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News in Nails: From the Crocodile Effect to Pretty Pastels
Mon, 6 August 2012 12:36PM
So I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly anticipating – scratch that, more like desperately craving – this coming spring and the promise of brighter, warmer weather. No matter how hard I try, every year my winter wardrobe consists purely of black, navy and browns, and as much as I hate to admit it, this past week so has my nail polish. Dark, wintery shades are currently on high rotation. Although the Australian flag did mix things up a little.
It’s hard to believe, right? Especially after I’ve been banging on about not paying attention to the seasons and wearing whatever crazy-bright colours, whenever you please. But still. This topsy-turvy weather truly has wreaked havoc in my beauty world and left me reaching for my trusty old (read: boring) classic.
With that in mind, today is all about new nail collections to get you – and me – inspired, with a few that have just hit counters, plus a sneak peek at one landing in September. It was just too good to keep to myself.
First up, we’re heading overseas with OPI to Berlin, with its rising popularity as an up-and-coming fashion spot (not to mention economic power player) acting as the inspiration for the new OPI Germany collection, $19.95 each from David Jones. The 12 new shades strike the perfect balance between sophistication and edginess, covering off on a myriad of shades from a shiny and shimmering sapphire blue Unfor-greta-bly Blue, a shiny cherry red Danke-Shiny Red, and a midnight plum Every Month is Oktoberfest. However there are still a few on-trend ‘greige’ shades – that’s grey-beige – including my personal favourite, a soft honey Don’t Pretzel My Buttons.
Also, those busy OPI peeps have just introduced a new range of Pure Lacquer Nail Apps, $19.95. They’re like strips except they’re made from 100% real OPI nail polish – a combination of base coat, colour varnish and top coat – so you still get the apply-and-go aspect, yet with a little more three-dimensionality. There are 14 styles available in both cream and shimmer, with geometric shapes, lace, snake-print just a few of the designs you can choose from. Quick tip: if you want your apps to last as long as possible, have your manicurist apply these strips before sealing them with the OPI GelColor top coat. My favourite? Girly Glam, which looks like multi-coloured confetti.
As Kat mentioned last week, we’re suckers for animal print here at PRIMPED HQ, particularly of the leopard-print variety. But since it’s only available for a limited time, I just had to mention the other standout buy from the line – the Golden Jungle Duo Nail Lacquer, $52, from department stores. It creates a crocodile-effect nail art. You paint one coat of the shimmering Gold Nail Lacquer (which FYI looks just as beautiful on its own) and then once dry, add a medium to thick coat of the Crocodile Effect, a rich khaki green. Then, watch as the crocodile effect happens, with the green shade splitting, similar to a crackle coat polish, allowing for hints of the gold polish to peek through. Check it out below – amazing, no? Quick tip: the thicker you paint the coat, the bigger the crackle. Thinner coats give a smaller, smashed eggshell effect.
One of the strongest trends we noticed appear from the S/S ’12 international and local runways were sweet-as-sugar pastel shades. From soft powdery blues and pinks, sorbet shades of lemon and the mintiest of greens, it’s possibly one of the prettiest colour palettes we’ve seen, perfect for both your wardrobe and your nails. With that in mind, you can imagine why I just had to give you a glimpse of the new ulta3 Spring/Summer Pretty Pastels collection, which hit counters come September.
When it comes to wearing pastel nail polish it’s best to keep the finish glossy, as matte shades can come off as looking chalky. With these I’d recommend two healthy coats along with a high-shine top coat. And not only do they come in a rainbow of pastel colours that suit all skin tones, even the palest of pale, they’re cheap-as-chips at only $2 each. I’ll have one of each please.
And since I love a bit of DIY, I’ve been using them to paint my bobby pins along the straight edge to create the bobby pin hair ‘do, which looks gorgeous using Pale Dahlia and Lilac Bloom.
Primpettes, any of these tickle your fancy?
Do you like the crocodile-effect?
What about the pastel nail polishes – gorgeous, no?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett