Dance Legend Thermo 169
The last completely untried thermal in my stash is Dance Legend's Thermo 169.
I bought 169 and another in the same series a good 2 years ago, and then left 169 untried after utterly disliking her sidekick (the colors were all wrong on me and the formula was thick/chippy/streaky/no bueno). Polish wizards that release thermals usually say that the color change is only a sure thing for about 6 months, and then the polish "settles" into a shade somewhere between the warm and cool color, but closest to the original cool one. This long-delayed test-drive is an experiment in thermal pigment longevity, since I know it worked fine when I swatched it on arrival.
169's formula is a pretty perfect consistency that doesn't pool or require much clean-up, but takes about 3 coats to completely cover any streaky places. It dries down to a really interesting finish that to my eyes looks dead-on for powdercoated aluminum, but was flawlessly smooth to the touch. Faux-texture for us texture haters?
Almost instantly on application, 169 was a bright true-metallic silver, and it appeared that way 90% of the time. I never had any visible gradient or french tip effect while going around my regular day. But wait a sec, the silver is this polish's warm color, and it's distinctly different than the nude-pink metallic of the bottle...
|indoor, CF lighting|
Yup, there's a subtle hint of taupe at the free edge here in the macro view...
|wet fingernail contest!|
And there's that warm pink, only captured by dunking my fingers in ice water, and gone by the time I try to dry off. I'm thinking much like my other recent DL thermals, this one is a "cold-sensitive" example, to keep using the lingo that KPT does. It still works perfectly well 2 years later, but it might not be as interesting as it can be until the winter months.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The 3 coats is a little fussy for a metallic silver, but it does shine like crazy and wear like a BEAST. I'll revisit when a chill is in the air to see if it's drama factor ups the love.
Where to buy: check DL's list of international stockists to peruse their thermals.