Thursday, April 29, 2010

NotD Angusti Clavi

Or should that be Lati Clavi? But let’s not get into discussions about the relative or absolute width of purple stripes, let’s just look at pretty nail polish (now, as most of you wished, without jump).

Today I used these polishes for my manicure:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Diamond Cosmetics 312 Monarch Masquerade (I got this from Sara’s giveaway)
  • Seche Vite
  • essence color&go 12 Very Diva
  • No7 Stay Perfect Milan 70 (another one from Sara)
  • Sally Hansen Diamond Shine

First I applied my usual two coats of Nail Envy, three of Monarch Masquerade and one of Seche Vite.

Monarch Masquerade really surprised me, it’s an amazing shimmery  reddish purple (if you’re a frequent nail blog reader you already know that cameras tend to swallow part of the red). I could easily have gotten away with two coats, as it’s very pigmented.
The application was great, too. Even the first coat was free of streaks. The brush is a standard round one and works well enough.

This is Monarch Masquerade in two coats without top coat:

And here is Monarch Masquerade in three coats with a coat of Seche Vite:


After the base colour was fully dry it occurred to me that two of the polishes I had right next to my elbow might work nicely with that purple. I cut up some masking tape, stuck it onto my nails and painted over it with Very Diva.

Then I spontaneously decided to repeat the process to add another set of lines in Milan. If I had planned this properly I would have taken the time to alternate and overlap the lines. I finished this manicure up by sealing it with Diamond Shine.

I really like this manicure. It’s very basic, no expensive stencils needed: masking tape works very well, it didn’t destroy the base or leave a sticky residue. I doubt that I’ll buy french tip guides anytime soon. ;-)

Another aspect I like a lot is that the single-coat stripes of Very Diva retain the reddishness of this polish (I’m on my second bottle after using the first one for frankening). And I need to get relatively subtle manicures out of my system before I get my box’o’neons, I seem to have ordered from TransDesign just in time.

Do you buy french tip guides or do you just improvise?

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