Friday, March 9, 2012

Fishtail Braid - or the matte fail of the year

Today, I've got another fishtail braid mani for you. I actually did this either Monday or Tuesday, but I wanted to set a schedule for the girly-girl challenge.

Essie Ballet Slippers, Essie Shine of the Times, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise, OPI Did It On 'Em, and L'Oreal Violet Vixen

As much as I love this look, I have a warning for you, dear readers. 
Do not buy CND Super Matte. 
I've been looking for a matte coat  for a while, so when I saw this at a cosmetic supply store for three dollars, I swiped it up. I was so excited to be able to do the matte flakie effect - which is what I tried to attempt above, and... well, what you see is what I got. I put one coat of Super Matte over one coat each of Shine of the Times and Essie Ballet Slippers, and instead of getting awesome matte flakies, I got super milky, slightly less shiny flakies. I added a coat of  Seche Vite over top to salvage it. After looking up reviews online, the suck of Super Matte seems to be a general consensus. 

Tomorrow, I'll have a little something different for you, so look forward to that!


  1. Wow! This is awesome. I really like the colors, they work so well together! :) And that really sucks that you never got your package. :(

    1. I'm not entirely sure. I had it sent to my mom's (my permanent address while I'm at school) so I'm hoping it's there and she forgot to tell me.