Well, I did some further experimenting with the Helena and Demetrius pigment from yesterday’s post. I poured the pigment into a little plastic bag and crushed it with a spoon. I did get a finer pigment with less lumps, but they were still there. I could have ground it to bits with my mortar and pestle, but that wastes a lot of pigments (it gets caught in the grooves of the dish).
It was still visibly bumpy on the nail. I added some MAC Reflects Teal glitter to the mix (a pea-sized amount) and it distracts from the lumpies!
I still knew the lumps were there, and it was annoying. So I decided to do a gradation, though it didn’t show up well in the photo. I made a transparent purple (a few drops of purple in 20 drops clear polish) and painted it updwards from the middle to the tip. Then I added a darker purple on the tips. Next, I painted over the whole thing with a coat of clear polish (not Seche, that would have caused shrinking) while the polishes were still wet. This blended them together. Finally, I added three Swarovski crystals from that giant haul I bought a while back.
I love blues and purples! Plus glitter and rhinestones?! What more could anyone want?