Huh. I’ve seen swatches of Urban Decay Bruise vs. Misa Embroidered Emerald and Orly Galaxy Girl and drooled like a good little polish aficionada. So when I went through my Helmer (yes, I can still fit everything into a single unit) recently and realised that I never swatched s-he 434 – I used it in my recent Thing of Fire mani - I was kinda surprised to find something relatively similar. Not quite as awesome, as the green just isn’t as visible and there is no blue flash, but still gorgeous.
This is what I used tonight:
- NailTek Foundation II
- s-he 434
- Konad image plate m70
- China Glaze Sci-Fi
- Seche Vite
I started by applying two coats of Foundation II, followed by three of s-he 434 and sealed the polish with Seche Vite.
When you apply s-he 434 you’ll find a plummy base densely packed with green, purple and silvery microglitter. There might also be some holo microglitter, but I really can’t say for sure. This polish is reasonably opaque, three coats are perfect, but two would do in a pinch.
The first coat of 434 was very streaky, but it evened out nicely with the second one. I can’t find any fault in the formula, it’s relatively runny and smoothly covers the nail. There are extremely faint brush marks, but those are invisible unless you zoom in Kryten-style. The brush is round and fairly average; I had no problems with it.
This is s-he 434 in two coats without top coat:
And this is s-he 434 in three coats with Seche Vite:
After the base colour was mostly dry I grabbed my Konadin’ supplies, used image plate m70 and Sci-Fi to add a design and sealed it with Seche Vite.
I keep forgetting how quick and easy stamping is (though I did kinda wobble on a couple of nails today ;-) ). The only annoying thing is that my nails are just long enough that some of the corners start to fold down in that weird way – that’s why my index finger and middle finger nails always look rounded, by the way. This means I not only have to roll the stamper across, but also tilt it onto the corners.