When I picked up Indian Ocean, as part of a 3 for 2 in Boots, together with Aqua Violet and Ibiza Mix I had a feeling it would need to be layered and had picked out Illamasqua's Caress in my mind as a suitable candidate. In the end I raided my draws for a range of colours to play with.
Models Own Indian Ocean
Essie Mint Candy Apple - Barry M Cyan Blue 295 - alone - Illamasqua Caress - Eyeko Rain Polish
2 layers of each colour and 2 layers of Indian Ocean
And the verdict, well despite the fact that you can see the nail tip - a pet hate - through 4 layers of Indian Ocean, I actually think I preferred it to over any of the colours I chose. It gave much more of the mysteriousness and vibe of the ocean than over a soild base. And given that all 4 of the pale colours I'd chosen needed 2 coats to achieve a good solid baseline, 4 coats of Indian Ocean actually ends up as the quicker option. It dries pretty quickly because of it's sheer nature, making it a quicker manicure than with a slower drying creme base.
That saying, It's a nightmare to photograph - you get the reflection, but it looks white or gold, never the pink it is in real life. These pics are 2 separate attempts at capturing the glow, second time round I even upped it to 3 top coats of Indian Ocean to try and get that gleam.
Best pic I took of it was of the drop I spilt on the kitchen table ;p
3 layers of Models Own Indian Ocean over 2 each of L-R:
Illamasqua Caress - Models Own Indian Ocean - Essie Mint Candy Apple - Barry M Cyan Blue 295
Eyeko Rain Polish
Indian Ocean is one of this year's additions to the Beetlejuice collection priced £5, though I bought it on 3 for 2 in Boots and there are buy more offers available on the Models Own website.