Thursday, 31 March 2016

Three stamped designs with Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'After-Light Gala'

Femme Fatale Cosmetics recently released their 'After-Light Gala' collection, of which I got three polishes (as usual, from the UK online store Rainbow Connection). Over the past couple of weeks I've done three different stamped designs using these beautiful polishes, and I decided to put them all together here in one big post. Read on for the full details and lots of photos!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics After-Light Gala - stamping nail designs by polilish
Top: A Fortune Teller's Charm | Bottom: Maze of Mirrors | Right: Crown of Ribbons
Because each of these is already so complex on its own, as you can see I ended up using only black (Konad stamping polish) to stamp over them. I did try using gold over A Fortune Teller's Charm, but it didn't quite go with the beige. All of the patterns are from plates by Born Pretty Store.

Crown of Ribbons is a very pretty pink with green shimmer and iridescent flakes. When I was deciding which polishes to get from the collection, this was the first to jump out at me. It was easy to apply, I only needed two coats for opacity. I paired it with this pattern from the BP-48 plate, and added a matte top coat as it makes the flakes stand out more.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Crown of Ribbons' stamping nail design, by polilish
Two coats of 'Crown of Ribbons' with matte top coat and stamping
Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Crown of Ribbons' macro, by polilish

Next up is Maze of Mirrors - which is just incredibly sparkly. It's packed with light sea-green shimmer, silver holographic glitter, and lime-green circle glitters. I applied this just using the polish brush, although I couldn't use regular brushstrokes as they left bald spots. Instead I used the whole length of the brush against my nail to place the glitters. I only needed two coats for opacity. In this swatch the lighting was not particularly bright, but you can still see how glittery it is. (In fact, I probably underestimated the exposure because the sparklyness was misleading!)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Maze of Mirrors' swatch, by polilish
'Maze of Mirrors' - two coats, no top coat
I thought I would see how much better leaves could look if they were glittery, so I used this pattern from the BPL-026 plate. As you can see the photo below is more highly exposed, so the bright green shade of the polish is more apparent, which is truer to how it looks in real life.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Maze of Mirrors' stamping nail design, by polilish

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Maze of Mirrors' macro, by polilish

Finally, A Fortune Teller's Charm - my first experience with a thermal polish! This is a green-leaning turquoise when cold, changing to beige when warm. It's rounded out with gold shimmer and glitters. With my long nails, you can see the transition from beige to turquoise as the tips of my nails are not warmed by my fingertips. When I'm in a chilly room or outdoors (it's early springtime in the UK - still pretty cold!) it does tend to stay all turquoise.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'A Fortune Teller's Charm', swatch by polilish
'A Fortune Teller's Charm' - two coats with top coat. Beige when warm and turquoise when cold.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'A Fortune Teller's Charm' (cold), swatch by polilish
'A Fortune Teller's Charm' - turquoise when cold.
The sandy beige and turquoise really remind me of the seaside! So I added these wave patterns from the BP-10 plate.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'A Fortune Teller's Charm', stamping nail design by polilish

Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'A Fortune Teller's Charm' macro, by polilish

And that's it! To end this I want to add that I was also really pleased with the Born Pretty plates that I used - they were all well-etched and I had no issues with them. Hope you enjoyed this bumper post!

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