Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Triple Layer Experiment

Happy Tuesday, ladies.

For Twinsie Tuesday, we had to create a Triple Layer Experiment mani.  The brain behind this challenge, Cordia, explained that this could be anything except a jelly sandwich, which meant almost anything was fair game.

I figured the best way to go in this case was to avoid glitter and crackle, since those just never really worked for me.  Instead, I looked through my stash for polishes in the same color family, ranging from opaque to more translucent, and each with a different finish that could be layered on top of one another to create something remotely aesthetically pleasing.

I started with Orly Prelude to a Kiss from the Spring 2012 Cool Romance Collection.  While I love the peachy pink color, the formula was pretty terrible: thick, chalky, and uneven.  I had read on The Polishaholic that this was a dupe of Essie A Crewed Interest but with a better formula.  I can't even imagine what the Essie formula must be like if it's worse than this pastel.  

This is three coats.


On top of Prelude to a Kiss, I layered one coat of the NYC Peach Sparkle, a salmon-leaning peach jelly with a huge amount of golden shimmer.  The two worked brilliantly together, and the shimmer really added a nice little kick to chalky peach.


But this was supposed to be a triple layer experiment, so I had to add one more layer.  I went through a few different permutations of what this mani could've looked like on paper until I stumbled across Princess Diamond, a barbie pink sheer jelly swimming with gorgeous flakies frankened and gifted to me by my Twinsie, Jenna.   

One coat of this flakie franken was a magical addition.  Just a tiny bit of shimmer and more of a coral pink hue really jazzed up what was already a pretty nice mani.  While subtle, I'm super happy with how everything ended up.


I think that this manicure would be perfect for the months between spring and summer when you're itching for something girly and light but not quite ready for anything too bright.  

What do you think of my experiment?

And make sure to check out my Twinsies' experiments as well!




Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Katherine at Haul of Fame

41 comments :

  1. Really pretty! Yeah, I have A-Crewed Interest and it's pretty bad. The color is so pretty (on the Orly as well) that I will still wear it! I'm a sucker for punishment apparently :)

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  2. Wow, these 3 add up to a really lovely concoction! Even just the first two are so pretty together (love that soft shimmer!), but Jenna's franken puts it over the top. I love it! ^_^

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  3. Thanks! Yeah, I was quite pleased with this since I was so scared I'd end up with a monstrosity. Jellies and sheer shimmers really become your friends with challenges like this.

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  4. Gorgeous!! I love this combo, it turned out fantastic!

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  5. This is so lovely Amanda! Love Jenna's franken

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  6. love this experiment. Jenna's franken over everything is magical!

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  7. I know! Isn't it such a pretty franken?

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  8. Great mani! I would love to find a polish that looks like this!

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  9. Me too! How amazing would it be to have this in one bottle instead of 15 layers?

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  10. This is really cute :) I think I had that Orly shade back when I didn't care about polish :( It died on me and I threw it away :'(
    Beautiful mani

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  11. Ooh great layering, Amanda! Love these colors.

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  12. This is so pretty and delicate!

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  13. Very pretty! That flakie is perfect!

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  14. Thanks! Sorry it died on you :(

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  15. I thought they worked well together too :)

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  16. Thank you! I didn't want to let you down with your brainchild ;)

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  17. This turned out adorably! Very delicate and feminine. :)

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  18. this is a really pretty combo!!

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  19. So pretty! I love this combo! Love the franken too!!!

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  20. Girl, this is an amazing combo. And you really found a great way to use Princess Diamond :D

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  21. I recently tried a jelly sandwich of sorts and the polish layers just felt so weird on my nails. I felt like their never all quite dried and made my nails gummy. I really like how the final look came out here--very delicate.

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  22. The trick is to let the first coat and middle dry completely...maybe that would stop the gumminess?

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