Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Adorned Nails: ARTDECO Wonder Brush Red Violet



I couldn't resist getting this nail polish when I saw it in the store. It's not so much because of the colour, but because of the picture on the box.


Here's what ARTDECO says about this nail lacquer with double brush (excerpts):
The innovative double brush with two parallel arranged brushes provides a new polishing experience - the nail varnish can be applied evenly and without stripes. The rounded tips enable quick and easy application.

I don't know if this is something totally new (there are already polishes with extra wide brushes on the market), but a quick check of the polishes that I have shows that all the brushes are flat and angular. This one from ARTDECO is flat, a tad wider (2x brush) and has rounded corners. Quite unusual.



With one stroke, this brush covers about four-fifths of my nail (with the exception of the thumbs, of course). I like the rounded corners. It makes sense: our cuticles are round-shaped after all. So, I did find polishing easier with this brush. There was no streaking but I wouldn't attribute that to only the brush. The formula of the polish must also have something to do with it.

ARTDECO says this polish is toluene-free. I checked the list of ingredients and sadly, it has formaldehyde resin. Sigh, really, ARTDECO......in this day and age?!

Red Violet a.k.a. No. 318 is a super glossy maroon brown shade. I have here two coats on. I like it but I was itching to do something further, so I applied a matte top coat from HEMA. You can see the difference in the following two images.




Then, I stamped a flower design from Essence Nail Art Stampy Design Plate 03 Be Creative with a black KONAD polish.

It's nothing fancy, I know. It's just a mattified subdued colour with a simple stamp design.




I got this polish for €8.50 (6ml). ARTDECO is a German brand and, as far as I know, in The Netherlands, it's available at selected Douglas Parfumerie stores.

More information: ARTDECO website

14 comments:

London's-beauty said...

Such a cool brush. ^_^ Great for easy application. :) What got you into polishes? :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, that's an interesting find. Never seen a brush like that and never heard of this brand before. Nicole xx

Vonvon said...

That is a nice glossy red. How can you apply your nail polish so evenly without any smearing on the cuticles?

Anna. said...

what a beautiful red color, love it;) but i don't like the matte version;)

Witoxicity said...

@London's-beauty
Yes, it's quite a curious-looking brush. What got me into polishes? It wasn't an overnight thing, but I think it was my discovery of KOH's wide range of colours that rekindled my interest in polishes. :)

@Nicole
Well, that strange-looking brush is a first for me too! Other than the fact that it's got rounded corners, it pretty much functions like an extra-wide pro brush. :)

@Vonvon
Oh, trust me, there are some mess-ups. The key is to clean it up afterwards with nail polish remover. :)

@Anna
Psst, me neither! Haha! I really shouldn't have listened to my 'itchy' fingers and should have left it in its original glossy maroon state. The polish lost most of its red in the matte version, I thought. Well, never mind, we learn something new everyday! :)

Mademoiselle C. said...

I love the brush, I'd like to try it too.

Sad that the polish contains formaldehyde resin and that the price is a little bit high.

The Beautifier said...

Great pick, dear! that dual brush is such a clever idea!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful glossy maroon color. Never seen such a brush b4 either. :) "KTee"

Witoxicity said...

@Mademoiselle C.
Yeah, it's a pity they included formaldehyde resin in the formula. :P

@The Beautifier
The brush certainly is interesting. :)

@KTee
I'm glad you like this, KTee. Thanks! :)

The Diva's Polish said...

That colour is luscious. Love the bottle... Stunning on your nails ;) xx

raey said...

i have the same shade of a different brand!! But the brush isnt similar :( hope I find something similar in local shop!!

Witoxicity said...

@The Diva's Polish
Thanks! Oh, yes, this reddish colour is certainly something right up your alley, my dear! :)

@raey
Hello, raey! You've got a dupe there. That's fantastic! :D

DinaXYYan said...

You always know how to pair the nail colour with the konad design! Very pretty :)

Witoxicity said...

@Dina
Hey, Dina! Thanks! I'm glad you like this. :)