Nails of the Day (NOTD) // Black Sparkle // Essence & Ciate!

Hey guys

I haven’t done a nails of the day post for a little while, so I thought I would share this dark but festive one with you.


To get this look, I used a few different products:

  • 2 coats of Essence Latex Matt Effect nail polish in The Black Cat
  • One coat of Ciate Mini in Couture Noir/Tweed (it says both!)
  • Gunmetal loose glitter on the ring fingers
  • 1 coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Topcoat


I really like Essence nail polishes – they are usually no more than £2 each but are usually really good.  However this Latex Matt polish chipped within hours and kept chipping really badly until I removed it a few days later.  As it’s an effect nail polish, it probably isn’t really designed to be used as a base for glitters etc so I will try it again on its own at some point and give it another try.  I have noticed that matte nail polishes do chip quite badly in general (as obviously you can’t use a topcoat with them if you want them to look matte).


The Ciate glitter went on really nicely and only needed one coat for enough glitter to show up nicely.  The glitter itself is unusual, it is little silver strands rather than glitter particles.


The loose glitter is part of a set I picked up in the pound shop!  They do little boxes which contain three glitters – they are called Candy Dip by Miss Elegant Touch.  I think this set was called Liquorice.

What do you think of black nails for the festive season?  Do you like the look of glitter nails or do you prefer something more subtle?  Let me know in the comments!

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