Associate beauty editor Alessandra Foresto rarely shies away from a beauty adventure (she's tried everything from a battery-operated teeth whitening light to oscillating mascara), but when it comes to her fingertips she prefers classic, solid colors. Foresto was skeptical about this top coat that promises to create a crocodile-like pattern. "I expected it to have a bumpy texture and to flake off like other shatter polishes I've tried, but it's smooth." She likes layering this polish over a neutral nude or gray shade for a more subdued manicure but suggests wearing a brighter color underneath to really make the special effect stand out. The trick, she adds, is to apply a thinner coat for smaller "scales" and a thicker layer for larger ones.
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