Friday, August 22, 2014

Fierce Feline - Satin vs. Glossy Leopard Print Nail Art

I know I just said that I don't often do leopard print nails, but this one is a little different than my usual leopard fare. I recently received a couple of the new Jesse's Girl Satin Finish nail polishes to try out, and thought it would be a good time to try out some satin vs. glossy tone-on-tone nail art. I paired Jesse's Girl Black Satin with a black nail polish for the leopard details.

Polishes used:
Jesse's Girl Black Satin (satin grey) - 2 coats
American Apparel Hassid (black)

I really liked the formula on the Jesse's Girl satin polish. I applied two coats, then gave it a bit to dry down to it's satin finish. Then, using a small nail art brush, I painted on the leopard pattern freehand. You could also paint your nail art with topcoat for a more subtle effect, but I decided to use black to make the print pop.

The final effect is something kind of velvety, with a tiny bit of raised texture coming from the lack of topcoat. I really, really love it.

Have you ever tried combining glossy polishes with matte/satin shades? I really should try to do it more often, the effect is totally killer.


  1. These look really nice. I've never mixed finishes like this too.

  2. The satin vs glossy is a really neat update to the matte vs glossy look. I like it!

  3. I'm not a huge fan of leopard print, but even I like this one!

  4. Lovely result! I like the contrast between satin and glossy nail polish!

  5. I have never tried combining glossy and matte shades. It looks very sophisticated, so I will give it a go in the near future.

  6. Glad to hear you enjoyed the results! I think it looks awesome, as cheetah prints go. Yes, they are common but they can also look cool when you try them in different colours.

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  8. I love the textured look. Because no topcoat was used, does it last as long?

  9. Satin polishes are usually more durable than full on matte polishes. To increase wear time though, you can topcoat with regular glossy coat first and then a layer of matte topcoat.


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