French Nail Polish Alternatives and Ideas
There’s a back story, and it goes like this. My husband and I were discussing how much we disliked french nail polishes, and shortly thereafter my cousin mentioned how much she liked them. Now, no one’s wrong here. A nice french polish can make your hands look healthy, and certainly natural and pretty. For me, personally, I think it looks a bit outdated and artificial – and it’s a bit like spending $160 on an invisible haircut. Yet people do that too… each to their own, I say!
However it got me thinking.. there are quite a few alternatives to the classic french nail polish out there, maybe I should compile a few? Just sticking with the classic colour scheme, for now at any rate! So I did, and didn’t enjoy it much, and took photos … and then discovered my darling eldest child had changed all the settings on my camera, and I had to start all over again. Snarl.
These were nasty manicures the first time around – and are SUPER awful now, but hopefully the ideas behind them are obvious!
First up – a sponge attempt. Now you can see where I went overboard with the white, and my nails are just too short for this. It really looks funny. But it was very easy, and I’m keen to give it a go with better colours. I just had a cotton bud dipped in remover ready and waiting, and clean up was super easy. And yes, I just hacked a piece of a new kitchen sponge, and used that. Kiwi ingenuity! One coat of pink (Color Club Get a Clue) , then sponged pink with white tip (CR 58), plus top coat. I also threw a glitter coat on my ring fingernail. Didn’t help…
Then came the nude polish with a sticker accent – I put this on very wet polish, and it oozed up over the sides. Don’t do this, and you’ll be fine. I quite liked this look, actually! Polish is L’Oreal Sand Dollar (highly sheer! Argh!) and the stickers were from the $2 shop.
Then I experimented with dotting – base coat of L’Oreal Sand Dollar,and the white was CR 58. The first one I meant to do a half moon as well as a dot nail tip and… well, I am cranky and sick, it didn’t work out well.
Then I framed my pinky with white dots – same polishes as before. This looked quite nice, I think.
Last but not least I tried my first framed manicure – well, ok, my second (thanks, child.) The white was CR 58, and the pink was Color Club Get a Clue. I should have taped off the tip. I did that the first time. But… I was in such a hurry, I just freehanded this, then did a freehand tip to clean up the edge. Looks bad, hey?! But the possibility of something quite nice is there – I like the combination, just too stark to be a ‘normal’ french polish. I wouldn’t wear it for long, though.
And there you go! Any other ideas out there? Apart from not giving up my day job? 😀
And the million dollar question: french polish, or no french polish?