Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Royal Vampire Nail Polish Manicure for Halloween

For those of you following the Hebridean Sprite Beauty shop on facebook you probably know I've been working on this Vampire inspired shade for a while now- about a month. First it was too dark, then too light then too opaque, then the subtle shimmer wouldn't show up on the nail, then it dried too matte. Finally I managed to get a shade that I'm happy with though I still need a topcoat for it in order to reach it's full potential I think. 

Anyways it's a dark bloody red jelly shade with a subtle regal purple shimmer that is only evident in some lights. Shown is with three coats and I'm loving it, especially for Halloween. I'm actually posting it today in the shop and it will be a part of the permanent mythological line if anyone is interested. I wanted to post it earlier but as you can tell from earlier I just wasn't happy with it yet.

Above you can see some evidence of the purple shimmer. It's much harder to catch on camera than I'd hoped it would be.

Strangely but kind of ironically in the bottle Royal Vampire looks like bottled half-dried blood as it has a weird brown tone to it. None of that tone really shows up on the nail though and the shimmer is much more prominent in the bottle. I have no clue as to why this is but I thought I'd mention it.

a shot of the shimmer

Looking like partially dried blood

Hope everyone has a lovely candy-filled Halloween this evening! Stay safe and have a blast!


  1. Hi Krista!

    (This is Sharon, we went to high school together. It's been a while.)

    I was so excited to see that you've started your own line of Indie nail polishes. I mean to make an order as soon as I have some funds to spare. (I just spent over $100 today on research books for my thesis so... it might be a bit.) But I love Underhill, which I featured on my tumblr a while back. I don't think I've seen anything quite like it before! I look forward to trying it, and Faerie Secrets!

    Reds aren't really my thing, but I think Royal Vampire is right on. Definitely makes me think of dried blood!

    I hope you're well and I hope everything with the line is going really well, too! Best wishes!

    1. Hey Sharon! Hope you're doing well! I completely understand having to wait until you get some cash! I'm normally not a big red person either but I love the plummy undertone in this and because it's dark it isn't so in your face. Thanks so much for your comment, glad to hear from you! (P.s. Faerie Secrets is neat because it changes colour)