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Royal Jelly: Revlon Scandalous and China Glaze Skyscraper

I know, I know...real royal jelly is a creamy off-white paste, made by honey bees, fed to the queen bee and used in beauty products. However, my royal jelly looks like grape Smuckers and has glitter in it!

Royal Jelly: China Glaze Skyscraper and Revlon Scandalous

I wanted to play around with a glitter stripe design using China Glaze Skyscraper and Revlon Scandalous (my thoughts on these polishes at the end of the post). But I knew I couldn't just start with one polish then paint the stripe on top with the second polish because a) the polishes are thick and the final product wouldn't be even, and b) both polishes have a semi-transparent jelly base and they'd wash each other out when "stacked".

Royal Jelly: China Glaze Skyscraper and Revlon Scandalous

So instead I created a trough of sorts. I placed a piece of tape down the center of each nail and applied two thick coats of Skyscraper. I let that dry a bit before pulling off the tape. I had some minor cleanup, but not too bad. The result was a channel down the middle of the nail...which I flooded with Scandalous. It actually leveled itself out fairly well. I finished with two coats of Seche Vite to make it absolutely smooth. Did I overthink this experiment? Yes. LOL. But it worked. Next time I'll try it with contrasting glittlers.

Royal Jelly: China Glaze Skyscraper and Revlon Scandalous

Both of these polishes were untrieds for me. China Glaze Skyscraper was released as part of last Fall's Metro (Downtown) Collection. It's a bright violet jelly packed with silver glitter. It's a unique shade of blue/purple that I don't have in my stash. It went on smoothly and was opaque in two coats.

Royal Jelly: China Glaze Skyscraper and Revlon Scandalous

Revlon Scandalous (761) is a sheer black jelly base with fuschia hex and micro glitters. It's actually a dead on dupe for Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance (which will save you $15!). I could claim that I knew this fact and in my quest to maintain my superior knowledge of high end trends while saving my family's money...I sacrificed instant gratification and instead set off on a mission to scour stores for this economically priced version.

But that would be a lie and in fact, I had no idea about any of that and bought the Revlon on a whim while wearing sweatpants and buying Nyquil at CVS. :)