Despite having a slightly thicker formula, the polish dries quickly and evenly for a wonderful glittery effect that will last for about 4-5 days. If you want to use these as a top coat, they are intended to be used mainly on top of a black polish for a truly stand out effect and if you also apply a high shine top coat, you'll get a gorgeous colorful effect, almost like fireworks against a dark night sky. On the other hand if you like the textured look and feel of these fairly coarse glitters, you can quickly build up a nice and solid glitter and for the colors and effect to really pop, I would recommend that you apply at least three coats. The downside of applying several coats of an ordinary nail polish is of course that you make it more sensitive to chipping, since the slightest nudge can really mess up your mani - BUT when it comes to glitter polishes it seems like the more and thicker the layers you apply, the easier the glitter is to remove and you can almost peel it off the nail without having to scrub or use tinfoil or whatever wonderful trick you normally use to get rid of glitter polishes.
From left to right (3 coats, but no top coat):
Isadora 864 Hong Kong
Isadora 866 Dragon
Isadora 868 China Empress
The three shades I got were; 864 Hong Kong which is a luminous almost electric blue with a neon luster and silver specks that reminds me of big city lights and neon signs in the evening, 866 Dragon which is a beautiful jade green that makes me think of the scales of a powerful Chinese dragon and 868 China Empress which is a lovely rusty regal bronze shade that makes me think of a heavy, opulent and lavish brocade in a dress fit for an empress.
They are all gorgeous and eyecatching and as we're seeing out the end of the year of the snake and welcome the year of the horse, I do it with a sparkly Chinese inspired mani, wishing you all a Happy New Year - Kung hei fat choy!