Sunday, August 14, 2011

NotD - Firefox

If you read the post’s title you already know what I’ve gone and put on my nails tonight.
I’ve been using Firefox for many years now and am not planning to switch any time soon. There are a bunch of reasons, most importantly all the lovely extensions, not all of which are available for other browsers. But this isn’t supposed to be a Mozilla endorsement, so let’s get to the posting.

Here’s what I used today:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • essence better than gel nails base sealer
  • Nivea Calcium Power 44 Gris Noir
  • Seche Vite
  • essence matt top coat
  • acrylic paints (not on the photo because the tubes are huge)
  • essence better than gel nails top sealer

Today I started by applying one coat of Nail Envy, one of base sealer four of Gris Noir, and than I sealed the polish with Seche Vite.

Gris Noir is a dark grey shimmer polish, while the particles look silvery at a distance, it becomes clear when looking closely that at least part of them are of the green/purple holo variety, that’s always nice as it gives grey polish a bit of warmth and richness. I found this polish to be rather sheer, two coats are miserably patchy, three are wearable if one doesn’t mind VNL, four thin coats are opaque (at last).
Aforementioned sheerness also stems from a fairly runny formula, but at least it’s very easy to apply. Gris Noir isn’t likely to pool unless one massively overloads the brush. Very thin coats won’t drag, but will be patchy. This polish levels nicely, dries fairly quickly and to a reasonably shiny finish. The brush is a basic round one and, in combination with the thin formula, makes for a precise application.

Here’s Gris Noir in two coats without top coat:

And this is Gris Noir in four coats with Seche Vite:

After the base was fully dry I added a coat of matt top coat (isn’t it funny how some matte top coats appear solid when they haven’t been moved in a while, but when you shake them they go back to fully runny?):

Then I added a Firefox-y design on my usual accent nail, the left ring finger nail, with acrylic paint (for the first time, and I’ve had a few tubes for a while… call me lazy if you will) and covered only that part with a couple of coats of top sealer to make it nice and shiny. I’m feeling quite good about this, considering that it’s a first try. :-D

Have you attempted nail art with acrylic paint?
(D’oh, just remembered that I was going to use Eyeko Cosmic Polish as base… brain fail.)

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