The other day, I picked up a couple of SpaRitual polishes on clearance at Ulta. The collection featured layering polishes - they look gorgeous in the bottle, but it would take forever to build up to opacity, if they ever did.
Most casual polish users aren't educated on layering topcoats, so there was a lot of frustration with these. But, you and I know better, right? Or if you didn't, then let me show you some of the magic.
I started with a color that has some magic of its own - Cult Nails Wack Slacks. It's one of my very fave colors from Cult Nails, and its particular magic is that it turns my camera into a blithering idiot.
Looks blue, doesn't it? It's actually got a purply-blurple color to it, which my camera stubbornly ignores. SpaRitual Intellect also has that purple quality, which means it also shows up as blue. But, it has a sweet purple and blue shimmer, too. I did a gradient glitter tip with SpaRitual Intellect.
Bottle shot: Cult Nails Wack Slacks, and SpaRitual Intellect
I know, you kinda had to be there. So lame of me posting a pix and saying, well, this isn't what it *really* looked like, but it's close, and you'll just have to use your imagination. So bitchy, really.
Well, here's one that translates better! Cliche Chic is a rose color - which normally I find kind of boring and granny-like. What I liked about Chic is the texture - it's a crelly, which really makes it more lively and youthful! I really liked it.
Or, I'm just getting old, which is another possibility.
This time, I did a gradient with SpaRitual Improvisation, a pinkish base with fuchsia and blue shimmer.
This is almost a palette-cleanser mani for me - a soft, sweet color with a subtle touch. No crazy swirls or flowers or anything!
Bottle shot: Cliche Chic and SpaRitual Improvisation
Are you a fan of layering polishes? Sometimes I am, because it can be fun to take a color I already have and see how it looks with a shimmer. Sometimes, I want the polish to be an all-in-one, because I'm lazy!