Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NotD – The Future Isn’t Necessarily Shiny

I had no idea when I started to remove my chipped polish what I was going to do today. In the end I grabbed a few polishes I still had lying around my desk and started to paint.

Here’s what I used today:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • LOOK by BIPA Diamond Hardener
  • China Glaze Sci-Fi
  • essence multi dimension 65 midnight rocker
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 3 black
  • MNY 407A
  • Seche Vite
  • essence matt top coat

First I applied a coat of each treatment, two of Sci-Fi and sealed the polish with Seche Vite.

Sci-Fi is one of China Glaze’s lovely Khromes, a pale purple metallic polish. Like the rest of the collection this is great for stamping (though you have to work quickly), an excellent base for glitters and it the pigmentation is amazing. Two thin or one thick coat will be fully opaque.
This polish applies beautifully. The only flaw is that Sci-Fi shows off every ridge and bump, so a good smooth base is vital. There are very minor brush marks. China Glaze always use a slender round brush; it works well enough, though I prefer flat ones.

Here’s Sci-Fi in two coats with Seche Vite:

After the base colour was dry I painted a curved stripe of midnight rocker and the black liner.

Then I added a partial coat of MNY 407A – the larger segment and the stripes - and another layer of Seche Vite.

Lastly, part of each nail – the narrow sliver plus stripe - was mattified with matt top coat.

The whole glitter and matte thing isn’t terribly obvious.
How do you like to wear your Khromes and other metallics?

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