Sunday, November 1, 2015

OPI Black Spotted and Neon Abstract Brush Strokes

Here's the manicure that I ended up wearing for New Year's Eve! I was inspired by the gorgeous rainbow spongicure by Samarium's Swatches as well as the abstract brush stroke technique by Gorgeois, which I have previously used here.

OPI Black Spotted is a highly coveted polish that, to the best of my knowledge, was (is?) only available in Sephora stores in France. I'm not even sure if it is still being sold anymore or if it popped up in other locations, but suffice to say it is not very easy to get. I definitely consider myself lucky to have been able to connect with someone who could get me a bottle!

This is one very thin coat of Spotted over an abstract brush stroke manicure using Orly Dayglow, Orly Melt Your Popsicle, Orly Skinny Dip, Orly Beach Cruiser, and Orly Fresh. Spotted was a bit finicky to apply, and even harder to clean up, as it didn't want to play nicely with the acetone. The other weird thing was that it sort of peeled off from the tips the next day, but that may be because I did a layer of topcoat before applying it.

Oddly enough, I think I preferred this manicure before adding the Spotted, at least in person. At arm's length, Spotted just looked kind of dark and muddled, not as oil slicked as it looks up close and in macro photographs.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year, and here's to another year's worth of nails! :)

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