Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Last week I was reading the wonderful blog known as Nixxy's Nails - and she was proclaiming her dislike for the new nail trend of matte nail polish. I am sure most of you have heard about Zoya's new collection that will be matte, as well as those KO polishes. I myself stand with Nixxy on this one, matte polish just does not do it for me. While I admit that KO's Liberty nail polish had me intrigued - I still thought it needed a thick, shiny top coat of Seche :)

Anyway, Nixxy got me thinking about matte nail polish and I had a great idea. I do have about three bottles of Maybelline Matte nail polish that I got from the Dollar Tree, so I figured they would be perfect in trying my idea out on.

I got the idea from an episode of Trading Spaces that came on a looooong time ago, like when the show first came out and it was all the rage. Anyway - I saw one of the designers (I think it was Hildy, who normally I don't like her style) paint a wall in a flat or matte paint and then taped off stripes and painted shiny stripes of the same color. I just loved that idea and I have always wanted to do that to a room. So mix one part Nixxy, one part Trading Spaces and one part nail polish and this is what I came up with:

Left blurry in an attempt to really highlight the difference between the matte and shiny areas.


Lacquer Laine said...

What a great idea! I was very interested in trying the painter's tape to stripe with after I read your comment about it on the purple/diagonal post. This is a very cool idea! I would love to try it.

clockwork said...

Interesting look, hmm makes me want to try it with Liberty!

Mary said...

I like that! It's fun to play around with different finishes. I use Orly Matte Top and paint a french tip with it or leave the tip matte and use matte top coat over the rest of the nail.

Brooke said...

LACQUER LAINE - Thank you. I know, wasn't the painters tape a great idea, thanks to Kae over at The Hungry Asian.

CLOCKWORK - Oh, do try it with Liberty!! I am dying to see Liberty all shined up!

MARY - I never thought about the french tip idea! Very cool idea.

The Asian Girl said...

That's one of the best nail art ideas I've seen! When I get my Nubar stuff, I'm going to try that with the matte top coat or use Seche with the matte polishes I do own!

Helen said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE those colours. Very Route Beery!

I think the mani looks great as well - fab idea. I'm not a matte fan either but this is definitely something I'd wear.

Lucy said...

Yikes, your skills are amazing! You keep coming up with the most fantastic ideas. I applaud you so take a bow. This is a gorgeous Hildy inspired mani. I used to watch Trading Spaces also. I loved Doug and his Tuscan walls. I love the color of this polish.

Brooke said...

THE ASIAN GIRL - Thank you! Hopefully you will post the pics up on your sight for us to all ooogle!

HELEN - I didn't even think about the closeness of the Route Beer color! Indeed, very similar. That's a keen eye you got there little lady :)

LUCY - Thank you (bows) thank you (bows) lol - Doug used to irk the crap out of me, lol! I always liked the big old guy with the white beard and the Verne?? (chinese guy)

Nixxy said...

All hail the nail genius! :)

Rachel said...

That's hilarious. I've seen maybe 5 episodes of TS and I've seen that one (along with the obligatory "is it eggplant or aubergine?" discussion.) I always thought it was a cool idea for a wall, and it's an even cooler idea for matte nails.


Brooke said...

NIXXY - Bows down!

RACHEL - Thank you! How funny that was one of the ep. you saw. They were really pretty walls, it stuck with me.

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