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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lots of Layers

After a day at work my nail tips are usually worn, a hazard of having them rubbing against fabric on a constant basis.  While usually I will just change my polish every other day, there are times when I end up with a manicure that I either really like and want to hold onto for another day, or time just won't allow for a full polish change.  Sometimes it's a matter of I really liked a mani I did previously and want to try improving upon it.

This time it's the latter.  I really liked the way my Essie Luxe Effect polishes looked over the black cream and wanted to see what I could do with them.  I applied the polish but then didn't get around to the improving upon part for about a day.  By that time, I had very significant tip wear on my right hand as well as some pretty big chips on a couple of nails.  I needed an upgrade.
I ended up just using more of the Wet n/' Wild black creme to cover the bare spots.  From there I took OPI's Super Bass Shatter and applied a medium coverage coat over all of the nails.  Can I just say how much I love the color!  In the bottle it looks very similar to The One That Got Away from the Katie Perry collection but the shimmer doesn't separate like it does with TOTGA.  I didn't use the Luxe Effects for the patching because I figured it wouldn't be that noticeable one way or the other once I got the shatter on.
Once I'd achieved "shatter"  I took some Orly Sec n' Dry and applied it just to seal things (and because it was handy and I need to use this bottle up.)  Since it's a thinner top coat it doesn't level out at all but did help to seal everything, I've noticed that a lot of my shatter polishes tend to to be heavy drinkers when it comes to top coats.  Lastly, I applied a two coats of Seche Vite.  It smoothed over everything beautifully.  I did apply a butterfly sticker between coats on the middle finger.
So all told, I have anywhere from 8 to 10 layers of polish at this point and it's worth every one.  I love how this looks, almost more than I did the original look, I think that Super Bass coordinates with and sets off the Luxe Effects beautifully.  The Luxe Effects peek through with flashes of gold, orange and green, be still my heart!

What do you think, a winning combination?

Thank so much for stopping by and reading, leave me a comment telling me if you liked this look.  Until next time, take care!

10 comments:

  1. This is definitely a winning combination! It looks so cool and magical! :D

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    1. Thank you! Now that you mention it, magical is a good word for it. :)

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  2. Wow, I love the way the luxe effects looks under that shatter. Great combo!!

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    1. Thank you. The flashes that come through are great aren't they!

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  3. I think it IS a winning combination...nice save! I found that if i count all my coats, I come up with about 6-8 coats, lol

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    1. I usually try to keep it at base coat, two or three coats of color and my top coat, but this one broke the record for me I think. It worked out because the first layers were completely dry otherwise I don't think I would have done it.

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  4. I like it. Looks great on your nails.

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  5. Looks so great! I do the same thing. When a mani I like is dying and I still want to keep it, I always throw shatter on it and it lasts longer lol. I do have to say, this is by far my favorite shatter!

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    1. Great minds...I love this shatter, it's my favorite too.

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