Date: March 12th, 2013

Polish Days March: Vintage – a Brush Stroke Manicure featuring my vintage gem Dior Enchanting Garnet

Polish Days Vintage March 2013 Brush Stroke Manicure Nails featuring Dior Enchanting Garnet

Polish Days March are here! :)

Sadly I don’t own many vintage nail polishes but the two I have – Clarins 230 and Dior Enchanting Garnet – are my treasures. When I read that Vintage will be the March theme for the Polish Days I knew it was time to use Dior Enchanting Garnet (859) for it.
The first attempt of my vintage manicure failed badly. I should have sticked to my first thought, a Brush Stroke Manicure, and not try a spontaneous idea. After I wiped down the desaster of a manicure I went through my stash and not only picked Dior Enchanting Garnet again but also some of my other oldest nail polishes (and some new ones because they matched the other jewel tones). While colors like China Glaze Wagon Trail or OPI Midnight in Moscow aren’t actually old or vintage by any means they were one of the very first nail polishes I bought when I became a nail polish enthusiast.

The first Brush Stroke Manicure I personally saw was the beautiful Jewel Tone Abstract Brush Strokes manicure by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. I fell in love with how gorgeous the texture of the nail polishes looked and couldn’t wait to try it myself someday. ♥

With a very little amount of nail polish on the brush and more layers of brush strokes I wanted to achieve a more “destroyed” look and I am very happy about how it turned out. :)

Polish Days Vintage March 2013 Brush Stroke Manicure Nails featuring Dior Enchanting Garnet

Dior Enchanting Garnet is the almost mauve-ish looking color in this Brush Stroke Manicure. It is such a pretty color. I am looking forward to not only wear it again but also to post it as a full manicure. :)

Polish Days Vintage March 2013 Brush Stroke Manicure Nails featuring Dior Enchanting Garnet

Looking at the stunning (almost emerald) green that is Essence All Access makes me a little sad. It must now be already over two years since it was discontinued. :( Of course I have quite a lot of backups but it is sad to see that such a breathtaking color is no longer available.

Polish Days Vintage March 2013 Brush Stroke Manicure Nails featuring Dior Enchanting Garnet
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Nail polishes used
A England – Avalon
A England – Holy Grail (new version)
China Glaze – Cowgirl Up
China Glaze – Wagon Trail
Dior – 859 Enchanting Garnet
Essence – 53 All Access (sadly long discontinued)
OPI – Midnight in Moscow
OPI – Goldeneye
p2 – 030 Celebrating Red (All you need is… LE)
Base coat and top coat
Base coat: OPI – Nail Envy Matte
Top Coat: Gelous and Essence – Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer (fast dry)
Avalon and Holy Grail were sent to me by A England for review consideration.

Have you tried a Brush Stroke Manicure yet and if yes did you like how it turned out?
It was so much fun to do. I started with a layer of OPI Goldeneye which in the end wouldn’t have been necessary, though. You have to do more clean-up than usually after you’re done with this look but it is worth it. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great week! ♥



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58 thoughts on “Polish Days March: Vintage – a Brush Stroke Manicure featuring my vintage gem Dior Enchanting Garnet

  1. This is so breathtaking! I love all of the texture and colors you used. It almost looks as if your nails have been transformed into a colorful antique glass vase or some sort of precious treasure! This is just stunning. Beautiful work!
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  2. Hi there, new viewer here! I love your blog! This mani is so chic, just so stylishly sophisticated. The color combinations and metallic textures are wicked. I love it!

    Hugs,
    Jess




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