August 3, 2015

Polished by KPT Don't Be Ranunculus [Swatch] [Nail Art]

Hey everyone, welcome to a new week...eeek!

Today I have a gorgeous thermal polish to share with you: Polished by KPT- Don't Be Ranunculus, which is from 2014's March Into Spring release.

brush shot showing cool thermal state

Don't Be Ranunculus is a warm-sensitive thermal shimmer polish. The starting, cool color is sort of a rich, warm, slightly brown-toned cranberry color (right up my alley!). The warm transition state is a light mauvey-purpley-taupe-pinkish color. So, so pretty!

The shimmer in this is pretty complex! There's a couple different types of glassflecky particles and then there's also green and fuchsia shimmer. I really can't tell if it's color shifting shimmer or if it's two different shimmers...

Also- the name of this polish! Cute and funny! 

Artificial light, two coats:

I realize the flower stamp doesn't actually look like a Ranunculus, but that was the closest thing I had! (It's from Moyou London- Pro XL 11.)

So, a lot of the time while wearing this polish, it stayed in this ^ semi-transitioned state with the cool transition at the nail tips and the warm state on the nail bed itself! I love it so much- like a natural gradient!

This is what it looks like as it starts to get colder:

You can see the nail bed (warm state) color has gone from a very taupey-mauve to a light berry shade.

Cold state:

More of a cranberry color!

Here are the two thermal states separated using warm and cool water:


The halfmoons were done using French tip nail guides with Essie- Penny Talk, and the large floral accents on thumb and middle finger are actually stamping decals. I went with decals because I wanted a very clean stamp with good placement, and there were bits I removed from the design. Basically, I didn't want to overlap the halfmoon on my middle nail, so I decided a decal would be safer. It worked out!

The pinkie is just stamped normally!


You can tell I loved this one because I took way too many photos!

Formula: The viscosity is medium-thick, and it's also fairly pigmented. I had a perfect opacity in two easy, smooth coats, but be sure to wrap the nail tips during both coats to avoid sheerness there.

If you do a thinner first coat, and then thicker second, the shimmer seems more pronounced during the warm transition color (this is what happened on my non-swatching hand- very cool effect!). Either way you apply it, it's going to be gorgeous- so don't worry!

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

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