Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fair Game got Splatter(ed) with Flashing Lights

**all items purchased by me

I thought today I'd share what I wore on my nails for my family reunion.  I wanted to have some fun with my nails so I went with glitter, of course.  Originally I had planned on wearing either an OPI or Zoya polish, but none of those really called to me when I was looking through my drawers.  Especially since Flashing Lights was practically begging to be worn.  But then I got down to my Essie drawer, and a pretty blue-steel gray blue caught my eye.  Perfect...I think... I tested on a scrap of paper.  Yep, perfect.

Over a coat of ridge filling base coat, I did 2 coats of Essie Fair Game.  There is some shimmer that wants to leave brush strokes, so on my second coat I went slower.  Then I did a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward.
Fair Game is from the 2011 Fair Game Resort Collection.  Fair Game is a pretty steel blue-gray polish with a touch of shimmer.  Other than needing to polish slowly, it applied fairly easily.  I did have to make sure to not really go back over the same spot more than once to avoid balding.  It did dry a bit slow, even though I used a fast dry top coat.
Then I put on a coat of Claire's Splatter in Flashing Lights.  There was some fishing, dabbing and light pushing around involved, but I got it how I wanted it to look.  After a couple minutes I put on a coat of Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat.  Then after a few more minutes, another coat of Fast Forward (I needed to get to bed!)
Flashing Lights has a clear base polish.  There's quite a few types of glitter: small matte white hex glitter, tiny specks of sheer white (I think that's what that one is anyway), medium and large matte bright blue hex glitter, and small bar glitter in the same matte bright blue.  It definitely took some dabbing around to get a decent layer of it, especially when trying to get the largest hex glitter out.

Just a warning: if you happen to like Flashing Lights and want to purchase it, it stinks.  The polish is adorable, but the formula had a strong chemically scent to it.

What would you layer Flashing Lights over?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
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