Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jangle All the Way

Purplish-greys are one of my favourite nail polish colours to wear (see Sportsgirl Storm, Sportsgirl Smoke), so Essie Bangle Jangle (770) from the Winter 2011 Collection seemed an ideal addition to my collection. I was tossing up between Bangle Jangle and Cocktail Bling, which appeared in swatches to be slightly darker and less purple, but thought Cocktail Bling might be too grey-leaning and desaturated for my liking (didn't want another Sally Hansen Wet Cement). When I first tried on Bangle Jangle, it seemed very similar to Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish polish in Lively Lilac (170), so having both was a bit of a letdown. I thought I'd jazz things up by attempting a glitter gradient with a complementary colour, the coppery Face of Australia Studio 54 from their Glitterati Collection (a 100% dupe for Sportsgirl Rose Gold — seriously, it's the same polish).









I really liked the combination of Essie Bangle Jangle and Face of Australia Studio 54. Somehow, the flourish of glitter manages to rescue an otherwise ordinary creme. Studio 54 would've been blinding and excessive on its own, but paired with a hazy, dusty purplish grey, it adds just the right amount of pizzazz. The glitter "gradient" was surprisingly easy to do, with one layer of Studio 54 painted to around the middle of the nail, and a second layer more concentrated around the base of the nail only. I attempted this kind of mani once before and was pleased with the results, so I enjoyed revisiting it again. From experience, a glitter like Face of Australia Studio 54 (with a mix of small hexagonal glitter and ordinary glitter dots in a clear base) works better for a gradient effect than a more dense glitter made up of larger glitter pieces of the same size.

30 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous combination! I might have to find similar polishes in my collection and give it a go!
    Imogen's Typewriter. <3

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  2. Aww this is so pretty :') love what you done with the glitter polish so beautiful x

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  3. These are so gorgeous! I may need another trip to priceline now :/ x

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  4. So fun! I'm such a simple straightforward nail girl I've never thought of combining shades like this! I love it!

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  5. so pretty and festive :)

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  6. I absolutely adore this combo, I am obsessed !!

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  7. I love this combination of colours. It looks so pretty.

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  8. I meant to comment on your last post about your manicure but completely spaced… good thing you did this post so I can tell you how AMAZING this looks :D Seriously the color pairing is beautiful and that glitter? Stooooooop; so gorgeous. Pretty sure I need it in my life!

    ♥Cassie
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  9. Completely in love with this combination, so magical! xo

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  10. Omg it's soooo pretty *-*
    I've been looking for a similar violet shade! I guess I just found the perfect one :P

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  11. OMG so beautiful!! I love how you apply the glitters near the cuticles, the opposite of french manicure but looks different and beautiful! your nail beds are so so well shaped :-)

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  12. That's such a beautiful combination of colours and style :) Love it! x

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  13. Such a pretty mani! Love the combination of the two polishes... it's classic and fun at the same time. :)

    ~ Yun

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  14. This looks gorgeous, love the combo of polishes :)

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  15. What a gorgeous mani! Love the glitter at the base! :)

    Xx
    Madeleine | Madeleine in Wonderland

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  16. PERFECT nails!!! :)

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  17. The combination is so pretty!! I never would have thought to pair a purplish grey with rose gold.

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  18. Your photos are always so crystal clear. What camera and lens do you use!?

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    1. Thank you :) I use a Nikon D7000 with either the 18-105mm or 18-55mm lens.

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  19. Warm and cool tones look so poppin' against one other, sweet mani :D

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  20. Super pretty! I never would have thought of this combination. Very nice. :)

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  21. These make a pretty combination.
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  22. Such a pretty combination, pastels are very on trend at the moment even though it is winter haha :)
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  23. Adore this combination, and it makes me laugh that Studio 54 and Rose Gold are total dupes. I really like glitter gradients like this, and I think you are spot on re: the glitter size making it work nicely :)

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  24. I love how they pair with each other. In love with your nails! <3

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  25. Such a beautiful colour combination and you know me, I love anything glittery! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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