Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chrome Nail Comparison

I was looking for the perfect design to do on my nails for my Disneyland trip this weekend when I broke my middle fingernail... dang! The break was so far down is was barely even on the free edge, so I decided to try out some chrome false nails I got from Dashing Diva a while back. So while I'm doing the wear test on the falsie to see whether it will last for my vacation, I figured I'd do a little comparison of various "chrome" nail looks.


Chrome Nail Comparison

Obviously, the fake nail has the smoothest, brightest shine and the most "true" mirror-like finish, but it also has some drawbacks: it's thicker and less natural than the others, and the wear time on it is next to nothing since it just has the adhesive tab on the back. There's an another brand at Sally's that comes with adhesive tabs but you can also use glue (that may last a bit longer).

The silver foil (ring finger) actually looks more like the Dashing Diva chrome from a short distance. The wrinkles are not as prominent if you're not viewing it as an extreme close up. If my nail hadn't broken, I'd probably be opting for this method this weekend. It provides an ALMOST mirror finish and the foils are relatively inexpensive while enough to do MANY manicures.  A lot of the "flaws" that appear here are my own fault for not waiting for the foil glue to dry enough before sticking it on, btw.  The part towards the cuticle is more of an accurate representation of the shine.  I think this is my favorite of the four pictured.

It amazes me how dull the two polishes (China Glaze Millennium and Zoya Trixie) look compared to both the foil and the fake nail. Neither actually has a "mirror" appearance at all, but they both have the ease of regular nail polish.


The false nails are from Dashing Diva, but I don't see the silver chrome on their site right now. Like I said, there's an alternative available at Sally's by a brand called Nail Bliss (though it doesn't appear to be on their site).

The silver foil I bought at Dollar Nail Art. They have a $25 minimum purchase online (or you can order by mail with a check), but they have so many awesome foils, beads, glitter, etc. it was easy for me to find plenty that I wanted!

Zoya Trixie can be ordered from their website, and I'm not sure if China Glaze Millennium can be found easily anymore (it was from their Khrome collection a couple years ago).


14 comments:

  1. It is interesting to see the finishes side by side. The Diva nail is very Tron. :)

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  2. loove the dashing diva wish it was a polish

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    1. Agreed! I don't think it's possible in a polish, plus it would show any natural imperfections like crazy, though. Phooey!

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    2. Well me too. Btw your post is very clear on everything. i try to buy online the silver foil but i did not find it… Can you help me? thanks

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    3. Too bad the Dashing isn’t exist in polish - agree -
      Btw you did a very great post very clear!!!! i tried to buy the silver foil online like you say but i didn’t find it. Could you help me??? thanks

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  3. if you have nfu oh's aqua base and use it under China Glaze's Millennium it makes its finish smoother and more mirrorlooking. I learned this looking for a dupe of Maybelline's old Mirror Image Base Coat and Nail Polish set.

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    1. Ooooh, good to know! I actually have the Jessica Hologram Chic base coat and holo polish underneath, but I supposed the holo may have taken away some of the smoothness of the base coat.

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  4. Thanks for a nice comparison, I clearly prefer the polishes :)

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  5. Fabulous blog, glad I found you thru pinterest!

    <3
    Kier
    Fashion Addict LA

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    1. It's in bold at the end of each post :o)

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  7. Look at that silver foil *_* !!!

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  8. Would be interested to see how the silver foil wears. Awesome blog! Found this post through pinterest

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