Hello dear readers,
This week’s mani was inspired by Angela Zeleny on Facebook, she posted a gorgeous pink chrome mani and I just had to try my Crystal Nails Pink ChroMe gel polish.
I kept it relatively simple this week, I just did 2 accent nails and left the others unadorned so I could enjoy the smooth foil-like chrome goodness. These chromes are very eye-catching and the smoothest I’ve tried, so far. As I wrote in a previous post about the Crystal Nails chromes, application is relatively hassle-free but they do require a smooth, tack-free surface to get the most bang for your buck. I used a no-wipe top coat as the base (after using my Gelish base) that came with a chrome polish kit by VPP but any no-wipe, tack-free top coat should work. These also require the no-wipe topcoat to preserve the super smooth chrome finish. Using tops that have a tacky layer do not play well with the chrome gels, you’ll end up with a more shimmery finish.
I started with a coat of Gelish base and cured. Then one coat of a no-wipe top coat and cured. I then paint a very thin layer of the Crystal Nails ChroMe #12 Pink chrome gel, I avoid over-brushing as this can result in pitting and gaps and did not cap the tips. I let the polish air dry for about 1-2 min, you’ll see it start to develop the smooth, chrome finish right before your eyes, and then cure in a UV lamp for 3 minutes. I applied one more coat of chrome, air dry, cure for 3 minutes. I then applied 2 coats of the no-wipe top (curing each coat, of course) making sure to cap the tips.
For the accent nails, I used First Gel gel paint, Mauve Mist, to draw the design over the base no-wipe coat and cured and removed sticky layer with alcohol. I then applied 2 coats of the chrome polish, air dying and curing between coats. I applied 2 thin coats of the no-wipe top and done.
And because my light tent diffuses the glare of the light and makes the photos look somewhat matte, here’s a cell phone pic and short video clip showing the awesome metallic finish:
I hope y’all enjoy this week’s design and if you try the ChroMe polish I would love to see your work. Stay tuned for a tutorial on the design, coming soon!