One of the earliest posts on Imagination is spicy was about Rococo Nail Apparel’s Embellish kit: Daring nails for the undaring. I’ve not been experimenting with new polishes recently, until I treated myself to another Rococo product, Gold Leaf Lacquer.
The lacquer contains 24 carat gold leaf, which makes it a pricey purchase but one I think is worth it for a dramatic or special effect manicure. For a first try I used it over my favourite Super Gloss Black.
With the first application my thumb and forefinger turned out a bit messily because the gold leaf flakes can be a) rather fragile to handle and b) more flexible than they initially look in the bottle. For experienced nail art fans; handling gold leaf shouldn’t be too tricky if you’ve done large glitter/flake/jewel manis before.
For beginners like me, I have some tips.
1. The bottle needs a very good shake before application. The gold leaf is quick to clump together and sink to the bottom, which makes it harder to get a good distribution of large and small flakes onto the brush.
2. After removing the top, gently tilt the bottle to one side and try using the brush in a scooping action to catch one of the larger gold leaf flakes. The smaller ones tend to adhere without a problem, but you can find yourself trying to chase the large ones!
3. When you have the flake on the brush, dot it onto the nail and then use the brush to even out a thin layer of the clear lacquer and flatten the gold leaf. If you apply it with a long stroke, as for normal polishes, two things can happen: either the flake will begin to break up into smaller pieces (useful if you want a particular effect), or the flake will fold over on itself. This can make it prominent of the nail and more prone to catching on fabric.
4. To get the application as shown in the above image, each nail needed two or three dots of leaf. The lacquer thins out well, so there wasn’t a problem with edges of lacquer appearing once it dried.
5. Although the clear lacquer can be used as a top coat, I used a separate bottle to avoid accidental application of smaller gold leaf flakes. To secure the flakes I applied two layers of top coat.
I’m going to be practising more with this for a Christmas mani!