I was recently at Sephora hovering around the nail polish display and I discovered the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen- Illamasqua Cameo. I tested it out and I fell in love with it, but I could not justify spending $14.00 on one bottle of polish! Craftynail is way too thrifty for that! So I hit up the nearest beauty supply store to find myself a cheaper dupe. I came across Essie Butler Please and I think I paid less than $4.00 for it with my coupon! After getting home and applying it I realized it’s not at all a dupe for the pricey Illamasqua! The Essie is much darker and dried to a blotchy semi-matte finish. The two coats did dry quick though (which is always a bonus)… so then I taped my tips off with painters tape and added some Sephora by OPI topcoat called Only Gold For Me. Even though the Essie formula was not my fave, there’s nothing that some sparkles and a healthy topcoat of Seche Vite can’t fix! I really love the regal look of this gold and royal blue together! Apparently so does my mom- she came over tonight and asked me to paint her nails this color too… so now we are nail twinny twins!
Tonite I tried out a new polish of mine by Julie G called My Private Palace. It has tons of gold and chartreuse iridescence! Then with a blink of the eye… she’ll turn sheer on you! Have you ever had a polish like that? One second you are gawking at it’s brilliance…. you move an inch… and then it looks totally different! I have mixed feelings about polishes like this. But regardless of the chameleon effect, My Private Palace is still very pretty and looks very ‘holiday’ to me. To make it even more festive I did a red glitter gradient with Fergie wet n wild -No Place Like Home. The end result really surprised me…
This mani is glowing! It’s so intense and fiery – I feel like freakin Katniss over here! I swear, it’s like my nails are on fire! I wasn’t able to fully capture it on camera… But then again, my Julie G base color shifts alot so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it. Check out this next pic in indirect light- you can really see how the shimmer winds down and more of the glitter particles begin to show. And look at that Fergie polish…it’s packed with some of teeniest glitter that I’ve ever seen!
Speaking of Fergie- I’m a huge fan of hers! Guess what my cat’s name is?