Camouflage mani

Since American Apparel recently released 12 new nail polish shades, I decided to go and check them out. I picked up a few and today I'd like to show you the one that inspired me the most : Army Jacket.

American Apparel's nail polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde-free.

And here are the 12 new shades :

From left to right : Cocoa, Mannequin, Army Jacket, Port, MacArthur Park, Echo Park, African Violet, Make Up, Trenchcoat, Raccoon, Rouge, Cameo Blue.

Army Jacket is just what it's meant to be, a beautiful military green that applied like a dream. Of course I wanted to see how it compared to Chanel Khaki Vert and I also added Essie Sew Psyched to the comparison.

American Apparel Army Jacket
Chanel Khahi Vert, Khahi Brun, Khahi Rose
Essie Sew Psyched

From top to bottom
American Apparel Army Jacket
Chanel Khaki Vert
Essie Sew Psyched
I really like Army Jacket, the consistency is just perfect, the color is gorgeous, a little more yellow based than Chanel Khaki Vert and I would totally recommend this one as a substitute for it.
Sew Psyched is more muted and has a secret silver shimmer, I don't know why but it bothers me, maybe military green and shimmer just don't match for me. But one thing I can't deny is that it has a perfect formula, the color is nice, maybe I should wear as a full mani instead as a one finger swatch.

Now if you know me, you must have already foreseen how this would turn out:

Chanel Khahi Vert, Khaki Brun, Khaki Rose
Of course you can do a camouflage mani even if you missed out on Chanel's Khaki collection :
American Apparel Army Jacket
Essie Playa del Platinum
Essie Little Brown Dress
Eyeko Military
Illamasqua Boosh

As usual, here's the step by step :

1  Apply base coat
2  Apply one or two coats of base color
3  Draw the camouflage patern, alternating size, shape and position with your second nail polish
4  Repeat step 3 with your third nail polish, finish with top coat

You can also use more nail polishes and add them up, just like on the second picture.
Make a dramatic look with a mix of very dark and light colors or a sober one with more harmonious ones.


  1. trop fort les camouflages !!!!!!!!aby

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