Monday, August 4, 2014

Speckled Stripes with LVX and Formula X


Here's a manicure that I would normally be hesitant to try: glitter over nail art. Usually, I'll spend so much time on nail art that I can't even imagine putting something over it. However, I gave it a shot this time and think it was a success! The key is to choose matching color palettes between your glitter and your art.


The stripes were painted in four LVX shades.
LVX Laguna (blue)
LVX Aster (purple)
LVX Lemondrop (yellow)
LVX Lolli (pink)

Using a small nail art brush, I painted vertical stripes beginning in the middle of my nails and working outward towards the edges. Lolli photographed a bit pale here -- it's really a nice soft bubblegum shade. The other colors look accurate to my eye.

After snapping photos of just the stripes alone, I added a coat of Formula X Thunder over the top. It has a great mix of pastel glitters that really complemented the palette of the stripes. I love the way it came out.



Which way do you prefer it: with the glitter or without?
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39 comments

  1. Both of them look nice but if I had to choose, I think I like it better without the glitter.

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  2. I agree with you, glitter over nail art usually does not make it better, but I have to admit that I prefer the glitter version this time!

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  3. Looks great with the glitter.

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  4. I like them both but I think the glitter wins for me. (I'm always on glitter's side.) I like that it looks like the glitter is just floating over the stripes. I love the colors, too.

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  5. There is something nice and clean about it -- though I think I prefer it with, myself.

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  6. I usually side with cremes, but this look ended up so structured yet chaotic that I just kinda love it.

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  7. Victoria - manicuratorAugust 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I actually like it best with the glitter! :D

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  8. I love it with the glitter! I have never tried LVX polishes, this post has definitely put them at the top of my wish list. It's gorgeous! And may I say, you must not drink coffee, right?!? That's some excellent line drawing... just perfect...

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  9. I actually don't drink coffee! But the steadiness comes from years of practice, haha.

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  10. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedAugust 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Love this look!! I like the glitter adds an element of cuteness, but maybe I'm biased cause I'm a glitter fiend. The stripes are so perfect and the colours are lovely together!!! :)

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  11. Looks amazing! I love the glitter on it too - I really love those Formula X neon matte glitter toppers!

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  12. Wow! You drew these lines without tapes?! Wow!! I LOVE both with and without glitters:D
    I'm just your new follower;p Your nail art designs look AMAZING!!!!!

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  13. This works so well! I definitely like it more with the glitter :)

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  14. Beautiful! I love both versions, the stripes on their own look sweet and sophisticated, whereas the glitter adds a playful and fun touch!

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  15. This is beautiful! Nice choice with that glitter!

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  16. I need to pick up a few more of them, for sure.

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  17. Thank you. It IS hard to decide! :)

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  18. Love it! From a distance it really looks like you splattered over the nail and I was like "how did she do that so perfectly?!"

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  19. I love the randomness and shape of the complimentary glitters over the structured stripes. I have never cared for vertical stripes on nails - always thought they were too 'stiff'. Lol, I never thought to put the right glitter over them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. I think glitter made it better. I loved the glitter version. Color pallette is nice

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  21. Oh man, wouldn't it be nice to control a splatter? Thanks!

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  22. Thank you! I think I'll have to keep doing this!

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  23. Thanks, I love pastel shades as well!

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  24. Hello, when are you gonna make the review of the "Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure" book as you wrote before? I'm really excited about it :)
    Btw very nice mani, it looks really good without and also with the glitter, but I like the glitter version better - it gave the manicure something special to it

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  25. I've already reviewed it, you can see the post here: http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2014/07/nails-the-story-of-the-modern-manicure-by-suzanne-shapiro.html

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  26. You're exactly right about the similar color palette. It looks like the glitter is popping out at you. I'll have to try this next time I do a layering combo!

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  27. both versions are equally fantastic. i find i get bored pretty quickly with my manicures so doing a stripe version until it starts to chip on me then adding a glitter top would be a way to have a manicure last 4 or 5 days.

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  28. PolishedtoPrecisionAugust 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    This looks so cool! I would have never thought to add the glitter to the stripes! I guess that's why you're the nail artist! LOL!

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