Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dark Chevrons with Shimmer Airriann...

I think I might officially be the worlds worst blogger. I was going through some of my polishes and discovered three Shimmer beauties that I have not shown you yet. It was a fun treat for me to find them, but I feel awful since they were sent to me for review a long, long time ago. I have no idea how that happened since my to swatch boxes are in perfect some order. I promptly put on Shimmer Airriann and got distracted from feeling bad by my sparkly nails. Now I hang my head in shame for my blunder as I show you this pretty chevron manicure...

For this manicure I started out with a base of OPI Sleigh Ride for Two and topped it off with one generous coat of Shimmer Airriann. Full swatches of Airriann are further down in this post...

I stamped the chevron pattern from Fab UR Nails plate FUN 5 using KleanColor Black. I just recently picked up this black because I had heard it was great for stamping and it did indeed stamp very well. My only complaint is the smell of it! I had to hold my breath while stamping because I was pretty sure I would either get a migraine or pass out from the strong chemical smell. This truly might be the worst smelling polish I've ever tried... but it stamps well...

I love how dark and moody these chevrons turned out. The sparkle through the openings was a lot of fun!

Shimmer Airriann
A clear base filled with various shapes and sizes of glitter. To try and list them all would be silly because I'm pretty sure there is a bit of every color in here. I love the iridescent and black glitter in this polish! It would be a great topper over just about any base color. I applied one generous coat over OPI Sleigh Ride for Two. Swatches are with a top coat...

A closeup of all the beautiful glitter... I see peach and gold and red and green and black and purple and... and... and...

A peek inside the bottle. Some of the lavender/blue glitter are actually iridescent and go from sheer green/gold to purple. Really beautiful..

Swatch Details
Brand: Shimmer
Collection: core
Color Name/Number: Airriann
Number of coats: 1 (layered over OPI Sleigh Ride for Two)
Top Coat: Yes

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

I also wanted to show you the Fab UR Nails FUN 5 stamping plate that I used for this manicure. I actually won this plate in a giveaway in one of my stamping groups. This is my first FUN plate and I am really excited about it.

The plate itself is quite large and measures 9.5 x 14.5 cm (3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches). The front of the plate comes with the standard blue protective cover which needs to be removed before using. The back of the plate is covered in a plastic backing featuring the Fab UR Nails logo and website ( It seems that the black plastic doesn't always reach the edge so some of the edges (where you can see the silver in this photo) are still sharp...

The plate has a lot of beautiful full nail images as well as some adorable smaller ones. Is very well etched and the images are easy to pick up and come out crisp. I am definitely looking forward to more manis with it...

The full nail images are XL and measure 16 x 21 mm which is significantly larger than the 'standard' large size you find on plates such as Bundle Monster's latest series (14 x 17 mm). This is great for those with longer nails, however, it would still work for people with smaller nails because there is so much detail in each image. A smaller portion can easily be used...

I hope you enjoyed this review! Please let me know what you think of it!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

** Polishes were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I'm glad you like it! I love it over the dark base although I think it would also look fantastic over a lighter base to really show off the black hex!

  2. This is a wonderful design and use of glitter!

    1. Thank you very much! I'm glad you like this design! :)

  3. Ooh, love the design combined with the glitter :)

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the glitter here! :)

  4. you are so far from a bad blogger there are NO words Anutka! This rocks and I don't even like glitter!

    1. Aww! That is so sweet of you to say! I'm so glad you don't think I'm a bad blogger and that you like this manicure :D

  5. Oh no! Another plate I need to get! It has the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows symbol in the bottom middle. I can just see it stamped over Dark and Difficult Times from Polish TBH.

    1. LOL! See, symbols like that are just lost on me! I didn't even know what it was :)


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