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LeChat Chrome Pigments Review

LeChat Chrome Pigments Review 0

"This is eternal bliss at your fingertips.  Presenting the Mirano Multi-Effx Metallic Pigment that shifts with the light and showcases a unique, mirror-like, chrome effect on your nails.

This edgy nail art pigment is available in 12 shades that transcend beyond this world with shades like Immortal, a shiny, oil spill effect; Imperial, a true metallic gold and Chroma, a futuristic, reflective silver.

There are two kinds of Mirano kits with six different color pigments in each. Both kits include a Mirano Silicone brush, Mirano Gel Top sealer and Black Onyx gel color." according to the official press release. 

Kit 1 includes the following pigments-

Dreamstate: a medium blue shade that shifts purple.

Euphoria: a soft gunmetal shade that shifts purple.

Magnetic: a medium green shade that shifts purple.

Imperial: a rich regal yellow gold that shifts green.

Destiny: a regal purple that shifts magenta.

Immortal: a magenta pink that shifts green.

Kit 2 includes these pigments-

Chroma: a metallic mirror like silver.

Ecstasy: an emerald green that shifts purple.

Nirvana: a coppery bronze that shifts yellow gold.

Mirage: a deep royal blue that shifts purple.

Galactic: a medium purple that shifts pink.

Atomic: a purple gunmetal.

(all pigments shown here were applied over one coat of Black Onyx as base, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight.)

I am so beyond obsessed with these metallic pigments you have no idea.  I have tried so many different ones on the market from various brands but none of them hold up to these beauties. The color shifting is truly magical.  

And don't get me started on the endless nail art possibilities that can be achieved.  Back in the beginning of the year, I had the opportunity to learn from one of Le Chat's lead educators, Anastasiia Morozova, who gave me lots of tips and tricks with regards to chrome pigments.

Some of those tricks include:

  • the non-wipe top coat that you rub the pigments into, cure for 1 full minute in an LED light.  
  • If you just want solid chrome, without nail art, applying just one base layer of black gel polish is enough.
  • To keep chrome lasting long on Natural Nails, like a couple of weeks or longer, you need to add strength to the natural nail somehow.  I prefer using the Le Chat powder gelee system to add strength.  You could also use a builder gel, or do a hard gel overlay.  Either way, the natural nail needs strength, because the non-wipe top coats used are very stiff and non-flexible.  As time goes on, the natural nail is very flexible and will bend and flex, and as it does that, the nail plate will separate from the non-wipe top coat, causing the chrome to chip.

I highly recommend you pick up at least one of those pigment kits.  Your clients will be obsessed.

Each kit includes:

  • 6 (2gm) Mirano Color Pigments
  • 1 (.5 oz) Mirano Black Onyx Gel Polish
  • 1 (.5 oz) Mirano Gel top sealer gloss
  • 1 Application Brush

Be sure to check out the pics below of some of the art designs I did, as well as the You Tube videos demonstrating how to achieve these looks.

For more info on Le Chat, check them out online here: http://www.lechatnails.com/

Daily Charme Pigments REVIEW

Daily Charme Pigments REVIEW 0

I am so excited to share with you some new pigments I've been playing around with from Daily Charme, the online nail art Mecca shop.  

I know there are soooooo many chrome pigments on the market, at all various price points, but the old adage- "you get what you pay for," definitely holds true.  I have tried so many different "chromes" that were not mirror AT ALL.  Some looked like a fuzzy gray- Horrible!

These pigments however from Daily Charme are truly magical.

First up I have the Star Dusts to share with you.  These provide a magical iridescence.  They can be applied over white (as shown here), black for a completely different effect, or over any color to add a candy-like coating and iridescence.

Here I have Star Dusts (2g) in-

Sapphire: a green and pink iridescence

Amethyst: a purple iridescence.

Emerald: a green iridescence.

Topaz: a golden iridescence. 

I also played around with some of Daily Charmes incredible chromes.

Mirror Chrome no.3: the most shiny mirror-like silver I have ever seen.  I put mine over a silver gel polish base for the most mirror effect. (2.5g)

Mirror Gold: a light yellow gold mirror chrome. I put mine over a gold gel polish base to intensify the effect. (1g)

Holographic Unicorn: an ultra fine silver hologram, that can be applied over any color to achieve different results. (1g) 

For all of the swatches shown here I used the Gossip gel, cured for 1 full minute in an LED light, and used the silicone tool to rub the pigments in.  

The Gossip Gel is a non-wipe soak off top coat that is needed to achieve the chrome effect (12 ml 0.42 oz).  I really enjoyed the consistency of formula, and the bottle had a nice weight and feel to it as well.  I used to only cure it for 30 seconds in an LED light, however I have found that my chrome results are much better when the gel is cured for a full 1 minute.  Also I find the silicone tool the best for rubbing in the pigments because it uses very little product and rubs it in truly and fully.  I have seen many other technicians online using eye shadow sponges, which will get the job done, however I find they absorb and waste a lot of product.   

I highly recommend you give these pigments a try, they are absolutely incredible and hands down the best I have tried.  I know they are a bit pricey, but a tiny amount goes a very long way, and the results are unparalleled, which clients will love and come back to you again and again.

And for those of you who are interested in chrome, but aren't sure of the steps, make sure to watch the video linked below. 

For more info or to purchase any of the products mentioned in this post, check out https://dailycharme.com/

Introducing Aora Nails!

Introducing Aora Nails! 0

I am so over the moon excited to introduce you all to Aora Nails! It's a revolutionary product line that is blowing the minds of nail technicians and nail art fans alike around the world.  

I duo-chrome powder pigment in a small orbital sphere creates an almost mirror like chromatic finish simply by rubbing it in- too good true be true, I know, but it's not, it's totally legit.  

I found the product really easy to use and work with.  To burnish the pigment onto a nail you can use either your finger, a disposable eye shadow brush, or a silicon applicator tool.  I prefer the silicon tool personally.  Choose whichever base color you'd like, but I personally recommend doing this over a black base. And literally all you do is rub a tiny tiny amount of the powder into a cured layer of the Base Gel. I rubbed pretty vigorously, and got remarkable results. Seal with Top Gel and your good to go. 

The results are simply out of this world.

The color I have on hear to share with you all is A1, and I would have to describe it as a purple/green duo-chrome, that also shifts to shades of blue under certain light. The color is insanely gorgeous and I get constant complements on it everywhere I go. 

The Aora Polarized pigments are sold in a set, not featured here, which includes 6 shades, 7 mL bottles of the Base and Top gel, and a silicon applicator tool. The set retails for around $120.

I'm aware the price might seem a bit steep, but let me assure you clients are going to go bananas for this effect.  Not only that, but you use such a tiny amount, the set will definitely last you a very long time and get you through hundreds of services easily.

I know there are many knock offs going around out there on the internet, with imitations made in China popping up all over eBay, Amazon, and the like. But do not be fooled people, This Aora is truly exceptional and delivers sensational results.  I highly highly recommend it.

For more info on Aora, or to purchase online, check them out here:  http://www.aoranails.com/products/

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