Yeah, it's bumpy. I'm a bit annoyed by bumpy polishes. However, I have figured out a way to make them less bumpy, that I find usually works. You just gotta have a shitload of time on your hands, almost literally, as the best way to even it out is to let the coats dry thoroughly in between. Lastly, to let all the coats to dry for quite a while before slapping on your trusty thick topcoat (I use Nubar Diamont).
Depicted is three coats of Red Velvet. Dried thorughly. Then two coats of Diamont. Still bumpy. So, grab a huge pinch of salt when it comes to my less-bumpy method.
I was also a bit curious of how these typical red glitter in black base polishes really do compare. Because, they all look the same, don't they? Still, buying more...
These are the ones I have: China Glaze's now classic Lubu Heels, Red Velvet and Eyeko Vampira Polish for Gothic Nails, which was gifted to me by the lovely Emybloom not long ago.
In the same order:
Not much different. Lubu Heels was the most sheer. Most dense is the Eyeko. Also, the Eyeko is the most smooth, the one that glides on without much effort, compared to the others.
These have been topcoated, with lots of drying time on between. Vampira needed only one coat. Lubu Heels and Red Velvet needed three to look like this.
Needless to say, Vampira would be my pick, if you own none, want one and can find it. In second place I would put Red velvet, and Lubu Heels in third, because of how sheer it is- sheer but not jellyish.
Swedish word of the day:
svart -adjective black
With a hint of sparkle.