Thursday, February 23, 2012

Barielle Cashmere or Loose Me with Essie Braziliant in Argyle

I mentioned yesterday that in addition to swatching the Barielle Style in Argyle collection I also messed around with some nail art that I will show you over the next few days. For this manicure, I was inspired by the collection's name and decided to try the argyle pattern on my nails.

I started out with Barielle Cashmere or Loose Me which I paired up with Essie Braziliant in an argyle pattern. Green lines were added using acrylic paint. It looked a bit bland so I topped the whole thing off with Essie Pure Pearlfection. I can't quite decide which version I like best, so I will show you both and hopefully you can tell me what you think. This is topped with the luxeffects polish...

UPDATE: Tutorial for this manicure available here.

This is what it looked like before I added Essie Pure Pearlfection...

I would love to know what you think. Which version do you like better (if at all)...

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. Your freehand nail art is amazing! I like both of them!

  2. those look great! I prefer the glossy over the pearly though. I've never been much of a fan of pearly finishes lol

  3. I actually really like it without the Essie Pearlfection! You did an amazing freehand job :)

  4. Great! I love it with Pearlfection!

  5. great, i prefer a version with a top coat :-D

  6. I have a completely random (or maybe not so random question) for you.. To start, I love your nail art! You make me want to order stamps!! hehe I actually got hooked on your blog via Pinterest, someone had pinned your wolf halloween nails and it was just amazing! My question is.. what do you do to paint your dominant hand? Do you just choose one hand for your accent when doing freehand designs or are you that amazingly talented that you can freehand on both hands?! Thanks :)

  7. This is beautiful! I love argyle. I also love it with the Essie top coat.

  8. This is cute! I think I just like it with the shiny better. Have you ever tried a matte top coat? That would probably look awesome on this!

  9. I love both versions.
    This manicure is Awesome!

  10. Wow, you did a great job on the argyle print! I think the "Pearlfection-version" is interesting, but I have to say I like the version without the pearly glitter much better :)

  11. Oh no you are really killing me here!!! THis is stunning!

  12. I really like it with the sparkle. :) Makes it pop really nicely.

  13. @Polish AMOR, thank you!

    @Angie, you are so sweet! Thank you so much :)

    @Samantha, I'm glad you like it. Thank you for your input :)

    @Nail Stories, thank you for your thoughts and comments. I'm glad you like it

    @Ruxi, thank you!!

    @Nailderella, thank you very much :D

    @nail crazy, thank you! I'm glad you like it :)

    @Andrea, wow, thank you so much. I'm so glad that you like it. To answer your question, I like my hands to match so if I'm doing a full manicure, they will have the same design. With that said, some of these never make it to a full manicure. Sometimes this because of time restriction and sometimes just because I love just playing with polish and want to try something else. Freehand on my dominant hand always is very time consuming and doesn't look as good, but I still try because with practice hopefully it will improve. Stamping, dotting, tape, etc I can do pretty well on both. And I always try to find ways to "cheat" and make things easier. I have a few tutorials that will hopefully help! :D

    @Collegiate Nail, thank you so much! I love the pattern.. next time smaller argyle print on the nails :D

    @Geniewtdbh, I'm glad you like it. I have been looking for a matte topcoat with no luck! I probably just need to order it online...

    @Carolina, thank you so much! I'm glad you like it

    @Theodora, thank you. I should tally up how many people like with and without just for fun :)

    @ABOP, thank you!

    @Fingers, thank you! I'll try to be gentle :)

    @annlayc, I'm so glad you like it! Thank you :)

    Thanks everyone for your comments and sweet works. If I did my math right, the winner is with pearl top...
    5 people like with top
    3 people like w/o top
    2 people like both!

  14. This turned out great! I like the nails with the glossy look.

  15. @Pauline, Thank you so much! :)

  16. Love the argyle look and you did great with it. I prefer it with the Pearlfection over it, though I'd love to see the whole thing matted out and with a gold tip. Or maybe that will just make it too busy. Either way LOVE IT!

  17. I know you said how you did it, but I'd actually love to see a tutorial on how you made the argyle.

  18. @Courtney, I think it would look great matted as well. I will work on putting together a tutorial soon :)


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