I present to you all: Across The Pond!
The colors I used, left to right in the middle picture, are as follows:
E by Essence Denim Wanted!- My Boyfriend’s Jeans
Wet n Wild Fast Dry- Teal Of Fortune *note* This is a lot more teal in person.
L.A. Colors Color Craze- Treasure Island
Sinful Colors- Nail Junkie
Icing- medium dark teal cream with no name
Wet n Wild- Black Creme
L.A. Colors Color Craze- Sparkling Diamonds
Blue and green glitter pieces that I picked off of tissue paper
I’ve never seen Deborah Lippmann’s “Across The Universe” in person, so I can’t truly compare the two, but based off of Kayla’s swatches, I think I’ve made a 90% dupe of it.
The three colors that I used the most are the first three listed. I took a bottle of clear top coat, that came in a set from Ross, to give it that jelly look which helps perfectly when it comes to layering the polish with the glitter. I emptied out about half of the clear into an empty bottle and started mixing away. I added in some, not a lot, of Nail Junkie into the mix, followed by a little bit of the Icing polish. As I was mixing everything together, I found that it wasn’t dark enough, so I added a couple of drops of the black. A little black goes a long way.
Now, I didn’t add any of Sparking Diamonds to the franken because when I added them to a very small bottle of the franken, the silver was very pronounced, which is what we don’t want. I also didn’t add the blue and green glitter pieces because I’ve moronically added a ton of those cheap glitters to a bottle of clear in a sad attempt at making my own blue glitter polish and all the color from the glitters melted off and it looked AWFUL.
To achieve what I have in the picture, all you have to do is layer the franken with all the glitters. I used two coats of base coat since Teal Of Fortune a bitch of a stainer and I wanted to make sure it didn’t horribly stain my nails this time around. I definitely suggest two coats of a nice base coat, just to be on the safe side. After the base was dried, I applied a layer of the franken, and let it dry. Then I started layering the glitter. Sparkling Diamonds has two different sized silver glitter pieces in it. I had to tap on the larger pieces since they were more of the smaller silver bits and we want the larger ones. Next I added in some blue and green, I suggest more green than blue, in between all the silver and over lapping as well. Let that dry for a minute, then add two thin coats of the franken.
In Kayla’s swatches, ‘Across The Universe’ has a lot more glitter pieces in it. I didn’t do that because
I’m stupid I was basing my layering on other swatches I’ve seen where the glitter wasn’t as in your face. You could repeat the layers, with the difference of one layer of the franken in between the glitter layers instead of two and that could bring you to a closer dupe. It’s all up to you!
Good luck if you wish to try this yourself!