Gilding the Lily – My First Polish Franken!

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 28 - 2012

I always remember my Mum accusing me of ‘gilding the lily’ – taking something that was already lovely and needlessly attempting to improve it.  I can’t remember what the context would have been, I’ve never been a crafty/arty person so I’m assuming it was probably something silly like decorating biscuits.  No doubt, I was pouring sprinkles ontop of silver balls on top of pink icing.

Anyway, that phrase came to mind when I had to physically restrain myself from adding MOAR pigments/polishes/sparkles to my first polish Franken – and so the name has stuck.

For my first, I used some stuffs that I didn’t mind wasting.  An old ASOS by Ciate paint called Pixie… a jade creme that is infinitely dupable.  A Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Night Lights that looks amazing in the bottle (holo) but is watery and pretty crappy on the nails.  Then I decided I wanted to give the green a warm, golden edge and dug out a pair of pigments that I hoped would do just that.

The result works.  Almost.  The BellaPierre pigment in Celebration (the copper one) isn’t as finely-milled as I would have hoped and gives the polish a lumpy feel which is a shame.  The other, golden-olive pigment which I believe was from a now-defunct indie brand worked beautifully in the polish and gave it a mossy, golden sheen.

The above shows two coats and a layer of top coat.  The scattered holo is really understated and gives more of a multi-dimensional, multi-coloured sparkle than any holo ‘effect’.  Now, I need to do some more!  I want some Spectraflair pigment!  Oh God, not another addiction!

What do you think?  Be kind, it’s my first!


35 Responses to “Gilding the Lily – My First Polish Franken!”

  1. Danielle says:

    I’ve never thought about doing this! The polish looks lovely and especially the Spectraflair.

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    • Cheers! There’s no Spectraflair in this one though, this is the Sally Hansen Night Lights making the sparkles, it’s very understated (read: not very good!) x

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  2. AMAZING!

    Did you have any difficulty mixing the pigments with the nail polish? Or did you just kind of dump them into the bottle together and gave it a swirl?

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  3. Robyn says:

    Ooooh, good effort! It came out really nice! I want to get some Spectraflair as well but I think it’d all go downhill from there…

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  4. Ann says:

    Sounds like an awesome excuse to buy some of those ManGlaze franken bottles.

    (These are the ones I mean: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nvgVm40dL._SS500_.jpg )

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  5. Julianne says:

    I think it looks fantastic!

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  6. Julia says:

    beautypool :) <3

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  7. Leah says:

    I’m not much of a fan of green but you did a good job. It’s something I might wear at Christmas. x

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  8. Helen says:

    Gorgeous – would definitely buy this if it were available. x

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  9. Victoria says:

    I really want to try frankening too but I feel too scared to create a whole bottle each time! Maybe I’ll find some WnW polishes on sale to franken with

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  10. seii says:

    Haha it’s fun..especially with glitter polishes. Though I’ve found that if you add too much pigment the overall effect will be a “matte”. Clear + fyrinnae arcane magic = awesome.

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    • Arcane Magic, you say? I have a few of those…. HMMM.

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      • haha I can see the cogs turning! ;)

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        • seii says:

          Hah, just need to be careful because some of the darker ones like glitterboi have this dark base which looks odd if you just have the clear polish on, so I layer it over dark colours and it rocks. I guess you could add it straight to coloured ones but I haven’t tried that yet…

          I think someone mentioned a “suspending agent” to stop pigment glooping in the polish but I admit I haven’t looked into it in detail. I just mix and go :x.

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    • Ooooh, thanks for the tips! I shall be more frugal with my pigments and I’m not sure if I have Arcane Magic but I’ll be looking for it tonight!

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  11. Ooh, this is really pretty! I mix polishes on a sheet of paper – just a couple drops at a time sometimes, but I’ve never made a whole bottle.

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  12. Athena says:

    whoa, where did all your followers come from?

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  13. Fiona says:

    Ooooh, never thought of adding pigment to a whole bottle. I’ve got some glitter polishes that are a bit rubbish that I can bring to life!

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  14. Nargis says:

    My first franken was made by adding purple eye dust to a streaky Avon nail polish called Romance- it was iridescent white and had a slight purple duochrome, but was an utter nightmare to use. The result is definitely funny- its lilac and dries semi-matte and yet looks somewhat metallic, and lasts all of 1 hour on the nail with no topcoat. But my mum was very impressed with it for some reason :)
    I don’t know how to mix different polishes together- do you just pour one into another?

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    • That sounds awesome (except for the crappy wear) – yeah, I just literally poured directly from one bottle into the empty bottle, with as much care as I could manage. No spillages! Phew.

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  15. Alicia says:

    I like it! It’s definitely awesome for your first try. My first attempts at frankening were pretty abysmal! I used pigment in a clear top coat for my first attempt, and for some reason, the pigment wouldn’t disperse…it was all gloppy and stuff! I think the trick is to have those little ball bearings that mix the polish when you shake the bottle.

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  16. Kat M says:

    I’ve never thought to do this, but the result looks interesting, so may have to have a little experiment. I actually have a glittery pigment that I never, ever use that I think would be perfect for this :)

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  17. So COOL. I never thought about doing this! Now I’m going to go and start mixing up polishes. Hehe-it’ll be like when I was a kid and mixing potions in the bathroom to make up all kinds of concoctions. :)

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  18. Emma says:

    Love this idea! Great way to give old polishes some life (and make room for MORE new polishes!)

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