April 14, 2014

Gradient Stamping with Essie Hide & Go Chic Polishes [Nail Art]




Today I have a little nail art with a couple of the new Essie Hide & Go Chic polishes. 

Essie- Truth or Flare is the overall base color (you can see it sans-gradient on the thumb and index nails).  The gradient is Truth or Flare as well as the darker blue from the same collection, Essie- Hide & Go Chic. The third color is LVX- Cliquot, which I also used for the stamping.

The stamp is from MoYou London Sailor plate- 07, and as you can see it didn't stamp uber-cleanly. I don't know if that's improper squishy stamper technique or what.



I was initially going to swatch the Hide & Go Chic polishes for you, but when I used Truth or Flare, I got ugly bubbling on a couple of nails, so I sort of scrapped the whole idea, since I am behind on swatching stuff anyway (and sometimes you want a weekend not completely consumed by nail polish, ya know?).

Here's what I originally had to say about the formula:

Formula: It is sheer but buildable; the viscosity seems thin at first, but as you paint it on, it appears thicker, somehow.  This was mostly opaque for me in two coats, although I still had some thinner areas, which for swatching required a third coat. 

I used medium-thickness coats, and ended up with bubbling, so I'd be careful with this one.  Frustrating!

I also have Essie- Real Stylish from this same collection, and I miiiight swatch that if I get a chance.  It seems like a nice red.

For now, I thought we could enjoy these nice blues in a gradient!  /words







6 comments:

  1. Oh how pretty is this?! i need to get back into stamping again :)

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  2. Oh my gosh I need that stamp!

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  3. Beautiful! I'm not an expert with squishy stampers but mine didn't work at first at all, but works wonderfully with my Moyou plates now. Did you try priming it? Sometimes there's a "goo" in the stamper head that needs to be removed, by washing it with dishwasher and/or soap until it's no longer shiny. You may also try cleaning it with non-acetone remover. If that doesn't work filling it slightly (veeeery light handed) works too :) HTH!

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  4. Thank you! I am going to try to prep it with the dish soap method next time!

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