Monday, 7 April 2014

Manic.Monday: Ciaté's Tweed is anything but twee...

I know I've been raving about how much I've embraced the pastel trend this year, and it's true I've loved wearing pastels both in my makeup and my clothes. But it isn't the only trend this season and I thought I would break up the pastel bonanza with a simple but chic homage to the monochrome. It may be a paradox but as much as I love color, my favorite color is actually black which I guess is really an absence of color. To me black embodies the timeless, stylish and elegant and a monochrome look is all of those things. But there are many ways of doing monochrome and today's look also has an element of the whimsical to it. As a nail polish fiend I closely follow the latest launches from the Big Brands and Ciaté is undeniably one of them, and their fabulous Tweed Collection inspired by iconic fashions houses in Paris was very difficult to resist - so difficult that I just decided not to even try. The collection has six polishes with different effects and colors ranging from textured confetti looks to glitter. Ciaté's Brocade Parade (£9) is a glitter polish with an irresistible mix of matte silver, black, grey and white speckles to imitate a classic tweed look.
When you see the glitter polish in the bottle it look so rich with particles that you can wear it on it's own - and that's how I tried it the first time I wore it, but after four coats (!) it still didn't look right and although it may not be intended as a top coat, but for me that's really how it  comes into its own and in the photos I wear two coats of Brocade Parade on top of Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish (£2.99) in Blackout. The texture is nice and easy to work with, and not in any way gloopy as many glitter polishes can be and you get a good amount of product on the brush to get an interesting distribution of the particles over the nail. You should experiment to see how many coats you prefer for your look, but two or three coats for me is just right to show of the contrasting particles but if you prefer to wear even more you'll be pleased to know that the polish dries very quickly. I can't actually say how long this wears when you wear it on its own, however as a top coat it'll easily last about four days and should you get chipping, you can quickly correct that and the whimsical pattern will hide any touch ups you've made.

Many of us love glitter polishes, but the big question which sometimes decides whether we'll buy a polish or not is - how difficult is it to remove? Well, when I used Brocade Parade on its own it was definitely difficult to take off, BUT as a top coat over whichever base shade you choose, it's much much easier which is another reason why I'll continue to use this as a top coat. I really like this look and I find it sleek and sophisticated but also fun, showing personality without being too outlandish and one thing's for certain this tweed is anything but twee...

64 comments:

  1. I tried a polish nails similar to that one. It was an Essie one! And I have to say that I love it
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  2. Gorgeous, I love wearing glitter polishes & this is a pretty one
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    1. It's beautiful - I'm sure it would look great on e.g. a dark blue or grey too :o). Xx

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  3. Very nice polish, looks like Party, Fun & Glamour :-D

    Greets, Silvi
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  4. Your nails look fab, dear. I really love black. It used to be my favourite colour, but, well, I grew up...
    I have read so much about these nail paints and boy! I want to get my hands on them. But, I live in India :'( they aren't available here and the shipping costs so damn much!
    But this is such a fun nail paint! I am exteremy jealous of you right now! :P

    Relationships.College.Love

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  5. Such a lovely effect! You always do such great nail polish reviews! x

    Mapped Out

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    1. Thank you so much Georgia, that really means a lot and you've made my day :o). Xx

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    1. Thanks a million! I think I'll try it on gray next :o). Xx

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  7. Oh wow this is gorgeous, so pretty!

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    1. It's really lovely and the rest of the collection have some other fun effects as well :o). Xx

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  8. Love this colour! What a gorgeous effect!

    Lucie xx

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    1. It is gorgeous and even though it's not actually texture it almost has that effect :o). Xx

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  9. Looks good, I can never make my glitter or statement nail polishes look as good as this! :')

    Ellie xx | http://theleobeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Ah what a gorgeous shade! I love glitter and I love Ciate :D xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. So do I, they're so forward with their effects and polishes :o). Xx

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  11. Wow this nail polish looks so stunning. I love it Charlotte. Can't wait to try it. Have a happy Monday :D

    xx Mira

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  12. What a stunning effect! I love sparkles!

    Keisha xo
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  13. Love the sparkles on your nails! Do check out my nail tutorial as well :)

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    xoxo

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  14. Love this look! Perfect for a night out. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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  15. You really get most amazing nail colors ! loved this glittery cutie <3 <3
    xoxo Shreya
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  16. So pretty! Have a great day. xo



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    1. Thank you so much, and the same to you :o). Xx

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    1. It's an unusual glitter look, but I love it :o). Xx

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  18. Wow, such a gorgeous polish!
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    1. The whole collection is very pretty but this is definitely my favorite look :o). Xx

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  19. They remind me of the night sky! Beautiful. ♥

    Tara x

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    1. Beautiful image - you're right it does :O). Xx

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  20. I'm in love with these nails! I have a similar polish from X Factor, which I think is specifically sold at Sephora. They're such a fun top coat to wear.

    May from La Vie en May

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    1. It'll be fun to try it with some other shades too :o). Xx

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  21. What beautiful nails, definitely fun but still sophisticated :)

    Rebecca Coco

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    1. I agree with you, and their subtle enough that you could wear them for work too :o). Xx

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  22. Gorgeous polish! Have seen this brand everywhere! =) Amazing!

    sal/ http://novarellie.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Ciaté do some amazing shades and effect, definitely one of my most loved brands :o). Xx

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  23. Nice NOTD dear :) loved it!
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  24. I can't believe that that is supposed to be worn on its own, it seems like it would be so hard to get full coverage on the nail! I tried the Ciate Caviar polish and was underwhelmed so I've been staying away from their newer releases but this one I might have to give in on.

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    1. I agree with you completely, for me this Brocade Parade is definitely a top coat, but it could be that the other polishes in the collection work better on their own :o). Xx

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  25. This is such a pretty top coat..bummer that it didn't work on it's own. I have never worn dark colors but really like it.

    Alice
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  26. It's a shame it didn't work on it's own, but that is so beautiful over the black! I love it!
    xoxo Lauren

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    1. It's a sleek and sophisticated look - LOVE it :o), but if you prefer pastels you should check out the other colors in the range too :o). Xx

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  27. now this is they type of Ciante nail polish that I want to try :D...loos so sleek and pretty!

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