With March weather bringing warmth to the air, I wanted to further explore the Essie Art of Spring Collection. Today I am wearing Van D'Go. My mind was adrift with seashell colors. I noticed parts of the design on Konad plate M76 reminded me of the half shell in the Birth of Venus. I decided to adorn the shells with pearls. I placed a silver star on each nail to further the motif of the sea and sky. I stamped the design in pastel orange special polish.
Van D'Go is a fussy diva polish in an unusual way. Whenever I wear a pastel, I always begin with two coats of a ridge filling base. It creates a sheer white backdrop for color to adhere easily without streaking. I used Brucci 2 in 1 Nail Perfection for this task. After two coats of Van D'Go, I think most ladies would be satisfied. For longer nails or dealing with the unforgiving macro camera setting, three coats would be preferable. Now, all of this seems standard practice for applying a pastel.
The diva factor emerged at the time top coat was applied. After one coat of CND Air Dry, Van D'Go changed color. It went from a pink tinted peach to an orange creamsicle, heavy on the cream. I thought maybe my top coat wasn't compatible. I tried my Carolyn New York top coat. I witnessed the same color transformation. I painted another coat of Van D'Go and used Zoya Armor with OPI Drip Dry drops. There was no escaping the orange creamsicle!
My photos are taken under a natural lamp. The polish and bottle shades are color accurate. Unfortunately, I don't have an Essie topcoat in my collection other than Matte About You. I'm uncertain if using Essie treatments with Van D'Go would keep the color the same from the bottle to the nail. Fortunately, I love a good orange creamsicle.
Essie Van D'Go was sent to me for review.
Konad plate M76 was provided for consideration. Konad products can be purchased from ocnailart.com. For a chance to win the eight new Konad image plates, please visit the contest post to enter.
Happy painting, ladies!