30 March 2013

Paisley and Gradients with Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary Collection

Hi everyone! Happy Good Friday / Easter weekend if you celebrate! Cult Nails is currently having a nail art contest. If you are interested you might want to check out their Facebook page ASAP as I believe there's only one day left to enter. I thought the contest would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself with something new and break out the Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary collection that I bought awhile back.

(L-R) Cult Nails Tempest, Blaze, and Fetish

For this design I used only the three polishes that were part of the collection - Blaze, Fetish and Tempest. My accent nail is a simple sponged glitter gradient using Fetish and Blaze. On the other fingers I started with a sponged gradient using Fetish and Tempest. Then I did all the black lines and details with a fine liner brush. After that I did the white lines with the same liner brush, and the white dots with a very fine dotting tool. I finished with a few accents using Blaze and the same fine dotting tool.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Let me know if you have any questions about this design or how I did it. It looks rather complicated, but it's not. It was very time consuming, especially with the fine detail lines. For the lines, I tend to do a very light line then go over it once or twice more. I find there's less errors, and if I make a mistake, it's easier to fix. I also use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid while working. For now this seems to be working well.

Paisley and gradients nail art

A bit about the 2nd Anniversary collection:

Blaze is a very fine gold and copper glitter in a clear base. You could wear this one on it's own with 2-3 coats, but I prefer it layered over another polish. The formula on this one is great. My only concern is that I ended up with a wonky brush. I'm glad it's not one of the other polishes, and hopefully I can fix it.

Fetish is a jet black with a wax finish. By wax finish I mean it's not completely matte, but has a nice sheen to it. However, adding top coat negates the wax finish, so you need to wear this one without. I found it applied so perfect and smooth with two coats. I was so impressed that the finish was flawless, and I wouldn't have a problem wearing this without top coat.

Tempest is a pure white creme. What sets this apart from other whites is the superior formula. It goes on very creamy and smooth, and it's perfectly self-leveling. This was two coats but it's almost a one-coater. This one is going to compete with my Sally Hansen White On as my go-to white for nail art.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Overall, I'm happy with the design, even if no one votes for me during the contest. It's one of those designs where up close I can see all the imperfections (which are of course magnified by the camera), but when I'm looking at it while typing up this blog post, I'm so completely satisfied with it. The paisley is like little miniature paintings on my nails and I love looking at the variations and details.

What do you think of this? Have you tried paisley designs? Did you get the Cult Nails collection?

13 comments:

  1. I love these!!!
    What brush do you use for the detailing? I need better brushes.
    Thank you for the polish thinner tip, I will definitely try that next time I try freehand designs.

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    1. Thanks Chantal! I use a brush called Edinburgh Realism 3/4 brush. One side is a shorter detail brush, the other side a longer liner brush. It's a great brush. Occasionally the tip splits into two, but for the most part I can get it to work, and it's better than anything else I own.

      I bought it from someone on instagram, her username is @stylishnailart. I bought it along with two other brushes and the shipping was about $8 from Japan. She's very fast, and I have only good things to say about ordering from her. The brush was $13.50, which is not bad since it's actually two brushes.

      I hope that helps! :)

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    2. Cool, thanks Meghan! :-)
      I was actually looking at buying some of her brushes so I'll take a look at that one too.

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    1. Thanks Cupcake Cat!! :) I'm glad you liked them.

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  3. This is such a great idea, and it turned out so good :) btw, i stopped using my lightbox. My light bulbs never arrived and I kinda like the daylight lighting haha:P Yours, however, always look good! :)

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    1. Michelle from Instagram! *waves hi* Thanks for the nice complement. Too bad about the lightbox, but I'm glad taking your photos in daylight is working for you. Your photos look great, I really like them. I've become too much of a nightowl I'm afraid to photograph with daylight - I like to photograph right after I finish something and sometimes that's 1-2am.

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  4. I love the paisley designs. These are great and I love the colors you used :)

    P.S. It would be nice if you can give us a tutorial :)

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    1. Thank you Nails Beautiqued! Thanks for your feedback as well. I haven't done any tutorials yet, but I will seriously consider doing one for this design, and maybe if that goes well some other designs. I have to think about it a bit. If I do it, it wouldn't be until the end of the semester, since things are very hectic work-wise right now. :)

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  5. this mani is so lovely and the color combo is stunning, Meghan, love it !! you're so talented :)

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