Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fuchsia and Cobalt Tribal (Matte vs. Glossy)

The other day I was raring to do some nail art, and I wanted a design that would help me to practice my fine line work. I recently did an interview with The Crumpet and one of the things I said was that I wished I was better at fine details in my nail art. Well, there's no time like the present to start practicing!

I chose a geometric/tribal concept because consistent lines are really hard to do, and I thought it would be challenging. I really like the way that it came out.

Colors I used include:
OPI - My Vampire is Buff (cream - I recently bought three backup bottles of this shade, heeehhhhh)
Essie - Butler Please (cobalt blue)
Sheswai - F*ckyeah (fuchsia, now called Hot Damn) 
American Apparel - Hassid (black)

I also want to note that I used KBShimmer - Clearly On Top as my topcoat for this manicure and was very impressed. It didn't smear the nail art when I applied it, and it dried really speedily. Definitely worth looking into if you are in the market for a new topcoat.





After finishing the manicure I decided I wanted to make it matte. I don't use my matte topcoat often enough! It can really transform the entire look of whatever it's used on.

So, I added a coat of Hard Candy - Matte-ly In Love. I'm actually almost out of it, and I don't think that Hard Candy is producing it anymore. I'm going to give the OPI Matte Topcoat a shot next.





Which way do you prefer this manicure? While I normally prefer glossy, I think in this case I like it better matte. Both have their advantages, though!
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65 comments

  1. Gillian from Plumeria19June 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I love this mani!!! It's plain awesome!! And so pretty, the colours are great, this definitely is on my todo list!! :)

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  2. loving it matte! although its still gorgeous glossy :)

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  3. Awesome! I always love your nail art :)
    Also I would recommend checking out the NYC topcoat. It's only a dollar and it works really well!

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  4. Miranda ChristopherJune 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Wow, I really love both! Maybe the matte a little more?

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  5. Matte all the way. I love this design and it looks fabulous on your nails.

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  6. Beautiful! I love it matte!

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  7. I love the matte!! So pretty!! It looks amazing!!

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  8. I def like matte with tribal!

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  9. I love it matte! Awesome job!

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  10. That's a tough choice because both are beautiful. I think the matte takes the cake on this one :)

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  11. Hummm I think now I prefer glossy lol because it brings the design more into life Sarah. I need to practice my thin lines too but believe I wouldn't get them nearly as good as you in the present lol. Kisses,


    Cristina

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  12. I like the matte better, don't know why but it just appeals to me more. The whole design is great through. Makes me want to do some fine line manicures too.

    PS I don't know if you've seen or tried NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat. I love it, plus it's super cheap.

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  14. This looks great! I prefer it glossy myself :)

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  15. The design is just amazing. Do you really need any practicing? Not that you should spot, of course, just know that you are very good. Fuchsia and cobalt are such an original and perfect color combination. I think the matte is better because it allows to see the design better and just goes better with that tribal-aztec style.

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  16. This looks awesome!! :D

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  17. I just love this! Line work is definitely my weakest area--I would be deliriously thrilled if I managed anything near this crisp! The colours are just fabulous too. ♥

    While you're looking at matte top coats, I can also recommend Essie Matte About You and butter LONDON Matte Finish.

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  18. I like the matte version :)

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  19. Matte! I have a massive soft spot for all things matte :) Another suggestion for a matte topcoat is the Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish one - It works really quickly and has a great brush. Plus it's not horrifyingly expensive!

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  20. This manicure is just amazing! The print you created is just fabulous!

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  21. Lucy from Lucy's StashJune 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    the matte one looks so much better!!

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  22. I'm definitely for the glossy but it would be great to see the coloured details glossy over the matte cream. You know, just another challenge for you!

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  23. love it love it love it - matte for the win!

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  24. I personally like the glossy one better, haha. Also, China Glaze's matte topcoat works well too :)

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  25. Marian Frisone SheridanJune 9, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    I prefer glossy but they both look great with your design.

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  26. Love the matte look - A LOT! It added more quirkiness charms to the whole look! This is such a funky, quirky and cool nail art look! Super love it!

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  27. This looks awesome!!

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  28. Wow! This is amazing! I love both the matte and the glossy versions, but I think the glossy version is my favourite :)

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  29. Love it mattified, very cool looking! What kind of brush did you use? I need a new smaller nail art brush.

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  30. The second photo in this post is the brush that I always use!

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  31. I dig the matte version.
    I have OPI matte topcoat and it's really good. It's become one of my faves and I've been choosing it over all the other ones I own (Essie etc). I find that it lasts a lot longer on me than some other brands in the "days-before-chipping" stakes (without having to paint a regular topcoat and then mattify for longevity like I use to with some matte topcoats). Plus OPI make great brushes :)

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  32. Amazing!

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  33. That's great news! I love OPI anyway so I definitely want to try theirs out.

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  34. I highly recommend you do. Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised at it's staying power cuz I'm a total sucker for a nice matte mani...

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  35. SUCH gorgeous tribal nails. I love these. Can't decide on which i like better-matte or gloss-like them both!

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  36. So gorgeous. I prefered the matte version! But both of them are perfect!

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  37. this is unbelievable


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  38. I love both but I definitely love the matte better :)

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  39. I love the matte. I ran out of my Hard Candy matte topcoat, and I was pretty bummed when I went to the store to replace it and they weren't there anymore. I wish that when Hard Candy revamped their line, that they kept the matte topcoat and some of the regular polishes they had before.

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  40. I love these both ways, but I definitely prefer the matte ones! Beautiful!

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  41. ValiantlyVarnishedJune 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I love the matte version - but I'm a lover of matte in general. Even for makeup!

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  43. I love pretty much everything you do, but these are seriously up there as one of my faves everrr. They are SO COOL. I can't really choose between the glossy and matte though, it looks equally fantastic both ways.

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  44. LittleMonsterx14June 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    this is perfect! i love the colors, i like it both matte and glossy, but i think i like it matte a little more

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  45. LISA L O Z L O S AJune 10, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I'm lovin' that matte-finished mani!!!!! Fabu!


    ...and super job with the fine brush work!

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  47. I like the matte better too. I just think the design looks better with the matte top coat. Could you make a tutorial for this? I am loving the design!!

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  50. I think this would look great with Cult Nails' new Wax finish top coat!!

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  51. I'm in love with this mani, and I need the pink!

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  52. BEAUTIFUL! I have to chime in with my support for the NYC Matte Topcoat. It's WELL worth the 99¢ investment, LOL. I'll have to check out My Vampire is Buff, sounds like a rare good white/cream shade.

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  53. I really like it! Also, bummed to hear Hard Candy isn't making theirs anymore D: it was always the best of the ones I'd tried. With their rebrand and plunge into being relevant for the latest trends, I can't imagine why they'd stop!

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  54. I think I just thumbed down your comment (sorry) Idk how to use this thing

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  55. That's okay, I have it on my blog and still don't know how to use everything on this commenting system thing...lol

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  56. <3 <3 <3 <3

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  57. sooo stunning!!! absolutely love this nails!! *-*

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  58. What did you do on your thumb? I'm in the process of doing this and I dunno what to do. .-.

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  59. It was pretty similar to the middle finger! Just smaller vertical triangles.

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