24 June 2011

MAC Hint of Sapphire-Inspired Water Marble

Hi everybody!

I'm bursting with excitement right now to share this manicure! It's been in my head for weeks and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

If you keep up with cosmetics, you may already know that MAC's summer collection, due out in July, is called Semi-Precious and will feature mineralize blushes, mineralize skin finishes, cream sheen glasses, and other products. What really caught my attention, however, was the mineralize eyeshadows. (Check out beautezine.com's post of the full press release of the Semi-Precious collection from MAC.)

Now, I don't know too much about MAC and the only MAC products I have were a gift, so I'm not going to pretend I know the difference between a creamsheen glass and a lustreglass (if you know, please share!), but these eyeshadows look just plain gorgeous in the pan. I mean, how could you stand to use them?! The colors swirl together beautifully and compliment each other to a T, and there are some really unique color combinations in this collection.

So when I saw the press release for the Semi-Precious collection on several beauty blogs and I saw the eyeshadows, I was reminded of watermarbled designs for nails. The eyeshadow that stuck out the most to me was Hint of Sapphire. Here's a look:

Image Credit:  beautezine.com.

Seriously beautiful. These things are truly a work of art. So I let my creativity flow and set out to create a water marble that utilized the colors in this particular eyeshadow. MAC describes Hint of Sapphire as a "melange of pink, violet, teal, copper, blue." Respectively, I used Zoya Perrie (even though Zoya describes Perrie as purple), China Glaze Spontaneous, Color Club Age of Aquarius (on loan from my sister), Pure Ice Iced Copper, and Sally Hansen Blue It. The combination is awesome! Take a look =]

Left Hand

Right Hand



My favorite nails:

Left Index

Left Pinky.

Right Ring

Before you can say it, I did go overboard on the pictures. I wanted to do this manicure justice and I think I did =] And pardon my shoddy cleanup job.

The contrast of all these colors really pops on my nails, and in my opinion the copper just makes this look. And, if you're wondering how I did this, click HERE for my tutorial on how to water marble!

I'd like to do another watermarble based on one of the other shadows from this collection, but I'm not sure which one. I was leaning toward another multi-colored one, but do you have a preference? Let me know!

Swatches of this collection are starting to circulate, so tell me, are you getting anything from the Semi-Precious collection? Any eyeshadows? If you are, would you actually use them? =P What do you think of this manicure?

Thanks to Jessica of beautezine.com for letting me use her picture of Hint of Sapphire! =]

Thanks so much for reading!



  1. This is so nice. I did a water marble as well with some blues. I will post it in a few days but your's one is so much prettier than my one turn out to be.

  2. Aw why thank you! I can't wait to see yours! I'm sure it's gorgeous.

  3. That is simply stunning, and now I feel I must attempt to do some similar marbling one of these days! I've gotta practice so I can get mine to turn out as nicely as y ours!

  4. Thank you so much April!

    Original_Wacky - Wow thank you so much! It's a tough thing to get down but it gets so much easier as you practice! I can't wait to see yours!

  5. I love it! The color combo is amazing! :)
    btw, I tagged you in the sunshine award in my blog - check it out ;)

  6. Thanks Iza! I love the combo too!

    Thanks for the award! =D

  7. I just got a chance to go through my giveaway entries and follow people with blogs... I love yours! You have such beautiful nails. Look forward to reading more posts!

  8. OH, btw... you won my giveaway XD

  9. Cydonian - Why thank you so much! I love your blog as well. And Oh my goodness! I'm floored =] Thank you!!!

  10. Wow, I love the variety of colors, awesome! :)

  11. Jackie - Thank you! The colors really compliment each other well.

    ABOP - Thanks so much!

  12. Beautiful! The dark color really helps bring out the jewel tones.

  13. Thank you Amanda! I really love this combination; they all pop!


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