Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue and Glittery

I hope you can stand just a bit more from the Orly Viva collection, because I liked La Playa so much that after doing all the comparison swatches in yesterday's entry, I put that beautiful blue back on and wore it until I had to switch to something more conservative to work my employer's user conference. Because I sometimes have trouble leaving well enough alone, I topped it with Finger Paints Sapphire Shimmer, which was way prettier than I'd expected. Taking a page out of Susie's blog, here's what I used for my mani:

Orly and Finger Paints polish

Starting at the left, I put on one coat of Orly Nailtrition. I'm trying this out as a possible replacement for Sally Hansen Age Correct Growth, which has been my treatment of choice but which SH decided to discontinue. I do still have a stash of bottles of the SH stuff but thought I'd feel better if I had a plan for when they eventually run out. Next comes Seche Base Ridge Filling, which I started using when L'Oreal stopped making the ridgefiller I used to like. Next, you'll notice I got the bottles in the wrong order again--obviously I put the Orly La Playa on first and then the Finger Paints glitter. I only used one coat of La Playa under two coats of glitter--it has excellent coverage. Last there's my favorite top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip. I like this so much that I'm really surprised SH hasn't discontinued it, too, like she did my treatment base coat (and a lot of other people's holy grail base--Nail Quencher). When I was done it looked like this--some of these are bit out of focus, the better to show off the sparkly bits of color in the Sapphire Shimmer:


Orly and Finger Paints polish


Orly and Finger Paints polish

Orly and Finger Paints polish

I admit I was a tiny bit cranky about Finger Paints releasing a multi-colored glitter and a blue glitter so close on the heels of OPI's Alice in Wonderland ones--surely they could come up with something different, I thought--but they didn't just copy OPI. Sapphire Shimmer is beautiful and not at all a dupe of Absolutely Alice. I was fascinated with the pops of color that showed and was sad to take it off.

10 comments:

  1. Oooh, the Sapphire Shimmer is so pretty. It's not something I would buy normally, but now that I've seen it layered, I'm liking the possibilities!

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  2. Thanks for mentioning me. :)
    I love anything ORLY. I still haven't gotten any Finger Paint Polishes yet. Looks great.
    ENjoy your weekend,
    Susie

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  3. That's a beautiful combination! So sparkly! You can't go wrong with sparkly.

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  4. I love this combination. Your pic shows the different colours in the glitter very well.

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  5. I saw this FP glitter at my Sally store. It looks so pretty on your nails!

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  6. What a wonderful color pairing. Very vibrant. Will you keep it for the weekend?

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  7. Wow wow wow, this is such an amazing color combination!

    I'm still going back and forth with myself about if I want that Sapphire Shimmer, but this definitely is pushing me towards getting it!

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  8. Thanks, everyone!

    Kimberly, I had to take it off after just a few days to switch to something less flashy for a work event, otherwise I think I would have kept it on as long as I could.

    ChaosButterfly, I was on the fence about it, too, but it's sooo pretty out of the bottle. Grab one before they're gone!

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  9. Very nice! I like this a lot!!

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