Maybelline (Crystallize) Green Depth and Born Pretty Store Shell Paper

Hi! :D

Maybelline Green Depth is one of the Crystallize nail polishes, which is a collection of liquid sand polishes.

It’s a black polish with green/purple duochrome glass fleck and it is utterly gorgeous.

Maybelline Green Depth (No topcoat)


If you squint at the bottle, you can see the glass fleck is green in the middle and purple towards the edge. I love this polish!


However, it’s at this point that I messed the whole thing up!

Now, my original idea was to use this gorgeous Born Pretty Store shell paper over the polish to get irregularly shaped green flashes over a subtle green shimmer background. But this didn’t happen. “Why?”.

My first mistake was trying to stick the smooth plastic shell paper over liquid sand, because of the gritty finish of the polish, the paper couldn’t adhere.

Then I thought I could fix the whole thing by smothering it with topcoat but because the shell paper wasn’t stuck properly, it kept lifting, and the liquid sand polish kept soaking up all the topcoat, so I ended up with a lumpy finish. (Not a good look).

However, I still loved how the shell paper looked! I just made a mistake pairing it with a liquid sand polish. I’m definitely going to try it again and use it with a regular polish. :)


Have any of you succeeded in creating this type of nail look? Any tips for me? :)


Thanks for looking!


-Eleobel :)

Deborah Lippman Bad Romance and Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

Hi Everyone :)

After I posted my Anti-Valentines mani (Deborah Lippman Bad Romance) on Friday, the lovely gingerlovesmakeup reminded me that Revlon Facets of Fuchsia is a dupe (duplicate). So I thought a side by side comparison/review was a good idea.

Here they both are in the bottle:

The black base of Bad Romance is slightly darker and it has a bit more glitter. Otherwise they look pretty similar right?

209.2 Deborah Lippman Bad Romance and Revlon Facets Of Fuchsia 01

This is three coats of each, (only two were needed but I smudged!), with two coats of Catrice Quick Dry and High Shine Top Coat. (My new favourite topcoat!)

Bad Romance is on my middle and pinkie fingers and Facets of Fuchsia is on my index and ring finger.

209.1 Deborah Lippman Bad Romance (Middle and Pinkie) Revlon Facets Of Fuchsia (Index and Ring) 01


So you can see here the black jelly base in Bad Romance is darker and more opaque. It looked like it had more glitter in the bottle but about the same amount comes out on the nails. (I did have to spread out the glitter when using Bad Romance because it clumped a bit). The darker base means that the glitter seems dulled/darkened more on the nails.

Also, because the black jelly base in Facets of Fuchsia is thinner/lighter, it is easier to apply and the glitter goes on the nail more evenly. It also looks brighter/sparklier because the jelly base doesn’t cover it as heavily.

If I had to choose a winner it would be Revlon Facets of Fuchsia because: 1. It’s cheaper, 2. The formula is easier to apply and 3. The glitter appears sparklier :)

If you like this look then definitely try the Revlon. Hope you enjoyed this comparison.


Thanks for looking!