Monday, October 8, 2012

31DC: Metallic

Here goes week 2 of the challenge!  Today I have one untried (except for swatches) and one tried-once.
I saw this really cute manicure one night and knew that I needed to pin it for later.  I was excited to see that I already had the colors she used and it looked easy enough to pull off.

*1 coat Yellow-Out base coat
*2 coats Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Coral Reef
*1 coat Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golen-I
*1 coat Seche Vite

This actually turned out quite pretty.  My camera really is not catching the Coral Reef well.  It does have a stronger orange tone to it, in real life.  I love my Sally Hansens!  They apply perfectly every time and most are two coat polishes, 1 if you are going to add glitter or something on top.  These two were no exception.

Coral Reef is pretty new to me.  I used it once this summer as a pedi with some pink flakies on top and fell in love with it.  It is definitely a more pink than orange coral, and I had been looking for one I liked.  I tend towards shimmer finishes (if you hadn't noticed) but this cream is gorgeous.  It really hasn't streaked and smooths itself out well as it settles.

Golden-I is a really interesting gold polish.  It's pretty thin in consistency, but very dense.  It looks, to me, like it is just shimmer that results in a foil finish.  You can spread it pretty thin, if you want, and this was the first time I really used it.  It has pretty good coverage--I only used one somewhat thick coat for these tips. 

If I were to do wear this one again, and I'm positive I will, I would follow the advice of Christina and use two coats.  She has a really great post about this polish and metallics and she is right--a lot of the look is about the light you catch the polish in.  I would add a second sweep, though, to make sure no coral peeked through.

What do you think?  Are you in love with this combo like I am?  Have you done other cool manis with either of these?


  1. That is a pretty combo! Nice for Fall too, without submitting to the fall colors. I have both of them and now you have given me an idea to stamp some leaves with the gold on Coral Reef. Love it!

    1. Ohhh, Golden-I would be so pretty for stamping! It has such a strong finish to it and really is dense, I'd love to see that!