Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Truth is .. My nails are Iron Man (and Barry M Nail Art Pens review)

No prizes for guessing what I went to see in the cinema at the weekend! As you may have picked up from my other Geeky nail art post I'm a bit of a nerd gal. Sci-fi, comic book, fantasy, you name it I love it, and I also love doing nail art about it :) 

I did a bit of internet trailing first as I remembered Work Play Polish doing an Iron Man nail art a wee while ago, so I used her mani as a bit of a template so I didn't just wing it and make a total mess! If you don't already follow her blog or facebook page, you should, her nail art is fabulous! 

I started off with a base of China Glaze Ruby Pumps (swatches here) which surprisingly was a perfect Iron Man red, and the I added a gradient of OPI Goldeneye from the Skyfall collection, which again was a pretty perfect gold, if a little shimmery. I think it just looked like Tony Stark was off to a disco! 

On my middle finger I used the Goldeneye brush to make a sort of weird U shape, then I used Barry M's new nail art pens to draw on the black lines and fill in the eyes with silver.

Now. About the Barry M pens. Am I the only one who doesn't understand the design. Don't get me wrong, once you get going they are fab, but the nibs are solid and you have to pump the nib to get the colour flowing down the outside of the tip, which you can't do on your nail and it will leave lovely bit dents in your polish, so you have to do it on some hard surface. Also, if you don't have enough colour on the outsides of the nib you end up just digging lines into your nails which you then have to fill in again with the colour. This was the second time I'd used them and I admit it was better now I knew what I was doing but trying to test them out was really .. weird. Is it just me? Anyway, the colour is opaque, it does lovely fine lines, so I will just have to get used to using them! 

And now some photos. I've even included the fabled right hand, as the mask looks totally different on my right hand (funnily enough) and I can't decide which looks better! 

And now to see how other British Nail bloggers have spent the week :) 


  1. That's awesome! Ruby Pumps looks great on you.

    1. Thanks, glad you like them! I think Ruby Pumps will always be one of my favourites x

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed wearing this mani :)

  3. Hi! I' recently joined the ranks of the polish addicted and stumbled across your blog today. Was happy to see an Iron Man. I did one using OPI "The Spy Who Loved Me" for the red. It started as a regular mani but, soon as it was on, I said to myself, "This is no spy, this is Tony Stark's suit!" So I had to try doing the mask. I also used "Goldeneye" for the gold as I had no gold foil at the time!

    Ruby Pumps is lovely. Will need to add that to my ever growing stash. *sigh*

    1. Thanks for commenting - always glad to speak to a fellow geeky nailphile! :P
      when I saw this on another blog they had used The Spy Who Loved Me which sort of put me off using it despite the fact I think it would be perfect - also Ruby Pumps works in every situation. Get it. Get it now! =D


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