Monday, August 4, 2014

Renaissance Cosmetics Curio / Curiosity

Purchased By Shelby Lou

Sunday morning I woke up late with nekkids and needed a quick and cute mani for a Sunday family gathering. It seems like all I want lately are nudes with a pop of color, so I started with a basecoat of OPI You're So Vain-illa from this summer's Coca-Cola Collection. Gorgeous nude, love it. And next, because I realized it matched my dress so well, I grabbed Renaissance Cosmetics Curio/Curiosity a.k.a. The Life-Changing Black & White Glitter Topper.

Renaissance Cosmetics
Shown over OPI You're So Vain-illa
This topper from RenCos (my own abbreviation) is so freaking fantastic... I just can't. Curio/Curiosity is a glitter topper with matte black and white shards and squares, as well as iridescent glitters and purple-gold shimmer. I see rainbow sparkle! The matte black and white glitters are so graphic and then to add in the subtle shimmer just pushes me right over the edge. This is one of those polishes that I've never seen anything like and which makes me put it on the must-have list.

I did my glitter gradient with the polish brush. I painted and dabbed the top 2/3 of my nails and then went back a second time on the top 1/3. I smooshed some of the smaller bits down and the larger bits up which I think adds to the visual gradient effect. The polish is thick but nice and workable--I was able to push my glitters around but they didn't slide down my nail. Pretty much no fishing, and this bottle has been sitting for awhile (*hangs head in shame*). How does it all stay so perfectly suspended?! I finished my nails with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, in another coat it would have been perfectly smooth but I was happy with the look. So easy, so simple, BIG impact!

So umm, go get this. I really think I have reached black & white glitter fulfillment. The creator of these polishes is Meghan (as in, the Meghan of Will Paint Nails For Food fame). She has an incredible knack for polish formulas. Plus, I know from my contact with Meghan she is a genuinely lovely person!

Renaissance Cosmetics

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