X & D Sand Nail Polish – Purple 51, Green 45, Brown 38
These three X & D Sand Nail Polishes were part of the nail goodies my mom brought home for me a while ago as a thoughtful pasalubong.
I thought she’d purchased them at Divisoria, as I had written in that post, because of how generic the brand name sounded, but I asked her again about it and it turns out they’re actually from Landmark Makati. She told me that she spotted the very same X & D polish at some stores in Divisoria though, and this particular variant is called Sand, due to the finish. The shade names are numbers, but I’ve put them alongside to the polish colors, to be able to refer to them more easily.
I find the ‘sand’ finish of these polishes interesting. As I’ve been saying, I’m (still) a nail polish newbie. I still have many things to learn not just about polish but about nail stuff in general, and I have a meager, though growing collection. I don’t any other polish like these.
They look like regular shimmer polish in the bottle, though when I applied them, I realized they were packed with silvery, metallic shimmers, but they dry to a matte, light sandy-textured finish, hence the name. I recall seeing swatches on a nail wheel of some of Orly’s polishes from their Metal Chic Collection at the store, as well as photos of OPI’s Suede Collection, and the texture of these looks pretty similar to those.
Out of the three X & D polishes, I think my favorite is the neutral, brown hue, 38. It looks pretty elegant on my nails, and I love how it’s a neutral color with a very shimmery twist. It looks quite neat and feminine on my hands. I do like the apple green shade too though, 45, it looks cheerful and lovely for summer days ahead. The purple shade, 51, is the only one I dislike, because although it doesn’t look horrendous on my skin tone, but it is a tad too cool, due to the silver shimmer and the pale, cool purple color of the base.
The X & D Sand polishes are pigmented and are opaque in two coats. These flow smoothly onto the nail , they’re not at all thick or clumpy. And they dry so fast! The surface of it dries in less than a minute, though if I press lightly on it it still feels a little squishy. Two layers seem totally dry in about 15 minutes. Quick, no?
On the back of the X & D polish bottles, it says ‘made in the USA’, but somehow, I doubt it. I assumed these had a cheap price tag, but they’re a lot more expensive than local Filipino brands at about PhP 200 each.
X & D Sand Nail Polish – Purple 51, Green 45, Brown 38 – What I like:
- The interesting texture.
- They dry much faster than other polishes.
- These have a wide brush, almost as wide as OPI’s, and they’re easy to use.
- Very smooth formula.
- Locally available.
- They’re not hard to remove
X & D Sand Nail Polish – Purple 51, Green 45, Brown 38 – What I don’t like:
- The cap on the green one doesn’t screw to a stop.
- They only have numbers for names, which make them a bit hard to recall.
I like the textured finish these have and how fast they dry—really great for when I’m in a hurry! I don’t even need to put a fast drying top coat on it, and anyway that would make the ‘sand’ texture of it glossy. This is cheaper than the US brands being sold locally like China Glaze and Orly, so for something different but cheaper. you can try these.
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