Candy Paint Nails – OPI Houston We Have a Purpleby Scott Gents on Apr 20, 2012 • 3:30 pm 5 Comments
You may be wondering what I mean by the “candy paint” qualifier I appended to the title of this post. If that’s the case, please head to my first post on candy nails, which was based on the use of candy paint in the automotive customization industry.
In a nutshell, candy paint jobs on cars utilize a translucent, colored topcoat over a metallic base coat. It creates a color depth that’s just not possible with a one-dimensional color layer.
Here’s a decent example of the depth a candy type paint job can give:
I’ve found that similar results can be achieved on the nails by using a metallic base color with a “jelly” type translucent top color.
Today, I layered OPI “Houston We Have A Purple” over Nicole by OPI “Give Me the 1st Dance.” I will be doing a full swatch/review on the latter color in a subsequent post.
Overall I was very happy with the performance of Houston We Have A Purple, which is evidenced by the QuantRate score over 95 – only the second of 51 reviews to achieve a “Superior” quality rating so far.
OPI’s combination of the Pro-Wide brush, the generous handle length and thickness, the balanced bottle shape, and silky-smooth formulas really come together to earn it consistently high marks. The Texas Collection sorbet formulas seem to be better-than-typical for OPI, pushing them to the very upper range of my rankings.
The candy treatment helped bring out the pinkish/fuchsia undertones of this color, and I really liked how much deeper the color looked overall with the metallic base.