You can't have it both ways...

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...or can you?  So it's no secret that the hot new trend in the polish world is texture.  With flocked, sandy, caviar and leather effect nails popping up everywhere, it's difficult not to notice.  While I love trends like crackle and spotted and now texture, I also hate that they're just that; trends.  We all end up buying tons and tons of these and let's face it: those 15 bottles of crackle polish you bought last year are just sitting in a drawer now getting zero use. Who wants last years trend on this years nails? I've tried to find new and exciting ways to use these effects polishes but this go round I thought it might be more prudent to find ways to get in on the trend without shelling out a lot of cash.  So here's a little experiment I did for you. :)  Above you see a combination of both Models Own Coral Reef and Zoya Godiva.  I chose Godiva for this experiment because she is a neutral color and therefore seemed the least likely to interfere with the color of the Coral Reef.  On the index, middle, and pinky finger I used two coats of the Coral Reef followed by one coat of Godiva on all nails but the middle, and two coats of Godiva on the middle finger.  As you can see, there is no texture.  On top of a flat polish Godiva simply looks like a gold glitter.  A pretty one, but a flat one.  So then I decided to turn the tables. On my ring finger we have two coats of Godiva (allowed to fully dry) and then a single coat of Coral Reef.  Bingo. Now we have a flat color with a textured look. This is similar to the look of the Milani's, Barry M's, and Nails Inc textures which have no glitter, but rather, a flat tone effect.  Here's a close-up comparison:



Again on the left here we have two coats of Coral Reef topped with two coats of Godiva. I'm guessing this is why they tell you not to use a base coat because it just looks like glitter on my polish. It was not raised in any way.  On the right we have two coats of Godiva followed by one coat of Coral Reef.  See how it's textured but the color is there?  Now you can turn any polish into a textured polish without ruining your bottle by mixing it or shelling out for a million different colors of polish! Magic!  If any of you try this with different colors, I'd love to see the results!!

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13 comments

  1. This is genius, now I only need to get Godiva to be a base, then I can have all the textured colours in the world. Thanks so much

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  2. This is brilliant! I don't really like Godiva on me alone and I'm dying for new textured polishes! This is the perfect solution!

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  3. You are the awesomest rock star to ever have rocked! My hero!! You have saved me much money, and I must share the link to this post on my blog!!

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  4. Awe-some! And if you want fore sparkles, you can just add a coat of Godiva over your sandy nails, can't you?

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    1. I actually didn't try it but it MAY ruin the sandy effect. I'm not sure! I'd love to hear how it works out if you try it!

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  5. Thanks for a great Idea! I had a question about Godiva removal. Is taking these polishes off hard like glitters or is it like reg polishes? Thanks so much!

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    1. That's a little difficult to answer! It's definitely not as difficult to remove as a standard glitter polish but it's slightly harder to take off than a regular creme. :) It won't scratch up your nails though! I even ran a polished finger against a non-polished one with a bit of pressure and still it did not damage my nails so don't be afraid of scrubbing a little!

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    2. Perfect! I was curious. I have three Barry M's coming in mail and now that I seen ur post I may get Godiva to use as base for other pastel or neon colors. Thanks again for getting back to me.

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  6. This is fantastic and so clever! A really great post :D

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  7. it looks stunning all Coral-ised :) x

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