Layering with Deborah Lippmann in Supermodel, Lynnderella in Ruby Red Ruby, and Hard Candy in Breakup

1 coat Deborah Lippmann in Supermodel over 1 coat Lynnderella in Ruby Red Ruby over 1 coat Supermodel over 1 coat Hard Candy in Breakup over 2 coats Supermodel (indirect sunlight)
Please excuse the use of Lynnderella in this post. This was before everything blew up, once again, and repelled me (hopefully temporarily) from wearing the brand. It's just a downer to even look at them right now. I won't say anything more about it, except that I don't plan on purchasing any more. However, since I did wear this, I figured I would document it.

Despite being soured on Lynnderella, I was very happy with how this mani turned out! It did stain my nails red slightly, so I would recommend doubling up on base coat.

I used Deborah Lippmann in Supermodel as the jelly in my jelly sandwich. Supermodel is a red-orange jelly from the Summer 2010 collection and is still available. Supermodel has great application - no streaks, and it isn't thick like jellies can be, nor is it watery like sheers can be. It only needs 2 coats to build up to bottle color (1 coat isn't streaky, it's just a little more pink), although there is still some visible nail line. 

Over 2 thin coats of Supermodel, I added 1 coat of Hard Candy in Breakup. Breakup was part of the original re-launch collection of Hard Candy polishes in Fall 2009, but it isn't listed on the Hard Candy or Walmart websites anymore, so I don't know if it's discontinued. Breakup is an opalescent large hex glitter in a clear base with very fine silver glitter. It flashes mostly orange-yellow-red, but over cooler or neutral polishes you can coax out some of the blue-purple-green flash. I added Breakup to give depth to Ruby Red Ruby and give the appearance of a glow, since the glitter in Ruby Red Ruby is all one color and it doesn't have a huge amount of sparkle in the bottle. I added 1 more thin coat of Supermodel (if I do this mani again, I won't add this layer - it was unnecessary).

I then added 1 coat of Lynnderella in Ruby Red Ruby. Ruby Red Ruby is from the Fall 2011 "The First Edition" collection, and unfortunately for those interested, I don't think it will be available again once Lynn's stock is sold on eBay. The glitter in Ruby Red Ruby is all red and flashes orange-gold in the sunlight. The shapes include small hex, large hex, extra-large hex, and extra-large square (which is sparse, but can be seen on my middle and ring fingers) glitters. The glitter in this was not hard to apply.

I topped things off with 1 more coat of Supermodel. Then, 2 coats of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche Vite left this mani almost perfectly smooth, and it wasn't too thick. The pictures don't capture it, but Breakup did add some depth, although I think if I took out one of the layers of Supermodel, it would be even more dynamic. Worn June 23 - June 26, 2012.

Dior in #504 Waterlily

Dior in #504 Waterlily
Sorry for the interruption in posting. My only excuse is that it's summer, and #YOLO.

Dior in #504 Waterlily is a warm mint green with green shimmer. The shimmer is definitely in a creme base - it's not a predominantly shimmery polish. However, the shimmer is always apparent, in comparison to the famous subtle shimmer in Chanel's Jade. Waterlily is from the Spring 2012 "Garden Party" collection and is rose-scented. All nail pictures were taken in direct sunlight after a few days of wear; comparison pictures were taken in indirect natural light. Worn June 18 - June 22, 2012.

OPI in Don't Touch My Tutu! over Lynnderella in Love, Lace and Lilacs over Rescue Beauty Lounge in Pizzicato

OPI in Don't Touch My Tutu! over Lynnderella in Love, Lace and Lilacs over Rescue Beauty Lounge in Pizzicato (indirect natural light, indoors)
You're seeing a picture of my right hand! I preferred how the glitter turned out on the right better, so I took some pictures of both hands. It wasn't as tricky as I thought it would be! I chose this manicure to give a better showing to Lynn's gorgeous glitters and also to capitalize on my burgeoning summer tan. This pops really nicely against my skin, and is a perfect counter-punch to the bright pops of color in my wardrobe. I'm really happy with how this turned out!

This combo is 1 coat of OPI in Don't Touch My Tutu! over 2 coats of Lynnderella in Love, Lace and Lilacs over 3 coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge in Pizzicato. I used 2 coats of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche Vite, and it's not perfectly smooth, but also not bothersome. It surprisingly doesn't look thick, but I was conscious of using thin, even coats. 

OPI in Don't Touch My Tutu! is a buildable white jelly. It is from the Spring 2012 Soft Shades "NYC Ballet" collection. You can probably tell from how much I've used the polishes that I love that collection! They are all non-streaky, beautiful, buildable jellys - super versatile. I would have worn one of the Soft Shades alone, but my nails are stained from this manicure. Don't Touch My Tutu! is a pure ivory compared to Essie in Marshmallow, which is more yellow-toned. I also think it's easier to apply DTMT because of the Pro-Wide brush - if you're not careful Marshmallow can get streaks. 

Lynnderella in Love, Lace and Lilacs is from the Winter 2012 "Lovely is as Lovely Does" collection and as far as I know is still available through the wishlist system. It was a bit harder for me to apply than Lynnderella in Mercurial. There's more small glitter in LLL, so it stuck more readily and was less receptive to being moved around on the nail. I've included a comparison of LLL and Snow Angel at the bottom of this post. 

All pictures of my complete manicure were taken in indirect natural light, indoors. Worn June 8 - 17, 2012.

Rescue Beauty Lounge in Pizzicato (flash)
Rescue Beauty Lounge in Pizzicato is from the Pre-Fall 2011 "L'Oiseau de Feu" collection and is still available. Once RBL polishes that aren't part of her very small core collection are sold out, they're gone, so if you like this color keep that in mind. Pizzicato is a beautiful delicate pink-lilac with white/silver fleck shimmer. This is three very thin coats and you can see that it's not completely even or opaque, but I was fine with this because it was my base color. If I were applying this to wear alone, I would do two thin coats and a thicker third coat.

China Glaze in Ahoy!

China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! is from the Spring 2011 "Anchors Away" collection. This was a really great collection, and many of the colors have been made permanent, including Ahoy! Ahoy! was hard to capture color accurately. It is actually a deceptively deep color, so it doesn't actually feel very summery to me, which was my goal in wearing it. The gold glass-flecks made my camera lighten the polish. In most lights, Ahoy! is a verging-on-deep berry-magenta. The gold glass-flecks vary from looking pink to copper to gold because of the pigmented base, so that there is a beautiful glow to the polish. In direct sunlight, the polish looks more fuchsia bright pink, but my pictures make it look that color in all lights. Look at the bottle color in the pictures above and below and you can get a better idea of what the color looks like in real life. This isn't a formula where the polish dries a different color than the bottle; they match up. The only color-accurate swatch I could find for how Ahoy! looks in most lights is AllYouDesire. Christine at Temptalia has color-accurate pictures showing how Ahoy! looks in all lights. The bottle color in Michelle at All Lacquered Up's swatch is accurate, as is the nail wheel swatch from Karen at Frazzle and Aniploish. I'll link to other swatches at the bottom of the post.

China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)

A Layering Experiment with Lynnderella in Mercurial

1 coat Lynnderella in Mercurial over 1 coat OPI in My Pointe Exactly over 1 coat Lynnderella in Mercurial over 2 coats RGB in Haze
Sorry for the absence recently. I'll just preface this by saying I wasn't very happy with this polish experiment. I like it, but it didn't turn out how I wanted it to, you know? So it ended up kind of depressing me. Really, what was going on is that my best friend just moved out to California. I'm so proud of and excited for her (also, a bit jealous), but I've been in a bit of a sulky stage of grieving (so dramatic!), so I just left this mani on for a long time and I would get bummed whenever I looked at it. Worn May 22 - June 5, 2012.

I guess I should let you in on a little secret: I think layering glitters is kind of stressful! I have all of my unpacked polishes swatched on nail sticks, and I try to figure out what I like best, but in the end I'm too lazy to start over once I get started, so if it sucks, it sucks. I usually take my inspiration from the creative genius of other bloggers.

This post has lots of pictures and is long and a bit scattered!