Today's mani is somewhat of a fail, but then also not a fail.  My vision for this mani was for my base colors, namely Storm by Zoya, to be the focal point and not the design.  The design I chose, is an abstract design composed of very fine lines that would allow for the base colors to be very visible through the design.  So, in essence, I did create my vision because Storm is clearly the focal point.  But still a fail because you can't see the design at all on the nails with Storm.  It turned out great on the green nails, High Line Green by NYC.

For this mani, the main base color is Storm and the accent nails, my ring and pinky, are painted with High Line Green.

For stamping, when choosing colors, you have to keep in mind that when you have a really dark base color like black, you have to choose contrasting colors, like white, pastels or metallics.  Since I have never used either of the 2 colors, I wanted to see how well they stamped.  They did stamp well.

Here's what I used:

  • Base coat: Seche Recondition
  • Base color: Storm by Zoya
  • Accent color: High Line Green by NYC
  • Top coat 1: Seche Vite Top Coat - I apply this before stamping, if I mess up I can remove the design without removing the base color
  • Stamp colors: Storm (left ring finger); Beyond (all other green nails); High Line Green (over Storm) and Tease Me (over right index finger)
  • Top coat 2: IBD UV Top Coat cured under a 54 watt UV lamp for 5 minutes
  • IP: Dashica Beauty Shop - XL SdP 12

Storm by Zoya is an absolutely beautiful black with gorgeous fine holographic glitter.  I am very pleased with this applied like butter.  It is pretty opaque in 1 coat, but I did apply 2 coats, just to see if it would look any better with 2 coats; and it does.  The glitter distribution is really great and has a nice glossy shine without top coat.  I highly recommend this polish!!

High Line Green by NYC, just blew me away.  It is a really pretty grass green creme formula. I was not expecting to be so pleased with this formula especially considering it only cost me $1.97 at Walmart.  The formula is a bit  fluid, but applies like a dream.  It's almost completely opaque in 1 coat, but because you can slightly see the whites of the tips of my nails, I applied 2 coats.  I really could have just applied 1 coat, especially since I stamped a full nail design over it.  I absolutely recommend this color; if you have not tried NYC polishes, you definitely should.  It is more than worth the price.

Polished at All Lo'Rain