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Kmart lips & tips nail polish in Big Bird & Candy Rock and feather effect nail art

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Hello! Tonight I have some new polishes from Kmart to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed I picked up two polishes recently from Kmart that I believe are its home brand called lips & tips after Kmart went through a major revamp of its make-up section (it now only has make-up products in packages – no testers, no random bottles etc; everything hanging from a hook in its own packet). While I don’t like the fact everything now is individually packaged, I do like that it’s a lot easier to find what you want because the displays haven’t been ransacked, which I think is one of the big reasons behind the change. That, and shrinkage of course (ie. shoplifting). And while I’m going on about the revamp I should say Kmart will also soon stock e.l.f – so keep an eye out! How exciting.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird and Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

So as you can see above I picked up two polishes, both AU$3 each, called Big Bird and Candy Rock. Big Bird is a feather effect polish, while Candy Rock is a leather effect polish. On the back of each of their packets it explains how to apply the polish and on both it says to apply a top coat. This is fine for the feather effect polish, but for the leather effect polish I would recommend to not apply a top coat otherwise the effect is spoilt! So I think that is a slight mistake on behalf of the big K.

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Candy Rock by Dry, Dammit!

Candy Rock was very easy to apply and what you see here is two coats without top coat, although I think I should have used another coat as it is slightly sheer. I do really like the effect of the polish and I feel it was worth it, but this polish just took so long to dry! Once it was on though it wasn’t coming off. I wore it for two days without any chips at all. The biggest bummer of this polish though is the awful smell – it really, really reeks. It’s very overpowering when you apply it, and I found myself holding my breath. It just smells really cheap. Once dried the smell goes away though.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird by Dry, Dammit!

Big Bird was nice like Candy Rock to apply. What you see is two coats over one coat essence Ultimate Pink with a top coat of Seche. This did reek like Candy Rock, but not as much. I’m not sure what made this smell “less bad”. This lasted a full two days as well. It dried like any normal polish.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three (for Candy Rock; Big Bird is a glitter top coat so will need undies!)

I decided to do some simple nail art using Big Bird and below is what I came up with. The studs are from essence’s Dark Romance Collection. I did two dabbed coats of Big Bird over one coat ulta3 Acapulco Bliss, but looking at it now I probably should have done more to make the lines look a bit more thick. Oh well.

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Kmart lips & tips Big Bird studs nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Overall I’m not sure how I feel about the Kmart polishes. They do the job but I don’t like that they’re stinky and with Kmart’s buying record I’m not 100% about the conditions in which they’re made. On the package it says made in PRC and that’s it, save for the ingredients. I would like to think they’re made ethically for both animals and humans. I’m probably not buying another lips & tips polish for a while. Thanks for reading!