22 February 2011

Shattered Harmony

Clearly I'm not very good at coming up with creative names for my manicures. I'll leave that up to the professionals. I was also toying with "Discord" as a title, but I thought that might be a little too dorky.

Anyhow. As you may have gathered from the name, the base of this manicure is two coats of China Glaze Harmony, which I absolutely love. At some point I want to get a few other polishes from the Romantique collection because they're all so shimmery and wonderful and GREAT for Konad stamping. This is the stamping polish that I used in my first Konad post, in case it looks a bit familiar.

Harmony is a chromey light purple with a hell of a lot of pink in it. It's very nearly a one-coater (which is why it works so well for stamping), but I had few little bald spots so I went over with a second. It applied very easily, and dried in a decent amount of time. I don't know if it dried faster than usual, but it didn't take ages and ages.

Harmony smells a bit weird as far as nail polish goes. If you're expecting the usual nail polish smell, you may be a bit surprised when you first open up this bottle. Or mine, at least. It smells a lot like those dry-erase pens for whiteboards. I don't really mind though, I'm all about the chemical smells.

I'm probably going to be wearing Black Shatter or lumpy glitter polishes a fair amount in the next little while. I have a little tear on the nail of my middle finger, and just fixing it with a teabag wasn't quite cutting it. Instead of filing my nail all the way down to the tear (it would be insanely short and painful), I used my acrylic kit and made a little patch. I filed it down, but it's still a bit bumpy and I would be incredibly conscious of it if I didn't try and disguise it somehow.

You may have noticed that the Black Shatter looks a little different, and that's because I applied it sideways to see how it would turn out. Kirsten tried it on the weekend and said it looked a bit like zebra stripes, so I had to give it a shot!

Do you like the way Shatter looks when applied sideways? What are some other techniques that you use to make it look interesting?


  1. Personally, I love headlines that are unique; it shows creativity and a way to express your blog. :)

    I like this twist on applying it sideways. I wonder about a diagonal? These shatters and crackles are mind-blowing. Great swatching!

  2. I like the sideways look! I wish I could see a little more of the Harmony though, it looks cute. :)


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