Avon

Avon Chrome Nail Polish Memories

Avon
Avon

Avon was one of the first beauty brands I remember encountering as a child. I used to love going through the catalogue, strategically picking out the products which would get me a free gift. As my school did not allow makeup, and my parents discouraged makeup, I picked out nail polishes which I could wear on the weekend.

I specifically remember when Avon brought out chrome nail polishes – they were so different I just had to ask my mum if she would buy me some. I chose two colours, the silver chrome and the blue chrome and they were called “mirror shine”. I still have the bottles to remind me to look out for them again if Avon ever brought them back. I wish I asked mum for the pink one also, but then that would have been greedy!

I donโ€™t think the Mirror Shine polishes did make it back into the Avon catalogue but luckily for me, O.P.I. brought out a silver chrome called Push and Shove, part of the Gwen Stefani collection. It goes without saying that I bought it! I love the look of it but it really doesnโ€™t last long. I might do a longer post on it.

I have now recently discovered that Models Own have produced a “Colour Chrome Collection”. I am very excited as there is a pink chrome colour (beautifully photographed on britnails.co.uk)! Although I wasnโ€™t very impressed with the white shade I bought by Models Own, I’m prepared to try a chrome shade as it will be a different formula.

In my mind, Avon paved the way for the other brands to bring chrome nail colours to the beauty world. Thanks Avon!

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Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight is so bright and bold I just had to turn up the drama and try it over OPI Push and Shove from the 2013 Gwen Stefani collection.

Moonlight is a silver glitter topcoat made up of silver stars, tiny silver circles of different sizes, silver rectangle pieces like tinsel, medium sized silver hexagonal pieces and the odd piece of randomly shaped red glitter which resembles torn papers. (See it over red here).

OPI Push and Shove is a silver chrome shade so you can tell I was really going for the “look at me” effect. I naughtily did not use the designated base coat which came with it – Lay Down That Base so it painted on a little lumpy. You can’t tell however as so much is going on with Moonlight – something I love about glitter. Glitter polishes hide a multitude of nail issues!

It’s so difficult to capture the effect of glitter over chrome in a photo. The smaller silver pieces of glitter add texture, the stars and the hexagons are holographic so they give flashes of rainbow in certain light and the red pieces of glitter randomly scattered on my nails add that little bit extra to make my nails look even more special. The chrome base colour makes the whole look quite spectacular.

All of this is achieved with only two bottles of polish and minimal effort. Who would have thought that it would be so easy to get such dramatic nails?

If you cannot get hold of Push and Shove anymore, you might be able to get the same effect using the Barry M Nail Effects Foils in Silver 319. I haven’t yet tried the Barry M foils but if you have I would love to see it!

Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove
Barry M Nail Paint in Moonlight over OPI Push and Shove