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Apr 20, 2018

Midnight Rainbow - Holographic powder

More mysterious holographic powders that I got from EV! She actually sent me a bunch of photos of what they should look like on the nails but it was hard to guess what powder I was using based on the photos so I pretty much picked at random.

Anyway, this one was a much more successful experimentation!

[Holographic powder]
The result is this gorgeous deep purple-orange chrome with intense linear holographic microglitter.

If you look carefully at the edges of my nails, you can see that I used a white base coat. On top of the white base coat, I used Emily de Molly's Special Effects Base Coat before applying a lot of the powder! Then I sealed it all with Born Pretty's Mirror nail polish top coat. No UV polish or light necessary.

So, using the white base coat served two purposes. One, so that you cannot see my nail line. Two, so I can see if I'm applying enough coverage for a powder with a dark base. When I tried a light base powder against white nail polish, I definitely didn't apply enough of the powder so the effect was fairly muted. A dark powder shows up much more clearly against a white base.

That said, a dark base powder against white nail polish definitely has difficulties where the white shows up starkly in places and you need a lot of the powder for full opacity. I'll try for middle ground next time.

[Holographic powder]
In these two photos above, you can see the purple sheen in the first and the orange sheen in the second. This was a very pretty mani!

Apr 16, 2018

Oxidative - Emily de Molly Rustic Vibes

I'm back with yet another holographic polish..!

It was a bit difficult to capture this one, but I've tried my best...

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Rustic Vibes (2 coats)]
This is Emily de Molly Rustic Vibes, a rust-leaning red holo with larger holographic glitter particles. The combination of the red holo base and the holo glitter gives it a scattered holographic look, with a subtle linear holo.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Rustic Vibes]
As you can see, it looks different in all the photos! In real life, it's more of a deeper, slightly darker red. I think the first photo is closest in shade to what it looks like.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Rustic Vibes]
Formula was great as usual with excellent opacity. I used two coats here and topped off with topcoat. Nice and fuss-free, but I'm undecided if it stands out all that much from all the other red holo polishes I already own!

Apr 13, 2018

Emerald Shine - Dance Legend Strutter

Look at this beauty! This is Dance Legend's Strutter from their Wow Prism collection.

[Dance Legend Strutter]
Strutter is an emerald green jelly with holo shards. It's stunning and eye-catching. My one criticism is that the holo doesn't stand out much on the nails. Overall, it's opaque in one or two coats, and applies smoothly. I love the Wow Prism nail polishes, and I'm eyeing some others now.

Apr 5, 2018

Pearlescent Moon - Holographic powder

So, this is my first time trying those holographic powders and I don't think I did a really good job, haha.

[Holographic powder]
The powder was a gift from Ev, so I'm not going to be naming where they're from since I've no idea. My camera isn't very good at capturing holo, but it really wasn't that holographic on my nails in person either.

I think it's because I didn't apply enough of the powder and at the same time, I'm not completely sure if the top coat I'm using for it is very effective. So I'm using Emily de Molly's Special Effects Base Coat. It seems okay as a base coat, lots of powder stuck to it. Then I used Born Pretty's Mirror nail polish top coat to seal in the powder, which I'm told should work as well. So no UV top coats here! I like that there's less work since I don't have to deal with UV lamps and waiting, but at the same time, the holo seemed less obvious after the top coat was applied.

While the result is still pretty, it's not as holographic as what I've seen in all the pictures online. I've got to figure out what I'm doing wrong here!

Apr 2, 2018

Plum Preserve - Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith, Essie Ignite the Night

Something about the combination of basecoat, polish and topcoat didn't quite work out for me last week which is pretty curious as I generally get excellent wear time from Dance Legend polishes...

So I used a go-to method I haven't had to employ for some time... Pop some glittery tips on!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith (2 coats)]
My base from last week, the very sexy Achieve the Zen-ith from Dance Legend - a magenta-leaning purple linear holo.

[Bottle to nail: Essie Ignite the Night (tips); Base: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith (2 coats)]
I was uhhmming and ahhhing over whether to do gold or silver tips when I spotted this one in my collection. Essie Ignite the Night - a gorgeous dark silver/gunmetal glitter.

[Base: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith (2 coats); Tips: Essie Ignite the Night]
I think it goes very well with the vampy base shade! I basically taped off the tips and dabbed the glitter polish on to ensure full coverage. Then topcoat topcoat topcoat to smoothen it out!

[Base: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith (2 coats); Tips: Essie Ignite the Night]
Very happy with how this turned out and it's making me think I should pull out my glitter polishes more often (I have A LOT.) =p

Mar 26, 2018

Perfect Plum - Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith

I find that I'm building up quite the collection of holographic polishes - they're just sooo sparkly..

[Plum gorgeous]
That said, this one is actually pretty understated though, don't you think?

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith (2 coats)]
This pretty is Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith - a gorgeous deep plummy/magenta purple linear holo. I don't think I have a shade quite like it, even though at first glance it seems like quite a common shade.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith]
I really like something about this shade though. I don't really like straight purple polishes (le gasp!) but tweaking it towards the pink spectrum really does it for me!

[2 coats: Dance Legend Achieve the Zen-ith]
The holo flame is not overly in-your-face, but it is still a good amount of sparkle for such a rich shade. Formula was great as always, self-levels and dries smooth and glossy, although I used topcoat anyway as usual!