Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ulta Concrete Evidence Stamped with Barielle Surf's Up

As soon as I swatched Barielle Surf's Up*, I knew I had to try to stamp with it. My first thought was that it would work perfectly stamping over white to create a nice traditional porcelain china look, but I ended up going a slightly different way. As you might know, I tend to inject a bit of gray into my manicures. Maybe it is the gray Seattle weather, maybe it is to match my mostly black/gray wardrobe, maybe just my personality. Whatever it is, I like it and I'm sticking with it and I hope you don't mind...

I started out with a base of Ulta Concrete Evidence, a new gray in my growing collection. I stamped it with Bundle Monster plate BM-322 using Barielle Surf's Up as my stamping polish. As anticipated, it is so pigmented that it worked perfectly for stamping for which I was pretty excited...

This pattern and color combo makes me think of a nice fall coat...

Ulta Concrete Evidence is a soft gray cream. It has a nice smooth formula with full coverage in just two coats. The latest Ulta polishes seem to have a slightly flattened/widened brush, which I found very easy to use. It is a nice improvement, although I didn't have problems with their old brushes either. These swatches are with no top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Ulta
Collection: main line
Color Name/Number: Concrete Evidence
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: No

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

** Polishes marked with an asterisk (*) were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
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  1. I love grey polishes, and I for one would love to see more manicures that have grey in them. Especially if they look this good!

  2. Love this! I'm not a stamper, but I wish I was.

    I saw an almost identical mani earlier this week on Goose's Glitter:

    Thought you'd like to know :)

  3. Oooh, yours does look similar to mine!! Woooot, great minds think alike ;o)

    I like your color combo a lot!

  4. @Chaosophilia, thank you so much! I'm glad to know there are others who love gray too out there! :)

    @Dawn, I've been so behind on my blog reading that I missed her mani! How fun! Hers is very pretty :)

    @Goose, I was just thinking that too! Hehe! We should have done it as a twin post. I really the touch of lavender in yours!

  5. Man am I disappointed that we don't have Ulta here! It sounds like an amazing store!

  6. Need to try out grey polishes haha never did have any grey in my stash and it looks awesome on you and way more cool when u added that nail stamp and color..

    Awesome combination of colors..

    Love it as usual~!!

  7. Houndstooth anything is a great success in my books. I like the 'larger' hounds tooth pattern and LOVE the colors you chose for this look!

  8. @Shannon-Lee, Ulta is a beauty supply store. They carry most major brand and happen to have their own line which as you can tell I love! I always feel bad when people can't get it locally :(

    @Samantha, thank you so much! I know gray is not for everyone, but I love it!! :)

    @Martha, Thank you so much! I have not played with this pattern to much yet, it makes me think of fall so I know more manis are coming :)


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