Shimmer Saturdays – Part 5

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I hope you have been enjoying the Shimmer Polish Saturday posts as much as I have.  Last week I tried a new technique and a few of you really enjoyed the mini-tutorial.  As a blogger, that is very flattering.  Though the technique wasn’t one invented by me, you all really showered me with positive feedback on the mini-tutorial… and that in turn inspired me to try two new (to me) techniques -with some recently acquired nail-art brushes- in today’s post.  Thank you for that! 😀

Today’s Shimmer Polish shades are:

* Shimmer Polish Cristina *

* Shimmer Polish Lorene *

*Shimmer Polish Taylor *

Shimmer Polish Cristina is described as “Deep Forest Green w/ a hint of red and fuchsia glitter Polish!”

(two coats over China Glaze Turned up Turquoise)

I personally am not a fan of green (I know, I know… I should try to live a little on the bright side), but I KNOW this would be a hit with those of your who like brighter shades.  The red and turquoise glitter bits pop out and create a very fun mixture.  I also tend to layer glitter over similar-toned cream bases BUT this would look really pretty over a deep plum or a black base 😉

I had been dyyying to try the wet paint drip nail look, and I knew that Cristina would be MY chance 😉

I chose to use a fine nail art brush (photo at end of post) and some dollar-store/craft-store acrylic paint:

(this photo shows how the acrylic paint dries matte- you WILL need to add a layer of topcoat or the acrylic paint will wash off when you wash your hands 😉 )

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I added a little bit of white to the dripping-paint to give them some dimension as well 😉

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Shimmer Polish Lorene is described as “Raspberry Melange Glitter Polish!  Similar to Wendy and Natalie but more opaque”:

(two coats over OPI You Only Live Twice)

(direct sunlight to show holo elements)

Lorene is definitely a gorgeous raspberry toned polish in a raspberry-toned jelly base.  If you added holographic glitter to jam, this would be the delicious concoction that you would have 😉

For some nail-art, I chose to use acrlyic paint and follow (try) this YouTube tutorial by CutePolish

In case you were curious, these are the fine-nail-art brushes I purchased from the BornPrettyStore:

(remember, coupon code MARTAK31 will get you 10% off your entire purchase)

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Shimmer Polish Taylor is described as “Red Jelly Base with Green Mixed Glitter Polish!”

(two coats over China Glaze VII)

I think the best way to describe Taylor is a wine based jelly with glitter that resembles the shades of the most popular flakie lacquers.  The neat thing about glitter (in place of flakies) is that flakies come and go with the light, while these glitter bits shine from the surface all the time 😉

It is not through lack of creativity at all, but this polish was asking to be mattified 😉 I was powerless…

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Shimmer Polish can be purchased on Etsy HERE (and for those of you who are looking for international shipping, I Harlow & Co now carries a selection of Shimmer Polish shades ;)Cristina and Taylor available )

Have you tried any of these techniques?

Do you play a lot with acrylic paints and nail-art brush designs? (my skills are very weak and I hope to keep practicing)

Which of these three shades do YOU like most?


* products sent for honest review consideration *
  • I LOVE the mani’s ! Super gorgeous and love the designs with acrylic painted designs ! I don’t use acrylic paints with my designs when I use nail brushes, I use polish to draw designs (which I hear is a little harder ) so will need to get acrylic paint and try it too. ♥ I love Taylor the most, especially mattified !!! Wowi, super gorgeous ♥

    • Thank you!
      Maybe you can help me out then- because I almost always use acrylic paint because a) they ARE much easier to work with as they do not dry out b) I am always scared that I won’t be able to wash the polish off of the brush- how do you clean your nail-art brushes after dipping them in polish?! 😀
      Isn’t Taylor mattified sooo pretty!? I’m glad you like it 😀

  • Lou is Perfectly Polished

    Wow Marta you are so creative I just don’t know how you find the time! Cristina is my favourite of these three polishes but I adore the argyle technique used with lorene. Great post xx

    • Time is sometimes hard to comeby BUT whenever I can I want to rummage through my helmer and play LOL.

      I’m always excited to try a new technique and the argyle pattern was a copy of “CutePolish” on youtube- she was very clear on her instructions so that made it easy to follow 😀

  • Such cute nail art! =)

    • Thank you so much- I’m glad you like it 😀

  • They are both gorgeous, but my oh my I really love the dripping paint! I really need to give it a try.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you liked this look.
      I really enjoyed creating this look- it was a fun one to try

  • The drip manicure looks 3D, so pretty!

    • Thank you!!! It really makes a huge difference to add those little white lines to the drips- that step is a “must” and had me so excited 😀 lol

  • Shimmer Polish

    These are wonderful!!! 🙂

    • Thank you! I am happy that they turned out- the shades are so fun to play with

  • Manisbymoore

    I love all of these but I love the look of the dripping paint the best! You should try doing a gradient with acrylic paint. Clean up is so fast and easy!

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you like this!
      YOU ARE A GENIOUS!!!! I have never thought to gradient with acrylic paint- but that would be perfect!!!! (puts on her to-do list! 😉 )

  • Glittersnapdragon

    Wow: every day you think of something else. Amazing: love them all 🙂

    • I’m sooo glad you enjoyed this segment. There are sooo many incredible techniques to try- I am enjoying giving them a whirl 😉

  • coraline humbert

    waw… you leave me speechless, too beautiful !

    • Thank you sooo much 😉 You are so kind to me 😉

  • lorene is beautiful… Love the dripping manicure. Just a quick question: Does the acrylic paint has to be runny or just of normal consistency?

    • I am so sorry for the very late reply.
      I use dollar store acrylic paint in the tub above. I do not dilute it at all. It dries very quickly on the nail (sometimes I need to go over a spot twice for full opacity). But I use the paint straight out of the tub (it is thicker in consistency than nail polish). I hope this helps?

  • Christine Steiner

    Wonderful Marta!!! I enjoyed your Shimmer posts tremendously. This week you show the one closest to my heart but not because of the color but the nearly same name like me. I think it was swooped into my shopping cart before I had an idea of its color ;-)!!! I am slapping myself now for having skipped Taylor though ;-)!! Beautiful!! I love seeing your nailart but being extremely clumsy painting with my weak hand, I have not yet dipped any of my toes in those waters ;-)!!!

  • I think Taylor is my favourite, maybe because it is my boyfriend’s name & I love the colour!

    • Awh, thank you for your comment.
      I know that Taylor can be both a boy and a girl’s name, but all I kept thinking was Taylor Lautner from the Twilight series (and because I’m in my 30s I thought it would be silly of me to mention in my post)… but now the cat is out of the bag 😉