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Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips — Sensual Flowers Adorn Your Fingertips

Though floral prints abounded on the Spring 2012 runways, only a handful of designers managed to make blooms appear bold and graphic, stripping them of any dainty femininity and instead positioning them as ultra modern motifs. Perhaps the most successful at accomplishing this feat was designer Prabal Gurung, who manipulated floral prints to make them appear pixelated, digitized to the point of near surrealism. Even the work that inspired him —  the photographs of deep violet blooms in decidedly erotic shapes that can be found in Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sensual Flowers series — proved to be a satisfyingly provocative choice. In the end, Gurung produced one of the most exciting collections showcased during  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, with dresses and separates replete with psychedelic, Rorschach-like print and engineered floral motifs, interesting sheer panels to create the illusion of nudity, laser-cut and hand-painted materials, and interesting textural juxtapositions.

If you’ve been lusting after Gurung’s wares, bemoaning your inability to afford these pieces, here’s a ray of sunshine: the CFDA winner joined forces with Sally Hansen to create two Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips designs, each featuring one of the prints in Gurung’s SS12 collection: Good Morning Glory, which features illustrations of exotic blooms outlined in a deep violet color set against a white backdrop; and Sweet Marble Floret, a splatter-like design with pops of pink, violet, silver, white,and black.

Both designs are available for $9.99 each at mass food and drug retailers (cop them online at Ulta.com).

These limited-edition Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are my favorite to date, which is quite the compliment given how much I’ve raved about previous offerings.

Take a look at how the designs look once applied after the jump!


This cool-as-can-be design has an extraterrestrial, futuristic feel to it thanks to the strips’ metallic sheen and the kinetic energy channeled by the splatter-like design, reminiscent of celestial matter (think stellar formations and cloud dust). If you look closely enough, you might find the floral roots of the manipulated print but, mainly, you’ll be struck by the final abstract motif, which appears almost hand painted, the drops, dots, and specks of color running into each other.

Here’s how the psychedelic nail strips look on nails:


Unlike Sweet Marble Floret, the Good Morning Glory has a decidedly floral look, so that you can distinguish the outline of each orchid and calla lily and marvel at the detail with which the blooms’ petals, leaves, and centers are illustrated. The deep lilac color used to detail the flowers is juxtaposed against the lustrous white backdrop for more of an artistic feel. You can practically envision these nail strips being facsimiles of the drawings inside an artist’s notebook. When you apply them, then, you’ll feel like a curator of both fine art and high fashion, your nails functioning as a moving canvas that grants the artwork on them greater exposure.

Check out the pics below:

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