Saturday, December 1, 2012

Nude Dots Manicure

For this mani, I started with Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Dune, a nude creme with a light bronze shimmer. Wendy actually did a review of this back in May, but since I didn't get a chance to try it I wanted to throw my two cents in. It's a beautiful neutral with a hint of bronze-colored shimmer, but the formula for this one was a little clumpy since I think my bottle hasn't been touched in a while. I'm going to try using some nail polish thinner to get a better consistency for the next round (I'll keep you posted). One huge plus is the Sally Hansen brush in these polishes -- I love the short, wide shape of the bristles. It offers a lot of control in application. One of these days I'll have to take a shot of the brush so you can see the differences in shape.

For the red dots, I used OPI California Raspberry. Like it's name, it's a shimmery raspberry pink that has an almost jelly-like consistency. I wouldn't call it a true jelly, but it's not opaque when used as a base color. The blue dots were made with OPI Ski Teal We Drop, a teal creme that appears navy when I use it in dot form. It's hard to tell but in the bottom two photos I actually finished the mani off with two rows of OPI Goldeneye, which I just swatched a couple days ago.
I really need to come up with better names for these manis, but since I do most of my nail art at night when I get off work, my brain is pretty fried. For now, I'm calling this one the nude dots manicure. This may not be the best name for it and it's not incredibly descriptive, but since the base is nude I figured what the hell.

As you might have noticed, I am completely obsessed with dots lately. I promise, I'll get off this dots kick in a few weeks, but I just discovered the dotting tool rack at my favorite local beauty supply store and stocked up earlier this week with a few new dotting tools, brushes and four lacquers.

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