Julep Melissa over Black Polish – add striping tape! :)
As soon as I saw this polish, I knew I wanted to layer it over black. I knew it would pick up the green shimmer, but I was very surprised at just how explosively colourful this was!
First off, I painted two coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather, and top coat. Then I randomly placed striping tape across that (when it was dry!), and added one coat of Julep Melissa over the tape, then peeled the tape off. I left my middle finger as the accent nail, and added two pieces of tape across the top – inspired by the lovely Marta of Chit Chat Nails – ok, pretty much just straight out fangirl copy, but nowhere near as neatly done 😀 – check out her striping nail art here! And this was my result..
I enjoyed this! I love how teal Melissa went when layered over black. What I didn’t love was how nasty it was to apply – it flooded, pooled AND pulled, and I found it impossible to get an even layer. Luckily it’s really pretty, and it dried fast, or it may have gone for a sail across the room: it was just that annoying.
The other thing I had problems with was the tape! The holo green tape on my accent fingers eroded away to nothing within 3 hours (even with top coat), and split down the middle while using it. Sad, because its HOLOGRAPHIC, which is seriously cool. Hopefully it will be salvageable. The other annoyance was the tape I was using to create the stripes – I had overhanging bits so I could whip it off easily after I painted it. But… those dangly bits dingled in the wet nail polish of the other hand. Ah well. Art is pain, right? 😀
And here’s a whole hand photo: because of the running/pooling/dingling issues, this mani looked HEAPS better at a distance *beams*
So, what do you think? This teal colour strongly reminds me of the iridescence on my black Orpington chickens feathers. See?
I’ve been wanting to find something that colour for ages, so I’m very happy about this! Thanks for the polish, Megan, I really appreciate it (even though I whinge lots hehehe)