Happy #manimonday everyone! Let’s get into this week’s abstract look.
Stamping plate: Born Pretty “BP-L013”
Stamping polish: Essie “Tart Deco”
Base: Essie base coat, “Blanc” and Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy “100 – Cardshark”
Top coat: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat”
While I was at the races this Saturday, I didn’t have a horse racing, so it was back to the usual with my nails matching my outfit. This dress was quite hard to match, as it had unusual colours, but this nail design actually turned out quite well.
For such a simple design, we faced a few problems this week. The first was finding polish colours to match the dress, as it was mainly a dark teal/green with orange, nude/pale pink and black patches (hence the patch like stamping design). The orange was pretty easy to match but the nude was hard as most of my polishes were too brown or too pink. We ended up deciding on the “Cardshark” shade as it was the best match we had. The second problem was finding a polish that would stamp as my stamping polish colours were limited. We tried the Born Pretty black stamping polish, but it was too heavy and overpowering for the look we were after. Both the Essie and Revlon were polishes I used to stamp with (before I got stamping polishes) as they work quite well due to their opaque colour. “Cardshark”, however, didn’t turn up on “Tart Deco” very well, so we opted for the reverse. Using the Essie polish proved just how good stamping polishes are, as there were a few pickups that weren’t good enough, though overall the good pickups were good.
Despite the initial hesitation, this design really complimented my dress and made my accessories pop even more. This design could easily be adapted for Halloween too, as the colour combination and pattern does look a bit like a brain to me.
In other nail news, my new Born Pretty stamping polishes arrived this week (24 hours after this design which was a little bit annoying), so I can’t wait to try them out and show you all the new colours.
Bye for now!