myself\. I kinda want to see what it's all about. Certainly everyone that raves about it can't be wrong.