Blue-Green Fall Multi-Chrome Mani

After I did my iridescent nails, a few things occurred to me.

  1. I can’t commit to gel nails.  I got sick of having the same manicure for so long without having an excuse to change up my polish.  On the other hand, it was nice having a chip-free week!
  2. Gel polish removal sucks.
  3. The iridescent powder that I used was actually a chrome pigment that was meant to be used over black polish!  I still loved the pearl finish.

In any case, I had to see what the powder looked like over a black base, so that was my inspiration for this week.  I used a peel off base coat this time so I wouldn’t have to deal with that horrible gel removal process though!

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I started out by painting all my nails with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora. I only needed one coat for full coverage.

After applying a gel top coat and curing it (I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel), I rubbed in the chrome pigment with a sponge applicator.

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Still looks like an iridescent powder to me, but just wait until you see it over the black polish!

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A totally different look! This pigment has a mirror finish and shifts from dark green to gold to teal blue in the light.

I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the pigment and cured it.

Because of the gold tinge in the chrome finish, I decided to use gold polish from Ya Qin An to do some stamping with Harunouta Plate 10.

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Patterns upon patterns on Harunouta Plate 10.

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Originally I went with the plaid pattern, but I felt like it covered up too much of the lovely chrome finish, so I ended up taking it off right away. A huge benefit to using gel is that you don’t have to redo your base color if you didn’t like what you stamped.

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I switched it to the design from the center of the plate and made it a single accent nail instead.

Notice that you can see my blond hair reflected in the finish of the polish.  It has the same mirror effect as the silver and gold chrome mirror pigments but with a teal hue instead.  It’s definitely eye catching, and several people have told me that they loved the polish, so that makes it all worthwhile, right?

Happy fall and happy polishing!

Review of ATORS Nail Lacquer MS03

I get excited whenever I hear about peel off polishes.  They remind me of when I was a little girl and obsessed with one from FAZZ (just say yes to plastic jewelry and make up combos!).  It was a bright hot pink color, and it was so much fun to peel off.  With a few cries of anguish thrown in, I even managed to fool my brother into thinking that my nail was coming off!

But enter ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03, the adult version of peel off polish.  It comes in a very grown up 16 mL bottle and is a beautiful purple-gold-blue multichrome color.  There are a few holographic sparkles thrown into the mixture, but they do not really show up when painted on your nails.

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ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03.

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It’s from France. Ooh la la!

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The brush on the bottle has a good width to allow you to paint a nail in two strokes.

Because this is a peel off polish, I would suggest that you not use a base coat.  Also, if your nails are dry, it is ok to put on some lotion or hand cream prior to painting so that the polish is easier to peel off later.

The application of the formula is pretty smooth, but if you leave the bottle open for too long, the polish starts to dry around the opening and gets a gummy sort of texture reminiscent of drying school glue.  Under normal circumstances, you should not run into this problem.  I think this happened because I had the cap open to get the picture of the brush above.

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One coat of polish looks very translucent but is magically shimmery.

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This level of opacity requires four coats of polish.

The bottle says that this polish is water based, so I recommend that you use a top coat.  You wouldn’t want your polish to melt off when you wash your hands, would you?

I tried to take a video to show the color shift in the polish.  You can see it turn from a deep purple into a steely blue, particularly on my pinky.  The chameleon effect is rather subtle, but it’s there.

 

A fun part of this polish is that if you happen to get some on your skin, you can rub it off quite easily with a finger.  It dries on skin the same way that school glue does, so that makes clean up very easy.

That being said, don’t expect to get a lot of wear out of ATORS Nail Lacquer.  I had polish start to fall off my nails during normal activities a day after I painted them.

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After a day, the polish looks like it is lifting up from the edge of my nail.

The good news is that you can easily peel this polish off your nail in one large piece.  To remove it, slip an orange stick or similar tool along the edge of the polish (try from a bottom corner near the cuticle) and lift up.  The whole piece should come off intact and fairly easily.

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Peelies from my fancy purple and white manicure. I’ve never had such an easy time removing rhinestones from my nails, and I get to keep some souvenirs!

Even without a base coat, this polish does not stain your nails.  Also, because I moisturized my nails prior to painting them, there was no damage done to them during the peeling process.

In summary, if you get a kick out of peeling off your polish and/or don’t like using acetone nail polish removers, this is definitely something to try out.  It’s not made to last more than a day so keep in mind that if you use your hands a lot, this may not be a good choice for you.

In terms of a chameleon polish, this one has subtle effects, although the color is a gorgeous purple.  I have to take a diamond away only because the polish is so sheer that it takes a few coats to make it look nice.  Considering how much time it takes to apply and dry versus how long it lasts and takes to remove it makes it seem like it’s not worth the effort.  Then again, if you are gluing rhinestones to this polish, the peel off aspect makes it worth its weight in gold!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $15.88 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!

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Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!