My favorite gem is the opal. I like white, blue, black- any opal is fine with me. But if I could choose any opal, I’d choose a black one.
Today’s manicure is just that- a black opal. The base is a dark burgundy, and there are iridescent flashes of every color suspended in a black translucent base. It took me three or four coats to get bottle color, and the application was a little streaky. I decided to start over and paint over a dark base instead.
Best of all, it’s pretty easy!
Although this would work fine with a straight black base, I started with a burgundy base (10 drops creme red plus 3 drops creme black). I didn’t want the manicure base color to be too solid, so a jellyish burgundy seemed to be a better choice than straight black.
From there, I added a coat Sinful Colors Hottie over it. I hate the name- it makes me feel like I’m in middle school, but it’s good for layer frankens. It’s different size silver/holoish glitter in a translucent pale periwinkle base. I’ve given up trying to get it to be bottle color- it’s just impossible. But it’s good for layer frankens.
After that, I added the grande finale- two coats of Nfu Oh #60. Nfu Oh is a Korean brand made in France (?) and is supposed to be cruelty free. My new Nfu Oh has wound up somewhere in the polish vortex in my house, but I’ll update with a photo when I find it. It’s a translucent black polish with large irregular sized rainbow iridescent flecks. In the sun, the translucent black allows a tinge of burgundy to show through underneath and gives the manicure some nice depth.
I tried taking about 50 pictures of this and came up with only two good ones. Trust me, it’s fabulous- just like a real opal!