Abstract Geode

While Southern California is in the midst of a heat wave, I tried to channel colder weather with a cooler color palette for these nails. These shades on their own are definitely more suited for Winter, but they somehow come together for a bright and fun nail look! 

Shockingly, this was my first time trying Essie Gel Couture. I’ve seen it everywhere and heard rave reviews but I hadn’t managed to get my hands on some until recently when Essie so kindly sent me a PR package. The colors I used (in order of this photo):

Aside from the bottles looking really cool, here’s a bit more about the line from Essie’s site:

“luxurious gel-like shine & finish in an easy 2-step system. the essie gel couture collection is inspired by haute couture fashion and now available in more than 100 nail polish shades.

step 1:  apply two coats of gel couture color.
step 2:  apply 1 coat of the platinum grade finish top coat for gel-like shine.”

These types of polishes are extremely popular these days, and my clients love them! Every brand is different, but all promise gel-like wear with nail polish application. So basically all the benefits of gel (longwear, high shine) without the soaking off removal process. 

For these nails specifically I started off with 2 coats of Sheer Fantasy (shown here). These polishes don’t need a base coat but you do need to prep the nails by wiping with alcohol/acetone before application. Definitely adding this shade to my nail polish kit, its a great nude! Just opaque enough to hide imperfections but really sheer, natural, and pretty.

Then for the design, I used my nail art brush and painted short, vertical lines going across the nail. I dipped my brush in acetone and wiped it over the lines to blend them a bit. The great part about this design is it doesn’t need to be perfect! If you don’t like how something looks try blending it with the acetone or go over it with another color to hide it.

After the art is finished, let them dry for about 10 minutes before moving on to the foil. If you don’t wait when you apply the foil it’ll mess up the design. I got my transfer foils from a local nail supply store, but Dollar Nail Art has all the same ones (I used pink). There are tons of how-to videos online on using transfer foils, so I won’t go into all the details. I just applied it sparingly on a couple spots on each nail.

The one downside to using transfer foils is, unless your using gel, the top coat always makes them look less…pretty? They always look super shiny and reflective and once the top coat goes on they dull and crinkle a bit. I used the Gel Couture top coat and I really love it, and it kept the foil in tact!

Have you tried this line? Let me know your thoughts!

 
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