I’m crazy about duochromes- those colors that change according to how the light hits them. There is no good way to franken them- I’ve tried pigments, paint and polish together but haven’t found a way to make a really good duochrome from scratch. So I had to add a bit of duochrome to this franken.
I wanted to make polish that was both red and green at the same time for Christmas. I mixed half Essie Jelly Apple, a medium red creme, and the half of the sadly discontinued Sally Hansen Nail Prism Burgundy Orchid, a burgundy/green duochrome. I then added a few drops of OPI Fireflies, a translucent, milky white with green flash.I got a sort of burgundy and green, which was sort of close to red/green.
I liked the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms, but they were extremely hard to apply correctly. On their own, it took 5 or 6 coats to get the bottle color. I have never seen such gorgeous, vibrant duochromes, especially at drugstore prices, but they were discontinued because they were so user-unfriendly. The trick was to put on a dark base and then paint one or two extremely thin coats of Nail Prisms. But the instructions didn’t say that. This polish would still dent literally a day after application. Even my franken dented. So I stuck some decals on the worst dents and called it nail art. Perhaps the fact that it never really dried also contributed to the sad demise of the Nail Prisms.
Here’s my red/green duochrome at different angles.