"Inspired by 'adding a tiny drop of food colouring to icing sugar' hence the sugary sweet looking colours!
Layer over black and see 904 explode on your nail reinventing itself to light changing green crystals simply amazing!
Layer over white and see 904 change to light reflecting yellow crystals simply stunning!
A magical transformation in appearance that you need to see to believe!
Colour varies depending on the angle the light falls on your nail!" - piCture pOlish
Welcome to another weekend post, lovelies!
I dropped a huge hint of a lengthy post the last time. It's not just because I'm long-winded, but I had so much fun playing around with the possibilities this polish offers that I can't help but share them all!
904 is one of OZOTIC's latest offsprings from the Sugar and Beam release. 904 is part of the Sugar family; a topper polish inspired by sugar crystals with a touch of yellow food colouring.
Yellow... oh dear. I rarely have a good rapport with this shade. I suspect many do not either. "Challenge accepted!"
(See the sharp shift to green on the bottom left corner of the bottle? Keep that in mind.)
My very first thought when I saw this polish in real life: organza! I thought it closely resembled the fabric in its thin, sheer, textured, sparkly goodness.
Does it not?
While the design of the oblong bottle with rounded corners may not be my favourite, I appreciate the shape for storage efficiency.
Here's 904 in varying number of coats over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Topcoat:
From left: 4, 3, 2 and 1 coats
The polish glided on smoothly. However, apply in thin coats and light pressure or risk some bald spots.
While it has strong yellow tones in the bottle, once on the nails and under the light, it exudes a soft golden glisten.
1 coat over Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat
3 coats over Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat
I keep straining my eyes at what looks like intense glass flecks, with some shifting qualities, but not quite flakies. I find it more mesmerising as a single coat.
Here's a shot over a white creme base:
The white creme base polish is 2 coats of Chemistry 225, an Australian brand, procured for me by a dear friend, Kate of LacquerCareFactor. It makes a good Australian companion to 904. There's been word that Chemistry and OZOTIC are linked; even their numbers and colours are the same. But don't take my word for it. I haven't done much digging.
1 coat over 2 coats Chemistry 225
This creates a soft look and I was surprise it plays well with my fair skin tone.
I did not try it flat over a black base, thinking it's been done and what many would instinctively layer over to achieve the most striking effect. I used it slightly differently over black (a little further on in this post).
The Fun Begins
I tried a few ways to layer and apply 904, instead of featuring it as a mere topper.
1) Jelly, I mean Sugar Sandwich
Over the previous 904 layers, 1 coat of glitter polishes were applied before sandwiching them under 1 coat of 904.
From left: Tony Moly GS01 (Blue Spangle), L.A. Girl Nostalgic, on alternate nails
Personal fact: L.A. Girl Nostalgic is the first ever glitter polish I've worn, in a mani for The Green Lantern movie screening, pre-blogging days.
With 1 coat 904 over the above-mentioned glitter polishes
Not liking these as much as I thought I would. Perhaps an indie glitter polish would have given it more oomph.
I tried this in 2 ways; 904 sponged as a gradient, and layered over a gradient.
The base for this is 2 coats Ulta3 Pacific Fever (love the subtle shimmer, name-drop unintended) over 1 coat Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat. Ulta3 was gifted by Kate along with the next Ulta3, a drugstore brand from Australia. It is a complete coincidence that some of these polishes are Australian (or is it?).
On the pinky and index finger: 1 coat 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever
Ring and middle fingers: Sponged on Ulta3 Blue Marlin
On the index finger and pinky, 904 was sponged on to give a gradient effect.
On the middle and ring fingers, 1 coat of 904 was applied over the blue-green gradient of Ulta3 Blue Marlin and Pacific Fever.
I'm getting a tropical paradise vibe from this...
So going along with that, I layered a coat of L.A. Girl Nostalgic in hope of achieving an under-the-sea/ mermaid's tail look.
It looks like quite a bit going on, but even though 904 seems over-shadowed, the hint of it's green-gold glisten reminds me of the sun's reflections sparkling on the water at sea.
1 coat 904 over 2 coats Ulta3 Pacific Fever
1 coat 904 over Ulta3 Pacific Fever - Blue Marlin gradient
The green shift in 904 is stronger when lit from this angle.
1 coat L.A. Girl Nostalgic over 1 coat 904, over Ulta3 Pacific Fever-Blue Marlin gradient topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat
3) Darker Gradient
904 is at work here over a dark base - OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest (which really is this month).
Seen here is a sponged gradient of 904 over 2 coats of OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest on the pinky, middle and index fingers, and 1 coat of 904 over the same on the ring finger. Sans topcoat.
Looking pretty festive, appropriate for the holidays, me thinks!
1 coat 904 over OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest
This was an experimental thought, inspired by Young Wild and Polished (alter ego = Dot), having no idea if the dots would show up crisp with using a topper polish such as 904.
Indoors, daylight (still loving natural lighting)
Dotted over 1 coat a-england Camelot (black creme) on the middle finger, and sponged gradient on pinky and ring finger, and 1 coat on index finger. Finished with 1 coat Cult Nails Wicked Fast Topcoat.
With ample amount of 904 dabbed on with the dotting tool, the dots turned out okay. Bald patches tend to appear when the tool is not evenly and generously coated with 904. It may appear bumpy at first, but it dries flat. Otherwise, a topcoat should even things out.
Close-up of 1 coat of 904 over a a-england Camelot (black creme base):
Indoors, daylight, shaded
Ok, I caved. Who could resist the awesome effect of 904 (any of its Sugar and Beam relatives) over black?
And here's a close-up of 904 as a sponged gradient over black, mattified with Essie Matte About You:
Indoors, artificial light
The shift is still visible, though not as strong.
5) Lastly, Stamped
Out of curiousity, I tried to see how it would fair when stamped over a base. I have limited experience with the types of polishes do or do not work as a stamping polish, but I had a inkling this would not translate a crisp image stamped. But nonetheless, curious.
904 was stamped over a-england Camelot on the index and middle fingers using Konad Image Plate m63. With a not-so-dense concentration of flecks/ particles in a clear base, bald patches in the stamped design is expected. But I'm pretty amazed how easy it was for the stamper to pick up and transfer the entire image in one piece. And with me being a stamping klutz, I managed to stamp in one attempt!
If you're looking to have a subtle layer stamped with shifting effect, this range would make an ideal choice.
I do like that the clear base in 904 still shows the stamped image distinctly. Proof that the formula gets picked up and transfered pretty decently.
Popular topper polishes would be flakies, glitter, hologram but these sugary crystal flecks are something else. And I'm grately to be reviewing as it gave me a chance to play around with the possibilities of incorporating this polish in various nail designs.
My only gripe was the cleaning-up bit. No, it was easy to come off, no 'foiling' needed. The tiny specks tend to spread around easily during removal, especially onto your skin. Once on the skin, it takes a bit of work to get them off. So, it would be advisable to hold the cotton pad on the nails a little longer to completely disintegrate the polish(es) on your nails, so you can remove in one swipe. If you need to head back for another swipe, use the clean side of the pad or a fresh one.
These nails did not make the cut but I thought I'd show what did NOT go my way.
I tried to sandwich these loose glitters in assorted colours.Pinky: Loose glitter over 1 coat 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Ring finger: Loose glitter sandwiched between 2 coats of 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Middle finger: 904 sponged gradient over 2 coats Chemistry 225
Index finger: Loose glitter sandwiched between 2 coats of 904, over 2 coats Chemistry 225
There's whimsical, and there's comical. And these are a tad too comical for me (not in an aesthetically pleasing manner, in my opinion). just not feeling this one.
What are some of your ideas to layer this over?
OZOTIC 904 (and the rest from the Sugar and Beam series) is available on Star Trinkets, based in Singapore. The 15ml bottle retails at SGD 17.80 (excluding shipping). International shipping is also available. While you're there, check out the other OZOTIC and piCture pOlish polishes available, now at reduced prices.
♥ 901 - Wendy-X
♥ 902 - My polish Adventures
♥ 903 - Make Up Blogette
♥ 905 - Of Face and Fingers
♥ 906 - Coming soon!
♥ 907 - Cherily's guest post on The Subtle Shimmer
♥ 908 - The Polish Well
Till the next post (which is most likely a #PolishUsPink one for Breat Cancer Awareness), have a wonderful weekend!
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