Jun 6, 2012

Pockets full of polish

Here's something I thought would be fun to try.  Denim pocket water decals over a denim polish.

My plan was to use Picture Polish Denim for this as it's the perfect denim, but when I started to use it, I found it had gone a bit thick and goopy.  I was too lazy to get out the polish thinner so I grabbed Essie Smooth Sailing instead.  They look very similar.  Picture Polish Denim has a touch of purple tone to it, is a little more opaque and has more visible flecks and shimmer.  Essie Smooth Sailing is blander, smoother looking.  The flecks are still there, just not as big.  This is 2 coats of Smooth Sailing.

The larger particles in Denim would have made this much more visually interesting.  After a few days I'd had enough of the smooth blue background, and it was chipping and lifting around the edges :(  That always happens when I take the lazy option, I regret it.  I should have taken the time to use the polish I really wanted.

The water decals were easy to use but not as flexible as I expected.  Though I only have my own home printed ones to compare them too and the ones I print are very thin.  Still they went on well.  I actually liked the design on my thumbs best but didn't get any photos of them.
BTW I found a way to do a good denim texture but only after the fact.  Paint your nails and then when the polish is at the almost-dry-but-still-a-bit-tacky stage, press it with your fingers, over and over at different angles.  The effect of cross hatching your finger prints makes for a pretty natural looking denim texture that is still visible with a top coat but smooth to the touch.


  1. Absolutely adorable!!! I love it!

  2. Love the decals over the blue. I always end up with the fingerprint cross-hatch look on my nails...but never on purpose, just too impatient to wait for my nails to dry!

  3. These look awesome! Must invest in water decal paper

  4. I agree with Kelz86, they look awesome and are making me want to try water decals

  5. Too cute! Successful experiment for sure :)


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