Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Crystal File 078: Layering With Neons

I often find myself avoiding creme finish polishes because it is difficult to hide flaws in a creme manicure. If i wear a creme finish polish, i generally layer a little something (or a massively blingy something) over the creme to add some sparkle or shimmer. Since the weather has gradually been warming, and the sun has been making the occasional appearance, I've been doing more and more layering experiments with neons.

When you layer a neon beneath a shimmery polish that isn't heavily pigmented you end up with a gorgeous glow, but the neon effect is a bit softer (which might make it easier for someone who is shy about neons to give them a try). If the neon creme you choose is a bit sheer doing two coats of neon, plus one coat of the shimmer polish you've chosen, will help you avoid the dreaded "Visible Nail Line".

As I'm sure many of you already know, there are a lot of fabulous neon polishes out at the moment. There are also some fabulous shimmery polishes (China Glaze Summer Days, Misa Candy Girl, Sweet Pleasures, and Lolli Jolly) that are sheer enough to allow your neon base to glow through. I've chosen a few of my recent experiments to share with you, i hope you enjoy and feel inspired to try some combinations of your own!


China Glaze Purple Panic topped with Color Club

Watermarked PUrple Panic


China Glaze Rose Among Thorns topped with China Glaze Raspberry Festival

Watermarked Raspberry Festival


Zoya Paz topped with China Glaze Cherry Pie

Watermarked Cherry Pie


These are the few combinations i managed to get photos of (when the sun made an appearance) but I've tried a few other combinations you might also like:

Essie Perky Purple topped with Misa Candy Girl
Misa Pour Me Something Tall and Strong topped with Misa Sweet Pleasures
China Glaze Japanese Koi topped with China Glaze Cherry Pie or Orange Marmalade
China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise topped with China Glaze Watermelon Rind

Layering is a ton of fun, and i truly hope you feel inspired to try your own combinations! You may even discover a new favorite summer mani :) And try these layering experiments with some of your favorite older colors as well! China Glaze colors like Drinkin' My Blues Away and Sass in a Glass (or any "glass flecked" polish) are fabulous for layering over neons too!

31 comments:

avroys said...

What a cool idea to combine neons with shimmery sheers! I love the colour combinations you did and I was immediately inspired to go and try my own combination. Thanx for the beautiful pictures and the creative tip!

S. Vanessa Hailey said...

Going crazy over the purple panic! Purdy!

Denny said...

Purple Panic is a really cool look. What is the name of the color club polish you used? I like the idea of layering. Thanks for sharing.

amanda said...

I love this idea! Thanks for the tip!

Lucy said...

Thanks for all the new combinations I can use. Very pretty layering colors that you've shown. Love the Cherry Pie.

silvia said...

wwwhello from Greece ,...
I just started to use china glaze...and I love it...
sooo many colours and we just realize that they last pretty looooong !!!!
before one week I did a post about china glaze...but this will be greek for you :)

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