Every now and then I fancy a bit of a change from my usual preference of créme nail polishes. Although I love having clean looking nails, I do fancy something a little more interesting now and again, but I'm terrible at nail art so rely on a good polish to do all the work for me. The Speckled Egg collection from Models Own is ideal for this, so this week I chose to wear Swan.
Swan is, to me, a gorgeous lavender shade, though I've seen it described by most nail bloggers as pastel lilac. To my eyes, it has too much blue to be a true lilac. Regardless, it's a very pretty shade and one I'm happy to wear at any time of the year, but it does seem very spring/summer appropriate.
The formula of Swan was slightly odd, it's quite sheer so it took three coats to build it up to full opacity, but it got thicker and more gloopy with each coat. I'm used to nail polishes changing consistency over weeks or months, or even ever so slightly between manicures, but changing between coats is pretty unusual. The first coat went on lovely and smooth, the second was slightly thicker, and the third was a bit of a pain. I was having 'stringy' issues and it ended up uneven. I had to even it out with a coat of Seche Vite, which is never a bad thing as it speeds up drying time too.
Contained in the polish is small, medium and large matte black hex glitters. I'm happy to report that they don't need any placement or fishing, there are plenty in the bottle to give you an even amount on each nail and they're evenly distributed too.
I love the finished look of this mani, but wish it wasn't so much work to get it to look this pretty. If you're craving something different on your nails but either don't have the time or inclination for nail art, I'd suggest trying one of the Speckled Egg polishes, they really are nail art in a bottle.
Models Own Speckled Egg nail polish in Swan is available online or from Superdrug online and in stores nationwide.
Are you any good at nail art? If you have any tips for me I'd love to hear them.