NOTW: Nails Inc Sprinkles Special Effect in Sweets Way

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Funfetti nails!

I'm not really one for this textured nail trend--leather, chalkboard, feathered, sugar, fuzzy, liquid sand, ugh, make it stop. But this sprinkles number from Nails Inc caught my eye and convinced me to give it a try, probably because it's more of a topcoat than a textured nail polish.

Sweets Way, as well as the other sprinkles effects I tried, isn't opaque enough to be worn by itself (though three coats was passable coverage if you want some serious sprinkles). A topcoat this busy with flecks of blue, orange and white demanded a clean base to be paired with, which only meant one thing: white nail polish.

I have conflicting feelings on white nail polish. Sometimes I think it looks really cool and modern, and other times I think it looks quite cheap. When the initial base color went on, I thought my White-Out nails looked hideous, but the sprinkles topcoat was just enough sparkle and pizzaz to lift the flatness from the white. 

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White--opaque in two coats!

If you wanted a cleaner look, you could do a thin layer of the sprinkles topcoat over the white, but I didn't want too much of the canvas showing, so I went with two coats of sprinkles. They're not prone to falling off or anything, but if you're doing dishes with this kind of manicure I wouldn't scrub too hard. It's also difficult to get a clean line around the cuticle, so try not to get sprinkles at the base of the nail. 

I'm still a bit on the fence with white nail polish, but there's no denying that it makes a fabulous base for all sorts of topcoats and nail art. Sweets Way atop of a creamy white is a twist on an ice cream manicure that feels perfectly summery and fun without veering too juvenile.

This is shaping up to be my favorite summer time nail look: fresh and unusual, with no nail wraps, stencils or Pinterest-worthy dexterity required.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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