Creative musings in bright colors

Flourish of Fans

I did not do a manicure in honor of the Lunar New Year on Friday, and one of my friends complained! So, this weekend I spent a bit of time putting one together. I realize that it is the year of the horse, but I don’t think I am talented enough to paint a horse on my nails! So I settled for red and gold (and silver).

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The plan was a red base with a gold-to-silver gradient stamp. My new gold is more pinkish copper, so I added some real gold just for contrast on my accent nail and thumb. Basically, the full-nail stamps are silver to copper, with gold dots added. My accent nail is just gold, and my thumb has all three colors (I’m rather proud of my thumb).

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Unfortunately, when I added top coat, the gold/silver/copper melded into the red. It still looks very cool, but now every nail has a metallic-to-red gradient within the stamp rather than what I had intended!

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The base color is a holographic polish by Nabi simply called “red”. I thought I had swatched it before, but I never did. Oops! It is a rather weak holo, but it is quite a pretty color. With top coat, it just becomes shiny and mutli-dimensional, but the holo flare disappears completely.

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I think I prefer the manicure with the initial colors (which is why so many of these photos don’t have top coat). :-/

Colors

  • Red: Nabi – Red
  • Silver: A England – Excalibur
  • Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
  • Copper: Essie – Penny Talk
  • Stamps: Bundle Monster – 204, 215

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Which do you prefer? And happy (belated) Chinese New Year!

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