Monday, July 21, 2014

Sheer Tints by OPI

Hi Everyone! A little while ago, I showed you my nail art featuring the Sheer Tints by OPI. Today I thought I should share a quick skittle manicure and a few thoughts on these 4 top coats that have been popping up all over the nail art community.

In my swatches I used 2 coats of each Sheer Tint over a white base. They are:
Index finger: I'm Never Amberrassed
Middle Finger: Be Magentale with Me
Ring Finger: Don't Violet Me Down
Pinke Finger: I Can Teal You Like Me

As the name suggests, these are very sheer. Even the teal and violet which look rather dark in the bottle are not at all on the nail. The formula of these is on the thicker side. The best I can describe them is maple syrup like. If you have ever done a sugar-spun manicure which involves thickening polish up until you can drag little strings from it, then consider this one is pre-thickened. If you put a drop onto a piece of paper, stick a toothpick into it and pull it out, it will instantly drag a thin string of polish behind it. When used as top coats, I had no trouble getting smooth coverage, however, for any nail art they tend to bubble very quickly and those little strings go everywhere.

I do wish they had a better formula because there are so many fun uses for Sheer Tints. One as I mentioned is for coloring in stamping designs as I did for this manicure. Some other ideas for how to use sheer tints are below (please excuse my poor execution on the color wheel!)

Top to bottom:
  • Over a cream polish - Example is the yellow OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana alone (nail 1) and topped with 1 coat of Be Magentale with Me to create a nice peachy hue (nail 2). Think color wheel mixing here... yellow + red = orange, blue + red = purple, etc...
  • Over stamping - A stamped white rose with no Sheer Tints on nail 3 and the same rose topped with Be Magentale with Me on nail 4. This is my favorite use of the Sheer Tints because there are not many light colors that will stamp well over black and this gets the same result without having to purchase specialty stamping polishes.
  • Over glitter - Example here is the very sparkly and holographic OPI Save Me by itself (nail 5) and topped with Don't Violet Me Down (nail 6). The Sheer Tints still let all the sparkle through while giving a new twist to your favorite glitter...

Have you tried Sheer Tints? What is your favorite way to use them?

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. i♥tints :) i like them in a kind of "zapp ice cream" look ;)

  2. Ooooooh they look GORGEOUS over white like that! And what a fabulous idea to use them for stamping in that way! I bought these but don't really know what to do with them yet - the stamping idea is fantastic, thank you.

  3. Mixed yellow with clear polish needed for colouting the stamp, an idea circulating in the internet for making own sheers. Yjinking now about the rest, but I got no spare bottle. It has a great formula, unlike the original ones :)

  4. It looks like you've used the watercolour technique to get that result :-) I love how the rose came out :-)


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