Rating System: Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent
Brand: Models Own
Finish: Duo-Chrome / Metallic
“3 Free”: No
Base Coat: Essie Sensitivity Base Coat
Top Coat: Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat
Price: $8 USD, $8 CAD, €6,30 EUR, £5 GBP
Availability: I picked my bottle of Golden Green up directly from Models Own during a 50% off promo a while back. They ship internationally as does Ninja Polish who also carry Models Own products. Models Own is readily available throughout the UK at stores like Boots, Next, Republic, and Very.
My Two Cents: First of all, I typically do not use polish that is not “3 Free,” but I had heard such rave reviews about Models Own that I decided to make an exception. Well that and I had been drooling over swatches of the Beetlejuice collection for ages. With that said, it’s not something I will be making a habit of.
Golden Green goes on a bit sheer initially but becomes more opaque with that second coat. You could get away with just two coats, but I went for a third and was glad that I did as it seemed to just do the trick. The duo-chrome effect of this tends to lean more toward the subtle side but it’s beautiful nonetheless. I was rather impressed with the durability as I wore this for a good five days before I noticed any chipping and I am pretty hard on my hands and nails.
One thing I did not like was that the Models Own nail lacquers do not smell nice at all. I figure that is just a side effect of them not being “3 Free” though. Personally I don’t understand why their entire product line isn’t because they do have a “PRO” line that is “3Free.” Hopefully in the not too distant future, Models Own will step up and reformulate the rest of their polishes.
Tips: Work quickly and carefully with a decent amount of product on the brush and do slightly thinner coats to help prevent the appearance of brush strokes. Also, always be sure to start with a good base coat and finish with an equally as good top coat to ensure that your manicure lasts longer.
Something Similar: Ozotic – 507, China Glaze – Rare & Radiant & Agro, Top Shop – Hidden Treasure, and if you’re looking for something more high end then check out Chanel – Peridot.
I apologize for the fact that some of my swatch pictures aren’t the best, but I always seem to have a difficult time trying to capture the duo-chrome effect on camera. Also, I have a new feature for girlintheglasses.com in the works. I should have the first of these new posts up very soon, so keep an eye for that. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.