I thought my Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect mani in "Sea" (a very pale sea foam green) might make an interesting base for China Glaze Luxe and Lush. Luxe and Lush is from the new Hunger Games collection, and is a topcoat filled with large, jagged, reflective flakies. The predominate colours reflected are peachy-gold and blue, but this changes a bit depending on the lighting.
I applied one thick coat of Luxe and Lush, and topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. It is relatively smooth to the touch. I didn't find it too difficult to manage, although the larger and irregular shape of the flakes did make it more challenging than other flakey topcoats I've tried- Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, for example. The overall effect is also more subtle than Hidden Treasure- to my eye, it does not contrast as much or appear as reflective. Instead it almost looks like crushed glass. Or crushed ice. Or, if you're feeling extravagant, maybe crushed diamonds. ;) Anyways, the overall effect is of large, jagged flakes that will catch the light and subtly reflect it in interesting way. I'm very pleased with this, and think it's unique from other flakey topcoats I've tried. I can't wait to try it over other colours!
Do you have China Glaze Luxe and Lush? What do you think of it?
Finally, I want to take the time to thank two very sweet bloggers for giving me awards.
Arfblat at SPLAT (tell me you don't have a blast saying that!) awarded me the Laine Blogger award. Definitely stop by her blog to check out the really cool skittles mani she did using contrasting shiny dots on a matte background. I love the contrast between glossy and matte, and this is a very cool rendition of the standard skittles mani! Thank you, Arfblat!
Niki at the newly minted For Lacquer of a Better Term, thoughtfully awarded me the Versatile Blogger award. I can't wait to see what she posts next, and I think she has one of the cleverest blog names I've come across in a long while. Thank you very much, Niki!