Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WMPW: Beverage-inspired watermarble

This month I've decided to take on @apolishedcolleen's Watermarble Practice Wednesday challenge. Last week's theme was 'black and white swirls', and if you read that post you might remember that I was not completely successful. However I got a lot of helpful advice on Instagram on how to fix the issue I was having, and today I'm extremely pleased to present my first successful no-cheat watermarble!

Pink swirly watermarble featuring Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes | polilish
Bottle: Cirque Colors 'Jane on Jane St'
This week's theme is 'beverage-inspired'. I was a bit worried for this one as I don't have many watermarble-friendly polishes, but luckily I found these pinks that worked beautifully together for a strawberry smoothie-inspired watermarble. Read on for the full details and to see more photos!

As far as I'm aware, creme polishes are generally more likely to work for watermarbling. Unfortunately I don't have very many of those. Ever since I found the wonderful world of indie polishes, I just rarely get tempted by them when I'm surrounded by an array of shimmers, glitters and holo. The one exception has been Cirque Colors - I am a HUGE fan of their cremes,.

Pink swirly watermarble featuring Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes | polilish

However, I was initially doubtful that they would watermarble well. From what I've learnt, polishes spread well on water if they're thinner in consistency - which is also why older polishes aren't as suitable as newer ones. Cirque's cremes apply so well partly because they have a thicker formula which evens out beautifully on the nail. It seemed that this meant they would not watermarble well.

I tested some out anyway, and was happy to find that they worked! The darker pink is 'Jane on Jane St', which I've previously used in my sideways French tip mani, and the pale pink is 'Whitney', which I raved over in this post. I also tried out 'Don't Forget the Cannoli', and that worked too, so I'm excited to incorporate more Cirque cremes into future watermarbles.

Watermarble in progress
Pink swirly watermarble featuring Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes | polilish
Ring finger close-up
I added a matte top coat over this design as I thought that would make it look more smoothie-like - I used Rimmel's 'Pro Matte Finish'. Here's a photo of the design pre-matte, just with glossy top coat.

Pink swirly watermarble featuring Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes | polilish
Same design, minus matte top coat
I definitely prefer the matte version - I think the dusty, muted quality of 'Jane on Jane St' is enhanced, and it looks very dainty.

So I hope I'll be able to replicate this success next week! Before that, I'll be back this Friday with my next ABC challenge design - stay tuned!


4 comments :

  1. Wowwww ! That's so beautiful !!! I saw it on Insta but wanted to see more pic as I thought it's truly gorgeous !!! The matte finish is just perfect for this look. You did a wonderful job !!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliments! :D They mean a lot to me, I'm glad you like this!

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  2. love love loved it. Its beautiful. the color combo is to die for. :D

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I love these colours together too!

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