Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Taming the Dragon PLUS a Halloween Inspired Franken

Hi Ladies,

Yesterday I mentioned that although I love the over all idea of China Glaze - Flying Dragon, it isn't as great as it could be. I think that the polish would be better as a jelly. Some of you encouraged be to try it, so I did.

Original and my attempt at franking

Now, my results are not that great, basically I just mixed some clear polish with Flying Dragon. What I ended up with was slightly better than the original for the following reasons:

- better consistency (only draw black, needs to be built up, more coats )
- doesn't dry as fast when applying (less likely to get bald spots)
- slight jelly
- dries to a semi-shine finish, not matte
- not as bumpy

Take a look at the images below and you will see what I mean. I plan on trying to add on to this, any suggestions for making a jelly?

Left is original Flying Dragon, Right is altered polish.

You Can see that the original dries to a bumpy matte finish, where as the altered one is slightly shiny and smooth. I added a swipe if top coat to both swatches at the tip to compare.

I got so excited yesterday that I wanted to try creating another mix! I decided to use a black polish, clear, and some craft sparkles. What I ended up with reminds me of the "missing shade" to complete the soon-to-come China Glaze Halloween (Awakening) Collection. This is perfect as I LOOOOOVE Halloween, I am excited for it now and it is still 2 months away lol. Anyways, I can't wait for the new China Glaze collection either :)

Final product and materials used (minus clear polish)

My polish came out to a jelly black/red/brown with red chunky glitter, I call it Coagulated Blood :)

look at the sparkly, chunky, jelly goodness :)

What do you think of my first publicly shown franken attempts?


  1. Great franken....makes me think of a masquerade ball with all the glittery masks, lol.

  2. Thanks, it kind happened by accident. The end result wasn't what I was going for originally, but I really like it :) I will defiantly wear this in October!

  3. That's not half bad for your first attempt!! I hope you're able to get the Flying Dragon down cuz I love the color but hate *I mean HATE* the neon formula.

  4. Megan - Thanks. me too, I know exactly what you mean! I still have it on my fingers though, I will be changing it tomorrow for sure!

  5. I like it! I am going to try to franken some polishes right away.

  6. Maggiemeister - thanks, good luck :)

    Asami - Thanks :)

  7. I totally agree about Flying Dragon, the way it was done is just...not for me. Love the name of your franken!

  8. Jeannie, thanks :) I hope it looks good on my nails when I finally try it out!


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