That’s One Cool Cat featuring KBShimmer Spot Sign

Have you heard about leopard glitter yet? I found out about it recently and excitedly rushed to KBShimmer to order a bottle of Spot Sign. This polish has been available for a little while now, but I think many polish lovers will be seeing it for the first time today (11-1-14) when KBShimmer releases their Winter Collection. So why the excitement you ask? Well, it’s no secret that my freehand is laughable at best. Sure I could stamp a leopard print if I wanted to, but I would be more or less confined to the design. But with the glitter I can do this…
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar

The glitter gave me precise control over where to place the leopard spots, just like I would have if I was able to freehand. But there’s more than just leopard spots in this bottle.
KBShimmer Spot Sign, leopard glitter polish
The black leopard spot shaped glitters are accented by black dots, small black hexes and micro holographic sparkle. KBShimmer recommends to dab on 1 coat and then adjust or place glitter depending on how many spots you desire. And that’s somewhat close to how I applied it.

After reading the reviews from other bloggers I thought I should mention that I had a fairly easy time applying these spots, getting them exactly where I wanted them on my nail, and facing them in multiple directions. But I am very comfortable playing around with glitters, dabbing and fishing and poking them with toothpicks to place them precisely. If you aren’t then this product may not be a good choice. Also, based on my polish choices, I didn’t topcoat several nails and the spots still laid flat for the several days I wore this design. I read that others needed layers of topcoat to keep them down, so your experience may differ from mine.
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar
Of course my trend to use multiple polishes in a single design continues. Consciously I do it because I like the way it looks. But subconsciously I think my mind has decided it’s the only chance I have of ever using all of my polishes at my current buy rate. 🙂

I started with 2 coats of Picture Polish Chillax on my thumb and middle finger, 2 coats of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby on my index and pinky, and 2 coats of Zoya Bar on my ring finger. Since Love.Angel.Music.Baby is a satin and Bar is a texture, I applied HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat only over the Chillax.

I was just telling a fellow blogger the other day that I only have 1 bottle of Zoya and here it is in all it’s sparkly glory. They had a great sale the other day though, so it will have friends real soon Anne!
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar
I allowed some drying time, then placed a French tip guide on a curved angle on my index finger and applied 2 coats of Chillax followed by HK Girl Topcoat.
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar
I wanted to mimic the index finger curve so I needed to place the spots precisely. I also wanted the full effect of the polish with the smaller glitters and holographic sparkle so I removed all of the spots from the brush head and then swiped it over my nail where I wanted the curve and repeated until I had the desired effect. Then I placed all of the spots exactly where I wanted them with a toothpick. I did my thumb more casually since I was covering it completely and simply dabbed on a coat of polish and adjusted the spots a little with a toothpick.
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar
The final step was to fill in the spots with Chillax on the golden nails and with gold glitter on the Chillax nails using a small nail art brush. My index finger was lucky enough to receive both! The finishing touch was attaching Daily Charme’s Large Leopard charm to my middle finger with nail glue. At 10mm x 17mm and weighing 2 grams, this charm means business and I’ve been waiting for just the right time to wear it.
KBShimmer Spot Sign, Picture Polish Chillax, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Daily Charme Large Leopard, Zoya Bar

Product Recap
Basecoat and Topcoat: OPI Glitter Off Basecoat and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Zoya Bar, Picture Polish Chillax
Accent polishes: KBShimmer Spot Sign, Stripe Rite Gold
Embellishments: Large leopard from Daily Charme

I hope you enjoyed this design and I would love to hear your thoughts! Are you thinking of buying a leopard glitter polish? Or perhaps something else from KBShimmer’s Winter Collection? And how about this fun question…would you wear a design like this??

Thanks you for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.

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  • Welcome Julia! Thank you very much! <3

  • Welcome Lisa! Thanks so much! I am thrilled you enjoyed it!

  • This looks so lovely!
    Xoxo Julia

  • Lisa, Geordie Nails

    How incredible, I love your design!

  • Thank you very much Anita! Daily Charme has great stuff! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • omg adorable charms, design looks so royal

  • Welcome Anabel! Thank you very much! I am thrilled you enjoyed it! <3

  • Thanks Anne! It's good stuff! You should definitely pick up a bottle! I loved the placement flexibility and usage can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it.

  • Anabel Boyanova

    I really adore this design! <3

  • That is really cool. I really want to pick up this glitter, especially after seeing your cool mani.

  • {{BIG smile}} You say the nicest things Kim! I think you could totally rock at little bit of this glitter…subtle sections of animal as you said. I did have a TON of fun creating this one and I am thrilled that it showed! <3

  • Thank you very much Diana! <3

  • Wow!! I don't know how you do it…you make me love stuff I would NEVER even consider. 🙂 I already loved the combo of turquoise & gold….but you took them to another level here. Stunning and fierce!! Personally, I'm not a big animal print gal usually, but I like that you did it as partial sections of the nails – maybe less is more (than the whole nail). I can tell you had lots of fun with this one – and it jumps right off the screen and roars!! 🙂 🙂

  • LA CAJITA DE DIANA

    Stunning desing.