Friday, November 5, 2010

NotD – Grape Juice in SPAAAAACE

Pardon the yelled title, but there’s no good way to make text echo-y (or is there?).
I had the sudden urge to wear this old favourite again, I really have neglected my older polishes. But I guess that’s one of the symptoms of lacquerphily, I always have a few untrieds lying around.

Here’s what I used for this NotD:

  • NailTek Foundation II
  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength
  • China Glaze Grape Juice
  • China Glaze Sci-Fi
  • Seche Vite
  • light purple rhinestones

I started by applying one coat of NailTek and Diamond Strength, followed by four coats of Grape Juice and Seche Vite.

Grape Juice is one of China Glaze’s glass-flecked Summer Days lovelies, a gorgeous mid-purple packed with an especially pretty mix of silvery, pink and purple microglitter. This polish isn’t very opaque, so it requires serious building up or layering to get full coverage. Even the four coats I applied didn’t suffice.
One thing you have to very careful about with this (and all other Summer Days polishes I own) is the amount of polish applied. Grape Juice is very runny and therefore prone to pooling around the cuticles – this happened to me twice today, which actually isn’t that bad, considering that I applied fifty coats (eep) of Grape Juice. Other than that it applies beautifully and surprisingly even, considering the low opacity. I like China Glaze’s round brush, it’s easy to control, but I don’t love it.
As always, remember that the camera swallows part of the red spectrum, so the swatches are a bit on the blue side.

This is Grape Juice in two coats without top coat:

And here’s Grape Juice in four coats with Seche Vite:

Today’s design is another incredibly simple one. First I used a short striping brush and Sci-Fi to paint a random wavy line onto each nail.

Then I added another coat of Grape Juice and a few rhinestones and sealed the manicure with two coats of Seche Vite.

I really like this one, it’s pretty much monochromatic but still interesting. And I feel that I didn’t add too much that might detract from Grape Juice’s innate yumminess.

Which Summer Days polish is your favourite (I absolutely can’t decide)?

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