So what I wanted to do for a manicure one day was use Doppleganger, the color that looks white in the bottle but actually comes out as a blue tint, on four nails and another on as an accent nail.
In the following swatch wheel picture, Doppleganger is on the far left.
I thought it would be super awesome to have the olive green, Alter Ego, as an accent nail. Good idea, right? Those two colors would set each other off well. Here's Alter Ego in the bottle. You would never suspect it of being an olive toned overcoat.
So I started with a base coat of Nevermore. I can't emphasize this enough...all black nail polishes are NOT the same. When you use Nevermore, you'll never use another black polish again. It's rich, it's decadent and it applies perfectly. It's truly an amazing polish and there's no other pure black that looks as beautiful, nor as shiny, nor as rich as Nevermore. For something that seems so simple, it's just really impressive. Trust me and just get it. You won't regret it.
And then I freaked out and put Alter Ego over the top anyway. And I got something great. The two combined to a taupe toned plum that I really really liked. My huband even commented on what a great color of accent nail and...wait for it....asked what it was. What? My husband, really? Umm hmm, so I told him what I did by accident and we agreed about how much we liked it.
And thus, the manicure looks like this:
I have to say people noticed my mani and wanted to know what I was wearing.
Any of the colors in the Deception Collection will make a great top coat. You really don't need an additional clear top coat over these colors, but of course, you can use one if you want. I love Maria's polishes. They are so strong that they wear really long without chipping or any of those less desirable polish traits.