From the Vault: Glitter Showdown

The contenders are:
LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails #07 and Milani Jewel FX in Teal
LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails #07 only has one kind of glitter in it – turquoise hex glitters. If you just judge it by looking at the bottle you can see that it is very densely packed. Milani Teal on the other hand has turquoise, green and silver hex glitters as well as fine turquoise glitters in it.
I swatched these polishes over my OPI My Pointe Exactly from the NYC Ballet collection. Not surprisingly the brown base of the grey polish has been cancelled out by the turquoise of the glitters. Under the glitters MPE comes off as a cool grey instead.
From L-R: #7 2 coats, Teal 2 coats, #7 1 coat, Teal 1 coat
Application of #07 wasn’t a walk in the park. It was a hit or miss thing. Sometimes it is quite hard to get the glitters on the nails but if you are lucky you can get tons of glitter with just one stroke. My ring finger applied nicely in one coat but for my index finger I had to dig around the bottle a little and dab the glitter on.
Application for Teal wasn’t too bad. As in the photos, you can see that you can get quite a bit of polish with one coat and by the time you applied the second coat you have a rather opaque coat of glitter on your nails.
After staring at the glitters on my finger for a good minute, I realised that the hex glitters in both the polishes are of the same size. The turquoise glitters do differ in colour a little; #07 is just a tad lighter than the Teal.
My conclusion is that #07 and teal are very different polishes. #07 creates a cleaner look compared to Teal due to the lack of fine glitter. But if I had to choose, I prefer Milani Teal more compared to #07 based on the application.
If you had a choice, which polish would you get?

From the Vault: Mermaid Nails

After the last post I’m sure some were wondering – How could she just leave it like that?!
Well, I couldn’t and didn’t!
I decided to go full on and glitter up my nails with both glitter polishes! It was a whole lot of polish on my nails mind you. Seche Plus Base coat, 3 coats of OPI My Pointe Exactly, 2 coats of LUCIDarling #07 and 2 coats of Milani Teal, a coat of Esence Quick Dry Top coat and last but not least a quick coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat which brings me to a total of 10 coats of polish on my nails!!!!
I like how the colours turned out. It kinda remind me of the mermaid nails that are buzzing around on nail blogs and pinterest with the blues and the greens and the grey.
These nails were hard to photograph! The glitters were so sparkly that my camera didn’t know where to focus on.
Take 4
Take 7
Finally another sharper photo! But it seems that the glitter is way darker in this photo. :/
As scary as 10 coats of polish sounds like, this combination was actually not too thick on my nails and wore really well. I only removed it after 4 days because the weekend was ending and these are not exactly office friendly nails. I am really really surprised that these nails did not crack or chip at all!
I wanted to do a glitter sandwich with this, and I actually did it on my thumb, but decided that I couldn’t hide all the awesome glitter on my nails! I did take a few photos of the sandwiched thumb though.
The thumb actually loks quite good, OPI MPE gave a milky touch to the glitters. If I wasn’t in such a glitter-y mood I definitely would have went ahead and sandwiched it all.
And to end it all, a bottle shot of the awesome glitteriness (I really doubt this is a word) of Milani Teal:

Bye Bye Bling

Guess what happened to the layer of glitter I added as an accent nail in my last post.
It literally slid off after 5 hours!
This is the first time I had polish just slide off my fingernails. LOL. It was even still intact in the shape of my nail! I guess this is kind of a good thing right? No PITA glitter removal tonight 🙂

Samoan Sand

A quick quick update from my office table!
I did a mani using OPI Samoan Sand from the Winter 2011 collection if I am not mistaken. Or was it the Winter 2007 collection? Anyways, Samoan Sand is a lovely nude. Even after 3 coats it still looks barely there.
A photo with an apple aka my breakfast.
I tried to do a glitter sandwich with Samoan Sand and OPI Getting’ Miss Piggy With It from the Muppets collection but it didnt turn out to be what I imagined so I decided to scrap that idea.
Instead I did an accent nail with a pink hex glitter from the LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails collection. I just added 2 coats of the glitter on top of Samoan Sand. It looks kinda gold-ish in the photo below though :/

There! This is a better photo for the pink glitter but you can barely see what SS is like in this photo.

LUCIDarling Fantastic Nails

I picked up more polishes during my lunch break today 😀 5 glitter polishes from Etude House. Unfortunately the label is in Korean so I can only identify them by the number code on the label.

20120523-230618.jpg#04, #05, #06, #07, #08

#04 is the only one of the 5 filled with small gold glitter and bigger sized holographic glitter. The others are medium sized hex glitter suspended in a clear base. I picked out a pink, gold, turquoise and silver one from the display. I think I missed out on a purple glitter. Maybe I should drop by again next week..
I am wondering if I should swatch them seperately or just go on and use them in my manis. What do you think?