Subtle Valentine’s Day Nail Art ft. Essie “Hors D’oeuvres”

It’s been way too long since I’ve done some nail art and I miss it a lot! I’m definintely going to do my best to do more, because it’s just so fun. One of the nail polishes I got from my sister-in-law is Essie “Hord D’oeuvres”. I really wanted to try it, but was not in the mood to wear it on all fingers. I was inspired by this pin and decided to use it in a subtle Valentine’s Day nail art.

Valentine's Day Subtle Nail Art

Before I go into details about the nail art, I’ll take about Essie “Hors D’oeuvres” first. This came out back in 2013 in their Holiday collection called Encrusted Treasures. When I first saw it in the bottle I thought that this glitter polish was only silver; it’s only once I started applying it on my nails, with the very first stroke, that I noticed that there was some gold in it too. It’s a clear base with a gold shimmer, and mini and small silver hex glitters.

essie hors d'oeuvres nail polish macro

It’s not what I was expecting since I wanted an all-silver look for my nail art, but I still like it.

Valentine's Day Subtle Nail Art ft Essie Hors D'oeuvres

And now for the nail art, these are all the products I used.

Valentine's Day Subtle Nail Art

  • Skinfood – Pine Nut Break Free Nail Strengthener (base coat)
  • essence – snow alert! (white)
  • Essie – Hors D’oeuvres (glitter)
  • Essie – Gel Setter Top Coat
  • Revlon – clear polish
  • Joe Fresh – Tin (silver)
  • Bundle Monster – stamping plate BM 317
  • Born Pretty – large gelly stamper
  • Rhinestones from ebay

I did this nail art over two days. On day one I did:

  1. Base coat on all fingers
  2. essence “snow alert!” x2 coats on thumb, middle, and ring fingers
  3. Essie “Hors D’oeuvres” x2 coats on index and pinky
  4. Essie top coat x1 over all fingers
    • on thumb and middle finger, while the top coat was still wet I applied a rhinestone
  5. Essie top coat x1 over all fingers a second time except ring finger (to smooth out glitter and seal in rhinestones)

Then I let my nails fully dry overnight, and the following day I did:

  1. Stamp on ring finger with Joe Fresh “Tin”
  2. Seal in stamping with Revlon clear polish (cause going directly with top coat will smudge the stamping)
  3. Finish ring finger with another coat of Essie top coat

And voilĂ , all done!

Valentine's Day Subtle Nail Art

I’m extremely happy with how this nail art turned out! Apart from the stamping, it’s something that can easily be done in one sitting and gives me the opportunity to combine different polishes and easily add accents with rhinestones (or other items).

What do you think?

– Chantal 🙂


Valentine's Day Subtle Nail Art ft Essie Hors D'oeuvres

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