My manicure today is a convergence of many elements. There is layering, a matte topcoat, two stripers, a funky french and a cosmos of glitter. Let's peruse the ingredients.
I started with Fairy Tale from the Milani Black Magic collection. Few of the colors inspired me to create Halloween nail art, so I am revisiting Faery Tale as an untried and true polish. I layered China Glaze Nova and added Matte Magic topcoat. Then I brought shine back to the tips with Nubar Diamont. I layered two Art Club stripers in Hologram and Turquoise Glitter to define the boundary between matte and gloss.
The last photo shows the matte nail with the shiny tips most clearly. You may want to click any of the pictures for a more detailed view.
Milani Faery Tale is a lovely polish containing blue glitter in a charcoal jelly base. Three coats brought opacity and built the base color closer to black. The polish seemed a little thin, but suitably increased in color with each layer. When worn alone, shades in the Black Magic collection are far more vampy and less shimmering than their bottles would belie. For me, this collection is most favored as a starting point for nail art or Konad stamping.
China Glaze Nova slightly disappointed me. I have become so indulged by these speciality polishes that my expectations are perhaps elevated beyond reason. I wanted more holographic glitter pieces in the blend and a little less basic silver. I am showing one coat. I wouldn't choose to wear Nova on it's own. I would love two coats at the tips for a glitter funky french. Nova would also be a standout over gold or copper.
The stripes were made with polishes by Art Club. I started with Hologram and layered Turquoise Glitter on top. The latter has fine glitter in a clear base. The consistency was runnier than I am used to with Art Club stripers, but I did find it workable if I kept watch on polish running down the wand. The Turquoise Glitter was a bit of a trickster.
Happy painting, ladies!