These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.
Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas. I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.
Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.
To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.
So here is the last of the Chameleon nail paints from Barry M that I have tested out.
This one is a dark pink shade that turns to a dark purple shade wherever you use the top coat.
My favourite thing about these nail paints is that they make doing designs less messy, especially when using your less dominant hand. This is because when trying to do detail you can end up getting it on your skin in the process. However it is not that noticeable if the colour you are using is clear. Another thing I love is that they have a metallic finish to them.
What I don’t like about these nail paints though is that they are less durable. This is because you can’t use a topcoat over the whole design to prolong its life because obviously that would change the whole design to the same colour. Also you could say that you are restricted to the colours that these nail paints come in.
What are other people’s thoughts on these nail paints. Do you love them or not see the need for them?
So this week I got around to trying out another of the Chameleon effect nail paints by Barry M. This time I tried out the lilac shade.
I decided on a simple “V” shaped stripe pattern for the colour change. The original colour is a light lilac, which changes to a darker purple shade when you apply the top coat. I used a thinner brush to add the pattern.
Despite deciding on a simple design, I still feel it looks quite effective. The other bonus of this is that it makes adding the design to your dominant hand slightly less difficult. When adding the top coat, you will notice that some nails will be much darker in colour. However this is nothing to worry about as the colour evens out to the same shade on all nails once everything has dried fully.
One other thing I really love about these chameleon shades is the metallic finish to them. The colours look gorgeous on their own before adding any design with top coat.
My most recent Barry M purchases have included their recent Chameleon releases. With these you apply the chameleon nail paint and then instead of coating the whole thing with top coat, you just add it where you want to create a design. Wherever the top coat comes into contact with the chameleon coat, it will change colour. They currently have 3 different colours, and the one I am showing you in this post is the blue one. This changes to red when you use top coat over it.
Now your first thought is probably that you could just paint red nail paint over a blue to make a design, which is true. However the thing that stood out to me the most about these shades is that they all have a kind of metallic finish to them which is a bit like the finish you get from the magnetic nail paints before you use the magnet on them. Also when adding designs to your nails I find it can sometimes be difficult to not get any onto your skin/cuticles whilst trying to add the detail for designs that go to the very sides of the nail. With the chameleon effects you do not really have this problem as any that goes onto your skin would just look clear. Therefore I think it can help when trying to do quite fiddly complex designs.
In the design I have done, I decided that instead of just using topcoat to make some stripes, I would use a clear nail paint with glitter in to add a bit of sparkle. The nail paint I used is also a quite recent release from Barry M called Jewel Britannia. I decided to purchase this because I liked the fact that the glitter sizes and colours were mixed. I thought that the colours would also be perfect to use with the particular chameleon shade that was used also.
I found the consistency of these paints were quite thick, but they dry quite quick also. One problem is that because you can’t protect the entire nail with a top coat, it is slightly less durable than what I normally get from Barry M. However the wear is still fair. The photographs in this post that are above this paragraph were taken 24 hours after painting them, which was after a day at work and also a little jewellery making, and there was no sign of any wear at this point. The below picture was taken from my naff phone camera, which is why it is so blurry. However you can still make out some of the sparkle of the glitter, caused by probably the only sunshine this summer that I managed to capture. This was taken while I was waiting for my brother to finish work and was about 72 hours after painting them. There was a bit of tip chipping by then on some fingers, but the two shown in the picture still looked perfect.