NAIL ART: Polished Turquoise Stone Nails ft. Painted Polish Just Made This

by - June 23, 2021

Sometimes when I get a polish in my hands, there's an immediate spark of inspiration for nail art and as soon as my May PPU order arrived and I had Painted Polish's Just Made This in my hands, I knew that I had to try and use it for some turquoise nails because there was just something about the shade and texture that were screaming for it. I don't know that this was the intention when this polish was designed and I'm sure there are lots of other pretty things I can do with it, but it just had to happen. (Also, I rewatched Honey, I Shrunk The Kids while I did this mani and somehow that movie and this mani are now inextricably linked in my head. Just thought I'd share that.)

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Described as a bright sea green crelly with blue-purple-red color shifting metallic flakies, this polish didn't read to me in pictures as one that would be perfect for turquoise. It was only once I had it in hand and I really looked at the tone of it and the way that the flakes add that beautiful texture that it really did feel to me like it could make a beautiful natural stone look mani. It's also just... a freakin' stunning formula. It's really smooth and even to apply and built up to full coverage in two really easy coats. I wouldn't normally go on about a PPU polish this much, since they are limited, but this one is coming back for July's Polish Pickup Rewind and it's VERY MUCH worth picking up. Very, very much.

As I said, I applied two coats for this mani and let them dry down completely before moving on to my stamping. 

Craggy stone stamping can be a bit tricky because it doesn't tend to give an organic feel, but I think one of the best stamping plates for this style of mani is Whats Up Nails B059 Thirsty Texture. They managed to nail the vibe of stone and there's a surprisingly good movement to it. For this mani, I wanted to break up the black stamping a little bit and get some gold in there in a way that felt organic, so I applied a few dots of gold stamping polish to the plate before the black and scraped them together for a really subtle gold touch. I also alternated the direction of the image on the nails to break up the mani - as I tend to do.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed it in with a water based top coat and then finished with a quick dry glossy top coat for more shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Painted Polish - Just Made This (May 2021 PPU)
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Whats Up Nails - Go For Gild
Piggy Paint Shine Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Top Coat 
Whats Up Nails B059 Thirsty Texture Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

Like I said, I'm pretty sure that this polish is going to be back for July's Polish Pickup Rewind and like... get it. It's so beautiful and unique and just a gorgeous formula. And even without the stamping, I really do think this polish evokes and sort of natural stone vibe that's really pretty. 

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