Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glitter Sandwich Sort Of

First, I want to note that I went back and added some information to my Ancient Glamour Mani polish review. China Glaze Sexy in the City stained my nails very badly, so you definitely want to use a base coat with it. I thought about posting pictures, but I didn't want to scary the kiddies. Seriously. That bad. 

Back in July, I attempted a glitter sandwich mani, which was a total failure. I still blame the glitter I used for that one, which has put me off Nicole by OPI glitters altoghter (these are just too pricey to not work well). Enough time has passed that I'm ready to try again.

For this attempt, I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Irish Green, a bright green, very translucent jelly. It applies very well, is not runny at all, and dried pretty quickly. Next, I added two coats of Klean Color Chunky Holo Clover, which has small holo glitter in a light green sheer base. Finally, I topped it off with one more coat of Irish Green and finished with a layer of Out the Door top coat to help it dry. Here's a shade picture to show the full amount of the glitter.

In terms of being a pretty manicure that I enjoyed wearing, this is a success. However, I still have to call it a fail on the glitter sandwich front. Irish Green is too sheer to change the look of the glitter much, and the glitter in Chunky Holo Clover is too regular to give the finished product that look of glitter particles suspended in jelly.

My only real problem with this was that the polish shrank really badly. I've heard that this can happen when using quick dry top coat over thickly applied jelly polishes, but this is my first experience with it. I took these pictures shortly after application, but by the next day my tips were fully exposed. The only way I could think of to explain what happened is by using my mad skills in MS Paint.


1 comment:

  1. try letting each layer fully dry before applying another layer, i do jelly sandwhiches all the time, and never have the shrinking problem :) i also use nail life speed demon as a top coat!