I have been working on this blog post for a few weeks now, and have worn a couple of manicures from colours made using these pigments, one which I am wearing (and loving) right now. I have said in other posts that I love holo and glitters, but duochrome and multichrome colour shift polishes remain my most swoon worthy things (holo's come an extremely close second though, because they have that whole rainbow thing going on and are colour shifting in themselves). So I got my hungry little mitts on some of these wonderful pigments, and started frankening the hell out of them. Well when I say frankening, it wasn't hard to be honest I just mixed the pigment with some clear polish, and as a bonus it didn't take a lot of pigment to produce the right density of colour so a little will go a long way. I just used a basic top coat so the pigment did tend to sink to the bottom when left to stand for a while, but I have a thin metal skewer I use to stir the pigment back into the polish when I want to use it and that seems to work fine for me. Also steel ball bearings are a must too to shake it up with.
Right well I haven't got a colour wheel, (I thought I had a spare pah!) so I have used fake tips and swatched them on this. All these pigments work best over black, or a dark colour. On their own they are nothing much to look at, the magic happens in the layering. These are all layered over black.
Clockwise by number:
1 - (For comparison purposes) Ozotic Pro 505
2 - Chroma Shift Aquamarine/Blue/Purple/Red
3 - Konfusion Red/Cyan/Blue
4 - Enigma - 3 Way Sparkle light blue/dark blue/purple
5 - Viola Fantasy Green/Violet
6 - Autumn Surprise Copper/Pink/Gold
7 - 3 Way flip Purple/Red/Bronze
8 - Royal Damask Purple/Cyan/Bronze
9 - Lapis Sunlight Turquoise blue/green/gold
10 - Tropic Sunrise Pale green/pink/gold
11 - Mauve/Copper
12 - Purple/Yellow
13 - Chroma Shift Aquamarine/blue/purple
I also swatched some as skittles so I could see what it really looked like on the nail.
|In Bright Sunlight|
|In the shade at a different angle|
Sorry for the application in these pics being a little sloppy, but I was kind of mixing and swatching at the same time (yes, I CAN multitask look at me go!) The pics are clickable to enlarge for detail, but I think you can see the different colour shift between the two photos.
The pigments used were, Thumb Mauve/Copper, Pointer Lapis Sunlight, Middle Finger Royal Damask, Ring Finger Enigma Sparkle, and pinky Konfusion red/cyan/blue.
I had already used the Chroma Shift Aquamarine/Blue/Purple/Red to do a full mani previously, and here are the pics. It is very Ozotic-esque, and since I love the Ozotics then I was all over this. It worked really well and the colour flips were obvious, this was 2 thin layers over a black base and I was moving my hands around like some trippy hippy looking at the colour flips, I loved this one! What do you think? This pigment is available from here if you want to try it for yourself. (those are my pics on the listing, I am not affiliated but gave permission for their use because he liked them so much!)
The second full mani I did with these pigments, I absolutely love and am wearing right now. It is the Enigma three way sparkle. The pigment itself is a pain in the posterior because it is a really fine sparkly powder and gets everywhere no matter how careful you are, but it is sooooo worth it! I don't know if this pigment will be available for sale, but I had to show you it because...damn, its hot! It has a metallic, foil like effect, and shimmers and changes so beautifully. It reminds me of the CND Effects polishes, and if I use less pigment to make more of a top coat than an opaque colour (or wait for the pigment to settle and use it without shaking it up as much) it looks pretty dupey to the Sapphire Sparkle one, at least compared to pics I have seen. Unfortuantely I can't do a proper comparison because I don't have the CND one. For this mani though I opted for the full pigment colour, and I'm glad I did. Again this was two thin coats layered this time over a dark purple base of Orly Wild Wisteria. I hope you like it as much as me.
I am happy with the photo's but they still don't show the colour flip off properly, these kind of colours are notoriously hard to capture but I think I have done a fairly good job of it. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoyed playing with them :)
(products sent to me for review)