Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Mattified Color Club in Feel the Beat & A Sparkly Green Color Club

Above & Below: Color Club's Feel the Beat applied with 2 coats. Below is the mattified version, using NailTek Foundation II for the finish. I like a matte look every now and then, as it's just something different.

Above & Below: Color Club's Green with Envy, indoors with a flash.
Below: Some of what's blooming in our backyard right now. As always, click on pictures for added size and detail.
First, I'd like to take a minute to wish Tuli over at Tuli's Nail Polish & Stuff a very Happy Birthday today! A few more of my Color Clubs for you...today I am showing your Feel the Beat, a shimmery shade of burnt sienna (remember that Crayon color?) and one of the sparkly ones, Object of Envy. Feel the Beat applied nicely in 2 coats, as is the case with most Color Clubs. I then decided to mattify it using NailTek Foundation II. Keep in mind that Foundation II was not designed for this purpose (it's a fantastic base coat though and also adds strength to thinner nails), and you may run into drying issues (as in it never really dries) by using it this way. I prefer to use an actual top coat that's made for matting the finish, but the NailTek was sitting on my desk, so I just tried it out to show you what this would look like with a matte finish. I was using NailTek as my base because when using glitters that tend to apply unevenly, as is the case with Green with Envy, a base coat like this gives a roughed-up finish to the nail and helps the glitter adhere better and apply more evenly. Green with envy is shown in 3 thinner coats and dried very well. As with most glitters, it is difficult to remove, but it's the price you must pay for such blingy goodness!

I updated my Mini Bar column on the right with some products I've been using recently, so check it out. One of the items is Nailtek Foundation II which as I said above, is a very good base coat/treatment.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Mary! I love how the polish looks matte! I was also told to use the NailTek II to matteify. You mentioned it doesn't dry? I hoped it would. This would save money by not having to by the other polish. I love Color Club's glitter polish. I don't have it and I can't believe I don't! What flower is that in your picture? It's gorgeous!!

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  2. I think that red as matte looks great! Of course I am digging that green glitter as well :)

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  3. Lucy~Hello! It dries on some polishes I've found, but not most. May be that it's okay for the ones that are not Big 3 Free? I'm not really sure, but yes, after 2 hours, I pushed on this and it smooshed! Color Clubs glitters are the best. The flower I think you're speaking of is an Amethyst Calla Lily.

    Kae~I really liked the matte version also! Glitters are always great, aren't they? :)

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  4. I love feel the beat! And I never would have thought to make it matte but it looks amazing!

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  5. Wow! Feel the Beat appears so different with a matte top coat. I haven't tried any of the matte polishes or top coats....at least not yet. Of coursr Object of Envy is just beautiful. I love how you paired it,with the lovely flowers in your yard.

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  6. Oh, wow. I am totally, completely in love with Green With Envy. I need to get some Color Club! I'm so glad you're posting these, thank you so much Mary.

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  7. Wow Mary, these polish's are both sooo pretty. I like the matte on feel the beat.

    I wish my flowers were as pretty as yours are by now.... so I can use them as a back drop too!

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  8. such a great idea to use the nailtek to mattify, have to try it out myself. thanks:)

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  9. I think that red as matte looks great! Of course I am digging that green glitter as well :)

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  10. Thanks SO much for the tip on using NailTek Foundation II under glitter polishes - VERY helpful!

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