When I buy polish one of my main criteria is will it work for nail art? If it won’t cover in one to two coats or paint in thin lines or small details, the chances are, no matter how beautiful a polish is, it will sit on my wishlist for another day. I’m not sure what pushed me to buy Hat Trick as I suspect it won’t be of much use for nail art except as a base. Still, it’s a rather beautiful polish.
I used two coats for these swatches and while to formula was smooth and easy to work with it does suffer from the dreaded brush strokes if you’re not careful. Luckily they’re not too obvious at the sort of distance most people look at your nails. It occurs to me that a lot of my pics show my nails at twice the size they actually are!
Hat Trick looks quite purple under flash but in normal light it’s more mauve and the colour shift to a browny-olive really starts to show through. The other day I read that some photographers use glycrol on plants and flowers when doing macro photography. I wish I’d thought of that when I was swatching this polish as I bet a few drops would have really brought that colour shift out.