During the TV slump that occurs every year between the season finales and the start of my fave summer guilty pleasure, Big Brother, I find myself aimlessly channel surfing on my nights home. A couple weeks ago I hit on The American Baking Competition, featuring a self-proclaimed “redneck” named Francine firing off gems like, “it’s slap your mama good!” I couldn’t resist.
During one of the episodes, the competitors were challenged with making croquembouche, a tower of creme puffs (or choux) held together with threads of caramelized sugar. It made me think of the spun sugar nail art designs I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. Using the new Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel, I decided to give the look a try.
The Pinspiration: I’ve seen a lot of variations on spun sugar nail art but it wasn’t until The Nailasaurus’ version came through my Pinterest feed that I gave it a second thought. I love her color choice and that it’s textured without being over-the-top chunky.
For my take on the Spun Sugar manicure, I chose a couple of energized pastels from the new Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel line.
Using the same slightly curved, flat brush I’ve come to love in the Revlon ColorStay line, the Brilliant Strength polishes are base coat, color and top coat, all rolled into one. Plus the formula includes Camellia Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E and Lotus and Pearl Extracts to condition, protect and hydrate your nails.
I’ve used a few Brilliant Strength colors so far and all of them are well pigmented, smooth and quick drying. For this design I used Entice (mint creme) and Provoke (peach creme). I made a short video to break down the application process, step-by-step. CLICK HERE to view on YouTube.
Essentially, you are pooling the polish on a piece of cardboard and letting it thicken until strings form when you dip a dotting tool or toothpick in it. Note: I start dragging the threads across my nails earlier than most because I like the variation in size and how it gives kind of a cobweb appearance.
Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel comes in 24 shades and is available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. The nail polish retails for $7.99/ea for a .4oz bottle.
Are you into my take on the spun sugar look? Have you tried this technique? Have any tips to share? What do you think of the new Brilliant Strength polishes from Revlon?
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