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Butterfly nails with Chanel Azuré and Chanel Bel-Argus

Inspired by the name of the summer 2013 collection – L’Été Papillon, meaning summer butterfly (or is it butterfly summer?) – I decided to try out some butterfly nails for the first time.

After applying two coats of Azuré, I sponged on Bel-Argus towards the tips of my nails. I had thought that this lovely metallic cobalt blue would have made it to my nails first, but I was wrong. I’ve already worn Lilis, and I wore Azuré just the day before this. Even now I haven’t used Bel-Argus on its own. But it will get its chance!

Anyway, after sponging on the gradient, I added a fast-drying top coat and then stamped on the butterfly wings using W7 Black and Nailz Craze plate NC01. My stamping wasn’t great, so I had to extend some of my lines using my black Barry M Nail Art Pen. Finally, I added some white dots to the very tips.

It’s a long way off perfect, but I’m very proud of my first attempt at doing this kind of a manicure. And I think the Chanel polishes are just perfect colours for it.

Butterfly nails with Chanel Azuré and Bel-Argus
Butterfly nails created using a gradient of Chanel Azuré and Bel-Argus; then stamped using Nailz Craze plate NC01 and W7 Black


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Azuré, sponged over with Chanel Bel-Argus
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Stamping polish: W7 Black
  • Stamping plate: Nailz Craze NC01
  • Dots: Barry M Nail Art Pen in White
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Claire Kerr

Thank you 🙂


Wow! This is amazing! 🙂


Love it!


While I’m not a fan of Chanel polishes, these butterflies look really awesome. Lovely shades.

Louise x

Wow, I love this design 😀

I just ordered my first stamping kit this afternoon and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can (try and) get creative!

Is sponging easy? I hear so many people talk about it these days but am scared to give it a go myself. Eek.

Great blog, now following 😀

Louise x

Claire Kerr

Thank you. I’m sure you’ll love stamping. Yes, sponging is very easy. I use a dampened make-up sponge and paint the polish directly onto it. There are some great tutorials around that will help you if you’re unsure (search for “Nailasaurus gradient tutorial”, for example).

Inky Whiskers

They look pretty awesome from where I’m sitting! <3

Claire Kerr

Thank you 🙂


That’s lovely, and those two Chanels look gorgeous together!

Mine are still sitting here untried, I dashed out and bought them the day they launched here – I don’t know how I’ve let this happen, lol!


totally awesome! how do you do it? looks so perfect, almost like stick on nail stickers, but even better. 🙂

Claire Kerr

Thanks Leona. Just practice I guess!

Ana from

Wow!!!!! This is gorgeous. I loved sharing this one with all of my Facebook and Pinterest fans! Thank you! ~Ana

Claire Kerr

Thank you Ana 🙂

The Pink PrincessZ

You have done these amazingly and I am so jealous!
I was going to do some butterfly nail designs but you have done this so well I don’t think I’ll attempt a blue one, it’s beautiful!!

Claire Kerr

Thank you 🙂