White is one of my favorite colors to use as a background for nail art, but I rarely actually use it because I find most white polishes to be an exercise in frustration when it comes to application. I’m always trying new ones to try to find one that I can tolerate. My most tolerated one for painting with to this point was, ironically, one of the cheapest ones out there: Sinful Colors – Snow Me White – even with it, I generally have to rely on my top coat to smooth it and level it out.
During the Christmas sales Barielle was doing these crazy-good-amazing deals with 5 (full sized!) polishes for $5.00/free shipping. This made them exceedingly hard to pass up so I am now the proud owner of a ton of Barielle polish. One of those new colors happened to be a white called Going to the Chapel and with some trepidation I decided to try it out today!
Before I used this polish, I went looking for swatches online – and only found a couple. I was actually pretty surprised because a companies white polish is often one of the best represented (maybe because people are always looking for a good one?). I decided to do one myself to hopefully help out anyone else looking for it.
First off, if you are familiar with the Barielle brand, this is not what their normal bottles look like. My understand was that these bottles were used strictly for these deals. Going to the Chapel is a pristine bright white color.
After my first coat, I felt pretty ho-hum about this polish. Like most whites, the first coat was very streaky. However, even on the first coat I noticed that unlike many whites I have tried, this one began to even out pretty nicely.
The second coat went on much smoother and the few streaks evened out very nicely. The nicest thing is that both coats were quite thin, so my nails don’t have that thick look you can get sometimes after several layers of thicker creme polishes:
Pictured above is two coats plus a coat of Seche Vite and they don’t look thick at all.
Finally, here is a full shot of the polish:
As far as white polishes go, I am quite pleased with this one. For a white creme in particular this leveled beautifully. It looked smooth and even before I applied my Seche Vite and even better afterwards. I’d recommend this white for anyone who likes to use white as a base for nail art. Their everyday bottles retail for $8.00, but if you sign up for the Barielle newsletter they do daily deals during the week, and it might be worth keeping an eye on to see if you can get it in one of their deal sets.