The battle of the chrome powders

Today I have a comparison of chrome powders from three different brands; Born Pretty Store, Whats up nails and Twinkled T. After trying the powder from Born Pretty Store I got a question if I could compare it to some of the more expensive brands, so here it is!

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The powders I’m comparing are: GRB20 from Born Pretty Store, Alchemy powder from Whats up nails and Trapeze powder from Twinkled T.

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As you see the powders are all pretty much dupes, I can’t see a difference between them. They’re all very reflective and shift between the exact same colors.

So is there a difference between them application wise? I have to say that the Alchemy powder from What’s up nails is the easiest to apply. It glides on like a dream, and you don’t really need to buff that much to get it to stick to the polish. The other two powders are not difficult to apply, but they do need just the tiniest bit more of buffing to stick to the polish.

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The Alchemy powder is the most expensive, $21.75 for 1g. The Trapeze powder is $20 for 1g and GRB20 is $4.29 for 0,5g ($8.58 for 1g).

I think it’s great that there is a cheaper alternative that performs so well, though you have to bare in mind that Born Pretty Store ship their orders from Asia, and it will take several weeks for them to arrive (depending on where you live). For me it usually takes 4-5 weeks for a package to arrive to Sweden.

May favorites

I remember saying last month that I thought May would bring some more chrome manis, and guess I was right! May was the month that I experimented a little more with the chrome powder. I tired it with nail vinyls and the result turned out so much better than I though it would!

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It’s so hard to pick a favorite from these, but If I had to pick one I would be the chrome scales.

Which one do you like the most?

Chrome dragon scales

I did these nails for the #clairestelle8may challenge on Instagram, when the theme was scales. I wanted to make nails that looked like dragon scales so I decided to bring out my beloved chrome powder from Whats up nails. I would have loved to use the Dragon powder, but since I don’t have that one I had to make do with the Alchemy powder, and I think they turned out just amazing this way!

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To create this design I used regular black polish, scale stencils, Alchemy powder and a water based top coat. I made a quick tutorial for them, which you can see here.

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I have tried a few different powders now and I have to say that the ones from Whats up nails are by far the easiest to work with and they give the coolest results! Their powders are a bit more expensive than powders from other manufacturers, but I still think they’re worth it.

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What do you think about this chrome trend that’s been going on for a while now? Personally, I love it!

April favorites

I feel like I’m saying this every time it’s time for a monthly mani favorites, but I can’t believe that it’s already May!

This past month I’ve done some really cute spring manis, I love my pink flower mani soon much, and the easter mani is so cute! I have also done quite a few chrome powder manis, but I chose to just include one in this collage, because I have a feeling that May will bring some more chrome manis.

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Please let me know which mani you like the most!

Whats up nails Alchemy powder

Hi guys, how are you? I haven’t been very active here lately, but I’ve just been so busy with work.

To compensate for my absence I have something really cool to show you today, chrome nail powder! You may have seen these powders all over Instagram last year. When they hit the market we were told that you could only use them with gel polish, otherwise the chrome finish would be ruined. I have used gel polish previously, but I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to it, and I wouldn’t want to risk the health of my nails by trying it again. But recently I learned that the powders work with regular polish too, just as long as you use them with a water based top coat.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lena from Whats up nails, asking if I wanted to try some of their new products (of course I said yes!). One of the things I got was the Alchemy Powder, and obviously I had to try it immediately!

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Isn’t the result just magical!? I could stare at my nails for days!

Here’s how I applied the powder using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used Ridge filler from Essie to get a smooth surface. I know from experience that any imperfections will show up when you use chrome polishes.

2. Paint your nails with a black polish. Black is what Whats up nails recommend, but other colors will work too, though I think the result won’t be as intense over a lighter polish. I painted my nails with two coats of Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply a top coat. I used Gel Setter from Essie to get a smooth and glossy finish.

This step is not necessary, you can skip it. I used top coat to get smooth surface but applying one more coat of polish also increases the drying time.

4. To protect the skin around my nails I used Cuticle protectors from Born Pretty Store.

5. After letting the top coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder, and a little goes a long way!! You don’t need much powder at all, so make sure that you don’t use too much.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails using your finger. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time.

7. When I was happy with the result I took a fan brush and gently swept it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time for top coat! This is the step where it all can go wrong, so make sure that you use a water based top coat, otherwise the mirror finish will be ruined. I used Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine.

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The wear time when you use powders with regular polish is not that long, but I don’t mind since I change my nails almost every day anyway. I will continue experimenting with powders and see what combination will work best for me!

What do you think of this duo chrome look? And have you tired any powders?