Fellow nail artists, the internet and social media have gone ape- sh*t over mysterious chrome mirror nails the last few weeks. People in droves are ordering and even pre-ordering a “magical” powder for upwards of $120 in hopes of achieving a reflective chrome mirror finish.
Please don’t be fooled.
I have found the chrome mirror effect to be more a technique than a particular brand or product. I’ve been using CND pigments over a black or white base, each producing beautiful effects, at a mere fraction of the price.
Some tricks I’ve discovered from my experimenting:
- Use a soak off non wipe gel top coat. ex) ENP Nail Design, Apres Nail, Max Estrada, The Painted Nail (all make one)
- Cure that top coat for a full 60 seconds in an LED light, not 30 seconds.
- Use pigments from any brand, including MAC & CND
- Rub, rub, rub that pigment into the gel top coat layer.
See below for some helpful videos.