I celebrated the arrival of my first set of dotting tools with this mani. Some of you have mentioned that I only seem to use O.P.I. and China Glaze, so I decided to stay away from both this time and go in for NYX Sheer Shell.
The formula wasn't anywhere near O.P.I. and China Glaze and it took a good three to four coats for some opacity. I also had tip-wear within half an hour or so - all I did was open a door. But I liked this colour, and followed it up with Konad Special Black dots and smaller dots with LA Colors Gold Sparkle. And, trust me, a set of decent - inexpensive - dotting tools produces much better results than toothpicks, bobby pins and pencils. In some cases, *cough, cough* tools won't make much of a difference without practice and in-born dexterity!