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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity is a mix of medium sized lavender hex glitters, smaller magenta hex glitters, light green square glitters and tiny darker green hex glitters, all mixed up a sheer white base with a sprinkling of iridescent glitter too! The result is complex, springy and very feminine! It reminds me of pretty summer dresses and traditional english china! Serendipity means a pleasant surprise, and the way these colours work together in this gorgeous polish is certainly that!

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

The glitter in this polish is quite dense and generous, so for my mani I used three coats of Serendipity over a single coat of a very sheer white (Boots No7 Snowflake) as I wanted to keep the finish smooth but avoid visible nail line. I'm not sure I really needed the undies, and I wouldn't bother on shorter nails at all. I used a coat of Gelous and a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth and finish the mani. Here are a few pictures from different angles to show the glitters on the nail.


Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

And a couple of macro shots for a bit more detail - you can really see how the iridescent glitters catch the light here

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity

Lovely! I couldn't help but think about floral china when I looked at my nails, so I thought I'd try layering Serendipity over a light creamy colour to pull the base a bit warmer. I used Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee as my base; this  is a light, biscuity nude with no hint of pink.

 Barry M Gelly in Lychee
 Barry M Gelly in Lychee

Then I added two light coats of Serendipity...........

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

I love how this turned out! As with the Serendipity mani above, I used a coat of Gelous to smooth out the glitter and a thick coat of Seche Vite to finish everything off. The base of Serendipity is smooth and translucent enough just to lighten the base without causing any streaking or blobbing of the white. You can see how even the pigment is in this closer shot. The yellow / transparent glitters you can see here are the iridescent glitters where the light is hitting them an a different angle to what usually produces the blue-green flash you get from these.

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

I'll definitely try this out again with a different pastel colour for the base - I think a pale yellow would look especially good (I love yellow and purple together) or may a very light green or lilac. Darling Diva Serendipity is quite a versatile polish!

Finally, since I'd started a *porcelain* theme, I couldn't leave this without adding a matt topcoat!


Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee
Darling Diva Polish Serendipity over Barry M Lychee

Darling Diva Serendipity was sent to me as a sample for review. I also reviewed Darling Diva Grumpy Bear, and Dirty Deeds.

You can buy Darling Diva polishes from Darling Diva Polish's Etsy ShopLlarowe and Mei Mei's Signatures; all these sellers ship internationally. Norway Nails also stocks Darling Diva and ships within Europe. 

20 comments:

  1. I think this is my favourite indie I've ever seen - AND I can see myself wearing it! The colours just work so well together :)

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  2. Oh my! I adore this one!! Gorgeous swatches!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed wearing this :)

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  3. This is very lovely, especially over Lychee!

    I totally see what you mean about china - it almost looks like a delicate floral pattern to me!

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    1. Thank you! I thought the combination with Lychee really softened and warmed the colours, I loved that!

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  4. I love the lavender glitter, it's not something you see very often, espesh in combination with the other colours.

    And I am loving Barry M Lychee, must get my paws on that!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I'd recommend Lychee :D

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  5. Love that and great photos. Have Lychee as well but don't think it suits me as well as it suits you. I do love the Gellys in general though. I really feel the "floral china look " when it is mattified for some reason.

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  6. This is so gorgeous both with and without the base!

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    1. Thanks! I can't decide which I like best - and I want to try it over more colours too!

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  7. Ooh, I really love this one on its own! I don't know why, but it immediately made me think of Sleeping Beauty (maybe the Briar Rose association?).

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    1. Thank you! I do see that connection with the roses :D

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  8. BEAUTIFUL! It looks like a garden!

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  9. Looks nice with a matt topcoat :)

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  10. Lovely colour and very pretty glitters!

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