Friday, 27 January 2012

Purple Matte + Shiny French Manicure

I spotted Kelly Osbourne's black matte & shiny manicure the other day on instagram via twitter (here) and got so excited I felt a little bit sick.  I have a matte top coat when the trend first began last year.. But hated the way matte nails looked on me, just like I hated crackle top coats adorning my fingers.  However, Kelly O's nails stuck in my head; they were just too cool.  I went on an online search for matte & shiny French manis today, and after a lot of link clicking I found Chloe's Nails, and my word, this woman is a genius.  On her tutorials, hey presto, is the exact mani that Kelly O has.

I set to work.  Unfortunately I don't have many colours with me at uni, so opted for Rimmel's 'Hot List' which is a deep grey/purple.. a grurple?  Admittedly, I would have preferred black, but I don't have one. Anyway, here's a less than perfect result; but I just can't stop looking at my nails.

Please excuse the messiness around the nails.. I usually just leave it to come off in the shower!  I just couldn't wait until tomorrow to blog about this.  But man.. how cool is the matte & shiny French mani?  I can't get over it!  I used Rimmel's 'Hot List', Rimmel's 5 in 1 Base & Top (for the base), 17 Matte Top Coat and Maybelline Protecting Top Coat for the tips.  I would link, but none exist on anymore.. Hmm!

Also, I've got Seche Vite top coat in my basket on Beauty Bay.. I could do with a new base coat, any suggestions?



  1. I love the matte nail polish!


  2. That looks so cute :-)


  3. Thanks! Unfortunately after it began to chip and the matte looked less so with me using so much hand cream and hair oil it had to come off :( never mind! xx

  4. I love that, I saw on pinterest there was one but it was black. cute blog.
    I'm a new follower. Check out my blog,you might want to follow back

  5. This looks so good!
    Ashlie x

  6. @chelsea; when I was searching for the Kelly O style nails I saw loads of photos on tumblr etc., it seems it's gonna be quite a popular trend! xx

    @TwoSistersOneObsession thank you! :) xx

  7. love it, totally different but looks gorgous!

    now following xx

    1. Thanks hun! I think there's a lot of looks that can be done with matte and shiny, although darker colours probably work best! xx