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The mighty quest for Mirror Chrome Pigment Powder – Part two

Hello everyone!

… and welcome to part II of my mighty quest for the epic Mirror Chrome Pigment Powder that you see all over the internet lately. In my first posting about this I shared my first impressions of a powder that was sold to me as chrome powder, but the results were disappointing. Today I will show you two more powders and compare them to the first powder I tried.

These are the chrome pigment powders I tried:

Chrome Mirror Pigment Powder Comparison

From left to right:

  1. Trendnails Chrom Effect Weiß (white) 1,4 grams, 2,85 € per gram
  2. Nailland Chrome Mirror Effect Powder for Nails – Silver 2,5 grams, 1,60 € per gram
  3. Aliexpress Chrome Mirror Powder from Angel Fashion 10 grams, 0,90 € per gram

Just like last time, I tested all the chrome pigments over a black UV gel nail polish by Trendnails (Lac & Go (A1-02)). I heard that it is important that the UV base you use is a non-wipe gel (you do not want to have a sticky layer after curing the gel).

I made a video of their applications, I recommend watching it as it says more than 1000 words 🙂

Here are the photos of the results:

Chrome Mirror Pigment Powder Comparison Chrome Mirror Pigment Powder Comparison

As you can see, the trendnails powder (on the right) is the weakest with regards to a true mirror effect. It is a pretty effect, but not true chrome. The base colour is much more visible than in the other two colours and the surface is not as reflective. Considering the fact that this pigment is by far the most expensive of the three, I do not recommend it if you are looking for the real metal chrome mirror effect on your nails.

The Nailland powder (in the middle) is my favourite: the pigment spread evenly across the nail and left almost no bald spots. The mirror effect is nice and strong. Plus this pigment comes in a pretty little container, making it easy to handle. Price wise, this pigment is right inbetween the trendnails and Aliexpress powders.

The Aliexpress powder (on the left) is almost as good as the Nailland powder. However, you might be able to spot all the little black dots, making the surface look turbulent and constraining the mirror effect a little bit. First I thought I didn’t use enough product or didn’t work it in carfully enough, but I tried again and got the same results. I feel like the mirroring/shiny effect is really strong with this pigment, but I just couldn’t get it to spread evenly without any black spots. Too bad! Also, when you order this pigment, it comes in a plastic bag, which makes the application a little harder. It is, however, the cheapest option of the three.

I will keep my eyes open for more powders, but I think I found what I was looking for in the Nailland powder. My next lemming is… holographic chrome powder! Love love love that effect. Any recommendations?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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The mighty quest for Mirror Chrome Pigment Powder

Hi folks!

Update!! Check out my mirror chrome powder comparison here for part II!

So the past few days the nail world was hit by a few mysterious videos that showed how a powder/pigment applied to nails had a perfect mirror-like chrome effect. I was instantly mesmerized and started to investigate: How does this work? Here is the original video that I stumbled upon:

Isn’t this beautiful?

I found out that this pigment can only be applied to gel nails / UV nail polish. I found a german shop that claimed to sell Chrome Pigments and that also had a video up that looked promising. So after contacting them about how exactely it works, I ordered a black UV nail polish, 3 different chrome pigments (white, gold and arcitic white) and a Speed Shine Top Coat from Trendnails Lac & Go. One of their videos explains how the chrome effect works, but to be honest the outcome of the effect in that video never really convinced me. Another video shows very briefly the effect of their chrome pigment and that one made me curious as the effect looks gorgeous in that video.

A few days later the package arrived and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I did everything like they explained in the video, meaning the following steps:

  • (Buff and prime nails (I didn’t do that as I tried it on a swatch stick first))
  • 1 coat of black Lac & Go (A1-02)
  • Cure for 2 minutes
  • Apply Chrom Effect Pigment with a soft brush and work into the nail
  • 1 coat of Lac & Go Speed Shine Top Coat
  • Cure for 1 minute
  • Apply another coat of the Chrom Effect Pigment with the brush
  • 1 coat of Lac & Go Speed Shine Top Coat
  • Cure for 1 minute

I videotaped everything so you can see the application. I’m sorry for the blurry pictures, but my video skills are very basic *ahem*. Here are 3 videos – one for each pigment:

 

The thing is, I like the effect, but it is not as strong as I had hoped. The Chrom Effect Weiss (white) worked pretty well. But to be honest, it is not a real mirror chrome effect. The black has a very nice shine to it, it looks like a dark antharcite chrome effect, but nowhere near silver chrome. Gold did not stick very well on the first coat, but the second coat over the Speed Shine Coat was ok. It achieved a blackened golden sheen – again, nice but not what I had hoped. Same with the Arctic White – the first coat didn’t really stick to the nail, the second coat after the Speed Shine Coat was better again. It left a nice cool-toned blue-ish sheen. Here are the results of all three pigments:

Chrome Effect Mirror Pigment Powder

Bottom to top: White, Arctic Silver, Gold

We are getting closer, but this is not what I was looking for. I ordered a few more pigments from Aliexpress but it will take a while until they arrive. In the meantime I think that the demand for these chrome pigments will explode and a lot of shops will try to sell their stuff. I will keep you updated and keep my eyes open for the “real deal” – so I hope that not all of us have to spend ridiculous amounts of money for some louche expensive pre-order or “wannabe-chrome-pigments” like the ones I showed you today.

If you found something that works for you, I’d be more than happy to hear about it!

PS: But for what it’s worth: The Trendnails Lac&Go UV polish system seems to be really cool. I’m very happy with the black UV polish I bought from them, very easy application (1 coat) and no problems on my nails – and it feels like it will last for a long time without tip wear or chipping. I thought this would be worth mentioning 🙂

Car Paint vs. Nail Polish Part II

car paint versus nail polish

Hey everyone!

Since one of my most popular postings is the car paint vs. nail polish posting from back in 2011, I thought it would be time for a new one!
A lot has happend in the nail world since then, we had new effects, finishes, we had the revolution of indie brands and every possible nail polish finish and shade you can dream of. Also, nail art ideas have advanced a lot, bestowing us with mesmerizing effects for our nails. But what about the car paint industry? Were they able to keep up or is the holo-car still the most extraordinary paint job you can get for your car? Let’s find out!

Super stunning fuchsia holo
First of all, HOLO has reached a whole new dimension – both in the car and in the nail world! Look at this effect! I had to show you this as it instantly reminded me of the stunning ILNP Molly.


Source of manicure (ILNP Molly)
Source of car picture

Chrome / Mirrornails
Chrome nails seem to always be fascinating and while it might still not be possible to create perfect mirror nails with just nail polish, we have come pretty close recently. But how cool is the chrome car?!


Source of manicure (Layla Mirror Effect 01 Metal Chrome)
Source of car picture

Matte neon green
We love a good neon nail polish on our paws! It usually dries matte, which results in this really cool look. I discovered that there are also matte neon cars out there rocking the streets!

Source of manicure (Models Own Flip Flop)
Source of car picture

Multichrome nail polish / Flipflop car paint
We all love the incredible duo- multi- and ultrachrome nail polishes that some brands have blessed us with recently. Did you know that in the car world, these effects are called “flipflop”? I drooled over all the flipflop cars that google image search showed me! Multichrome/flipflop paint seems to really be the most advanced paint effect there is in the car world. Here is just one example of very similar pigmentation: ILNP Cygnus Loop and an adorable Mini-Cooper with flipflop car paint!

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source of manicure (ILNP Cygnus Loop)
source of car picture

Glow in the dark nail polish / cars
When I was a little girl I was fascinated by everything glow-in-the-dark. I don’t own any glow-in-the-dark nail polishes yet, but I definitely have to change that! Now, taking this effect to a whole new dimension by putting it on a car? Yes please! How cool would it be to cruise in a glow-in-the-dark car at night through a party-zone?

Source of manicure (Serum No. 5 Day Glow)
Source of car picture

Colour changing / Thermo nail polish and car paint
One of the coolest nail polish inventions ever is probably thermo nail polish – depending on the temperature of your nailbeds and the environment, they change colours which sometimes results in cool gradient looks on your nails. Now, cars don’t have nailbeds or a body temperature, but nevertheless there are colour-changing thermo car paints too! The youtube-video shows that in order to show the effect, the guy has to run around the car with a bottle of cold water though. A little laborious, but oh well – we sometimes do crazy stuff too to show a certain effecton our nails, don’t we? 😉

Dance Legend Thermo 170

Galaxy nails vs. Galaxy car!
Next up are some nailart classics – and I was surprised to find out that there were also cars like that! For example galaxy nails – there are so many stunning creations out there and I’m always mesmerized when looking at galaxy nails. Turns out car owners also love to bring the space cosmos onto their cars!


source of galaxy nail art
source of car picture

Polkadots
A classic in the nailart world, polkadot manicures are always a cute and quick way to pimp up your manicure. But a whole polkadot car?! How cool is that?


Source of manicure
Source of car picture

Chalkboard nails vs. chalkboar car
Chalkboard nails might not be the most popular out there, but I always loved them – I think the idea is really cute, especially as a back-to-school mani! When i came across chalkboard cars I thought: How convenient! If there is anything you would like the car owner to know (e.g.: Next time please try to use one parking spot only) you just write it on his car!

Source of manicure
Source of car picture

Animal print nail art / Leo-car
Another classic in the nail art world is animal print nails! No wonder there are also animal print cars out there – for example a leo-print car. So chic!

Leonails

source of manicure
source of car picture

Velvet (grass) manicure
Can you believe it? Even velvet manicures that are created by sprinkling flocking powder on your wet nail polish have a counterpart in the car world: A grass car? Seriously?

source of manicure
source of car picture

Blingbling Swarovski nails/car
Oh yeah, we know how to bling up our nails! Nails covered in rhinestones are a popular way to create an elegant and extravagant manicure. Now, nails are small and covering them up completely might be a little time consuming but doable. But a whole car? Covered in genuine supershiny Swarovski?! That is just out of this world!


Source of manicure
Source of car picture

Gradient nails / car
Gradient nails are beautiful, and some ladies really know how to do it – a whole gradient rainbow manicure is probably the showcase of gradient nail art! And now imagine a rainbow car – how did they do that?!

Source of manicure
Source of car picture

Now, with all these comparisons and matches, there is still one finish from the nail world that I am missing in the car world: Multichrome flakies! How awesome would a car painted with a layer of mulichrome flakies look?!

If you could pick one car to match your favourite manicure, which one would it be? I’d totally go for a super-holographic car!

 

PS: In case one of the pictures above is yours and you think that I haven’t given you enough credit, please let me know! I linked to all the original sources of the pictures, but I am happy to change anything or remove your picture if you are not happy with me using it for this posting. Thank you!