How To: For this manicure I used one coat of Essie's First Base Coat for adhesion; two coats of Sally Hansen Coral Reef; four coats of Wet N Wild Kaleidoscope (on ring finger – accent nail); and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
Notes: I’m not big on pink polishes, as they can sometimes be a little boring in my opinion, but Coral Reef is not your standard pink. It is a pink-based coral hue (much different than an orange-based coral) that has a very summery vibe to it (think bikinis, sandy footprints, lost treasure, and sandcastles). The formula on this polish is incredible – not thick, not thin, just perfect. It was fully opaque in two coats; and it has an amazing easy-glide brush which I found was so fantastic in creating a perfect manicure in a minimal amount of time as it gives you full control, and literally does not drip.
I wanted to add a little something extra for this manicure, so I used Kaleidoscope for the accent nail. Kaleidoscope is a really gorgeous silver and holographic glitter (that looks like lights on a Christmas tree in certain positions) that is more of a topcoat; however, when you add a number of coats (I did four coats here), you can achieve opacity. Kaleidoscope isn’t a grainy feeling glitter, so it is completely smooth with the addition of Top Coat.
Both of these colors are seriously inexpensive (Kaleidoscope usually retails for $0.99, and Coral Reef is under $3.00 a bottle), yet have such great formula and lasting power. I had 0 chips on all nails for the entire time that I wore this mani (5 days). If you plan on wearing Coral Reef for more than three days, definitely refresh the color with an additional top coat, otherwise it starts to have a satin finish that isn’t shiny.
Accessories: Pieces Jorie Shop Ring in Gold via ASOS.
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