Saturday, September 24, 2011

Power Clutch

Somehow this name strikes me as automotive.  Maybe because I've driven a stick shift for the last 25 years.  And the color looks like some fluid that would be drained from a car:

Essie Power Clutch

My internal jury is still out on this one, but it's not looking good . . .  It probably needs some stamping.

I thought I'd share a sneaky little trick I use.  I don't do this all the time, but sometimes when I'm using dark colors it helps with the clean-up.

My thumb nail on my right hand tends to stay pretty short, so that when I'm painting my nails, I get polish on the tip of my thumb.  That's not too difficult to clean up with a brush and remover when I use light colors.  But because that skin also tends to be rougher than on my other fingers, dark colors are harder to clean up - they often stain.  So I do this:

It's called a disposable nail form, and I have no idea how it's actually supposed to be used (never having had acrylic nails applied) but it allows me to just paint off the end of my nail and not worry about getting polish on the tip of my thumb.

I stick it on, kind of jamming it under my nail as far as I can:

And when I'm all done and my polish is dry, I just peel it off!  I got a roll of 500 of these at Sally years ago - needless to say, one roll lasts a long time.

There's just one caveat.  It's pretty sticky, so make sure it doesn't stick to your open bottle of nail polish and cause you to fling it, getting (dark) nail polish everywhere.

Ask me how I know.


  1. Wow! I never knew those existed! I tried the water marbling thing once and wish I had had something like that to make clean-up a bit easier.

  2. Why are we not surprized when you write: " just one caveat"
    That's one time I would not have wanted to be anywhere close to the action.
    Great tip, however.

  3. Hehe - the secret's out: I'm a total clutz!

    SKP - I never thought to use them for marbling! Great idea!

  4. I also thought of my transmission when I saw the name. I have automatic transmissions! It is a very old-oil-ish color, isn't it? That's not necessarily a bad thing though!

    Those shields look very clever. I can see them being very handy for nail art.

  5. The shields are extremely sticky though, so I wouldn't put them on top of nail polish. I have, and the glue sticks to the nail!


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