Ciaté Shell Manicure in Wish Upon A Starfish Review

Last week I dished on the Ciaté Shell Manicure in She Sells Seashells; and today I'm bringing you my thoughts on the Ciaté Shell Manicure in Wish Upon A Starfish.

Wish Upon A Starfish is a holographic white duo that contains the Paint Pot holographic polish Halo, and the Paint Pot Effect Wish Upon A Starfish {which consists of white iridescent shell bits}.

Since I did a double accent nail for my first Seashell Mani, I decided to go full out with Wish Upon A Starfish. My thoughts...

Halo is an iridescent, holographic polish that is predominately lilac / purple in hue; but has a color shift that moves from pale pink to baby blue. It is absolutely mesmerizing to look at; though, obviously, you can't see it here because it is covered in crushed seashells. One of my primary reasons for that nail art decision was...Halo is completely transparent. It serves best as a top coat over another polish as, even with multiple coats, it doesn't build in opacity. I used 2 coats.

Wish Upon A Starfish is the Effects Paint Pot. While She Sells Sea Shells featured a variety of Rock Candy-esque colored shades; the crushed seashells found in Wish Upon A Starfish are white with a beige/yellow/off-white undertone that mimics the interior color of a seashell. An incredibly accurate likeness, if I do say so myself.


While I think a simple accent would look incredibly elegant in this color scheme, I was going for a mermaid on her wedding day mani vibe, so I figured...why not go full out?

I really, really love this look. I wasn't sure how an all-10-fingers Shell Manicure would turn out, but the results are just beautiful. It truly looks as if I dipped my fingers into the sea, and pulled them out covered in diamond-like seashells. It's so majestic and regal!

Given my success with this set, I'm planning on trying it again doing a holo ombre - with the iridescent Halo being the base, moving into a Wish Upon A Starfish Effects gradient. Pretty, yes? I think so.



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FTC Disclosure: Ciaté's Shell Manicure in Wish Upon A Starfish was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


ellie said...

Very regal indeed! Loved your review. I just might have to try it on one finger first though. Love the look!

ivy said...

Wow, this does have the elegant appeal! Love the results!

little luxury list said...

It really is mesmerizing! What a unique look and one I'd try out!

little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing mani!


Georgina Castellucci said...

So beautiful! Honestly this is what a mermaids nails would look like xo

Sara Gerard said...

I would think that all of the seashells would be a bit much, but you are correct! It is perfect! Mermaid on her wedding day! I love that!

Melissa Blake said...


Primrose Bigwood said...

This looks great! I love my ciate nail caviar, they do great stuff! xx


Krysten Quiles said...

Eh, not a fan....

Lady Lilith said...

I have not really heard of shells on nails before this post but I have to say it looks lovely.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This is so pretty and unique!

Janet Taylor said...


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