Six new shades from CND™ to slide us out of summer and into the autumn! There are a a few stand out beauties in particular as part of this collection. I am absolutly thrilled with Wild Earth.
In this blog I’ll be talking colour comparisons, and sharing my favourite recommendations for Stamping Nail Art and for Lecenté Glitter to pair with each colour in turn from this new collection.
You may have noticed I’ve been a little quite on the blogging front, jumping back in to review and experiment with this collection has been a delight! Hope you like it, would love to know what you think.
Join me on Facebook LIVE on Sweet Squared’s Facebook Page where I’ll be showcasing the colours live under camera and talking through the steps of some cool nail art techniques still to come!
Let’s begin with one of those stand out beauties. Blue Moon is the blue we have been waiting for! So much more glossy and rich when compared to Blue Eyeshadow, but still without a hint of shimmer. It makes me think of that incredible deep blue glaze we see on pottery.
It was pointed out that in the above image, Peacock Plume is looking a bit under the weather! With the light reflecting full on it, it’s not looking itself at all, so I did another little comparison, this time including Midnight Swim.
And how could we NOT get the glitter out? Seriously, this kind of depth of colour works so so well as a base for semi-sheer glitter that changes depending on the background. Lecenté Iridescent Glitters are PERFECT!
Such a pretty warm, creamy plum. Well, I guess it’s not ‘plum’ in the obvious sense.. but if you mashed some poached plums up in a bowl with thick double cream (I live in a part of the world where plums grow really well incidentally – The Fruit Basket of Scotland) We have nothing even close to this colour in our existing collection, I’m so happy to have it, and I know just the clients who will want to wear it.
To decorate this colour I was torn between something regal looking, or something a bit witchy… I went for witchy! Below is Dreamcatcher with stamping nail art using the :YOURS Loves Fee Models of Magic stamping plate, then Lecenté foil was applied (which only sticks to the background as the polish used to stamp on is dry). The look was finished with Shellac Matte Top Coat.
Of the six colours, Dreamcatcher was my favourite to cover in glitter. As ever, the pictures do not do them justice! Everything I tried just looked fabulous!!
Now, this is essential. Arrowhead might not seem like the most exciting new colour on first glance, but seriously, we have been missing a proper deep, creme/non-shimmer chocolate brown. It reminds me of an old classic CND colour, Midnight Express – you’ve been around in the industry a while if you remember that one. I actually found a bottle of that on an auction site… must have gone out of production around 15 years ago! When applying Arrowhead, on the first layer, it’s obvious how warm a brown this is. It almost looks as if it has the slightest hint of pink in there, as if someone tipped a slug of raspberry sauce into the chocolate mixture while it was cooking.
When considering how to adorn this colour, my first thought was that it had to warm and luscious. I also thought about the kind of client likely to choose a colour like Arrowhead, and concluded that a simple gold pattern with fine lines would be perfect. The plate I used was the :YOURS Loves Fee Fineline Landscapes Plate with Creative Play Lets Go Antiquing.
With the deep warm background of Arrowhead, many iridescent glitters take on a golden tone, and it’s absolutly beautiful.
Spear is an unusual colour! An earthy, clay mud, tarnished peach kinda number. It’s going to look absolutly perfect on the right skin tone and be especially gorgeous on toes I think, as we head into the tail end of summer sandal season. I especially love Spear with a matte finish.
In terms of how to decorate this one, I was a little stumped at first. I guess when I picture the kind of clients who would choose this colour, it’s probably not the ones who readily go for nail art. Something subtle and clean is definitely in order. So it started clean… but I had to scruff it up with a a bit of texture. The deconstructed looking gold foil really enhances this stamped on design – I love it! I used the :YOURS Loves Fee Artful Aperture Plate and Lecenté Bright Gold Foil.
Glitter wise I couldn’t help but delve into the warm palette, but I’m keen to experiment with some of the cooler glitters next for a sharp contrast!
Hello Element! You can not argue with another hot, gorgeous red. We all have clients who wear nothing but red, they NEED to be catered for in new collections. I mean seriously, you can’t let them go between Wildfire and Tartan Punk all their lives… I put Element of just such a client and she absolutly fell for it. The thing to remember, is that for a career red wearer, the tiniest change in tone or texture is easily perceptible, for them, a new red might as well be a completely different colour, it IS in their eyes. Of course we already have many reds in our collection, but when we consider that red is THE most classic nail colour of all time, worn more consistently than almost every other colour put together, it’s obvious why we need so many hot red options.
Went for utter simplicity on the nail art front this time. I love this bold leaf pattern from the :YOURS Loves Fee Fineline Landscapes Plate. If you have a client who likes a pointy aesthetic, but needs softer, square shaped nails for practical reasons, nail art like this can give them the illusion of an acute taper on a solid, workable base.
As for glitter, I had a lot of fun with this colour! I thought it was particularly cool the way Lecenté Ocean Iridescent turned out over Element. Might be my own next nail look….
Ooooh, what an odd little colour Brimstone is. I find it quite captivating. Definitely unusual. Is it yellow? Um, not exactly. When I first saw it I thought, aw naw, is it going to be really similar to Vagabond? But it’s just not, it’s so much more muted than that. Brimstone is like Vagabond and Cityscape had a baby. Seeing as Cityscape is my favourite colour of all time, and Vagabond was my big surprise hit from the CND™ BOHO SPIRIT Collection, that’s just fine by me!
I thought Brimstone was crying out of Lecenté Neons, but first, I went for a classic combo. White lace stamped on to the cured Shellac colour layer, followed by glitter then finished with Shellac Top Coat. The plate is the :YOURS Loves Fee Models of Magic Plate, though it would also work great using the Vintage Lace Plate. I used one of my favourite newer Lecenté Glitters, Golden White Micro Iridescent, couldn’t be more perfect for the ‘stamp first THEN apply glitter’ technique. Using that method we cut out 3 steps of the process and end up with a much sleeker nail in the end. Check out the video tutorial for it here: Stamp FIRST, then apply glitter!
Elegance and understated simplicity is one thing, but I’m looking for something a bit more loud and in your face. Check out my PRIDE nails! Brimstone really lends itself to the contrast of tropical bird feather neon against a muted khaki beige backdrop. For this look I stamped using the Artful Aperture Plate once again, and decorated with 3 of the Lecenté Neon Effect Powders.
As Brimstone is such a light creamy colour, it takes on the pretty tones of all the girly Lecenté Iridescent Glitters. So pretty!
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Where to Buy
To buy CND™ SHELLAC™ & VINYLUX™ and anything else I have used here in the blog in the UK & Ireland visit http://www.sweetsquared.com
For a list of Lecenté distributors world-wide, visit here: http://www.lecente.com/distributors/
To purchase :YOURS Stamping plates and stampers go here: https://www.yourscosmetics.com/
Check out CND’s List of international distributors to find a distributor near you.