I was originally going to use Avon Gel Finish Inked Up with the three gold polishes I posted earlier this week when I realized it would work perfectly for Alphabet Nails since I was not in love with my old choice for the letter I. So at the risk of turning into an Avon and DavidsTea blog, Inked up is brought to you by the letter I today.
Avon’s Inked Up from the Gel Finish line is a beautiful dark inky blue. It reminds me of the ink in the fountain pens they attempted to make us write with in high school (aging myself here but my school had a thing for trying to be better than the ones around it). So dark that it is almost black in some light but with a long lasting shiny finish. Seriously, 4 days on dark polish is insane for me because I hate tip wear. I am talking four days of actually doing stuff, typing, washing my hair, finally unpacking the rest of my makeup and desk stuff now that I have a desk to put it all on (mine was broken in the move).
Shown here in sunlight and indirect natural light with no top coat, you can see how shiny Inked Up is even without a high shine top coat. Dry time was decent and two coats dried enough in 10 minutes to stamp over it without smudges or marks.
Nailart using Avon Inked Up
One of the things I fell in love with in the Pueen Love Box 2 set was this splatter look included in the Nature Lover plate which went on my nails as soon as I received the set. A dark vampy blue like Avon’s Inked Up doesn’t exactly scream summer like the weather we have been enjoying but it is always good to test new stamps with a dark polish and white.
Shown here in sunlight, I stamped the splatter image over each nail using MoYou London’s White Knight – my go to white stamping polish. I changed up the part of the stamp and direction stamped on each finger so they didn’t all look the same. Added Avon’s UV Gloss Guard top coat which has a great brush for nailart. It doesn’t spread, the top coat is thick-ish and just hangs from the bristles so you don’t ruin your mani with brush strokes!