Thursday, July 25, 2013
My base color is Essie Bobbing For Baubles, a deep navy creme with grey undertones. Formula was good, very opaque, it's almost a one-coater. I used a second coat to hide some bald patches an the tips, but with shorter nails this wouldn't be necessary. Bobbing For Baubles dries very shiny, no topcoat in this picture.
Then I added one coat of Cirque Ophelia, a clear base filled with periwinkle hexes in various sizes from microglitter to medium, plus one coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer.
My primary plan was to leave the mani like this, but somehow I got a little bored by looking at it, it was too even, too uniform. So I decided to add some irregularity by stamping over it with my base color. I used my DRK-A plate for the pattern. The stamping is barely visible in the pictures, IRL it was pretty much invisible (that's why it looks a little crooked, I just couldn't see where and what I was stamping), but it gave the mani a little more live. I added one coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer.
Cirque polishes are sold at their own store, at Harlow & Co., at Edgy Polish and at Mei Mei's Signatures.