Happy Monday! I got crazy with the shiny nails today, just because I could! For this look, I used Ciaté’s Monte Carlo over Orly’s Shine with one coat of Seche Vite top coat. Also there’s a huge rhinestone bow.
When I started this mani, I knew it wouldn’t photograph well at all. I’m okay with it, really. It’s so shiny in real life. Shine is this great shimmery metallic silver that reflects a lot of light, and Monte Carlo is filled with metallic and holographic glitters that makes it worse. It’s not really that over-the-top, I guess, it’s a pretty basic polish with glitter, but photography really was a challenge.
Monte Carlo is actually a pretty cool mix of glitter. It’s kind of a mess; the glitters — blue, pink, and holographic silver bars — don’t really go together, but the overall look is chaotic and fun. It’s neither fine nor chunky, but adds a pop of color and the shine of glitter to any under-color.
I feel like Shine maybe detracts from it a bit. I thought it would be a good under-color for Monte Carlo; since Monte Carlo already had a lot going on, I thought it needed a strong color under it, something that could hold the figurative weight of the glitter. In general, I do like the way it looks, but I think the silver shine, when the light hits it, overwhelms the subtleties of the glitter. Shine is one of the most aptly-named polishes ever. The following set of photos were taken outdoors in direct sunlight. I think the sunlight photos came out better because the light is better diffused, but I still had a little bit of a problem with the glare. The silver holo bars show up best here.
So let’s talk about the bow charm. It’s awesome, right? It’s ridiculous. They’re wider than my whole finger and it’s only a matter of time before they pop off somewhere and get lost forever. I couldn’t resist it, though. I really wanted to make this look even more obnoxious than it already was.
Shine is available wherever Orly is sold; mine is from Sally Beauty Supply. Ciaté is sold at Sephora. The gigantic bow is from Born Pretty Store.
I love this! So pretty and that bow charm is too cute!
Wow! That glitter sure is a glitter! I agree with you about the base coat.
this is so insanely sparkly!
super blingy combination! love it!
This is super festive! I love it!
I actually love the variety of shapes and colours in that glitter! And to me, that Orly is the perfect underwear to it!
So sparkly!!! That glitter is so fun! I love the over the top bow…I mean if you are going to go sparkly…go big or go home right? 🙂
LOL, exactly what I was thinking!
The polish is pretty, but I can’t stop look at THAT BOW! Woooeeee! Love it 🙂
Amazing, such a bold manicure! It’s nice to just have a bit of fun! x
The sparkle factor of this manicure is ridiculously fabulous! I love it! I bet it was super fun to wear 😀
Wow, this polish is a show stopper! And that bow is just the icing on the cake! Gorgeous!
Soooooo pretty! I couldn’t do the now though, my dog would take that off within 10 minutes!
So blingy! I love the bar glitter in there, and that bow is a great addition!