30 August 2012

Icing Love It and Need Sunglasses

Since I was rushing to meet the deadline for my Tuesday post I only did one hand, so I needed to do some "walking around" nails...

Icing Love It swatch

In the mood for some glitter, I grabbed Icing Love It (then again, I'm hardly ever not in the mood for glitter...). One of my recent buys from the States, Love It is a cheerful mix of small, hex glitters in gold, teal, purple, and black. For a contrasting base colour I went with OPI Need Sunglasses? underneath. Husband accurately refers to it as my "canary" yellow. It's definitely a contrast! Maybe even too much. But, onward!

Icing Love It with OPI Need Sunglasses

Need Sunglasses? took me a jillion coats to build to opacity (today a jillion equals a little more than 4), but that often seems to be the case for me with yellows, neons, or pastels--even ones that cover completely for others in just a couple of coats. And of course yellows are notoriously finicky about streaking if you don't let them dry enough between coats, so I took my time about getting these done.

I was really pleased with how Love It applied. I'm wearing about 2 coats of it here--approximate because I did do some follow-up dabbing to fill in some bald areas. Overall, though, if you lay the brush flatter against your nail instead of just brushing with the tip, the glitter doesn't put up much of a fight, and the clear base it's suspended in is "slippery" enough that you can pretty much just push the glitter over to where you want it. That plentiful suspension base also left me with a few air bubbles when it dried, but they were very minor, hardly noticeable against the glitter--plus, as a more than acceptable trade-off for those few bubbles, it left a much smoother finish than you usually get from a glitter polish.

One coat of Sally Hansen Quick-Dry Top Coat left my "confetti canaries" bright and shining! But even as I enjoyed them I knew it was only a matter of time before I gave in and went matte.

Icing Love It matte


The difference isn't hugely dramatic, but I love it. I'm such a sucker for matte over multi-coloured glitters! As you can see, it doesn't stop them reflecting entirely, but cutting down on the shine really lets you see the colours for themselves.

35 comments:

  1. Oooh, I'm kinda in love with this matte! I love the contrast of the base and the glitters! Icing polishes are fabulous, IMO :D

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    1. Thank you, Maribeth! I think I like this combo best mattified too. This was the first Icing polish I've ever tried, and I was really pleased with it--and I have two more of their glitters that I'm really looking forward to trying out soon!

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  2. Before I scrolled down I was totally thinking this would be totally badassery matte...and it is! I think that would also make a good jelly...if you had a yellow jelly.

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    1. Haha, thank you, Jen!! (*is happy with her badass nails*)
      Ooh, a yellow jelly would be awesomesauce.

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  3. Yellow polishes are notorious for terrible application so I completely understand the bazillion and a half (or, more than four) coats for this pretty summery mani.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! All told I probably had about 10 coats of polish by the time I did that 2nd top coat, but I enjoyed the colours a lot. I keep saying I'm ready for vampier autumn shades, but then I keep doing manis like this. ;o)

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    1. It was a lot of fun to wear, Ash--thanks! ^_^

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Brandi! Yeah, I'm pretty much "Matte FTW!" ;)

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  6. OMG I love this combo Yellow is my go to color.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nory! I'd wear yellow a lot more if it weren't so hard for me to build up well, but I was really in the mood to go bright. :)

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  7. pretty pretty pretty! it's such a cheerful combo:D

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    1. Thanks so much, Marcelina! I was definitely in the mood for cheerful. =)

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  8. Very cheerful combination! And I like it matte! :-)

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    1. I'm such a big fan of matte top coats--thank you very much!! :D

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  9. This combination is really perfect! Love it!

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  10. Pretty pretty! I love glitter too!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so happy I found a bunch when I hit the States--I was so glitter-deprived! :)

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  11. Mattified is definitely cool !
    Your Dad, Jim

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  12. I like the colors of that glitter. I've been looking for a similar one by Spoiled. If I see this at Icing, I'll pick it up.

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    1. Thanks, ChiChi! I like how the black really adds some depth. And purple and teal are so hard to photograph correctly, but I think they came out okay here. ;)

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  13. Oh, does the Icing glitter have a ridiculous strong smell? I have some Claire's glitters and they have a really potent smell.

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    1. There's a bit of that smell, yeah, but I didn't think it was any stronger or harsher than SV.

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  14. Hi girl, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this mani you did. I actually have a glitter similar to this (SPoiled Trust Fund Baby) and I love how it looks with the yellow. So recreating this soon. Thanks for the inspiration! :D

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    1. You're very welcome--I enjoyed the visit! And thank you as well! Come to think of it, I may actually have Trust Fund Baby somewhere in my stash. Fingers crossed! :)

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