If there is one thing I did not like about matte and suede is how easily they chip and there isn’t much I could do about protecting manicure as either gloss or matte topcoats could change the original finish.
So to hide the “patch” job I did on the edge wear/chips of OPI La Paz-tively Hot matte, I decided to try another polish that I bought long ago and never worn, OPI Wing It!
To be honest, I bought Wing It! because I fell in loved with how it looked in the bottle. When I swatched it, it looked translucent, thin, and watery, and I knew, I had to layer it over other colors.
Wing It! reminds me of CND special effect topcoats and this one reminds me a lot of the Violet Shimmer. I only used one thin coat of Wing It! so you can really see the fine color shifting particles.There is a duo chrome quality to the manicure with the color shift from hot pink to purple.
I went a step further and use NYC Matte Me Crazy over Wing It! I think, I actually like it better matted than glossed. There is a “cheesy” quality about the Wing It! which is very disappointing.
I hope you enjoyed this little layering experiment from matte to gloss to matte.
I used OPI Gargantuan Green Grape Matte as my base color for the MSMD “Frakie” manicure. This is a rare find as most of the OPI mattes and suede are being discontinued. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape matte is a nice crisp pastel green.
It is quite a true matte finish because it comes out chalky and absolutely shineless. This would be my first matte-matte manicure. I’ve had suede and satin/suede finishes before and I like them. However, I cannot quite decide if I like the “flat” matte finish yet. It is definitely different.
I don’t like the fact it is streaky when applying but the dry time is very, very fast. So I did multiple of very thin coats and it eventually even/smooth out nicely. However, couple of my nails came out almost “crackle-ly” because I did two thick coats and the streaky became cracks.
Here is the GGGM with NYC Demon Glow over it. Demon Glow is pretty much a clear topcoat. If it did affect the color at all, I would assume, it gives the color a blue-ish/cooler tint. I did like the color better once it has a shiner finish, maybe, I do like gloss polishes over matte.
Here is the cool photo of the color under black light. NYC Demon Glow is super cool!
Keep coming back as I am trying out another OPI La Paz-itively Hot Matte. The strange thing is, it has shimmer from the look of it, doesn’t it make it suede?
ManHands and I each ordered two pairs of these colorful suede wedges from Target. She bought the beige and the teal and I bought a pair of teal and burnt orange. So we thought we should do some modeling pictures of polish and shoes.
So here is ManHands with Melinda Wedge Pump in orange and OPI Duetsche Love Me Baby? from OPI Germany Collection.
The formula was good and it took two coats to reach opacity. Dried in reasonable time as ManHands usually does it, bare back and no base or top coat to this picture. Doesn’t it look like a nice match to the shoes!
OPI Deustsche Love Me Baby? is an orange leaning toward red, a very bright fall color. I really liked it but ManHands thought it was totally old lady looking. So she thought a matte topcoat would give it a more updated, hip, edgy, well, basically un-old lady look to the polish. So we use two coats of NYC Matte Me Crazy.
Honestly, I love both look and I REALLY LOVE THESE SHOES. With my corporate perks discount and over $50 free shipping, I pay less than $20 per pair… and you know how I love a bargain.
What do you think? Deustsche you love this color?
My daughter was very excited to help her dad make some blueberry jello yesterday morning. They decided to add a layer of red currents to the top of the bowl before placing it in the fridge. I personally find blue food a little unsettling, but I was pleasantly surprised when the mold was released. Onto the plate jiggled this intense cyan jello that reminded me of beach shores in its ocean-like quality. All of a sudden I found myself in vacation mode. I knew I had to go put on some blue polish right away, especially with it getting closer to the end of summer. After all, doesn’t everyone match their nails to their dessert?
I decided on Hedy’s Ma.Nish.Ma in Bolts of Blue (a bright, matte neon-blue). I applied two coats and touched up a few fingers with a third to even out some bald spots. Since it was a matte it allowed me to quickly re-dab without any streak lines. This formula was very forgiving and fast-drying. I finished with a matte topcoat, NYC Matte Me Crazy.
Since I am usually a skin-tone polish wearing gal (think of mannequin hands), this was a bit of a change for me. It sure was bright and eye-catching! It’s astonishing that I liked it so much because it really stands out against my wardrobe which is generally neutral as well. I loved the feel of the polish on my nails. This is the only matte in my collection so far, but certainly not for long.
REVIVAL: In a previous masking post (Shredded Accent Nail Art with Wet ‘n Wild Chrome “Steel the Spotlight”), Joyluscious had used Scotch tape to help achieve her look. So I went for it too (my first attempt at masking).
Well what do you know, we must be the only household in America without transparent tape in stock. Deciding not to make a special trip to the store just for said item, I decided to raid my medicine cabinet instead and came up with these square rounded-corner bandages. I began by cutting them into even pieces (four per bandage). I placed the curved edge towards my nail tip about halfway in length on each finger and gave it a layer of Out The Door, a shiny topcoat polish (suggestion: make sure all the edges on the actual nail are adhered before painting and careful with repeatedly lifting the bandages as they will eventually become distorted). I pulled them off immediately and was quite impressed with how fast the whole process took compared to my usual method of freehanding a french tip.
I had also been inspired by Adele’s nails at this year’s Grammys after a fellow mom had suggested the “paint under the nails” look to me. In true ode to the blue jello, I chose OPI’s Rock It to represent the red currents. Although it doesn’t look very bright in the picture below, it did give a nice shimmery-ness in direct sunlight. It was a bit of a mess after I finished painting, but nothing a shower couldn’t take care of (suggestion: don’t try this look just before you have to leave the house).
All of a sudden I have an admiration for blue food like never before. Here’s to enjoying the last few weeks of summer—before all the fun, bright nail polishes go into hibernation.
This morning, I was already ready to clean off my originally Purple Pleather mani. Being me, I decided, what’s the harm to add a matte top coat to see what would happen. I’ve had interesting looks from flakie and matte combos.
Here is the before picture.
What you do think? Totally different aren’t they?
I do love the look and will be keeping it for the rest of today. Then it is farewell to this mani, as five days is out of my comfert zone. I can feel my nails suffercating. (I am sure it is in my head and you really could keep manis on for much longer. But I have a vivid imagination.) This will have to go on as one of my favorite layering combos: Orly Purple Pleather and Flirty, Nfu-oh 51 w/Poshe top coat, and the NYC Matte me Crazy ($1.99 at drugstores.)
Tomorrow will be a rest day for my nails. It is also FOURTH OF JULY, so I will featuring two of my Red, White, and Blue Franken polishes.