Manicure Monday # 5 – Essie Lapiz of Luxury and a Gradient Attempt

My attempt at gradient nails

My attempt at gradient nails

Today I am experimenting with my camera. I got an old digital camera from my dad and have just managed to get it set up to work with my pc, so will be trying to find the optimum blogging settings until I can afford to buy a dslr (canon 60D I want you, but wuld settle for 600D). It is quite a picture heavy post today for that reason, plus I really liked the colours. I have never quite been able to master the seamless gradient look that so many brilliant nail artists can on their nails. I’ve tried many a time and it always looks a bit naff really. I was feeling a bit purple yesterday, so started out with a base of the cornflower blue Lapiz of Luxury from Essie and then topped it off with Your Such a Budapest and Funky Dunkey from OPI using a make-up sponge. This was the result…

Gradient nails in artificial light

Gradient nails in artificial light

Another shot in artificial light

Another shot in artificial light

Prior to Clean Up

Prior to Clean Up

Another Shot

Another Shot

Close up showing the blending (lack of) better

Close up showing the blending (lack of) better

This was my first Essie polish and I was really surprised about how smooth the application was. Creme polish can often be touch and go, but this was flawless and opaque after 2 coats. This shine was incredible and I really loved the brush, it was wide but also quite soft and doesn’t have a sharp or flat edge. I’ve had this on for 2 days and no tip wear or chips yet. I think I will be investing in more Essie in the future! I actually got this one free in Boots before Christmas when I was buying presents for people. Winner. The drying time of this was really impressive, touch dry in 5 minutes without a top coat. I need more Essie in my mahoosive collection.

Lapiz of Luxury

Lapiz of Luxury

Fluffy Brush!

Fluffy Brush!

Lapiz of Luxury

Lapiz of Luxury

Lapiz of Luxury Swatched on the Nails

Lapiz of Luxury Swatched on the Nails

Lapiz of Luxury Swatch

Lapiz of Luxury Swatch Showing the Shine

Lapiz of Luxury Indoors

Lapiz of Luxury Indoors

In Artificial Light

In Artificial Light

One Last View

One Last View

Has anyone got any tips on how better to blend my gradient mani? Can you see yourself trying this?

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15 thoughts on “Manicure Monday # 5 – Essie Lapiz of Luxury and a Gradient Attempt

  1. You should definitely invest in more Essie -they’re (generally) amazing! Do steer clear of the namesake from the resort 2014 collection, though (very disappointing šŸ˜¦ ).

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    • Awh thanks love. I’m thinking of this week posting some of my ‘nail art’ from a year or 2 years ago. It might inspire others to try it out as it was really shocking and Im slowly improving. Pastels are my life right now. Love them

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  2. I love that colour, I really want Lapis of Luxury but have never got round to buying it. And I still can’t find Funky Dunky at a decent price! Just a suggestion, when I do sponge gradients I’ve found that it often works better if I use my lightest colour as my base colour. That might just be me, but it might be worth a try if you’re not completely satisfied with the effect you’re getting. I think your nails look cool with what you’ve done though šŸ™‚ xxx

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    • I probably should have done that, but only decided after I had painted them that I wanted to get the sponge out. Keep an eye on eBay. I got it for eight pound, but only after months of searching. I just realised you can’t really see the funky dunky in the photo anyway, it hardly showed up. Xx

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