April 16, 2011

China Glaze - Chiaroscuro

Mysterious name, right? Chiaroscuro. I looked it up, the french term for it is clair-obscur. Hey, that does ring a bell, I'm sure I had to read about this technique for my art lessons. 

"Chiaroscuro ("light-dark") in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body." source

I don't know what the link is with this particular nail polish, maybe there's no link at all.. ah well. Chiaroscuro, the nail polish: a rosy peach with a beautiful golden green flash. It reminds me of those gorgeous seashells with the glossy peachy pink insides! When I saw the bottle I wasn't too excited, though. It's more something my Mom would wear, she likes soft colours on her nails. Well, never judge a nail polish by its appearance in the bottle, lol. On the nail it's not as boring as I thought, it looks feminine and chic! The greenish side of the fine shimmer (pretty!) was quite hard to catch on camera, it's definitely not just a golden shimmer. If you look at the 3rd picture you can see a glimpse of the green in the bottle, that green is clearly visible on the nail too. 

Chiaroscuro has a pearl finish, we all know what that means, right? Hello brushstrokes! I tried to apply it as careful as possible, with a light hand, and the result actually isn't that bad. The nail polish is on the sheer side, with three coats the nail line is still visible at some angles, but I don't mind. I think it will be great as a french manicure topper, have to try that some time!

Have you ever heard of Chiaroscuro? The technique or the polish? :O

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