This week’s theme for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details of the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) is chevrons. I was eager to try this theme because I bought some nail vinyls a few weeks ago in chevron patterns, so this was a great excuse to try them out finally. I decided to try for a delicate look for this mani, so I used two light colors to create the look (one of them is glitter, though, since every mani needs some flash).
I used Barielle Shades in Baretini as the base for this mani. Baretini is a soft, light pinky peach shade with a touch of pink shimmer. Baretini is rather sheer, and it could be used as a nude shade on some skin tones. It takes at least 3 coats to reach opacity with this polish, and I really didn’t have time for that, so I had to settle for two. Some unevenness to the color is definitely visible, however.
To this base I added chevron accents using Hits Speciallità Hard Rock from their Glitter Forte collection. Hard Rock is packed full of small silver holographic glitter in a clear base. The glitter in this one is dense enough that it gives good coverage at one coat, though I prefer to use a second coat when applying this one on its own. I applied Hard Rock over chevron nail vinyls for the chevron stripes effect, and I also free-hand painted chevron French tips on the other nails.
I think this look has a good combination of femininity and flash. I do think it would look even better with a third coat of Baretini for the base, but sometimes time can make us compromise with our nail looks, sadly.
I purchased Baretini from the Barielle online shop three years ago for $4.00. It doesn’t look like this color is available there anymore, but they may have something similar. I purchased Hits Speciallità Hard Rock through a group buy of Brazilian polishes a few years ago, back when they were impossible to get in the States. Now the Hits brand can be purchased from a few different online retailers. I purchased the chevron nail vinyls from the Nail Vinyls online shop for $6.75 for a pack of 300. It looks like they have doubled in price since I purchased them around 6 weeks ago, which is disappointing.