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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Vampy matt gradient with Manglaze polishes - and *magic* dots!

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder

I've been enjoying dots and gradients recently, and I've always had a soft spot for matt manicures, so I decided to combine all these things to try out something just a little bit different! This is a gradient with three Manglaze polishes (Fatty's Got More Blood (deep red), Santorum (brown) and Matte is Murder (black) and shiny topcoat dots.

Here is the gradient before I applied the dots. I painted my nails with Santorum, then added a gradient with a damp sponge in the normal way. Fatty's Got More Blood at the cuticle, Santorum in the middle and Matte is Murder at the tips. The colours are close; this was deliberate, I wanted this gradient to be subtle. The Manglaze polishes work really easily together to make the gradient - I was a little nervous that if the gradient wasn't smooth, then I wouldn't be able to rely on topcoat to make it smooth, but there was no problem at all. In fact I like the finish of the Manglaze polishes so much with the sponge application I might start sponging the last coat when I use a single Manglaze colour.

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder

Then I added large dots with a clear topcoat. I used Sinful Colors Gel-Tech topcoat for this - this is a thick topcoat which dries fast to a high shine. I didn't want to use a thin topcoat or clear polish that would spread out over my nails before it dried, and I wasn't sure that SV would play nice. The Sinful topcoat worked perfectly! 

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder



The topcoat really accentuates the differences between the Manglaze shades and the dots stand out very effectively from the base:

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder


Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder

In this macro shot you can see how adding a shiny topcoat brings out all sorts of sparklies in the Manglaze polishes - I know there are many people who add a topcoat as a matter of routine but I like the matt finish far too much to ever do that. Not to whole nails anyway!

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder

In different lights, the effect is more pronounced. The next couple of pictures are under my desk lamp:

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is MurderManglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is MurderManglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder - artificial light

And finally, this shot under a daylight bulb shows the sparkle and the differences in the colours with the topcoat. The topcoat really does act like magic and brings something different out from each colour of the matt polish!

Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder
Manglaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Santorum and Matte is Murder - Daylight bulb

I got all of my Manglaze polishes in swaps at various times, but here is a link to the Manglaze website. My Sinful Colours Gel-Tech topcoat was a gift from a friend in the USA.






12 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS!!! What a cool choice of colors, love love love it!

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  2. I love this, this is completely stunning!

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  3. The gradient looks fantastic! Those dots just add so much magic! Love it!

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  4. beautiful! shame the gel-tech isnt available here :(

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    1. Thank you!

      I'll miss the Gel-Tech when it's gone - but you never know, it might turn up on the displays in Boots if they extend the Sinful range :)

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