Friday, October 3, 2014

Serum No. 5 Infrared: swatches, review and nail art!

Heya! Are you ready for a triple threat? Because I have swatches, a review, AND nail art with a video tutorial, and it's all done using Serum No. 5 Infrared! It's also glow in the dark, click to see more!

First things first! This is Infrared by Serum No. 5 and it's a neon red glow in the dark polish.

I thought it would be more of a fire truck red, but it's leaning towards coral. This makes it fit right in the line of neon polish in my opinion, more than a regular red would!

Opacity is great for a neon polish, I used 2 coats and that was that! It's also really easy to work with, something you might not expect from a glow polish. Sometimes the pigment makes it hard, but that's definitely not the case with Infrared.

The glow in this polish is not as strong as I've come to know and love in other Serum No. 5 polishes. If you need stuff for comparing, check out the review of 5 other Serum No. 5 polishes I did!

Nonetheless, when charged under a UV light, this glow is beautiful and it's a deep magenta hue. It's a color you rarely find in glow polishes, so it's a definite must-have if you're into that like I am :D

Due to the amount of glow in the dark pigment in this polish, it will dry to a slightly textured finish. You can put a top coat over it if you prefer, without diminishing the glow. It will also add a beautiful shine like....
...this! Isn't that gorgeous? I can see a lot of great combos with this polish, since it's not the traditional kind of red. I used to have a polish that was very close to this color, but I used it all up so I'm really glad to have a replacement, and one that glows even! Amazing!

Have you ever tried Serum No. 5 polishes? Tell me in the comments!
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Time for nail art! Yaaaay! Like I said, I used to have a polish just like Infrared, only a little bit more pink. I'm sad to have used it all up because I used it in a gorgeous gradient, you might have seen it, it was my 'hands making a heart' nail art.

I've been wanting to re-use that gradient combo for a while, but it slipped into the darkest corners of my mind. When I saw Infrared right next to Atomic Peach, it was a match made in heaven! It's way more neon and bright than the 'hands making a heart', but my lighting and picture quality has improved since I did those.

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Here, you can compare the glow between Infrared and Atomic Peach. Now I must say, Atomic Peach is VERY bright. I had to adjust my camera settings a couple of times because either Infrared didn't show up right, or Atomic Peach was too bright.

The fairies were a spontaneous idea I got because of the magical glow. I call them my musical fairies :D

I have a video tutorial for you guys, so you can learn how to do this! First, apply your base color and let it dry thoroughly. Tape off your cuticles to minimize cleanup afterwards, I use scotch tape and medical tape (it's nice and pliable).
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Time for the gradient! Paint stripes of your chosen colors on a makeup sponge, making them overlap a bit, and gently roll the sponge over your nail to make the gradient. This might take some practice to get a smooth result! When you've achieved a nice look, remove the tape and put top coat on your gradient nails.

This is the best part: take some white acrylic paint and paint your silhouette. I'm using my Basic One Gold Detail Brush from Christrio Scotland. Make sure not to get too much on your brush or your lines will be too bold, and use a longer brush and let it sweep over the nail naturally to get the best lines. Top coat and you're done!

Music "Fairytale " by Kai Engel
Available on the Free Music Archive
Under CC BY license

I received Serum No. 5 Infrared as a press sample for an honest review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

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