Posts tagged: purple

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Girly Bits Get Weaponized is a gorgeous teal linear holographic with flecks of iridescent purple and magenta.  The formula was rich and very easy to apply.  This was easily a one coater as well!

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Girlybits bones gravedigger

Girly Bits Gravedigger is a bruised black jelly with Halloween colored glitters. I was super impressed by the formula on this; the glitter didn’t clump at all and the jelly applied smoothly and evenly. Three coats.

Amazingly gorgeous

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I went with a base of OPI Miss You-Niverse, which is a gorgeous dark eggplant creme that I reviewed here. Then, I took Essie Good As Gold and with just a tiny bit of polish on the brush, swiped it upwards from the tip of my nails. Doing this also left little flecks on the rest of the nail, which are barely visible in the photos but had a nice effect in the light.

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Dodge & Burn

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For this… I pretty much experimented with adding and subtracting nail polish. A good thick layer of black to start and then a few colors from the Color Club Poptastic collection. It started with Chelsea Girl (blue) and Wham! Pow! (orange). Then got a layer of Twiggie (green). Then Chelsea Girl and Wharhol (pink). And then acetone and a paintbrush!

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Damone Roberts 1968 is described as a pistachio green creme. To me it also looks like a really muted pea soup green. It’s such a unique colour, one I normally wouldn’t buy, but I found that it looked pleasant with my skin tone. I didn’t experience the dreaded lobster hands that I normally get with pale mint polishes.

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 swatch

Formula wise it was really good. It’s a bit sheer at first but builds up nicely to a very even finish. I used 3 coats for these swatches.

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 + Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington chevron nail art

To get this look:

I topped my swatch with a quick dry top coat and once that was dry I used chevron nail vinyls from nailvinyls.com. I find it’s best to stick them to your skin 2-3 times to remove some of the tact. Then I applied a generous coat of Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington. I love the shimmer of Kensington and how it contrasts to the creme base.

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Bad Apple 3D Arkansas is a blue duochrome with a shift to dark blue and purple. In its lightest it almost looks like turquoise, it’s very beautiful! I’ve applied one coat over China Glaze Tongue & Chic which is dark emerald/teal shimmer. The formula was easy to apply but not very pigmented. I would need three coats for full coverage so I’ve layered it over darker nail polish. Dark or black polish makes the duochrome effect to stand out much more and you’ll need just one coat of 3D Arkansas.

Heaven above

Orly Mysterious Curse 2

Mysterious Curse is a dark bluple with very strong blue shimmer. Look familiar? It’s pretty much a dead on dupe for another shade Orly gave us last Spring called Royal Velvet. The formula was okay, a little on the thick side and it started getting a bit goopy and hard to worth with on the second coat…probably nothing a little thinner couldn’t fix though. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Cowgirl Up On Steroids

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This is one coat of Speciallità – Atena over two coats of China Glaze – Cowgirl Up. A dreamy combination, isn’t it? I’m in love. The red-purple glow from Cowgirl Up combined with the amazing prismatic sparkles from Atena.. it’s almost too hot to handle!  

Blurple

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The formula here is very easy to apply, a little thin as duochromes are. As I did with my original swatches, I’ve applied the colour over a plain black creme base – if you do it that way, you’ll only need one coat of colour, compared to 2 or 3 if you wear it alone. I’ve used 1 thick coat of Persian over Barry M Black, with top coat.

At some angles, the purple takes on a blurple quality

Atlantis is the new glitter topper released alongside Persian. It’s different from the glitters in the original collection – instead of shards, we’ve got hexes, diamonds, irregular shapes (the pink pieces are not something I’ve ever seen in polish before!) and a smattering of tiny hexes. I do love the colour combination of pink, purple, blue and silver, but it seems a lot more sparse than the originals. I’ve used 1 coat over Persian (with a bit of dabbing to fill gaps) but as you can see, it really needs some placement! It also needs quite a thick top coat to tame it down. 

Metallic grunge

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To create this look, I started with a base of Cult Cosmetics DTLA, and then with hardly any polish on the brush, I dabbed on China Glaze Tongue & Chic, China Glaze Don’t Make Me Wine, and Essie Nothing Else Metals. I love these colors together, and I think it looked so cool in real life, but the photos didn’t show it so well – so I took some macro shots for you to get the real beauty of this technique!