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Purple & silver nail art & the curious case of the bubbling top coat


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Tonight I have a mystery for you and you may be able to help me solve the case! I did some pretty standard nail art where you paint one end of your nail one colour and the other end another colour and mix it in the middle with a little brush to get a blurred look. I used Sinful Colors Fig (purple) and Australis Foil Spoil (silver). Pretty straightforward you might think. But then after applying Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat – which I always use – this happened:

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Ah! What is that evil bubbling? I hear you scream. That is some baaaaaad bubbling. And to be honest, I don’t know how it happened. When I applied the top coat it didn’t bubble, it was only when it started to dry that it happened.

I have looked up bubbling and so far all the reasons for bubbling don’t apply to me. My nails were clean, I only used one thin coat of each colour, I didn’t shake my bottles and I was just doing my nails at room temperature in my lounge room! I just don’t get it. It happened to every nail.

Anywho, regardless of the bubbles, I really liked this nail art look so here’s some more photos!

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Purple & silver nail art bubbling

Has bubbling happened to you before? Do you have any ideas on why my nails might have bubbled? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

13 thoughts on “Purple & silver nail art & the curious case of the bubbling top coat

  1. Wierd! I have no idea why that happened..! Lol, looks great anyways! dispite the bubbles 😛

  2. It looks great, and I really love that you reversed the colours on your other hand. I never know why bubbles happen, but they drive me bananas.

  3. Maybe a chemical reaction?

  4. I would guess that they bubbled up from you mixing them in the middle. I see the bubbles go towards the tip too, but I bet that’s your problem. When you mess w wet polish on your nails, it seems to create tiny air bubbles under the surface and then when you add your topcoat it allows them to come to the surface. I recently did a sponged-on reverse glitter gradient and got so many bubbles from the sponging of the semi thick glitter base that I thought my nails were ruined. I ended up magically getting the bubbles out and am still wearing those nails today but man it was bad. To get them out I dipped my clean up brush in acetone and then without applying much pressure I lightly wiped it over the bubbled area until the acetone “melted” but didn’t remove the topcoat and after a few wipes it settled into the bubbles and they went away. Wheeeeeewwww I was so relieved. I hate bubbles!!! They just jump outta nowhere and ruin your day! ;p

    • Oh my gosh, I think you’re right! It makes total sense. You shall now be called the nail whisperer, ha ha. The bubbles are frustrating because they come up ages afterwards, it’s not like you can predict when it will happen or anything. 😦 Thank you so much on the advice on how to remove the bubbles, I will definitely be trying it out next time, as I’m sure it will happen again! Grr.

  5. I have theory on bubblings that happens, it could be due to hot weather (which is likely anywhere between 27~35 degree celsius and above). Also, you may have warm hand temperatures. Due to the fact weather was warmer in my country and my hands are warm, I usually polish only in cool air conditioned room (even so, I’d only start when my hands are cold).

    If electric bills get pricey, I’d suggest stocking up ice cubes in refrigerator or cold icy water in the fridge a day before polishing. And when you do, put them in a bowl (big enough to accommodate all 5 fingers) and after polishing your nails, dipped your finger tips into the bowl of icy cold water for at least 5 minutes (or as long as possible).

    So, my hypothesis is bubbling happens when temperature is too hot, it does something funky to the polish formulas and thus not allowing the polish to dry ‘properly’ – no matter how thin the application was.

    Hahaha, somehow I’m beginning to think there is such thing as “ideal polishing temperature” =P

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