Monday, August 27, 2012

Soft Mint

Hi girls! Back to your regular scheduled posts. Today I want to share with you one of my favorite manis that I've done lately. It mixes color gradient and stamping. Let's take a look!

My base for this mani was China Glaze Refresh Mint. It's a very pretty mint green and opaque in 2 coats, the formula was a bit on the thick side but nothing a couple drops of thinner wouldn't help. Pastel colors tend to have trickier formulas, but this one was not bad.

Then I added a color gradient with Essence Viva La Green which is a beautiful bright blue-toned green. I haven't worn it as a full mani -yet- so I can't comment on its formula.

Anyway, I stamped over the whole thing with Konad White Special polish and BM-221plate. The flower pattern is one of my favorites of this set, it's so delicate and seemed to go well with the colors I had.

All in all, I really loved this mani. The combination of colors and stamping turned out in a really beautiful subtle effect. I also found that the combination of Viva la Green tuned down a bit of the redness that's typical of wearing pastels (commonly known as "lobster hands")

For the days I wore this I couldn't stop thinking and craving mint ice-cream, hmm.

Do you like the combination of stamping and gradients?

Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh... my god. This is great!
    I've had ideas before to stamp something similar but you've done it better than I could!
    Only thing - your greens seems a tiny bit desaturated, maybe it's just my screen? Re-fresh mint bottle seems a bit grey, but that is just a tiny nitpick at that is a FANTASTIC mani. Seriously, wow!

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment :D I had some problems taking pics of this mani because the day was overcast so the colors didn't came out that well >.<

    2. not a big deal! They're still fantastic! *drools*

  2. oh wow! im going to look for a bottle of fresh mint stat! thats just so perfect. i love how you did a gradient w it also :D

  3. Such a beautiful mani! I love the gradient, and the white flowers look so delicate over it. Really great job! :)