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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.