My franken supplies box came in the mail yesterday! The first thing that I did was throw a bunch of my different craft glitters into some of the empty polish bottles with some bulk clear top coat to test them for colour-fastness. Many were terrible. Some were surprise successes. After some mixing, here is my very first franken: Planktonic.
Planktonic is a dupe of my quickly diminishing bottle of Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. It is a pretty good dupe, but if you look closely you can see some silver hex glitter, which was a mistake. I got impatient and threw in a light blue glitter which I had not tested. It was NOT colour-fast… sad face. The remaining blue glitter is from the original polish that I used as a base for this dupe and shouldn’t fade. If you have an Ardene’s in the mall near you, the polish base for this dupe is called Blizzard, and is part of Ardene’s ACO line of polish. It has large light blue hex glitter and tiny dark blue hex glitter in a clear base. Sorry, in my excitement to get frankening I forgot to take a picture of the before polish.
To the Blizzard base I added a whole bunch of Recollections brand Emerald hex glitter, which I found at my local Michaels. Above you can see it in its overnight test bottle. It does bleed a little green, but its not terrible, and more importantly the glitter itself still appears its original colour. I don’t think you could add it to a white base, but I wanted a dark blue-black/teal jelly so it wouldn’t hurt the final product at all.
I added drops of black and blue nail polish until I reached the colour I wanted for the jelly base. I made the mistake of adding some of the blue shimmer polish shown here, which I think dulled the overall effect of the glitter. If I had had a true dark blue jelly or even maybe a creme, that would have been a better choice.
Here are the swatches!
Planktonic had quite a bit of depth, but because of the micro particles of shimmer polish, it is a bit murkier than Across the Universe, and the small glitter does not shine as brightly through it. I usually wear Across the Universe over dark blue (to save coats of this precious polish) so my middle finger is the best comparison to to the real deal on my pointer finger. Coverage is decent with 2 coats, full coverage with 3.
Honestly, even with the silver hex glitter that I didn’t mean to include, this is a pretty successful dupe. I doubt my friends would be able to tell which I am wearing, and it is very pretty. I always thought that Across the Universe was the wrong name for the original polish. The green and blue hex glitter suspended in the sheer mysterious blue reminded me of the oceans depths: I named my dupe after the tiny little organisms that live suspended in the sea.