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piCture pOlish ‘Dream’ and ‘Honeydew’

The last couple of years I’ve taken part in piCture pOlish’s BlogFest, and had intended to again this year but for various reasons that I won’t bore you with I had to pull out last minute. Jules very kindly allowed me to keep the items for review instead so here’s the two I was sent, along with the right angled Nail Vinyls now available through piCture pOlish.

So I had a plan, to stick to the rules of blogfest and show you what I would have done if I’d have taken part. Well, what I would have done would have involved gradients but they weren’t allowed. So the plan was to do the needle manicure, overlaid with the colours using tape so that the needle part peeked through. Thankfully I had the foresight to photograph this is stages though, because I used the entire packet of Nail Vinyls trying to do that. I left the needle pattern to dry FOR AGES (seriously, however long you think I waited, I waited longer), and still the vinyls tore the base off. And yes, I did the sticking it to your hand thing – three times in some cases. I know that a lot of you love this particular brand of Nail Vinyls and find them great, but honestly, I hate them. I’ve never had any luck, they ruin every manicure. They feel too thick to stick to the sides of my nails (they don’t seem to negotiate the curve of my nail well enough) yet the places they do stick to, they cling to like a bindi stuck to a pair of tights. So, no pictures of my intended plan I’m afraid. I know a quick dry top coat can help with vinyls, but that would just put a skin over a thick wet manicure when it comes to needle designs so I didn’t. I have tried it other times though, and no luck.

piCture pOlish 'Honeydew' & 'Dream' needle manicure nail polish on pollypolish.com

piCture pOlish ‘Honeydew’ & ‘Dream’ needle manicure

With the few vinyls I had left I gave it another crack. Here I used a top coat, the vinyls, then the polish. Nothing wet or damp underneath to rip off, but it still pulled the top coat off, and I sealed with another top coat to smooth it all over, though the lines still don’t look clean enough to me. I’ve used traditional tape to create complex geometric patterns like this in the past, so for once I’m not blaming my lack of skills. I just don’t think me and Nail Vinyls (this brand specifically – I’ve had more luck with others) are destined to get on well together. Props to all of you out there who have mastered them.

piCture pOlish 'Honeydew' & 'Dream' Nail Vinyls manicure nail polish on pollypolish.com

piCture pOlish ‘Honeydew’ & ‘Dream’ needle manicure

I do, however, like the opacity of both of these colours. They great for pops of colour in a white needle manicure, and they have good coverage when used alone too. ‘Honeydew’ is a little bit like ‘Tiffany’ for me in that I just don’t like those sorts of mint colours on myself, but ‘Dream’ was a nice surprise. Again I don’t love pinks, but the coverage is good and it’s a great mid pink that’ll be a brilliant base for nail art and the application of both was smooth and even. So if you like the colours, I’d recommend the polishes.

The next post might be a bit more chipper with the third piCture pOlish I was sent, this time for swatching purposes. It’s a goodun.

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Availability Online at www.picturepolish.com.au or locally at Sally Magpies and Rainbow Connection.

‘Honeydew’ and ‘Dream’ sent for review.

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Posted in: Green / Mint / Nail art / piCture pOlish / Pink
  • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

    Sorry that the vinyls didn’t work out, but the needle drag alone looks great. I have yet to try vinyls but whenever possible if I’m doing something with tape, I will do my base the night before!

  • http://www.lovevarnish.com/ Deborah – Love Varnish

    The needle drag mani looks perfect! Too bad the vinyls didn’t work out though.