Creative musings in bright colors

Swirls and Dots

Honestly, I am not 100% happy with this manicure. Gold dots look great over black, but the black didn’t mesh as well with the gold. Also, I messed up, tried to fix it…and it shows. I ended up re-doing this manicure, but as I had already taken all the photos and since it does work nicely for New Years (they do somewhat look like spirally fireworks!) I’m posting it. The newer version will come later (after I edit those darn photos)!

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This manicure required three things: a black polish (Black on Black by Sinful Colors) a rosy gold polish (Penny Talk by Essie…which I had been lemming SO HARD!) and a dotting tool (unbent paper clip). I saw a photo online of beautifully swirled gold dots on black (I still can’t decide if it was a stamp or a decal…I think it was a decal) and decided I wanted to free-hand the design. Success…?

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The new polish here is Penny Talk. I must say, I tend to not buy Essie polishes because they are too expensive and never go on sale. But when I do happen to acquire one (for example as a holiday gift) they are great polishes! Penny Talk is a pink-gold (champagne?) metallic polish that dries to a frosted mirror finish…its a little more pink than shown in the photo below! I own nothing like it. It was opaque in two coats and despite looking streaky on application, dried nice and smooth. It is also PERFECT for dotting! Very dense.

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What were you guys wearing for New Years? Anything fun or outrageous on your nails?

Comments on: "Swirls and Dots" (12)

  1. I love the gold on black. Happy New Year. Steph x

  2. I think it looks great!

  3. I think the combo looks good! Faves have to be your ring-finger nail and thumb-nail!

  4. great swirly dots! I love how it turned out 🙂

  5. I like the colour combo. And love the idea of using a paper clip as dotting tool!
    And never mind the small glitch. This is a gorgeous mani!
    I am wearing 1 coat of Revlon Chroma Chameleon Topaz over a plain black polish. Nothing special.
    Happy New Year, darling!

  6. […] a few weeks ago I mentioned that I liked swirling golden dots on black, and that I had re-done a manicure? Well, here is that manicure! And unlike the original, I consider this a full […]

  7. […] 1: Essie – Penny Talk. This pink-gold metallic polish has been my go-to gold for a while, and I love […]

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