Oh hey there guys!! I hope your well this lovely Sunday. Happy international nail art day!!! I would've created something special for this but I'm currently away. But I still have nail art for you (this is primarily a nail art blog after all). Today I have a fun floral with some pastel glitter (aka a new purchase :/ whoops). The floral is inspired by Mr. Candiipants and she has a tutorial for it which is super simple. I didn't actually use the tutorial but it's a brilliant idea that I used for this look.
Ok the gradient, trust me it actually is a gradient, the base colours were originally pale turquoise, blue and green-y blue but the glitter base changed them all to green hues. In real life the glitter gradient looked decent especially with the flowers.
Darkest Pink: Color Club - Wing Fling
Pink: Nails Inc - Notting Hill Gate
Light Pink: Barry M - Superdrug Summer LE 2013 A
Pale Purple: Barry M - Prickly Pear
Purple: OPI - Plum And Get It
Holographic glitter: Nails Inc - Abbey Road
Black: Lovely Me:Ex - Black
Gradient (Lightest to Darkest): The Face Shop - GR501, Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream and Barry M - Greenberry
Pastel Glitter: Etude House - WH901
My first Etude House polish!! I am so in love with the mix of glitter, though I have many thoughts about the formula (written below). Etude House have such a great range of polish that I was staring for a while. I hope to get more glitter polishes from there as they're so indie-esque and interesting.
But as many glitters go too much base and not enough glitter. The base being really thick too. Placing and fishing were definitely required. It wouldn't dry so what I did is do 2 coats of glitter, topcoat, then 2 coats of glitter, then topcoat.
Not a very smart idea but I'd failed with time management and I had to go out and the base was not drying. Actually I'd pushed the polish accidentally leaving a patch of not painted nail therefore I had to paint over with Greenberry again (which didn't look nice as you can see in the pictures). But there was no where near enough glitter in a base that wouldn't dry equaling more glitter and topcoat.
Some of the glitter wouldn't lay completely flat on my pretty curved nails, which didn't bother me too much except that green heart on my ring finger, I had to rip that off.
There are also bubbles everywhere, let's pretend they're glitter but the bubbles are just horrendous, especially the amount.
Another rave to the Color Club topcoat, if I'd used a sub-standard topcoat there was no way the glitter would've dried but the Color Club topcoat being amazing dried it solid in 5 minutes. It's amazing.
I'm probably gonna do a Gimme Glitter post on WH901 but it's gonna be placing to the max, it's a difficult formula but the mix of glitter is so perfect and I'm not one to give up. I don't really know how to strain the base, if I find a way it will definitely happen because there is way too much thick base here.
With how thick the glitter base was and the 2 coats of topcoat it was no walk in the park to remove. Maybe to some they wouldn't be willing to deal with it but considering how thick it was I wasn't too bothered by removal.
Even though the glitter was difficult I really like the flowers and the gradient together for an altogether cute look. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a lovely day!! :)