Coffee Blues 2.0 - Hermit Werds - blue monochrome coffee-themed nail art
Coffee Blues 2.0

Coffee Blues 2.0

I thought I’d sneak in another recreation for #NailChallengeCollaborative before the month ended. This was actually from October of last year so it really hasn’t been too long, but it’s also one of my favorite themes: coffee! I liked the idea of a blue monochrome coffee mani, but I took terrible photos and didn’t experiment enough to find the right combination of colors. Even after painting this design once before I ended up swatching the polish four different times and stamping multiple shades of blue on each. Monochrome be hard.

Recreation of Coffee Blues - Hermit Werds - blue monochrome coffee mani
Recreation of Coffee Blues
Coffee Blues 2.0 - Hermit Werds - blue monochrome coffee-themed nail art
Coffee Blues 2.0

What really made color matching hard is that I decided to switch to a different base polish from the first manicure. I went from a green-leaning blue that matches with a lot of polishes I own to a cool medium blue polish. Not so many matches and the color was lighter. So then my question was do I keep going lighter with my background stamping or do I go darker. I still wanted the coffee to be the focus so I couldn’t go too crazy.

And then, of course, the formula for “Blue Bayou” is crap. Look, I get that super shimmery polishes are going to be a little sheer because it needs to be so it can build up to all the shimmery-ness. Three coats, okay. But this formula also takes forever to dry and even when it passes the tacky test it still squishes around easily. Believe me, I was actually mushing it back into place on several nails before I could top coat. I am not capable of sitting for half an hour a coat, doing nothing with my hands so things can dry properly. Who has that kind of time?

But the mushing and smoothing top coat worked and I think this turned out beautifully so it would be very hard to destash this polish just because I hate the formula. I can put up with this pain every now and then. Maybe? I mean, it’s pretty and, hey, what would it look like with some matte top coat?

Coffee Blues 2.0 (matte) - Hermit Werds - blue monochrome coffee-themed nail art
Coffee Blues 2.0 – matte

Dang it! Too magic to let go. Curse my rainbow hoarding heart.

And if you’re curious, here is a swatch of just “Blue Bayou”.

Sinful Shine "Blue Bayou" swatch - Hermit Werds - shimmery medium blue polish
Sinful Shine “Blue Bayou” swatch

 
 

Today is the last day of the month, so hopefully more manis show up in the inLinkz:


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