Review of Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish 019

Today’s review is going to focus on a beautiful thermal nail polish in color 019 from Beauty Big Bang. It’s perfect for use from fall to spring so you can really take advantage of the double sided nature of this polish with the changing temperatures outside, but it still proves to make even just washing your hands an entertaining experience all year round!

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Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish in color 019 looks purple in the bottle but turns pink in warmer temperatures.

The bottle is shaped like a small cylinder and contains 9 mL of lacquer inside. The attached brush is wide enough to paint your pinky in one stroke and works well.

The outside packaging is classy looking with its gold foil text over a black background. You can find the ingredients, the item SKU, and printed very faintly on the side of the box in this instance, the production date and expiration date of the polish. They say that it expires in 3 years time, and in this case I may be more inclined to believe it as I have heard that thermal pigments can lose their effectiveness with age.

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Regarding the color, I would say that the purple can be an intense grape candy shade when it is cold, but there is always a slightly magenta undertone to it because the warm temperature color is light pink. There is also a beautiful flaky shimmer in the polish that enhances the overall look of the finish.

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The cold temperature swatch color reminds me of grape taffy but darker.

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The warm temperature swatch is a sweet bubblegum pink.

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Magic Hidden Stamping Spring Nails

A coworker recently was talking about how sad she felt for the flowers outside because we’ve been having such crazy temperature swings! One day it feels like spring, and the next we have snow and all the little buds disappear! So of course, I had to find a way to translate this into nail art.

I have a strong bond with thermal polishes around this time of year especially because of the weird weather patterns. The one that I used for this manicure comes from Beauty Big Bang. It is a shimmery magenta toned purple formula that turns light pink in warm temperatures.

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Beauty Big Bang Thermal Nail Polish in color 019.

Check out the swatches below to see the transition of this polish from hot to cold temperatures.

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Butterfly Early Spring Thermal Manicure

I don’t know what it’s like in your area, but NYC has been having some serious mood swings when it comes to the weather! We had snow one day and then gorgeous sunny weather in the 70s followed by rain and 40 degree temperatures.

All this inspired me to use some thermal nail polish to create some early spring nail art. I really didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to do once I applied the thermal polish, but I love how it ended up turning out!

I started by painting my nails with Through the Grapevine from Lacquer Lust. This gorgeous shade is a thermal crelly with holographic sparkles in it. When cold, it is a dark purple, but it lightens up to a pale lavender color when it’s hot. In any case, I also thought this was a lovely way to also shout out February’s birthstone, amethyst.

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In a moderate climate, this polish looks like the color of a grape candy chew. A slight color gradation is normal as my body heat naturally lightens the polish with the tips being darker.

I figured that flowers and butterflies would look the best with this color palette, so I chose a plate from Harunouta that was perfect for this purpose.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Thermal Color Change Pigment Powder #13

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by things that change color.  It all started with mood lipsticks and rings, then progressed to Hypercolor T-shirts, and now it’s all about thermal nail polish.

While thermal nail polish has been around for awhile, the products are still not readily available in local stores.  You usually have to order them online at specialty shops.  Born Pretty Store happens to carry a wide selection of them, and now they are offering the powder pigment version at a very affordable cost.

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Born Pretty Thermal Color Change Powder Pigment in color #13.

It does take awhile to receive the products from Born Pretty, but they offer free worldwide shipping and have great product selection and prices.  I waited close to six weeks for the pigment to arrive in the US, but it is worth the wait.

The packaging for this item is very cute.  There is one gram of powder inside a small plastic container, and it comes with a sponge tipped applicator.  The set is presented in a holographic zip sealed bag.

To use this powder, you should first paint your nails white and then apply a gel top coat over this base but only cure the top coat for about 10-15 seconds so that it stays tacky.  This gives the powder something to adhere to when you apply it.  The white nail polish can be a regular nail polish so long as you let this layer dry completely before adding the gel top coat.

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wild white ways from essence serves as the base color here.

I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat (not included in the set) over the white base, cured it for 15 seconds, then used the sponge applicator to rub the thermal powder over this sticky layer.  It is helpful to be extra neat when applying the top coat so that the powder does not settle into your cuticles, and keep a piece of paper or a paper towel over your working surface to catch any falling loose powder.  You can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess pigment from your nails and skin.  Please do keep in mind that this powder is very fine, similar to baby powder, and it will get kicked up into the air during the application process.  If you are sensitive to dust or will be using this with many clients in a row, it is advised that you wear a mask so that you don’t breathe it in.

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The thermal powder applied over the white base. Note that the color already is changing with my body heat.

Once your nails are coated with an even layer of powder, apply another layer of gel top coat and fully cure it to seal it in.  Just like that, you will have an amazing color changing manicure!

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The pigment is more white in hot temperatures and changes to dark gray in cold environments.

I find that the pigment is very sensitive to any kind of temperature change, and it was hard to photograph my nails as one solid color.  The instant that I tried to dry my nails off with anything, the color would start to shift.  You can see how rapidly the pigment responds to hot and cold water in the video below.

I felt that the smoky color lent itself well to a geometric pattern, so I added some stamping over the thermal pigment.

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Hipster-ish smoky geometric nails shot at room temperature. It’s a little hot in my apartment.

I had slightly more success in photographic the color extremes with the extra nail art applied.  I kept my nails underwater for one shot and tried to take another picture as soon as possible after taking my hand out of the glass.

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Cold swatches are on the left, hot swatches are on the right.

The darker color is a little splotchy.  This is due to the fact that the base color contrasts so much with the cold shade of the pigment, but I find that the smoky gradient is not a bad thing.  It looks like it was an intentional design.

 

Another alternative use for the powder is to mix some into a bottle of clear polish to make a thermal nail polish.  You might be able to get a more even distribution of pigment in this way because you can apply several layers of polish to your nails, but keep in mind that you will still need to have a white base color underneath it all.

While this pigment can be a little messy to use, it provides a great way to have easy, long lasting nail art.  Over longer nails, you will see a natural gradient as the extensions will be naturally colder than your body temperature, and at the very least you will be constantly entertained by the way your nails can change color in different environments.  Washing your hands has never been so fun!

I hardly used any powder to do this manicure, so you know this little jar will last you a long time.  Add this to the fact that the product already is affordable, and you know you will have found an excellent bargain.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this thermal color change powder pigment (retail price is $3.69 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/born-pretty-thermal-pigment-temperature-color-change-manicure-nail-gradient-powder-p-39158.html

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Thermal Geometric Manicure

Welcome to March!  In the past few days, we’ve had quite a swing in temperature in NYC where on one day, it was near 60 degrees and beautiful outside to another day where it was 17 degrees with snow covering the ground.  The crazy weather influenced me to do something with thermal nail polish after being in a creative slump this week.

I started by painting all my nails white.

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This color is called wild white ways from essence cosmetics and is fully opaque in two coats.

I recently acquired some thermal color change powder from Born Pretty Store.  It is best used with a gel top coat, so I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my white base and cured it for about 15 seconds (half the normal cure time) before applying the pigment.

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Born Pretty Thermal Pigment in color #13.

I used the sponge applicator to apply the powder to the half cured top coat, then I dusted off the excess pigment from my cuticles with a fan brush.

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The thermal pigment is already changing colors as the dark gray shade is its cold state.

I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and fully cured it before proceeding to the stamping portion of the design.

Because of the dark gray and white colors in the thermal pigment, I decided that a geometric look would suit this manicure the best.  I used the diamond pattern in the second row, far right side of the plate below in a variety of ways to create a modern look.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store.

For some nails, I stamped the image as is, but for other nails, after stamping the image, I removed some of the other diamonds from the pattern on the stamper with some Scotch tape.

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Tweaking the design. The stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in Black.

I opted to do a single diamond in the center of one nail and half a diamond as a half moon design on my pinky.  I finished it all off with a layer of Ya Qin An top coat.

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The completed design.

The thermal powder is a little splotchy because it’s hard to apply an even layer of pigment, especially because the dark gray color contrasts so much with the white base.  The color change effect is also very sensitive, and even the act of trying to dry off my nails prevented me from getting an evenly pigmented picture of each individual color.

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The left side pictures are cold color temperatures while the right side pictures are hot water temperatures. The hot temperature version is definitely not splotchy while my fingers are still in the water.

It’s always fun to have interactive nails!  And even though the pigment is seldom one solid color, the smoky effect still looks cool underneath the crisp lines of the diamonds.

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We’re expecting more snow here in a few days, so be safe out there!  Happy polishing!

 

Thermal Manicure: Butterflies and Flowers

I  have been seeing so much ugliness online lately, so even though this manicure is out of season in the States, I wanted to create something that looked beautiful.

I took advantage of a thermal gel polish I recently bought from Madam Glam for the occasion.  I’ve been dying to use this but wanted to wait until my nails grew out a little more so the color change effect would be more noticeable.

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Love on Top is a pretty thermal crelly polish from Madam Glam that turns white when warm and magenta when cold.

The color change effect works great with flower and butterfly images, so I used 3 different images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 to create my design.

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For this manicure, I used the single hibiscus flower in the top right corner of the plate, the butterfly image on the far left 5 rows down, and the combined hibiscus/butterfly image 6 rows down, 2nd from the right.

I stamped the butterflies first on my index and pinky fingers, erasing parts of the image with tape so that they would only cover half of my nail at a diagonal.  I stamped the full butterfly image onto my thumb (not shown).  The single hibiscus was used on the other half of the index and pinky nails while the entire image of the combined butterfly and flower design was stamped onto my middle and ring fingernails, flipping the image on one nail so that the nails didn’t look exactly the same.  I also added a single small butterfly to the middle finger to fill some empty space.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out, and I’ve been entertained by watching the colors shift back and forth in different temperatures.

Hope you all have had a great week!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Review of My Dear Thermal Nail Lacquer 04

When I saw the new products listed on the Born Pretty Store website, this nail polish caught my eye.  It said that not only is it a thermal polish, but it also peels off!  I can get on board with that!

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My Dear Nail Lacquer 04 is a pretty powder blue crelly polish with medium and small silver hexagonal holographic glitter pieces suspended in it.

The bottle is rather small considering the price.  It is a 6 mL size, which is less than half of what you would get in a normal size bottle of polish.

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The manufacturing and expiration dates are labeled on a sticker affixed to the back of the bottle.

No ingredients are listed either on the bottle or on the Born Pretty website, but who reads that stuff, anyway?

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The brush is a good size where you can paint your nails in two strokes.

The formula looks a little on the thick side, but it suspends the glitter pieces well.  You won’t have to worry about all the glitter settling at the bottom of the bottle which is good because there is no mixing ball in this lil cutie.

It doesn’t smell like there are any harsh chemicals in it, but it does kind of smell like glue.  Makes me wonder if that’s really all there is to peel off nail polish.

More importantly, how does it paint?  Because this is a peel off polish, I did not use a base coat.  I also applied hand cream to moisturize my nails prior to application.

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One coat of polish is so sheer that it looks like I only applied a glitter topcoat to my nails.

An interesting thing to note is that you can see particles of what looks like clear glitter in the photo above.  This leads me to believe that they did not use a solvent resistant glitter in this polish.  What that means is that over time, you can expect many of the holographic pieces to fade away into the polish as the silver coating wears off.  It does not bode well that there are so many clear pieces in the formula when this polish is just over 6 months old.  Good thing that the bottle is small so that you’ll use it up quicker!

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Pictured with no top coat, this level of opacity required a whopping four to five coats of polish.

I do love the light blue color.  The glitter distribution is pretty even, and the finish dries to a dull shine.

At this point, I tried to do a thermal color change test under hot and cold water, and what I discovered was that the polish must be water based because it started distorting the finish!  I don’t even have a picture because I was horrified that all my hard work of painting just became undone.  The good thing was that I was able to peel off the manicure easily so I could start again.  More on that in a bit.

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I tried using three coats of polish and a top coat this time around. The color looks a little streaky, but it is quite shiny.

Lesson learned: you must use top coat with this nail polish!

As a color change polish, this did not work as well as I would have liked.  The website pictures show this polish going from light blue to medium blue, but what I found was that the color change is more like clear to light blue.  I nearly burned my hand in hot water and practically froze it to see if it would shift more, but the thermal effect was not very obvious at all.

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Top picture is effect under hot water, bottom picture is effect under cold water. Not much of a difference even under extreme temperature changes.

I feel like maybe if I didn’t have to paint so many layers of polish on, the color change would have been more obvious, especially given that one coat of polish looked like it was clear.  I was still disappointed that the medium blue color depicted in the website’s photos was nowhere to be found.

I kept the polish on for another 24 hours.  Nothing fell off my nails, and people thought the color was pretty.  It did feel like it was starting to lift in a few spots, so I peeled it off that night.

The polish came off pretty easily, as you can see in the video.  The tips of my nails are a little damaged so the polish clings to those spots a bit more.  I’m sure that trying out all this peel off polish is not helping the situation, so I again urge you to moisturize your nails before using any kind of peel off product.

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Not a bad collection of peelies.

As a peel off polish, My Dear works really well.  It leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a thermal polish.  I would maybe try using this as a top coat next time to see what happens, but then it would not have that satisfying peel off removal effect.  Just make sure to use a top coat with this polish and leave out the base coat if you want to peel it off for removal.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ (3/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.92 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/bottle-color-changing-nail-polish-peel-polish-with-paillette-blue-transparent-p-23801.html

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