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.

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July favorites

Here are my favorite manis from July! I like them all so much, but I think I have to say the Aurora pigment is my absolute favorite! 

Which one do you like the most? 

Whats up nails Aurora pigment

A few days ago I got a long awaited nail mail containing the new Aurora pigment from Whats up nails. Usually it takes about a week for my parcel to arrive when I order from them, but this time it took three weeks for it to arrive. The post must have messed up this time ūüė¶
Anyway, you all probably know by now that I love Whats up nails’ powders and this one is no exception. I actually think this one is my favorite so far!

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I applied the powder over white nail polish (Alpine snow from OPI), and the result is just amazing!

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I want to try this pigment over so many more colors, next time I think I’ll try it over light pink or blue… or purple.

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When I ordered this pigment I already had a design in mind, so I’ve been waiting some time to finally be able to make it! I knew I just had to pair it with unicorns, though I didn’t want to cover up the pigment too much, so I decided on a unicorn on just one nail.

Whats up nails Mermaid flakies

Last week I got some new lovely products from Whats up nails to try! The package included flakies, magic shifting powders, glitter confetti, nail vinyls and water decals, and as you probably already know I’m a huge fan of their products.

Since I haven’t used any flakies before I decided to try them first. The flakies comes in a jar that contains 0.4 grams, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it actually is quite a lot! The jar is packed full of the flakies and I think they will last for years.

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I applied the Mermaid flakies over two coats of Lady in black from OPI, and I applied them while the polish still was wet. The application was super easy, and I found that¬†the finger was best if you don’t want that much coverage, and using a fan brush was best if you want a lot of flakies over the whole nail (like I have here). You don’t need to finish with a special top coat like when you use powders.

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I think the flakies are so beautiful, they give such depth to the mani! I could not stop staring at my nails while wearing them. Depending on the light they shift from green to blue, in some lights they are just green, in others they’re just blue.

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You can’t have mermaid nails without a little bit of mermaid scales patterns on top, can you? Though I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful flakies too much so I just stamped the pattern on two nails.

Hope you like these as much as I do!

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!

What’s up nails Fairy powder

I’ve done a few chrome powder manis by now, so for today’s mani I thought I’d combine the powder with nail vinyls. Out of the powders I’ve tried I have to say that the powders from Whats up nails are by far the best, they are super easy to apply and they look amazing!!

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A couple of weeks ago I got some pr samples from Whats up nails, and the Alchemy powder was one of the things I got (along with stamping plates, vinyls and water decals). After trying it I just had to get another chrome powder, so I recently bought the Fairy powder.

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As a mentioned before I decided to use the powder together with vinyls. I had no idea how it would turn out, so I decided to make one accent nail with the vinyl. To be honest it actually turned out better than I thought.

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Here’s how I made this chrome mani using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used a Ridge filling from Essie to get a smooth surface.

2. Paint your nails with one coat of a black polish, I used Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply liquid latex around your nails and cuticles to make the cleanup easier.

4. Apply a second coat of the black polish.

5. After letting the second coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder using my finger tip.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time. Have in mind that a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use much product at all.

7. When you’re¬†happy with the result take¬†a fan brush and gently sweep¬†it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time to top coat! I used the Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine which is a water based top coat, because regular top coats will ruin the chrome finish. After letting the top coat dry for about 30 minutes I applied a regular (non quick dry) top coat from OPI over it to make the mani last longer.

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For the accent nail I applied two coats of black polish and then a quick dry top coat (Liquid Macro from Superchic Lacquer). After letting that dry completely (about 20 minutes) I placed the Lizard stencil on the nail and painted¬†a coat of black polish over it. I let the polish dry just so it’s dry to¬†the touch and then applied the Fairy powder over it. What happened was that the powder stuck to the whole nail, and I was just expecting the powder to stick to the tacky polish, not the completely dry polish. I don’t know if it was the top coat that I used that made it stick, but I’m happy that it did, I think it turned out really cool!

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Hope you like this mani! I made a tutorial for this design which you can see on my Instagram by clicking here.

So, what do you think of these chrome powders, yay or nay?