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Friday, May 22, 2015

Color4Nails - Crystalline Nail Veil


     Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I've decided that this would be a good post to reveal the nail art I hinted at in my previous post. Which would have been an awful mess to clean up if I hadn't been using the Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails. 

    You might be asking yourself what the heck is Crystalline nail veil? Simply put it's a nail artists best friend!  Its a latex based product meant to aid in clean up from otherwise messy nail art techniques. There are a ton of these products out on the market right now. Including some not originally intended for nail art.  You might remember my previous attempt using Proclaim Hair Glue.... not a pleasant experience for me. While the product worked I had issues with removal and application. I had a much better experience this time around.

     Crystalline Nail Veil comes in a small square bottle with a long skinny brush just like a nail striper. The skinny brush made application around the nail very easy. This part is crucial for me since it seems like no matter how much care I give my cuticles they are forever rough around the nail and polish seems to stick there like a magnet. Clean up for me is sometimes is a real B!*ch. The skinny brush did give me a little trouble when it came to applying the product over a larger area on my finger but I imagine that will get easier with time. 

Crystalline Nail Veil wet

     Nail Veil goes on a bright yellow color and there is a slight odor that I wasn't expecting, Its not particularly strong and disappears as it dries but I wanted to make sure I mentioned it in this post. And it does dry rather quickly which is always nice. 

Crystalline Nail Veil dry

     When dry the nail veil turns into a darker almost dandelion yellow. It's not particularly sticky and I couldn't even really feel it on my skin but,  your fingers will want to stick together if they touch. Yep learned that the hard way, it was easy to get them apart and the product did stay put so I didn't have to start over. Whew! I also did a quick video showing how easy removal is. It's my first real attempt at a video and I'll warn you its a bit rough. 




     My nail was still really wet which made getting my very cheap tweezers to grab anything a bit tricky, but once I got a hold everything peeled off in one nice piece. 

     Now it's time for the big nail art reveal!! I was inspired by the color of Rimmel Mintilicious to do a "turquoise manicure" . There might be an official term for it but it reminds me of the pendants people wear so that's what I'm calling it. 


     I used Zoya Black Swan and Penny for the colors of my "veins" in this manicure. To get the splattered effect I dropped a few drops of polish in a bowl of room temp water and spritzed it with rubbing alcohol. I didn't get the polish to spread out quite as much as I wanted it to but I still like this look. The rubbing alcohol I used was only 50%. I'll have to keep my eyes open for something stronger. 


     What do you think, was this nail art worth the hype? Would you use a product like Crystalline Nail Veil? I will warn you this this product does contain Latex. If you're allergic or think you may be please avoid using it. There are non latex versions on the market if you need one. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


36 comments :

  1. Naked Without PolishMay 22, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    I love this mani so much! Is it weird that the color of the Nail Veil turns me off even though it's not something that stays on your nails? haha I dunno, maybe I'm weird.

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  2. What a fun mani! I generally shy away from techniques that get my cuticles gunky because I don't have one of those liquid latex products. You are definitely convincing me that I need one.

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  3. Color Me So CrazyMay 22, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Very pretty effect! I love the colors you used, too. I'm still searching for the perfect latex/brush/smell/formula combo. I'll let you know when I find it!

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  4. This looks absolutely beautiful! I love turquoise and I think you captured the look wonderfully :) I think once you try a latex barrier..'thingy' its hard to go back. I don't miss the mess of gradients any more!! :) xx

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  5. Love the turquoise mani!! I really like liquid latex for quick clean up especially when it comes to watermabling or in this case waterspotting!

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  6. Love the mani! Gorgeous!

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  7. Nice! I've been thinking about a turquoise mani, too.

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  8. Love this! I love turquoise manicures!!

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  9. I think liquid latex is simply heavenly, no matter the brand. And wow this mani came out gorgeous, I love it.

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  10. I have this and it works like a dream!

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  11. This is such a gorgeous manicure! Thank goodness you had the nail veil, I can see clean up being awful for this mani. LOL!

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  12. Woohoo the nail art looks great! I would totally try the nail veil, I always just put tape around my nails when I do something messy like this.

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  13. Such a cute mani! I really like that the Nail Veil has a skinny brush. Right now, I just have liquid latex decanted into a regular polish bottle and it works really well, but I would like to get a skinnier brush like that!

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  14. Cosmetic SanctuaryMay 24, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    I love the mani, and I LOVE Crystalline Nail Veil! I use it ALL THE TIME!

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  15. NO not weird at all. It's not the best color yellow out there, but at least its not pea soup green. lol

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  16. I used to shy away from them too, but would still attempt them once in a while. Id just wrap some tape around my fingers and it worked for the most part. I just didn't always get the tape as close to my cuticles as Id like. The smaller brush made it really easy to get close to the nail without covering the nail itself.

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  17. Thank you and please do. I like this one, except the smell and for covering more of my finger. But it worked much better than the hair glue!

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  18. Well said! For this technique I should have covered the underside of my finger too. I completely forgot about it and had a nice mess, but it was easy to clean up since I didnt have to worry about messing up me nail.

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  19. Thank you! I couldn't remember the name of this technique for the life of me and it was driving me crazy. I kind of wish the copper had turned out somehwere between what's on my pointer finger and the rest of them. I used 4 drops of copper for the pointer and only 2 for the rest. 3 must have been the magic number. Live and learn I guess. lol

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  20. I love the way they look and its pretty hard to screw them up since you don't need straight lines and such.

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  21. Yes Liquid Latex is a total game changer when it comes to nail art!

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  22. The only thing that bothered me was the smell, but I suppose that's the latex in it and nothing can really be done to change it. And it wasn't so bad that I'll never use it again.

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  23. Haha it still kind of was because I forgot to protect the underside of my fingers. I could just use a cotton ball for that since I didn't have to worry about getting around my nail and it was quick, but black nail polish and remover tend to smear some before it comes off.

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  24. I usually put tape around my nail too but I could never get it close enough to my cuticles, or it would over lap my nail just enough to make the art look off. I didnt have those issues with the liquid.

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  25. Right now I have a love/annoyed relationship with that brush simply because it took almost as long to cover my finger as it did to paint my nails. But it was soooo easy to get close to the nail so that part I love. Im sure I just need to get used to it and then I will be fine.

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  26. That happens with tape yes! I will have to try the liquid then :)

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  27. I don't think I will ever go back to tape after using liquid latex. There are a few other versions of this that I want to try out still, but it is so much easier than tape.

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  28. PhD in Nail PolishMay 27, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    That ail art is gorgeous! Seems like it liquid latex was worth it! Thanks for going into the details- I'm always seeing people use this kind of product and have been wondering what it entails besides "black magic."

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  29. Michelle ChouinardMay 27, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I have a similar product that I adore. And I love your mani!!!

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  30. I have something similar from ellagee and it really helps my with my nail art cleanup.

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  31. haha you're welcome! I like this one but I think if I find a good deal on another one I might pick it up also. Id like to try one with a regular polish brush just to compare application.

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  32. That's another product that Id like to try even though this one works. I agree they really help with clean up!

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