22 September 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0, Day 7: Metallic

So, today's challenge prompt is "metallic", which is a prompt I always get a bit nervous about. There are so many cool ideas that involve metallic nail polish, but they are generally too advanced for my skill level, or I just don't have the right tools to create them! Anyway, for today I settled on a dry brush manicure using the same technique as my grungy French tips.

To create this look, I started with a base of Cult Cosmetics DTLA, and then with hardly any polish on the brush, I dabbed on China Glaze Tongue & Chic, China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine, and Essie Nothing Else Metals. I love these colors together, and I think it looked so cool in real life, but the photos didn't show it so well - so I took some macro shots for you to get the real beauty of this technique!

On the left is an extreme close up of the polish on my middle finger nail. (You can click on this image to enlarge it more!) It almost looks like snake skin up close, doesn't it?!

I really love how subtle the teal and pink are in this manicure. I think they go really well with the metallic purple - I believe it's my first time using that metallic color from Essie, and I'm glad I bought it!

Here is a visual of the polishes I used:

The Cult polish can be purchased here (use the code KELLI for 15% off), and the China Glaze and Essie polishes can be purchased here (use the code POLISHCHALLENGE for 15% off. Don't I always hook you guys up with coupons?! Haha.)

As always, please check out the other talented ladies I am doing the challenge with!

Some polishes in this post were provided for my honest review.


  1. These are so edgy! The macro shots definitely helped to see the cool effect they have on the nails.

  2. Thanks, Lisa! I really wanted to capture the textured look, because they looked so much cooler in real life!!

  3. These almost look like nail foils, so gorgeous!

  4. I love how grundy and edgy these are! They make me feel like I'm not cool enough to talk to you ;) I'm in love with the macro shot too!

  5. Are you serious with this mani?! Holy cow lady! This is incredible!

  6. LIke I said on instagram, this mani is EPIC! Seriously so gorgeous!

  7. I love this technique and you did such a great job! But I agree it doesn't always translate to pictures, I know that happened with me as well when I also did a dry brush mani on a dark base. :)

  8. Its beautiful, looks like as if you have nail stickers on!


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