Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My First Franken

I'm in total awe of people who are able to mix up beautiful frankens from 2, 3, 4 or more colors or with loose powders. I am not such a visionary and don't think I'll ever be. However, last night I decided to try my hand at mixing two polishes together.

I buy most of my polishes online sight unseen, except for swatches, so it's sometimes hard for me to get a sense of what the color is really like until it arrives. It's especially tricky if I'm looking at a polish that doesn't have a lot of pictures available online. This scenario led to me being the owner of both OPI Princesses Rule and Nicole by OPI Dream Maker. Both of these are sheer, pale pink polishes that are jam-packed full of shimmery goodness, perhaps glass-flecks. To me, they are dupes, and if they aren't, I don't see why anyone would need to own both. LOL.

I decided to change one so that I could enjoy both bottles. Since I like the OPI bottle and brush a lot more and had already used a bit of Dream Maker for a mani so there was a bit of room in the bottle, I decided to mix Dream Maker with something. I chose to use OPI Siberian Nights because it's way too dark for me to wear as is.

I ended up just adding drops of Siberian Nights to Dream Maker and periodically shaking it up until I was happy with the color. I ended up with a blue-leaning purple color that reminds me of blueberry yogurt or a blueberry smoothie. On the nail it is super sparkly, and flashes gold most of the time and I can sometimes see silver, red, blue, green sparkles spread throughout. It's just stunning and I was constantly looking at my nails today.

It was hard to photograph this color because it looks different under different lights. Sometimes, it looked mauve-ish, sometimes more blue and then sometimes a dusty purple. I decided to just post a bunch so you can see it in all its glory! :)

With Flash:

Artificial Light (taken last night):

Indoors Natural Light:

Indoors Natural Light:

Indoors Natural Light:

Close-ups to show the sparkly goodness:

Indoors Artificial Light:

Indoors Artificial Light:

I'm pretty happy with the way this came out. Changing the color of the polish really highlights the shimmery, sparkliness of the polish. Even in dim lighting, there's so much shimmer going on that it's amazing. I love that I was able to use 2 polishes that wouldn't have gotten much use and turned them into something that I'll wear again for sure.

I think I'll do a comparison later on with China Glaze Grape Juice (which I don't have yet), Sinful Colors Purple Diamond and Zoya Zara, but I don't think any of them will be dupes.

Ta-ta for now!


  1. I like it... its very flattering on your nails. and i love your panda background :-)