Wednesday, July 16, 2008

China Glaze "Lubu Manicure" - Lubu Heels and Ruby Pumps

In response to a reader request from Stubby, I decided to give the China Glaze Lubu Manicure a try. China Glaze's Lubu Manicure is Lubu Heels polish on the nails, and Ruby Pumps polish on the underside of the nail, to give the effect of a pair of Louboutin shoes.

It didn't turn out as nice as I had hoped, only because the Ruby Pumps wouldn't look smooth on the underside. Even with topcoat, it appeared chunky and thick, even though I applied very thin coats. It wasn't too difficult to do, just time consuming. This works best on people with very long nails.

I couldn't get a picture of the top and bottom of my nails at the same time, but I tried!


Lubu Manicure


I'm not satisfied with how these pictures came out, so I'm going to give this another try some time and try to get better pics.

It is really cool, though! I think it would look even better with a dark color like black on top and a bright color like blue or bright green or hot pink underneath. Have any of you tried the Lubu Manicure??

22 comments:

  1. I've tried it before, and like you, I too was disappointed with the result because Ruby Pumps looked horrible underneath.

    And I agree with you on using something brighter underneath, it would surely look better. :D

    -TK

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  2. TK, I'm glad it wasn't just me! I really want to try a bright version now :D

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  3. Wow, this is interesting. I can appreciate the concept. It must be a b*tch to remove the polish from underneath the nail, no?

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  4. Shirley, it was quite difficult, especially cause it was glitter too! :D But a couple Q-tips and some pure acetone eventually removed it all :)

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  5. Aaah, that is soo cool! Your gorgeous nails are perfect for the Lubu! Mine are too short, I haven't done this since the 90's when I was like 12. It's really fun! I would love to see a classic vampy with a bold blue or pink.

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  6. Rocketqueen, haha I used to do this when I was 12 also! Ah, those were the days. I'm going to try out some different combos!

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  7. I LOVE it! I was actually thinking of trying a french version. Like putting Lubu Heels on the bed and Ruby Pumps on the tip?

    Thanks so much for your hard work and fulfilling my request. Your the best!

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  8. Thanks, Stubby! :D Sorry I didn't post it sooner! I love the french version- that's what I wore on Valentine's Day this year! It looks really good.
    Sanna @ MakeupMyLack did a really good version of this :
    http://makeupmylack.blogg.se/2008/june/jag-lever.html

    You'll really like it!

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  9. I want to try it with Black Russian/Killa Red.

    Your look great!

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  10. Looks great, although I don't know why they would recommend a glitter polish for the underside rather than a flat red creme like China Rouge.

    I've also never thought to apply polish to the underside of my nails. I just cut them for my latest vampy mani, but will try this soon!

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  11. I think a red creme would work a lot better, no? Like Masa Inn said, Black Russian with Killa Red. Or Glamourpuss. Or Chinoise. It would look more Louboutin-y too. :)

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  12. Masa_inn, that would be perfect! I think the super smooth texture of the Rescue polishes will make a much cleaner looking "Lubu" manicure! And thank you :D

    Sania, let me know how it goes for you! I agree, China Rouge would have been a much better choice, it's so hard to make the glitter look smooth and clean!

    Shryh, definitely :D You're exactly right!

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  13. I have both the polishes, but actually prefer Lubu heels on its ovwn. Ruby pumps scares me.

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  14. Mizzx, hahaha ;-) Ruby Pumps makes a really pretty manicure!

    Steph, now that I've been thinking about it, I'm coming up with all kinds of cool combinations... Hmmmmm

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  15. I love Lubu Heels. Never tried the lubu mani though! I agree, you should def. try it with other colors. You totally have the nails for it;)

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  16. I tried a blue verison of this with OPI yoga-ta get this blue on top and China Glaze frosbite underneath about two months ago. Even without the glitter, the underneath polish was very difficult to remove, and I would have liked something even brighter underneath

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  17. Sanna, I think I will :) I was thinking of filing them down today, too, but maybe I'll wait!

    Sheila, that sounds like a really cool combination! It is really hard to get the polish off the underneath of the nail, it left my fingertips a little stained afterwards, too!

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  18. yeah, try that first, then file them down:)

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  19. I tried it with a plain black and a bright red/little shimmer - it's awesome.

    I evenhad to take pictures!

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  20. This is a great idea! Did you ever get the chance to try it out again? x

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