Thursday, January 28, 2010
I didn't get on too well with My First Bottle of gold Lancôme nail varnish. The offending item was a bottle of Le Vernis in Pure Gold - you can read my review of it for Beaut.ie here - and I was fairly glum about the fact that I'd wasted €20.50 of my birthday money on it.
However, the gods of nail varnish smiled down upon me and I managed to swap it for a bottle of BB Sand from the SS10 Ô My Rose collection! (By the by, if you're not already using the swap function on Make Up Alley or the Swap Siopa on Beaut.ie, I recommend that you check them out without delay. Great for offloading stuff you're no longer using/don't like and getting lovely beauty bits in return.)
In complete contrast to its Pure Gold sister (boo, hiss) this stuff is only gorgeous. On first glance it looks like a bog standard clear varnish with bits of gold glitter - so far, so not too inspiring, and you couldn't really be blamed for passing over it at the Lancôme counter. But there's nearly more glitter than varnish in the bottle, so the glitter payoff is brilliant. One coat would be lovely for a twinkly French mani, but two coats is enough for damn-near-opaque sparkly talons provided you apply them carefully, and I recommend shaking/rolling the bottle between hands to keep things well mixed.
Obviously, being a complete glitter whore and very impatient, I ignored my own advice and went for a third coat for the full metal jacket effect, which is what's pictured.
BB Sand is a fab shade of gold, too - no rotten fag-stained-looking fingernails here - because there's silver particles of glitter in there as well as the obvious. Good thinking.
Throw on a top coat to prolong wear - as well as sealing the free edge of the nail, it'll prevent the glitter on the surface of nails from snagging.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the size of the glittery bits, well let me tell you that the next photo you'll see is an extreme close-up of the nail on my middle finger...
Total size of the section shown in this photo is approx. ½mm² In Real Life.
Yep, those are some seriously small sparkles!
What nail varnish or other lovely make-up bits are you wearing today?