Friday, 3 June 2016

ABC Challenge 'E': Emerald nails

At the end of last week's post (D for dry marble) I mentioned that I had a plan for my 'E' nails which I hoped would work. It did! Here are my emerald nails for the letter E, for week 5 of Nail Polish Society's ABC Challenge (follow the link to find out more about it).

Emerald nail art with magnetic polish and reverse stamping, by polilish
Bottle: Masura 'Cat's Eye' magnetic polish
This involved two things that I hadn't tried before - magnetic nail polish, and negative space reverse stamping. Read on to find out more, and to watch the full video tutorial.

I didn't have many ideas for E - I had emerald, earth, ethereal, and easy - and I decided to go for emerald after I bought an emerald-green magnetic nail polish by Masura. This is 'Cat's Eye', part of the Precious Stones collection. Given the name of the collection, I had to incorporate this somehow into an emerald nail look!

Macro close-up of Masura 'Cat's Eye' magnetic nail polish
Masura 'Cat's Eye' magnetic polish - 2 coats + top coat
With the 3D effect of the magnetic polish, I thought it would look great with the crystal stamping pattern on Bundle Monster's BM-S303 plate. The obvious thing to do was to reverse stamp the pattern and colour the crystals in with Cat's Eye - but filling in the pattern takes time, and the magnet only works over wet polish.

So that's why I decided to do a negative space reverse stamp - instead of colouring in the pattern, I coloured the space around the pattern. Here's the full YouTube video of the whole process! (The list of everything I used is at the end of this post.)

I'm very pleased with the outcome - the 3D effect of the magnetic polish is more apparent in real life when you can see the nails move, and they do look like gemstones. I have two more colours from the Precious Stones collection, Shining Garnet (red) and Indian Night (blue) - I can't wait to incorporate them into nail art too.

Emerald nail art with magnetic polish and reverse stamping, by polilish
Close-up of my middle finger

Out of curiosity, I looked up what real emeralds look like, and here's a comparison. Not bad, right?

Image attribution (right): by Madereugeneandrew (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0
(], via Wikimedia Commons

Finally, here's everything I used for this design:
💎 UNT 'Ready for Takeoff' peel-off base coat
💎 Masura 'Cat's Eye' emerald-green magnetic polish (from the Precious Stones collection)
💎 Masura magnet
💎 Bundle Monster BM-S303 stamping plate (from the Festival collection)
💎 Hit the Bottle 'Champagne Shifter' stamping polish
💎 MoYou London rectangular stamper and scraper
💎 Cirque Colors 'Don't Forget the Cannoli' (ivory white creme polish)
💎 Glisten & Glow 'Stuck on Blu' sticky base coat (for the decal)
💎 Glisten & Glow 'HK Girl' quick-dry top coat

That's it for this week! I have another post scheduled before next Friday's 'F' nails: a review of water decals by a new brand, Nicole Diary. Stay tuned!

Let me know what you think of these emerald nails in the comments, and you can also check out what other nail artists did this week by following the links below.


  1. These are beautiful, what a great idea to use a negative space decal!

    1. Thank you Lauren! I was very happy with the idea so I'm glad you like it!

  2. WOoooowww !!! These are stunning !!! So gorgeous !! They're truly amazing !!!
    And the "negative space reverse stamping" is such a great idea !

    1. Thank you so much for your compliments!! :D

  3. OMG!!! Its beautiful. Great stamping :D

  4. Whoa, they look totally awsome!