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Thursday, September 3, 2009

KOTD: ChG Atlantis with ChG Adore

I'm going to start with pics first and yakking later.

Pics:

Atlantis alone

Inside


Outside


Out of focus to show off the sparklies

Konad

Left


Right
Isn't this kah-razy? Like nuts, right? I love this color. I mean, I have turquoise glitter on my nails with a design on top and it doesn't feel weird. It's that awesome.

Okay, back down to earth. Atlantis is from the new ChG glitters collection. I'm not sure of it's official name because I have seen any real PR stuff concerning it. I saw the display at Sally's (where I got this) and VNS has about 6 colors in stock (but not Atlantis). I think they are calling the collection Glitters, Shimmers, and Cremes, but I have no clue if that's the official name.

Anywho... Atlantis is dusty turquoise base (well, as dusty as it can be with a shitload of glitter) with uniform, square glitter in turquoise, silver, and holo (which look like little disco balls on your nails). The glitter in this is fairly dense and the base is opaque at 2 coats, so there's no need for a base color. I'd say this is a stand-alone glitter, more than say, a glitter topper (like a lot of the Sinfuls and Luv My Nails I own). My nail was almost completely covered in one coat, but I did 2 just to make sure there were no bald spots or streaks.

The one thing I didn't like about this polish was it had that annoying glitter application problem where the polish has a tendency to pull out past the free edge of your nail, especially if you are trying to apply too much at once. It's easily rectified by simply pressing the free edge of your nail straight down on to a flat service. If you go slow and do thin coats, you will lessen the chance this. Plus, it's not a problem that's exclusive to Atlantis. I happens to me with all glitters.

Also, it's bumpy. Like cobblestone, bumpy. It took 3 coats of TC (over the coarse of today) to even it out. There are still places where it's not super smooth, but since it's a glitter, no one can see the uneven-ness. It's just a problem for the wearer. I could see this driving me crazy if I was OCD about my polish being even. However, as long as no one can tell... I'm cool.

Annnnnnnnd, because I have ADD and am never content with anything, I added a konad design. This is a full-nail design from plate m64. I used ChG Adore (blah, blah, blah Romantique, blah, blah, blah perfect Konad application... LOL) which is a pretty turquoise metallic. I wanted something subtle and yet not subtle at the same time. Meaning, that it's not "in your face" like say a silver or a white would be, but it's not like a secret konad either, like a deeper turquoise creme or shimmer would be. You can definitely see this design.

All in all, I am so pleased with this mani. I think I'm part parakeet because I keep looking at it. It was difficult getting anything done today because I wanted to keep staring at my nails. LOL.

Lastly, you may notice that my nails are still short. I opted to use Nailene nails this go around. 1. I was in a hurry and using the tips requires a bit more time due to cutting and filing, and 2. it's so much easier to type with shorties. I'll probably go back to long nails for my next mani (I may have some cool nail art decals to show you... we'll see how they turn out).

That's it for now. Hope you all like this one. Don't forget to register for my WnW giveaway. See above for info and link.

7 comments:

alexas said...

Love it! I have seen swatches of this a few times in the past few days and now I am sold on it! And the konad looks good with it also!

Siameseflame said...

I had Atlantis on for four days, love it. I just took it off. And just like most glitters it took longer to remove (twenty minutes with acetone). The look was well worth it though. I used two coats of nail color and three coats of SV to make it smooth. I like the nails to feel smooth.

gildedangel said...

I love it!!! That is so cute!

Inbaluly said...

atlantis looks gorgeous on you! I love the konad work :-)
I don't like bumpy glitters so much but the CG new glitters might change my mind about it...

Megan said...

Alexis, I wasn't sold on it either. But I wanted to try one of the new ChG glitters and this one was the only one at Sally's that spoke to me. Now, though, I think I may have to add it to my top 10 (or 20) list.

SiameseFlame, I agree... it's definitely worth it.

gildedangel, Thank you!

Inabuly, Thank you! It's bumpy, but it can be smoothed out w/ top coat. It took 3 coats for me (well 4 if you count the coat over the konad), but it's fairly smooth. There's a bit of bumpyness of a couple nails, but it's not rough. IMO, the affect is worth the bumpies. :)

Lucy said...

I am loving the new China Glaze glitters. They all look gorgeous. I want to get them all. I like the Konad over the glitter. Somehow I didn't think it would work but it looks pretty. Tweet, tweet!

Nosaby said...

Gorgeous! If you're wanting nail growth I suggest Qtica. I've gotten fantastic results.

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