Hey all! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm not Irish and I don't really love the color green (at least on my nails) but I do like participating in the festivities! At first, I had grand plans to do some kind of nail art, like a gradient or gradient dots, but I've been feeling like a zombie since Daylight Savings hit and the motivation and energy to actually do nail art has proved beyond my capacity at this point. There just aren't enough hours in the day! So after wracking my brain to come with ideas I settled on the old tried-but-true green manicure plus accent nail combo. It's not the original idea out there, but hey, it's something! Picking colors also proved difficult (the perils of having too many nail polishes to choose from-- I finally understand why bloggers and nail artists organize by color and not by brand!) but I eventually settled on Daily Hues Holly as my main green and Lacquer Lust One Lucky Unicorn as my accent nail. (The first time I've used a Lacquer Lust polish, so it's a new to me brand!)
Holly is described as a "highly pigmented evergreen holo" and that pretty much sums it up.With the name and color description, Holly is probably considered a holiday/winter/Christmas green but it's such a rich, vivid green color (without being too dark) that I think it's perfect for St. Patrick's! It is nicely pigmented, but the formula is more on the jelly side, so it is a bit translucent when you apply it. It builds up nicely but I found I needed three coats to make sure it covered my nail beds to the degree I wanted. If you have shorter nails or smaller nails, you could probably get away with two coats. It was super easy to apply and dried quickly!
One Lucky Unicorn is described as a "clear based polish packed with silver and gold holographic micro
glitters mixed with translucent green and lime green hex glitters and a
dash of spectraflair." This polish is so densely packed with glitter that it actually covers very well in just one coat, though of course there is a bit of visible nail line due to the clear base. I ended up using three coats to make it fully opaque-- if you don't care about such things, 1-2 coats would probably be fine. This also dries down quickly, but warned-- it's a real top coat eater! I put two coats on this and it could actually stand a third so if you have some glitter spackle or a really thick top coat, I would suggest using that and then a quick drying top coat!
I just can't get over how beautiful Holly is. I mean, look at it!! It's pretty much everything you could want in a green holographic polish. I do feel that the holographic properties to get swallowed a bit on the nail (as opposed to looking at the bottle) but regardless, it's a gorgeous green and a shade of green I would be happy to wear on my nails at any time, despite being generally green-adverse. ;-) One Lucky Unicorn is my introduction to the Lacquer Lust brand, which has released many pretty polishes since the brand started and I am happy to report that I am impressed-- which is good because I have a few more polishes from them to wear! Hope you enjoyed this St. Patrick's Day manicure! Are you wearing green on your nails today?