I'm very impressed with the colors I must say!
A little background:
Akzentz is a Canadian line of nail products manufactured by Haigh Industries since 1989.
Some of you might now that I have a quite a history with Akzentz... since mid 90-ties I was an educator and a distributor of Akzentz. Later on I started educating internationally and became one of the 4 Akzentz International Educators. I had a privilage to train some of truly awesome educators along the way. I worked trade shows and traveled to Europe at least 3 times a year to teach educator classes. At the beginning of this year I decided that it's time for a change (year 2012 is a year of changes after all!).
I decided to part with Akzentz and devote my time to my salon and my clients. So far.. I have to say.. I'm enjoying my freedom!
Anyway... back to the products!
The spring/summer 2012 collection looks exciting. After the 2 previous collections Fall 2011 and Winter 2011 this one contains quite different and interesting shades.
Here they are:
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To be honest.. I want them all! LOL. I'm tired of the winter and I need these breezy and bright colors in my life!
Here is a pictures of the swatches thanks to Peggy (www.nailworkz.com, distributor of Akzentz from Manitoba)
OK, so the first color that I just very much NEED is Tiffany. Then my next choice is Playful (hopefully it covers well). Pulse and Cosmo would be a sure pick but I have similar colors in OPI GelColor (Cajun Shrimp) and possibly Shellac (Tropix). I also have something similar in Gelish, the name escapes me right now.
Actually the initial Luxio collection had a Swan- I have to compare both!
I'm also thinking about getting Afterglow and Precious.
I will be getting these colors soon and I will also be having a first guest on my blog soon that will talk about these new colors in more detail.
Dear readers: what color do you like/need the most?
PS. I just came up with a brilliant idea over the weekend. You know how gel colors can pull away and shrink a little from the free edge? OPI GelColor does it and Luxio does it too. Drives me crazy, especially when the free edge is not covered very well and it looks like the nails have a first signs of wear at the tips before client leaves the salon. Not cool!
So, as usual I apply the first coat of color 2 nails at a time. I cure them in LED lamp. Then I wipe my polish brush well on both sides and with a tiny, tiny amount of gel i touch up the free edge only. I apply this on all 5 nails (well, 10) and I cure them in LED. Then I apply the second coat of color and cure that. That little lip/ledge of color gets filled in just perfectly and a layer of gloss looks super smooth.
I find when you touch up/seal the edge of uncured gel, that uncured gel tends to shrink back again
Please try this method and report back :)
You can find more info about Akzentz here.