Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NotD – Droplets on Denim

You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to come up with this. I got this Catrice polish last week and just couldn’t think of anything to do with (or to) it. In the end a very simple mani was the answer. Sorry, this first image is too bright and cool-toned, the other ones are accurate. Make sure to embiggen them if you want to see the glittery loveliness.

Here’s what I used today:

  • NailTek Intensive Therapy II
  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength
  • Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 350 Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans!
  • claire’s blue glitter polish
  • essence nail art glitter mix 01 glam it up!
  • Seche Vite

First I applied one coat of NailTek and Diamond Strength, two of Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! and one of Seche Vite.

Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! is sneaky. The base is a deep, muted, inky blue and not quite a typical denim blue as the name suggests. It’s a sleek, classy colour, but at the right angle a smattering of fine bright blue glitter appears (plus a few rare non-blue particles). I was pleasantly surprised when this polish proved to be opaque in two coats.
I found Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! to be a bit runny, which can lead to pooling, but that’s easy enough to avoid. Also, this polish isn’t all that shiny, so if you want the glitter to show up I suggest using a nice glossy top coat. Otherwise Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! applies very well. Catrice’s flat brush made for a quick mani, it’s not as wide as OPI’s which is good for folks with narrow nail beds.

Here’s Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! in two coats with top coat:

As this colour is gorgeous on its own I didn’t want to do anything too flashy and I felt that my frequently used nail art colours - black, silver and gold – wouldn’t work with this. So in the end I added a line of blue glitter polish to the tip of each nail and a row of droplet-shaped foil glitter in blue/green before adding another coat of Seche Vite.

Told ya it was extremely basic. And don’t you just love Catrice’s product names?

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