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"Emerald is a gemstone, and a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5 – 8 on the 10-point Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor.
The word "Emerald" is derived (via Old French: Esmeraude and Middle English: Emeraude), from Vulgar Latin: Esmaralda/Esmaraldus, a variant of Latin Smaragdus, which originated in Greek: σμάραγδος (smaragdos; "green gem")." - Wikipedia
Welcome to another late weekend post, loverly lot!
This week calls for another #SGSwatchFest participation over on Instagram, hosted by the friendly fellow Singapore nail blogger, Pearlyn aka @perpetualfunk. The theme is emerald, being the birthstone for the month of May and, coincidentally, also Pantone's colour of 2013.
A little note: Due to the interest from many international nail enthusiasts who wish to participate in the themed events (though we've always welcomed them to do so), a new Instagram account has been created to include openly and officially EVERYONE from EVERYWHERE - @PolishTogether!
We invite everyone to follow the account, and if you like, join in the themed events, and hashtag #PolishTogether or tag @PolishTogether to share your work!
The #SGSwatchfest tag will still remain for Singapore-centric themes.
Now that that's all explained, here's my polish of choice for this week's theme - piCture pOlish Kryptonite.
"Kryptonite was created with Cathy of More Nail Polish Inspiration: 'first thoughts something gold but how about a true green holo' so that is what was fashioned. As soon as Cathy said the name we new Kryptonite would be a celebration of all things 'super' and that fabulous tune too!" - piCture pOlish
piCture pOlish is an Australian-owned and made nail polish brand, which also has the exclusive licensing rights for the OZOTIC brand worldwide.
Kryptonite is a green jelly base filled with large, irregular shaped micro thin holographic bits. It was released in 2012, as part of piCture pOlish's first series of blogger collaboration shades.
Kryptonite came to mind because, aside from it being the shade of green I wanted for the theme, I imagine kryptonite, the fictional radioactive ore from Superman's home planet of Krypton, to be emerald's fictional alter ego.
Here's 2 coats of Kryptonite topped with 1 coat of Poshé Super-fast Drying Top coat:
2 coats was all it took to reach opacity. The depth of the finish is beautiful! Only the holographic bits that sit on top of the jelly base dazzle with holoness.
Note to self: get rid of Poshé topcoat. The shrinkage is very frustrating.
The formula is divine, and the finish is smooth and glossy, even without a topcoat.
Earlier, I rummaged my stash to search for other emerald shades for the SGSwatchFest/ PolishTogether theme. And since I already had them out, I might as well do an ombré mani.
From the top (index finger): Pretty Serious VT100, piCture pOlish Krytonite, China Glaze Glittering Garland, a-england Tess D'Urbervilles, all in 2 coats, topped with Poshé.
At a glance, there are some visual similarities between Kryptonite and Glittering Garland. However, Glittering Garland's jelly base is a shade (or half) darker, and slightly yellow in tone. It doesn't contain any holographic particles. The sparkles are either irregular small glitter shards, or flecks, or both.
piCture pOlish is available for purchase on their website, or your could find a list of network member (distributors) here. For those in Singapore, feel free to approach The Subtle Shimmer for your piCture pOlish or OZOTIC needs.
Because I couldn't decide between the 2 manis, I decided to show both for the event. Here are the Instagram versions:
That concludes this post and week. Do check out the other manicures here!
And if you're on Instagram, you're warmly welcome to follow @PolishTogether and participate in future themed events.
Have a great start to the new week, lovelies!
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