Hey guys! For today's manicure I wanted to share with you a polish that was a totally unexpected love for me. It all started a few weeks ago when I was preparing for my panel at Kcon. They had asked me to share a quick tutorial so I thought an ombre nail how-to would be fairly easy and informative. Unfortunately the tutorial was scrapped but fortunately for me, my ombre mani for the day started with this newly discovered Lioele Lavender polish.
I couldn't wait too long to apply it again, just so I could show you how awesome this shade is!
In all honesty, I tend to be a little shy of medium-to-light purples since the color is complementary to the yellow in my skin (see my post on color theory) and can over-neutralize my hand making it look greyish.
The magical trick to this polish is that there is an almost pinky-tinged brightness to this shade that, for the life of me, will not show through in photos. You're going to have to trust me on this. It's not your average pastel lavender!
Here I used CND Stickey Base for my base coat and 2 coats (2! And I'm a serial 3-coater!) of Lioele 37 Lavender with Seche Vite on top to give it that super glossy finish that I love.
Overall I've been very consistently happy with the quality of Lioele polishes, from the smoothness of the texture to the flat-wand brush design. Unlike many other companies that use a flat wand, Lioele's brush edge is not curved which I find quite easy to maneuver for really crisp cuticle edges. The formula of this particular offering is nice and opaque in 2 coats and it was easy to control during application. Can I also just say that creme finish pastels are just so rewarding to wear? It looks very clean and you can really appreciate nuances of color.
For those of you who were curious to see my Kcon ombre nails, here's a pic I shared on my Instagram while en route to the venue. I also accessorized with my Rebecca Minkoff crossbody (in white) which was a recent acquirement, as well as this super awesome buckle ring I randomly came across on Amazon.
Would you like to see an ombre nails tutorial? I know I had an older one but I have been using a new technique that works great when using two different colors. Let me know in the comments!