Now, I have to be totally honest here: I’m not a huge fan of textured polish. I’m reeeeeeeeally not a fan, really, really. But! I always have an open mind at trying new things and reevaluating my opinions, so when I got the chance to try the Jessica Effects The Touch nail collection, I put aside my misgivings aout texture polishes and vowed to try these with an open mind.
And… I was pleasantly surprised. No, seriously!
The strength of The Touch nail collection is in its colour editing: the shades chosen are carefully edited and serve to compliment the textured finish and not overpower it. The addition of cream finish lacquers is something I particularly enjoy, because more and more these days I appreciate simplicity in nail polish. I don’t need or want every lacquer to be a clashing glittery confection, you know? A textured polish collection should be about the texture and finish first and foremost, and this collection allows that finish to shine.
The texture of The Touch nail collection is a fairly standard grit finish, albeit somewhat finer than some of the other textured polishes I’ve tried in the past year or two. It doesn’t settle on the tips of my nails or pool along the seam between lacquer and cuticle which, as I’ve extensively detailed before, drives me absolutely crazy. I’m super texture orientated and any kind of non-uniformity in texture or finish on my nails will inevitably see me worrying at my talons until they break, so I appreciate the fact that these polishes are fine enough to not send me into a fussing tailspin.
Touch It is an antique gold metallic polish with a mix of very fine golden microglitter and larger gold glitter pieces. Application was a smooth single coat, with full coverage and smooth glitter coverage without any lumps or bumps. This was the first lacquer in the collection that I tried and it’s easily my favourite – the textured finish works brilliantly with the metallic sheen to create a muted, lustrous look that’s elegant, not blingy.
Excite Me is a dusty lavender creme that was fully opaque in two thin coats. I can occasionally have difficulty wearing purple lacquers against my cool-toned fair skin, but Excite Me performed flawlessly. It’s striking without being too gaudy or bright, but not so muted that it looks washed out or flat. Purples can be hit or miss for me, but this was a huge hit (and I’d love the same colour in a regular cream finish!).
Ruff & Ready is a rosy polish studded with silver microglitter and larger silver pieces. Despite the brash and swagger of its name, Ruff & Ready is a surprisingly delicate twist on such a feminine staple colour. Rose pink is a longstanding favourite of mine and this polish continues that tradition! I applied two thin coats for a full finish, although I could’ve easily gone with one thicker coat and achieved the same result.
The somewhat incongruously named Chills Down Your Spine is a sweet pastel pink cream. This was the most finicky polish out of this collection in terms of application; two thin coats weren’t quite enough to give full coverage, but any more layers would’ve made for a thick chunky finish.
White Hot is a crisp white pearl lacquer. The pearl shimmer is only visible in the bottle though, as on the nail White Hot looks like a flat white cream. I used two thin coats for a full coverage finish, although this was somewhat tempered by White Hot being noticeably thicker than every other polish in this collection.
While I’m generally a big fan of stark white polishes, I’m not a huge fan of white textured polishes. White Hot showed up every skerrick of dirt and got grimy looking very quickly, even when sealed with a top coat. It’s a nice idea in theory, but impractical in the real world.
Give Me Goosebumps is a bold grape purple glitter with loads of silver microglitter and large silver glitters. It was fully opaque in a single coat, with smooth glitter distribution and no pooling or patchy spots.
With its tightly edited colour selection and fine grain finish, The Touch nail collection is an excellent example of textured lacquer polishes done right. I’m still not sold on the concept of texture polishes, mind you, and I don’t think I ever will be, but even with that in mind: these are really, really good nail polishes. This is my first time using Jessica lacquers and on the strength of Excite Me and Touch It polishes alone, I think I’ll definitely be chasing down some more polishes to try. Just, y’know, the regular finish ones.
These items were kindly provided to swatchgirl.com.