Do you have a 5 Below in your area? If you do and haven’t been there, you NEED to go! If you don’t have one nearby, you NEED a polish mule! 5 Below carries two fabulous brands of polish, Funky Fingers and Fresh Paint. They retail for 3/$5.00 and so far, I love all of the ones I have tried. I recently picked up Fresh Paints – Glastonberry and thought it would be a great base for a transitional winter-to-spring manicure. I was set on doing dry brush (because I hadn’t done it in so long) and I am so glad I did!
Although they are discount-priced polish, Fresh Paint is actually made by the same company that makes Color Club. All of the ones I have tried have been well pigmented with great formulas – the quality feels a lot like Color Club.
For this manicure, I used Glastonberry, which is a pretty, bright, purple berry color. The formula was excellent and was opaque in two thin coats. I let this polish dry on its’ own for 30 minutes and then did 4 (2 left-to-right and 2 up-and-down) dry brush strokes each with Color Club – Nail-robi and Sonia Kashuk – White Lie. I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite to seal in the art and aid in drying time.
To easily get the dry brush effect, you simply use the regular polish brush in a bottle of polish and wipe away all the excess polish. Then pull the brush along the nail until you have the desired amount on each. I like to do a kind of cross-hatch pattern! It’s hard to make mistakes with this method! You get a modern, grungy, weathered look and “mistakes” can add character!
- Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
- Fresh Paint – Glastonberry
- Color Club – Nail-robi
- Sonia Kashuk – White Lie
- Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
Doing this mani helped to remind me how much I love this technique. It is super fast and easy to do and I absolutely love the final look! I’m going to try not to go another 6 months before using this again!