• Emily de Molly

    No Love Lost
  • High Elbow

    Crummock Water
  • Dots!

  • Pocket Money Polishes - I Want Candy

  • Pocket Money Polishes Magic

    Gradient: Chanel Paradoxal and Dior Waterlily
  • Emily de Molly - Serenity

  • Fellrunning

    Dryburn Moor
  • Elevation Polish - Opal

  • Darling Diva Polish - Serendipity

  • Derwentwater

  • Pocket Money Polishes - Summertime

  • Nail Lacquer UK

    Eat My Cake
  • Scofflaw - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • Hodge

  • Chanel - Taboo and Peridot

  • Chanel - Bel-Argus and Azure

Saturday, 29 March 2014

R&R Lacquers SMASH!

R&R Lacquers SMASH!
R&R Lacquers SMASH!

This was one of those polishes I knew I *had to have* the moment I saw it! I love the combination of just about any pink/red/purple with green. Yes, this polish does remind me of one of my favourite indies, HARE Asteroid Turf ...

... but the glitters are bigger, and darker, and matte (big bonus for me, I have an obsession with matte glitter!) and the base is much more complex, with shimmer, tiny gold-green flakies and small square lavender glitters. So I have another favourite indie now!

Here is Smash in the bottle:

Onto my nails, I used two coats of R&R Lacquers Smash over a single coat of Illasmasqua Smash (same name, same green! but probably unnecessary, as R&R Smash covers really well, much better than I was anticipating). I used a thickish coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite quick drying topcoat and the finish was glassy smooth. 

R&R Lacquers SMASH!
R&R Lacquers SMASH!

I think the jelliness of the base is just about perfect to give depth to the glitters in the first layer without obscuring them completely - the magenta glitter in the top coat are much brighter.

R&R Lacquers SMASH!

R&R Lacquers SMASH!
R&R Lacquers SMASH!

The accent nail is a reworked left over from my last mani (Barry M Lychee dots on Nails Inc St Martins Lane); I removed two dots using a cotton bud dipped in acetone to create the 'negative dots' - loving the texture of this and added a smaller green dot (Illamasqua Smash) to the remaining dots. All credit to Stef at Fairly Charming for this negative dot effect - I've been meaning to try this out since I saw her 'cheese mani'!

This next picture is in artificial light and although the green base is brighter than irl, the lighting shows up the glitters and flakies nicely...

R&R Lacquers SMASH!
R&R Lacquers SMASH! (artificial light)

And finally, here's a nail macro (natural light) to show the complexity of Smash:

R&R Lacquers SMASH!
R&R Lacquers SMASH!

I purchased R&R Lacquers Smash from R&R Lacquers Etsy shop. Everything else used in this post is from my collection and purchased by me. I just realised, all the colours in this mani are UK brands :)

1 comment:

  1. I actually quite like the dots you removed with the cotton buds! Something to play with!


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