Sunday, June 3, 2012

Spring ASBMF Challenge #8: Matte Magic

Yay, I finally did a manicure for the Matte Magic part of the challenge that I don't hate!  It's not that I don't like matte finishes, cause I do like them.  I've rocked a matte manicure before, I just could not for the life of me put anything together for this challenge that I liked enough to post, until now.  I think maybe I was trying too hard, over thinking it instead of keeping it simple.  I just got Barielle Elle's Spell yesterday in the mail, which I managed to snag off of Enamel Girl's blog sale.  So today while I was staring at the bottle (again) I decided to try flakie tips with Elle's Spell over black and then add matte top coat.  Flakies + Matte = Joy

My nails are a little shorter now, I trimmed them back before my last mani with KBShimmer Berry Patch, so it was a good time for the black polish.  Not that long nails have ever stopped me from using super dark colors in the past, but I do sometimes agree that darker colors can look better on shorter nails.  I just don't necessarily stick to that rule all the time.

This manicure started with one coat of Finger Paints Black Expressionism.  This is an awesome black!  Great coverage in one coat.  I bought this back when Finger Paints put out their Special Effects collection.  Black Expressionism wasn't a new shade but they were marketing it with the flakie polishes to use as the base color.  I had heard it was a good black polish, so I grabbed a bottle to try.  I liked it so much, I ended up going back and getting a second bottle later when Finger Paints were on sale.  Once the black base coat dried, I dabbed on Elle's Spell on the tips in a slight curve, rather than straight across my nails.  I went over the flakes two more times and then added a coat of Seche Vite.  I was going to skip the Seche Vite and go straight to Essie Matte About You as the only top coat used, but when I did that to the first nail, it ended up not being completely smooth.  So I decided to add the Seche Vite first, then matte the whole thing.

A quick peek at the challenges yet to check off my list (I need to get my rear in gear!) and a reminder to check out the other fabulous ladies participating in the ASBMF Challenge.

Hannah from Polished Prisms
Amanda from Mandy's Polish
Heidi from DIY Polish & More
Charlotte from Charlotte's Nails
Karine from Karinea0a
Victoria from Manicurator
Ashley from One Nail To Another
Dani from Rustic Comfort
Kayono from Neues vom Kellerkind
April from Munia's Nails
Sharra from The Blahg
CR from Color Me Silly
T from Mami Blogs
Alyson from Beads. Nails. Food.


  1. I LOVE matte flakies! and this polish is on my wish list...I can't wait to get my hands on pretty!!!

    1. I always wanted Elle's Spell but never got around to ordering it online cause I didn't want to order just one bottle by itself from Barielle. I got lucky that I came across the blog sale right when she first posted it and Elle's Spell was still available, plus I got a few stamping plates.

  2. This looks very pretty! I had the same problems creating a matte manicure that I felt like posting (and yet have to post). It's weird - when I first saw the chart I never would have guessed, that some of the themes would give me such a headache xD

    1. I know! It seems like the ones that I thought would be the easiest are the ones I am having the most problems with! LOL!

  3. wow this is amazing!!

  4. I love that color. May I ask where you got the polish from? This is my first visit to your blog. I normally don't wear nail polish on my fingernails but would love this on my toes.

    1. I happened to buy it off another blogger, but you can get it direct from Barielle,

  5. Nice Thank you :-)

  6. Wow, this looks amazing! I immediately thought of witchcraft and black magic. Definitely gonna have to come back to this for Halloween xD

  7. These are GORGEOUS! They look like smoldering embers. SO pretty! :)