Today's post is the product of my attempt to recreate the awesomeness of this manicure by IndigoNova1 on YouTube; meticulously copied and conveyed to you here as a subpar iPhone photo, as I forgot to take a proper photo before removing this design in favor of the retina-searing Essie Punchy Pink which I'm now sporting on my tips. Wow, run-on sentence, much? At any rate, I strongly suggest you check the video tutorial out, as it's ingenious and simple as can be. For this manicure, I personally used Misa Dirty Sexy Money as the base and then I used ArtDeco striping polishes in black and white to make the stripes, then black and white polish on two different sizes of dotting tools for the polka dots. After watching this video, I found myself really surprised at the simplicity of such an interesting and involved looking design. Props to IndigoNova1, wonderful design.
Here's another link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGRjlMjeTdw
Index to pinkie: OPI My Throne for a Cranberry Scone, Essence Plum Perfect, OPI Outback Aphrodisiac, Misa Push Upon It
OPI My Throne for a Cranberry Scone: This is the brightest of the bunch, with a touch more pink to it. The formula is the old chemical-laden OPI formula, and dammit, it's fantastic.
Essence Plum Perfect: This one applied the thickest of the bunch and it's so similar to the Misa and Outback Aphrodisiac it's not funny. It has just a touch more warmth than those two polishes.
OPI Outback Aphrodisiac: Again, very similar to the Essence and Misa, but the coolest-toned of all. The formula is the same as MTFACS that I mentioned above and applied amazingly in two coats.
Misa Push Upon It: This formula is similar to the old OPI one, just a bit thicker. It applied perfectly in two coats, and is just a bit dustier in tone than the others.
Middle and pinkie: Orly Gumdrop, Index: Misa DIrty Sexy Money, Ring: Essie Greenport
Misa Dirty Sexy Money: This is the darkest and duskiest of the group. The application is wonderful and the formula is smooth and pigmented. I like a cream with a cushiony look to it.
Orly Gumdrop: This is admittedly slightly chalky, but it's pretty and it only requires a coat or two. It's a bit brighter than the others and it's tone is a bit washed out as well; it's not as vibrant.
Essie Greenport: Even after shaking the bottle vigorously, there was dark green pigmented liquid swirling around in this bottle. You can see the result of that if you look closely to the ring finger. This was five thin coats, so obviously it's a lot less pigmented than the other two. However, it's very pretty and has a vibrant-but-dusty quality that I can't help but love.
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