Ah, Tuesday. You come around so often.
For today's Twinsie post, we have to swatch a ruffian manicure. In essence, the ruffian mani is an upside down half moon.
Inspired by Nory's foray into nudes and neons, I decided to venture in that direction for this post. I started with three coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Without a Stitch, a yellow-leaning cream creme (cream as the color, creme as the formula) that on me looked slightly nude-ish. Since my skin is pink-toned, the uber pale buttercream was a really subtle pop on my nails.
Over that, I free-handed my ruffian with an unnamed neon Cynthia Rowley polish I reviewed back in the summer. I absolutely adore this color -- although I kinda hate it doesn't have a name -- and while I dislike the summer, makes me crave for times when I can comfortably sport such bright shades. Since it the Sally Hansen worked as its underwear, the neon glowed with one coat. As you can see, it dried matte. Since I don't often swatch matte polishes, I figured I'd leave it as a treat to those that do... and also because the top coat was upstairs and I was downstairs when I went to swatch this mani. But mostly as a treat.
|Not thrilled with the ruffian line of my middle finger so if it's annoying you as a reader, imagine how aggravating it is to me. Argh.|
Even though the Cynthia Rowley is a classic neon matte, I like how even without top coat there's almost an electric shimmer that appears at a certain light. Regardless, coral-toned red neons are real favorites so I'd be hard-pressed to find fault in this.
But to the ruffian conclusion. Personally, I don't get the appeal of the ruffian manicure. To me, it's like you just got lazy with your second coat and decided to start 7/8 of the way down your nail bed. I read somewhere that the designer (or whoever she was) that came up with this manicure idea she thought it looked like her cuticles were smiling at her. Um, okay, sure. When her cuticles start to hear voices, then I think we will all agree that this is was a ridiculous idea.
For more of these, ahem, "manicures" please check out my Twinsies' posts by clicking below. I'm sure they are much kinder than me.
Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails