Ohh it was a good day the other day: I finally found China Glaze Luxe and Lush at a non-ridiculous price! The hard part is finding a way to use it that everyone and their cat hasn't already done. Of course I did whatever I do when I can't immediately think of what to do with glitter: glitter gradient!
I started this one off with two coats of Sally Hansen Sonic Bloom, a nice bright red-coral creme. It applied well, considering it's one of the cheaper ones, only needing two coats. I then used my normal technique for the glitter gradient for Luxe & Lush, painting 2/3rds of the way down the nail, then half, then the top third. While it's pretty, it's not as gobsmacking as I was expecting. I may have been spoilt with "real" flakies and so shredded iridescent glitter just isn't that exciting. Take a look, compared to something like this or this.
The Verdict: I really like Sonic Bloom, not so keen on Luxe and Lush, after all the hype. It's pretty, just not mind-blowing.
- Sally Hansen Sonic Bloom, drug stores
- China Glaze Luxe & Lush, Hunger Games Collection, various locations