This is not a gel mani...I'm giving my nails a break from gel this week, and they desperately needed a trim.
Anyway, I got two China Glaze Shimmer Crackle colors a few weeks ago, and I was looking forward to using them. I was let down by the HUGE lack of crackle, however its a beautiful shimmer.
I started out with Salon Sciences Instant Artificials...this is an awesome bottom coat. I only use one coat, but you can use two, it makes your nails a lot stronger! Make sure to always seal in the edges of your nails with EVERY coat of polish! This is the key to lasting mani's!!! Trust me!!!
I then painted two coats of Sinful Colors Amethyst...I really love this line of polish, its cheap, and they have a ton of really fun colors.
I then added one coat of Seche Vite, the miracle top coat!
Just an FYI...I was doing my nails (thinking I had longer to get ready to go out with the hubby) I had just added the top coat of Seche Vite, and hubs says "You gonna be ready in 5 min?"
Thanks to this miracle top coat I was able to run upstairs, change, do hair and make-up, and not mess up a single nail!!
(BTW...I got ready in 10 min...yeah, I'm awesome)
When we got back I added one coat of China Glaze Crackle Latticed Lilac. I can see why this color was on sale....no crackle!!! Now, I did a thin coat because with China Glaze's regular crackle you get thin cracks from a thin coat, and thick cracks from a thick coat....so its possible that I would get some crackle if I used a thicker coat. No problemo though! I really like the final result! The purple shimmer is really pretty, even though it didn't turn out the way I thought.
And of coarse my toesies match my fingers (don't they kinda have to) :)
BTW...I've been wearing this mani for 4 days (in fact these pictures were taken on day 4)
Just goes to show that sealing your nails is the key! It's a must do!
The products I used:
- Salon Sciences Instant Artificials
- Sinful Colors Amethyst
- Seche Vite
- China Glaze Crackle Latticed Lilac