Hooray!  I am now caught up with what is actually on my nails right this moment.  The color is Jesse's Girl Intense Color in Confetti (not to be confused with Jesse's Girl Confetti--a clear color with glitter), which is about the closest you can get to having tropical butterfly wings on your nails without killing any butterflies.  Nail polish companies, take note.  This is what duochrome should look like.


I stamped it with the butterflies from plate BM05, because I was trying to take pictures for my how-to-stamp tutorial.  Unfortunately, the polish and the stamp did not quite cooperate, so some of the butterflies are a bit distorted.  I think that, since it was brand new, the silver polish I used for stamping was too runny.  I left it out with the lid open for an hour or so, that ought to fix it for next time.

Cast of Characters:
  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • Jesse's Girl Intense Color "Confetti" ($3ish at Rite-Aid, I think.  The formula is pretty good, if rather sheer.  This was either three or four coats, and it's still too sheer when the light is at the wrong angle.  I think next time I will try layering it over something more opaque.  This may be similar to Sally Hansen DVD, but none of the photos I've seen of that show such strong duochrome-y-ness.)
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Silver Sweep" ($2.50 on sale at Rite-Aid.  I needed a replacement metallic silver for stamping etc. and this one looks like a winner.  Plenty of opacity, bright color... too bad the brush is so weird.)
  • CoverGirl Boundless Color Nail Sparkle Topcoat "Blown Glass" ($??  Topcoat.  Works fine.  Not super quick-dry, but since everything else was dry already, it worked fine over the stamped design)
  • Bundle Monster image plate BM05
  • Cotton balls, Q-Tip, acetone, wooden clothespin, paper towels, old gift card/other scraper (not pictured)

Method:

  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.
  • Put on your basecoat, let dry.
  • Paint all nails with Confetti.  Many, many times.  I had to use an extra coat on the thumbs to get them opaque enough.
  • Paint all nails with a coat of Seche Vite.  Go about your business for a day or so until you want to change it up.
  • Stamp the butterflies from plate BM05 wherever you want them.  I put both on my thumbs and ring fingers and individual butterflies on a few other fingers where they would cover up dents I'd accidentally made in the polish while it was drying.
  • Paint all nails with another layer of topcoat.  I used a non- quick-drying topcoat for this step.