Much like the chicken and the egg conundrum, I’m not sure who first debuted the “speckled egg” mani, but I’m thinking spring is the perfect time of year to experience this nail trend nonetheless! Speckled polishes from Deborah Lippmann and Illamasqua really caught my eye, but then I noticed in Walmart the new Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles polishes that give a similar effect, so I decided to purchase and share my speckled egg inspired manicure with you today. They are a bargain at only $4 a bottle, so I’m finding this “cheep” way of sporting this trend simply fabulous!
Candy Sprinkles polishes by Hard Candy: top to bottom – Pixie Pink, Gummy Green, Sugar Rush.
Pixie Pink, Sugar Rush, Gummy Green
2 coats Candy Sprinkles polishes, Butter London Hardwear Top Coat
Two coats Gummy Green with clear topcoat. This was slightly darker than I was expecting but it is very pretty. It reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream – YUM! It has black and silver glitter pieces in it.
Two coats Pixie Pink with topcoat. This is a pastel cool pink shade with blue, pink, purple and white glitter. It reminds me of cotton candy, or the frosted animal cookies with sprinkles on top!
Two coats Sugar Rush with topcoat. This is surprisingly my favorite of all three. The milky white base has white, silver and black glitter in it, reminding me somewhat of cookies & cream, but on the nails it really reminds me of the malted speckled egg candies I would eat as a child! I think this one would look best on top of a white base, or with a third coat (see below).
I decided to go back in and added another (third) coat to all of the nails. I think the most noticeable difference would be the white nails. The other ones did not change much and I don’t find it necessary to use three coats.
Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the Candy Sprinkles Polishes by Hard Candy. They have a total of nine shades available: Cocoa S’more, Cotton Candy Pink, Gummy Green, Jelly Bean Blue, Peach Pop, Pink Taffy, Pixie Pink, Sugar Rush and Sweet Tooth. I find they apply easily and evenly and dry fairly quickly. The bases are a bit sheer, so two coats is necessary, and three may be ideal depending on what you look for, but I think especially for $4.00 a bottle it is a great way for me to try out this trend and feel festively spring at the same time!
What do you think of the speckled egg mani? Will you wear it this spring?
Where To Buy:
- Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles polishes can be purchased at Walmart for $4.00 each in store and at Walmart.com (currently out of stock online).
- Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish is available at Sephora for $16 each bottle (ad). I have not experienced their version, but I can imagine they are wonderful quality and they look simply gorgeous – especially Freckle – a speckled tan shade! They are currently out of stock online, but check in stores to see if they have any available.
- Deborah Lippmann Spring 2013 Staccato polishes are available at Nordstrom for $19 each (ad). Again, I have not experienced those polishes, but they look divine!
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