Adorned Nails: Catrice Iron Mermaiden

You won't be mistaken if you think you've seen this one here before. Remember Essence Where Is The Party?? As far as I can tell, Iron Mermaiden is a twin but with a much funkier name. Where Is The Party? sounds so teenybopper. Iron Mermaiden, definitely hardcore.

I will describe Iron Mermaiden much like how I had described Where Is The Party?. It's a metallic duochrome (or trichrome?) of dark green and purple/silvery lilac on the nails. In the bottle, you can catch flashes of aqua.

There is however a difference in application. The formula for Where Is The Party? is thicker and it works as a one-coater. Iron Mermaiden, on the other hand, has a thinner consistency and needs at least three coats for opacity. For both polishes, you will get the same results in the end. I'll let you do the math.

Where Is The Party? - €1.29 for 5ml

Iron Mermaiden - €2.49 for 10ml

I doubt you would have noticed but you're looking at one coat of Where Is The Party? on the little finger. All the other fingers have three coats of Iron Mermaiden on. It's hard to tell the difference.

Let's see how Iron Mermaiden looks with some stamping. I've used the gaudy purple of Catrice Forget-Me-Not and one of the Essence Nail Art Stamping Design Plates with the so-called full nail designs.

I have two things to say about the plate:

1. It's pointless telling you the name of the plate because Essence has a ridiculous way of naming them. Essence has issued about five or six rectangular plates to-date but each of them has either the name 01 have fun! or 02 style it up!. It appears to be a case of packaging material overstock, I think.

2. They are supposed to be full-nail designs but they can't fill a whole nail. Ironic. It doesn't work for the thumb and it won't work if you have long-ish nails. The designs are really made for little girls, not for senior citizens like moi.

I've chosen the circle design with retro vibes. Due to the small size of the design, I had to stamp twice on the thumbs. It wasn't easy connecting the two stamps. Then, I added a thick French tip with the same polish.

It's hardcore gone retro.

My previous features on:
Where Is The Party?
Catrice Forget-Me-Not


Appu said...

OMG, your nail posts & pictures are so inspirational. Beautifully done! I really wish I could maintain such healthy nails :)

Unknown said...

Amazing polish!!
Your mani is so cool! 0.0

Witoxicity said...

You're very kind to say that, Appu. I truly appreciate your supportive words. Thank you! I do have my fair share of nail issues but I always try to nip the problem in the bud. I find Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream very good for nails/cuticles and I remember that you use it too. :)

Thank you! :)

Toyomi said...

The stamping makes this color pop !

Witoxicity said...

Thanks, Toyomi. You're right. It pops and it has two looks due to the duochrome characteristics of Iron Mermaiden. :)

Anna said...

u r so talented!

xoxo elle

나니 said...

Woah! The holographic effect in this is absolutely gorgeous!

sugar sugar said...

the holo effect is fantastic! it looks so pretty on its own but you did a really great job on the nail art too! :D

Adis said...

I got these two :D! And I like your mani, very playful yet classy :o!
I was mildly disappointed by the sheerness of Iron Mermaiden (OMG, that name is brilliant XD), but the colour is pretty, so I guess I can forgive it for that one flaw :p.

Anonymous said...

Different bottles but they look like identical twins on your nails.

It's a GORGEOUS shade, all your Catrice polishes are soooo beautiful! :)

I loooove your mani, great color combo. "KTee"xx

Witoxicity said...

Thank you, Elle. To be honest, you can easily do this mani too with some stamping. :)

I'm glad you like this, Nani. :)

@sugar sugar
Thank you! :)

Thanks, my dear. I hear you! I was kinda disappointed too but at least, we didn't pay €20 per bottle. I'm willing to overlook that issue. :D

Yeah, they look the same, right? I couldn't tell them apart. I like these Catrice polishes so far. I'm very impressed and I'm glad you agree. Thanks, KTee! :D

Anonymous said...

I like the retro stamping design and the colors you used. The purple really stands out. The flashes of aqua in the bottle look beautiful too, it keeps fascinating me.

Best part.....the price of all those Catrice and Essence beauties. :)

Hope you are having a great weekend, Nicole x

Witoxicity said...

Yay!! I'm pleased you like this combi. The polish in the bottle is indeed very interesting to look at - all those different hues. Captivating! Sometimes, I can't believe how affordable these polishes are. It often makes me think twice before shelling out more than €10 for a bottle of polish from other brands. I do succumb to temptation sometimes but I'm more restrained these days. :D

My weekend is going all right, thanks! You too, have a lovely weekend! :)

To {Polish} or Not said...

WOW! Both of those polishes are gorgeous! I've recently started to love duochromes more than I love holos. I wish local companies would make more duochromes! Thanks for sharing this, you captured the duochrome so well! If only I had access to Catrice. =D

Witoxicity said...

@To {Polish} or Not
Thank you! My fascination for duochromes started not too long ago also. I love them! You're right, there really should be more duochromes. :)