Difficulty Rating: 3
Polish Rating: Essie: A+; Nubar: A+; Model’s Own: A
Fun with layering duochrome polish (and sparkles!)
Today’s manicure is a simple one – but which packs a lot of punch color-wise due to the duochrome. For those of you that don’t know what duochrome means when we’re talking polish, it means that the polish reflects two different colors in different lights.
I used the following polishes to create the look: Essie Licorice; Models Own Hayley’s Comet; and Nubar Petunia Sparkles. I also used the diamond shapedrhinestones from this pack that I purchased from Amazon.co.uk.
These polishes are all kinds of amazing. Both Licorice and Petunia Sparkles are on my A-List for creme and glitter polishes — meaning that their formulas are a dream. Like… a DREAM. Hayley’s Comet is a solid A as well, but it needs two generous coats for opacity.
After applying a base coat (dark colors can stain your nails!), I started with a coat of Licorice on all of my nails with the exception of my ring fingers. Licorice is nearly completely perfectly opaque with one coat, and since I was layering, one coat was definitely enough.
I then put two coats of Hayley’s Comet on top of Licorice, and the copper that leaned pink and light green suddenly took a life of it’s own. It became this gorgeous forest green that leans purple in some lights. I have tried to get pictures from a few angles to show you the duochrome effect, but it’s a tricky one with the camera.
I then used two coats of Petunia Sparkles, and then applied the rhinestones using a clear polish designed for rhinestone application. Then I sealed the whole thing off with Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash Top Coat.
This mani is hard to capture, but I can’t stop staring at my nails — the duochrome combined with the purple sparkles really catches the eye.
What do you think? What’s your favorite duochrome to layer?
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