The colors I used for this manicure are: Essie: Beyond Cozy; *Coolcos: 26; and OPI: Mourning Glory (which came from this set). *Turns out Coolcos’ webshop only shows a handful of shades – like number 20, which was the closest I could come to the shade pictured here. In Denmark you can stop by the Coolcos store at Fisketorvet to check out a much bigger collection.
Polish Ratings: Essie: A; Coolcos; C; OPI: A.
Both formulas for Essie Beyond Cozy and OPI Mourning Glory were great and you only need two coats for full opaqueness, but the Coolcos 26 (while much cheaper in price) smelled a little bit like balloons (!), took forever to dry, and was very thick and clumpy to work with.
I made this manicure freehand, using a mechanical pencil dipped in the OPI black nail polish to make a border around the gold/silver tips. Despite some imperfections I’m quite pleased with how these turned out. They’re very different, and I received many compliments for them. The color combinations are endless.
I have seen tutorials for using scotch tape such as this or this and this video that I only saw after I had tried to do them myself. I must say that all the attempts I have made to use tape on my nails have failed miserably. I know that you are supposed to do the following:
- Wait until your base coat is completely dry, because you risk ripping color off your nails when you remove the tape.
- Put the tape on your skin first before your nail, so that it isn’t quite so sticky.
- Remove the tape immediately after painting on your nail (which means doing them one at a time is easiest).
Despite knowing all of the above, the color always bleeds or smudges when I try. Have you had any luck with tape?