It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of green nail polish. Perhaps I was abducted by little green men who also had little green nails.
The latest green lacquer I wore was FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime, which I got free when I renewed my Sally Beauty Supply membership. They sent me a coupon, and that was even more of an incentive to renew.
You haven’t seen many reviews or swatches of FingerPaints nail polishes on here because I think I only have one other bottle (also a green – surprise, surprise). So I was pretty excited to add another FingerPaints polish to my collection.
FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Pictures
FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Anchoring Base Coat
- 4 coats of FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Name: FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (When I renewed my Sally Beauty Supply membership, I used a special coupon they e-mailed for my choice of one free FingerPaints nail polish!)
- Where to Buy: As far as I know, this is found exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores & the Sally Beauty Supply website
FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Review
Guggen I’m Lime by FingerPaints isn’t just lime, but I’d describe it as being like the nail-polish version of a refreshing mojito because it has that sparkle. There’s a radiance about it that really lights up, especially when you see it in the sunlight. It’s a yellow-based green, which is very spring-like.
This is a super-shimmery polish, and the shimmer is extremely fine, so the result is a finish that looks glowy.
If brushstrokes annoy you, this isn’t the polish for you because they’re noticeable. It’s not so strong like those on a chrome/metallic, but it’s noticeable enough that you’ll see it. That being said, most likely only you’ll notice that. People who see your nails at a normal distance won’t really notice it.
Application & Formula
Now, here’s where my review becomes a little sour…like a lime. How fitting!
I loved the colour in the bottle, and that’s exactly what you get on your nails…but to get what you see in my photos, you’ll need 4 (yes, FOUR) coats! That’s terrible to me because the vast majority of the polishes I own (around 600 bottles) only take 1-3 coats to reach opacity. I feel like a fourth coat is a bit much, and considering that this shade isn’t remarkably unique (like a crazy multichrome), it’s not worth using 4 coats.
The only exception is with neon polishes. I don’t mind using 4 coats for those because neons tend to dry lightning fast, so you can use tons of coats and still finish your manicure as quickly as if you painted just 2 coats with a regular polish. But…Guggen I’m Lime doesn’t dry fast. Its dry speed is very typical, so it seemed like using 4 coats took sooooo long for me to finish this manicure.
Keep in mind that the more coats of polish you need to use means that there’s more room for error and for you to mess up your manicure along the way. That’s why I really like polishes that just require 2 coats. Not only is it faster, but there are fewer chances to screw up…hehe!
Also, the formula was extremely watery, so you’re forced to use thin coats unless you want to flood your cuticles! And the formula is also sheer, which forces you to use many coats. This is a very bad combination.
Final Verdict: 5.5/10
The colour is wonderful, and I loved it, but I’m giving Guggen I’m Lime a very low Final Verdict score because the colour wasn’t impressive enough to warrant having to use 4 coats and to deal with such a watery, sheer, fussy formula.
Have you tried any FingerPaints polishes? Which FingerPaints nail polish is your favourite? How often do you shop at Sally Beauty Supply?