My polish today is Color Club's Ultra Violet. When I first saw this in the bottle, I thought it was fairly similar to China Glaze's Reggae To Riches, but they are definitely not dupes. RTR is a bit darker, and the flash in the shimmer is a darker blue-purple, while UV is lighter and the flash is more pastel blue-green. RTR feels more energized and sassy to me, while UV feels softer and more romantic:
|Ultra Violet in the sunlight|
|Outside in the shade|
After enjoying this by itself for awhile, I decided to stamp on it in a color that went with the soft blue flash. I chose China Glaze's Metallic Muse, which stamps like a dream, and the shatter nail tip design from the new Mash-28. I used a trick that I learned from Sandy DandyNails (you can find her YouTube channel here); she mentioned during one of her videos that she likes to use the nail tips on stamping plates in a diagonal over the side of her nail, so I thought I'd try that:
Except for the fact that I covered too much of the pinky (user error!), I really like the effect that you get using the nail tips this way. I do NOT, however, like the rhinestone that I chose to use. Ugh-alicious. :(
I like how this came out. It has a sort of '80s feel to it, doesn't it? I also think this would look nice with a darker purple stamped over it. Hmm...for some reason that just made me wonder what a gradient done with this and Reggae To Riches would look like...
Thanks for looking!