Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Mani: Echinops and Kilauea by Elevation Polish used for the #52WPNMC

Today's post is brought to you by the epic Mr. Fail Whale.  On several levels.

I entered the 52 Week Pick N Mix Challenge (#52WPNMC) with this week's prompts being indie or neons.  Well, I always do Monday Mani's with indies so easy peasy.  I was hoping to meet both, but I actually don't own neons because they don't really speak to me.  So, as a compromise, I chose what I had closest to resembling neons.  Now, I had an epic idea in my head for some nail art - combine the ruffian and starburst vinyl looks - that, unbeknownst to me, would turn into an epic fail.  Insert sad face here, BUT it's all about learning, right?  So while you bask in my "wonderful idea" turned failure, please admire the colors instead.

I used Elevation Polishes with Zoya basecoat and topcoat.  My first fail is that my base and topcoat bottles are almost gone so getting polish on the brush and nail was difficult.  I first used Echinops as the base, a soft Lavender/Blurple creme base with medium/low density holographic pigment.  The second color I layered on top is Kilauea, a bold Magenta/Pink creme.  Oddly enough, my experience was different than the descriptions in terms of coats.  I wasn't too worried about coverage from Echinops since I knew Kilauea was going over it, but it could've used 3 thin coats for full coverage instead of the 2 I used, whereas Kilauea is much creamier and really perhaps only needed one coat whereas I used 2.  However, it having a color underneath I noticed it really affected its look and came out leaning more red than pink (as you can see from the pics, the bottle shot looks different in color than the mani).  I imagined this color to be that of hawaiian punch so I'll be trying it on its own.  I used the starburst vinyl from Nail Vinyls on my middle finger.  Depending on what kind of look you want, the vinyl could be cut in half and placed as a smaller burst on the nail.

As you'll see from my pictures, it wasn't exactly an awesome mani.  I experienced some odd shrinkage, I believe, on my index finger.  I had spotty coverage due to user error.  My polish smeared a little bit.  I think I need to be more patient when applying Elevations because I think the formula doesn't agree as well as some other indies I buy with my nail chemistry.  But I know many other bloggers who have great success with the formula so I'll keep plugging away at my efforts to get into a groove with it.  However, due to them almost feeling rubber-like, the wear time on EvP is amazing.  In the meantime, tell me in the comments your thoughts about my fail - perhaps it gave you a good laugh!

Echinops in the shade

Echinops in direct sunlight.  Oooo, holo!

Nail art in the shade

Nail art in the sun

Monday Mani is about realistically showcasing beautiful indie polishes that I've purchased.  So many swatches out there are captured under lighting that we simply don't use every day.  (I typically am not admiring my nails under Ott lights.)  My goal is to show mani's under typical lighting and wearing conditions so you can decide if the beauty is right for you or not.

Disclaimer:  All reviews and opinions are my own.  Products were purchased with my own money.  No affiliation with Elevation or its products.

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