In an attempt to replicate the beautiful depth of rutile needles suspended in clear, polished quartz I tried the 'pond manicure' approach, but using mostly lots and lots (and lots) of clear coat and no colored jelly polishes. Using two different sizes of striper brushes, I did random strokes in one color, then layered on two coats of top coat before moving on to random strokes in a different color. All in all I used three different shades - Color Club Almost Famous (yellow creme), Essence Nude It! (nude creme, old style bottle), and Color Club Rad Nomad (it's that sheer, weirdly fab, smokey purply-taupe color, but mine is unlabeled from Ross and hence I am approximately 95% sure it's Rad Nomad). I did 5 layers of stripes - yellow, nude, brownish, yellow, nude.
Ultimately, I feel pretty happy with these. I don't think they are as pretty as some of the images of rutilated quartz that I've seen because I did an overload of stripes and they aren't nearly as dainty in size as they should be. However, I am in love with the 'technique' and I will definitely be doing it again! It's like the 'abstract brushstroke mani', but in a much smaller scale of brush strokes. They do read a little bit as straw/woven basket to me, but Boyfriend assures me that "They totally do not!" for him, so hooray.
Don't forget to check out the other rocks + minerals nail art for the week below!