Nails on Sunday

I’m writing this quickly before my husband and I go out — it’s our wedding anniversary today, as well as V-day — and I’ve just finished scoffing a slice of the most perfect Black Forest cake made by a German master baker. Oh lord this cake. And the best thing is I’ve got several days’ worth left in the fridge.

On Sunday I had a friend over to do her nails, and this is what we ended up with. She wanted a more classic mani with a twist, while I wanted to use my matte top coat and went for something with an industrial feel.

Me: base coat of Orly Top 2 Bottom; 2 coats China Glaze Some Like it Haute; taped off 1 coat of China Glaze Long Kiss (it’s quite opaque so 1 coat was fine); sealing coat of Orly Top 2 Bottom (matte polish directly on top of a design can smudge so seal with a regular top coat first, the end result will be no less matte); 1 coat China Glaze Matte Magic.

Here's Some Like it Haute by itself.

Check out those rainbow flashes from the larger pieces of glitter.

The matte finished product. Taken in dim fluorescent lighting, this is the closest to the real life look of the design. The usually sparkly Long Kiss went a delicious slightly blackened smokey red, and Some Like it Haute became more like glittery concrete. Exactly what I was hoping for.

Taken under warmer lighting. My bedside lamp, in fact. This shows the satiny feel that the polish takes on with Matte Magic. It wasn't chalky at all - a pleasant surprise.

Some Like it Haute and Long Kiss are both really easy to work with. The consistency is perfect and they both go opaque without fuss (SLiH in 2 coats, LK in 1 if it’s slightly thicker which was perfect for tape manicures, where you don’t wait for the polish to dry before removing the tape). They’re both beautiful deep shades with a lot going on (check out the tags or yesterday’s post for a more in-depth description of these colours). They also both dry very fast — SLiH dries particularly fast. Perfect, really. Matte Magic is fantastic and also dries quickly. Just be sure to apply a decent amount rather than a thin coat, to avoid uneven matte/glossy patches. You want to work fast and put a decent swipe on each nail like you would for a glossy quick-dry top coat.

My friend A picked China Glaze High Maintenance topped with Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple. Her nails: base coat Orly Top 2 Bottom; 2 coats High Maintenance; 2 coats Chunky Holo Purple; top coat of Orly Top 2 Bottom.

Look at that holo! The red, yellow and orange flashes showed up the most on the intense red of High Maintenance, but we also got greens in direct light. Fiery!

Managed to get my camera to show up a little bit of the green holo under lamp light.

China Glaze High Maintenance was a bit less easy to work with. It’s thicker and tends to goop a bit. I’m going to get some nail polish thinner and add a couple of drops. I don’t think this was helped by the intense humidity and the need to have the air con on though, so I’m going to try using it under more nail polish -friendly conditions. Chunky Holo Purple really added a kick to this mani and the end result was gorgeous, like flaming fingers (only without the burning and the screaming). This combo did take a while to dry though (again this may have been due to the weather — I did my mani later in the day when it was cooler).

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One thought on “Nails on Sunday

  1. That matte look is lovely, I think I may need to try it.

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