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Mar. 23.

Manicure Monday: Perfectly Pretty Pinky Coral

mm-pinkcoral-thThere are some times you don’t want a manicure with bells and whistles. No glitter, no art, no flashing lights or gimmicks. Sometimes all you want is a pretty colour to go on your nails. This is one of those weeks. I wanted something bright and springlike, just to give my nails a pop of colour. Looking at my swatchboard, I came across Flamingo from Champney’s Christmas 2014 box, which at first sight dragged me in as a perfectly pretty pinky coral.

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Flamingo

 

This one came as part of a set of 5 polishes and a base/top coat, sold in Boots in the run up to Christmas, and sold off after, which is where I picked it up (I do love bargains). This one drew me in as being ideal for what I wanted this week, as it was a bright, pinky coral, not bright enough to need sunglasses, but bright enough to acknowledge that yes it’s spring and my dark colours are not needed right now.

Coverage with this was okay, but not great. I could have gotten away with two coats if I was in a hurry, but I got better coverage with three. Once the top coat went over the top though, everything got evened out nicely, leaving a delightful glossy finish.

And of course, we must ask how it looks. Here it is, three coats and top coat, on my decidedly pale digits, without and with flash.

Without flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I think this could be a great summertime colour, when your skin has a bit of colour to it too. Or, I could break out a self tan and not need to wait for the sun. That is quite tempting, I think. What do you think, and importantly, what colour do you have on your nails right now?

Robyn

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rimmel-fingers
Jun. 09.

Manicure Monday: Coral Two Ways

rimmel-thWith the weather pretending to be summery on and off for the past while, it would be wrong of me to not continue with summery colours. This week for Manicure Monday, I have two shades that are the same, but oh so different. From Rimmel’s Salon Pro by Kate range, I’m doing coral two ways.

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The polishes I’m looking at are both corals, but one is a pink coral, in this case shade 244 – Goddess, and an orange coral, 705 – Reggae Splash.

The Salon Pro line are formulated with Lycra, and offer up to 10 day wear with a gel like finish. The brush is thick and fairly wide, which fans out to cover the entire nail quite well, but I’d still tend to do my nails with the standard 3 swipe technique (centre, left, right – for those of you wondering).

I did find that the polishes require a bit of work to get a proper finish, and they are prone to smudging for the first while afterwards, so impatient ladies like myself really need not apply. If you do manage to sit for a while and do nothing it does dry to a lovely finish, and  for the most part looks very even. The orange one was a little patchy though. I’ll have to take a bit more time with it next time to see if it was just me working too quickly. I also haven’t done a proper wear  test yet, so I can’t say if the 10 day wear time is accurate.

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As for how it looks? I’m actually very pleased with how Goddess turned out. I think it is the more wearable of the two colours, on fingers at least, while Reggae Splash may do better on my toes. What would really help it though, is a decent tan. I’ll have to sort hat out soon.

Have you tried any of the Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate range? What do you think of it, and which shades do you rate (I also have a purple, 444 – Seduce on my shelf ready to be tried)? The comment line is open.

Robyn

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