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okay, so I did my share of frankenpolishing today, for the first time. Not that I was in a hurry, but I did not feel the need to do everything briliantly, so I just poured out and in to some bottles and tried to capture most of it.
I started with 1/4 of a bottle of some white/pearly Wet'n'wild polish. It was unusual polish for me to be wearing, but since I had it even before the days I ordered nail polish online, I managed to use almost all of it. I thought I would make myself something gray, like CG Recycle, so I chose S-he 303 (black) and since I wanted the franken to go more blue-ish, I took deep blue sea by Essence.
First, I poured black into wet'n'wild. Probably less than 1/4. The effect was this colour:
I saw that the shimmer turned more towards copper, so I figured I better not touch this colour. I poured half of this franken into a new bottle and named it Greyish Ogre
But the greenish-copper shimmer was tempting. I thought about all the nice polishes like CG Wagon trail (this IS one of my favourites) and OPI At your Quebec and call (I swear, I think I have a "bad" version of it, because it is sheer, flat and not so interesting).
So I had to pour something, that would turn it into greenish polish. First, I poured more black and a hint of blue (I took L.A. Colors Static Electricity), which made it dark grey, but dull. I added Essence - Deep blue sea, just to see what would happen and it was okay. but first, three stages of second franken:
on the left, you can see the final product. I called it Carnaval, as a tribute to a band I know and will probably go to their concert tonight. Again, sorry for the messy presentation, but I just painted the nails for you to see the phases.
this is why it is carnaval. it is dark, it combines stuff that is awesome, and it captures you. the final product was not as close to CG Wagon trail, but perhaps somewhere in the vicinity of Zoya Ki and Wet'n'wild Dream black metallic. So I compared these three polishes:
Carnaval is left on the first picture, and right on the second; Ki is always in the middle, and the third finger is Dream black metallic. First of all, I know, the other two are amazing. It is interesting, how Ki is very similar (by formula AND color) to Carnaval in one coat, but by two it evolves into something greater than----let's say, food. and I love food. On bright light it shimmers purple, indoors it is green. Absolutely amazing. Dream black metallic has the same attributes, it is just so darn dark, that it cannot appear so duochrome. It is by far my loveliest purple-black color, and I have many!
And I wanted more. I used almost all of S-he 303 and a thought went thru my mind - what if I pour something in black, to darken the things? I search for something with cute shimmer and promise - remember, I was aiming for wagon trail. I found Essence - spotlight, which is a nice color and all, but I didn't see myself using it too often. So I sacrificed about 1/4 and out came less coppery, more chocolat-y color. Great!
Comparison of the original Spotlight and my franken - let's call it Brownie (please, suggest new names, I am awful at naming):
I loved Brownie so much, I did not mess with the color anymore. This is it. the third franken.
I put it next to my all time favourites, just for the sake of swatching, nothing more.
Brownie is on the left, middle is At your Quebec and call, right is Wagon trail.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY FRANKIES? More luck than brains?
OK, my first franken collection:
The theme of the collection is "London" and the names are (L-R):
I was trying to make a grey one with cool blue or purple shimmer but that was a big fail so my London collection is missing "London Fog".
Yeah... I made matching rings too.
Swatches you say? Well of course!
Monarchy - my favourite of the bunch - a dark blue jelly with blue glitter
London Tube - this is one coat. It's a bit gritty due to glitter but I kind of like it since it's called "the tube".
London Tube with topcoat
Hyde Park - it's green and it flashes blue under certaing angles.
Phonebooth - the glitter is subtle, just to add depth
And I lost my pic of "London Noise" but you get the idea from the bottle pic.
Thanks! I like that one too!
Yes, frankening is basically mixing different nail polishes to get a new color, I often do it when the amount of polish in the bottle gets so small that it's hard to get it on the brush for decent application- it's a fun way of using up all the polish.
I also like the idea of adding mineral eye shadow to polish. It can have pretty cool results from what I've seen. I have yet to try it.
I'm soooo excited about these! I just made this babys and I love every single one.
They are all duochromes, some even triochromes:
Deep Thought, Random Frequent Flyer
Total perspective Vortex, Fenchurch
Vicinity of Betelgeuse, Share and Enjoy
Zem, Mostly Harmless
The white one looks lame in the bottle, so I had to try it on the nails to see if it's really a dud:
I don't think it's a dud at all. It has pink and blue iridescent flash and it dries in a minute to a satin finish.
Vicinity of Betelgeuse
Random Frequent Flyer
Share and Enjoy
I've been really stressed lately and I try to cope by reading a lot of fiction. From the books I've read in the past year my favourites are the Ilona Andrews books so my latest franken collection is named after those - combining my two relaxing hobbies - books and nail polish.
The Magic collection:
L-R: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds
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