What I used:
- 1 coat of CND Sticky Base
- 1 coat of China Glaze Pelican Gray
- 2 coats of Revlon Whimsical
- 1 light spotting coat of Milani Jewel FX Silver
- 1 coat of Seche Vite topcoat
I was inspired by this Lynderella polish, “Gotta Love Brains”:
If you are unfamiliar with “franken” polishes, they are simply non-commercial, DIY-type polishes that usually feature crazy amounts of glitter. They are (generally) difficult to obtain because of demand. I’ve stalked the online nail shop Llarowe for quite some time to see if I could snag a bottle, but they sell out so quickly that I never get the chance to. And on top of that, each bottle is $15. Yes, you read that right. It’s just $3 short of a Deborah Lippman polish at Nordstrom.
Anyhoo, my attempt at a similar color combo isn’t nearly as pretty as the Gotta Love Brains polish itself (sigh), but I think its interesting in its own way. The China Glaze Pelican Gray looks a bit blue in the nail photo, sorry about that…But the shade is true to the bottle. Next time I think I’ll use a true baby blue as a base instead of the gray.
Revlon Whimsical is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s “Glitter in the Air” polish. I got it for $5 at ULTA, since I couldn’t find it at any other drug store in my are (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target.) I wish the glitter was a bit more concentrated, and more like their other chunky glitter polishes, but oh well what can you expect for $5!