Sephora's Nail Bling nail polish strips are actually a cheaper alternative to Sally Hansen—priced at $7.00 vs. Sally's $9.99. I also like the quality and design selection.
For this mani I used China Glaze Aqauadelic as a base coat. Since Brocade is not a completely opaque design you can layer it over another shade. I recommend a light, bright shade like the one I chose, since a darker shade may not show through.