FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Swatches & Review

FingerPaints-Guggen-I'm-Lime-Swatches-ReviewIt’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of green nail polish. Perhaps I was abducted by little green men who also had little green nails. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The latest green lacquer I wore wasย FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime, which I got free when I renewed my Sally Beauty Supply membership. They sent me a coupon, and that was even more of an incentive to renew.

You haven’t seen many reviews or swatches of FingerPaints nail polishes on here because I think I only have one other bottle (also a green – surprise, surprise). So I was pretty excited to add another FingerPaints polish to my collection.

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FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Swatches

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Finger Paints Guggen I'm Lime Swatches & Review


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Key Notes

  • Name: FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: Nothing! (When I renewed my Sally Beauty Supply membership, I used a special coupon they e-mailed for my choice of one free FingerPaints nail polish!)
  • Where to Buy: As far as I know, this is found exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores & theย Sally Beauty Supply website

FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Review


Guggen I’m Lime by FingerPaints isn’t just lime, but I’d describe it as being like the nail-polish version of a refreshing mojito because it has that sparkle. There’s a radiance about it that really lights up, especially when you see it in the sunlight.ย It’s a yellow-based green, which is very spring-like.


This is a super-shimmery polish, and the shimmer is extremely fine, so the result is a finish that looks glowy.

If brushstrokes annoy you, this isn’t the polish for you because they’re noticeable. It’s not so strong like those on a chrome/metallic, but it’s noticeable enough that you’ll see it. That being said, most likely only you’ll notice that. People who see your nails at a normal distance won’t really notice it.

Application & Formula

Now, here’s where my review becomes a little sour…like a lime. How fitting!

I loved the colour in the bottle, and that’s exactly what you get on your nails…but to get what you see in my photos, you’ll need 4 (yes, FOUR) coats! That’s terrible to me because the vast majority of the polishes I own (around 600 bottles) only take 1-3 coats to reach opacity. I feel like a fourth coat is a bit much, and considering that this shade isn’t remarkably unique (like a crazy multichrome), it’s not worth using 4 coats.

The only exception is with neon polishes. I don’t mind using 4 coats for those because neons tend to dry lightning fast, so you can use tons of coats and still finish your manicure as quickly as if you painted just 2 coats with a regular polish. But…Guggen I’m Lime doesn’t dry fast. Its dry speed is very typical, so it seemed like using 4 coats took sooooo long for me to finish this manicure.

Keep in mind that the more coats of polish you need to use means that there’s more room for error and for you to mess up your manicure along the way. That’s why I really like polishes that just require 2 coats. Not only is it faster, but there are fewer chances to screw up…hehe!

Also, the formula was extremely watery, so you’re forced to use thin coats unless you want to flood your cuticles! And the formula is also sheer, which forces you to use many coats. This is a very bad combination.


  • Radiant, refreshing lime
  • Heavy shimmer is glowy

  • Sheer & watery formula
  • Requires 4 coats to achieve bottle colour

Final Verdict: 5.5/10

The colour is wonderful, and I loved it, but I’m giving Guggen I’m Lime a very low Final Verdict score because the colour wasn’t impressive enough to warrant having to use 4 coats and to deal with such a watery, sheer, fussy formula.

Have you tried any FingerPaints polishes? Which FingerPaints nail polish is your favourite? How often do you shop at Sally Beauty Supply?


10 thoughts on “FingerPaints Guggen I’m Lime Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angie!

      Plus I feel like other brands have very similar colours that are more opaque in fewer coats. Oh well, at least I tried it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I hope the only other FingerPaints polish I have isn’t as sheer as this. It’s a dark green in the bottle…We’ll see!

  1. Pamela

    I have this color also and unfortunately, after doing the four coats to make this opaque, it made my skin tone look like I had jaundice, so I had to take it off. I own a TON of China Glaze polishes though and this is the only one I’ve found that is that thin.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Pamela!

      Hahahaha, sorry for laughing, but I know exactly what you mean about this colour giving your ‘jaundice nails’. It is a sickly colour. (I tend to like a lot of sickly greens…but also healthy ones, too.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yeah, China Glaze usually has great formulas, but this FingerPaints one was my first time trying a polish from this brand. Hope that not all FingerPaints apply so sheerly.

  2. Kelly

    Hey love!!! Hope your doing well. I actually think this color is pretty and Im not really into green nail polishes unless its like a mint green or at Christmas time. I always see these finger paint polishes at CVS, I’m gonna have to pick one up now!!)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      How have you been? Enjoying the weekend so far? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I only have this and one other FingerPaints polish. Hope that other shades apply more opaquely because I didn’t like how it took 4 coats for Guggen I’m Lime. Still, I do like the spring-like shade. And maybe because it’s sheer, it would look interesting as a layering polish. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to try that.

      Which colour(s) do you think you’ll pick up?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Yup – 4 coats is definitely a no go. I can’t see myself wearing this again solo because it’s too much effort to get this colour. Although I’m curious to see what it might look like with one coat layered over another polish…Nail-polish experiment!

  3. Marta

    I love this shade!…. not so much the tricky application you mention. This lime-green shimmery color is reminiscent of Cult Nails Deal With It which took me by surprise and won me over (it too is 3 coats).

    I have the finger pain flakies… but that is it.
    Yaay for free product though right!? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      When I compare this to the photos of Deal With It on your blog, I definitely like Deal With It more. I think that’s more lively than the FingerPaints one.

      You’re very lucky to have those flakies! I dilly dallied and missed out on getting Twisted.

      Yes, I’m glad that I got this as a freebie for renewing my Sally Beauty Supply membership. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I had bought it with my own money, I think I’d feel buyer’s remorse. Crazy for me to say that because it’s greeeeen! :O


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