I just don’t get tired of glitter nowadays, I need it in all kinds of combinations. That’s why I decided to make a glitter/jelly sandwich today. No, it’s not something you eat, it’s a way of layering glitter and jelly polishes that creates a “underwater glitter” effect on the nails. You start out with the jelly underneath, then a coat (or more) of glitter, then finish it off with a coat of jelly over the glitter. I’ve never tried this technique before, but I’m stunned by the results!
For this manicure I started with two easy coats of Revlon Just Tinted Desire, a pink jelly that dries to a satin-y finish on its own. Then I added a coat of Petites Pink Diamond, a combination of big and small baby pink glitters in a clear base. I added a coat of Desire over Pink Diamond, and finished it all off with Seche Vite.
I have to say I love this combination! It’s so pretty and light, but still with some excitement in the glitter bits caught beneath the shield of jelly. Now I want jellies in every color to make a bunch of sammies on my nails!
Have you tried any interesting combinations of jelly and glitter lately?
I didn’t have a dark, dusty blue to layer Crimson Sparkle over, so in the spirit of advent, I layered it over OPI Funky Dunkey. Now, when I hear “crimson” I think of a deep, dark red, but this effect is actually a pink to gold duochrome! I’m not complaining, it looks fantastic. From lack of daylight, I mostly managed to capture the golden side of the shift, but when it changes, it’s the cutest raspberry pink that goes perfectly with the purple.
Formula was excellent, and since it’s meant to be layered, I only needed one coat over the OPI. I just love the CND sparkle effects, don’t you?
CND Effects are available in several different online stores, I bought mine at TransDesign. The price is $5.50 a bottle, and shipping to Norway is $20 for up to 9 polish bottles in a small flat rate box.
I don’t know a lot about Orly Love Each Other, other than that it’s a beautiful polish with a milky sheer base filled with blue and purple microglitter. I got this in a swap, so that’s why I don’t know which collection it’s from. The reason why I got it, is because it reminds me of another lemming of mine, Essie Kisses and Bises. This one definitely kills that lemming!
Love Each Other is very sheer, so it’s definitely a layering polish. I put it over black, and that gives it a very subtle dark blue/purple look. In the right light, it sparkles very much, but it’s hard to capture the purple side on pictures. You just have to believe me when I say it’s there!
The formula is a little bit thick, but not hard to apply at all. I used two coats of Love Each Other over GOSH Nero.
Do you have a favorite layering combination?
Better late than never! This is China Glaze Fairy Dust, which came out in 2005 with the Fashion Fairy Collection. This holographic top coat became an instant hit in the nail community, and now I’ve finally gotten around to swatching it. I’ve never said I’m rushing into things!
As with most glitters, this is really hard to capture on photos. No matter how much it sparkles in real life (and it does, believe me), it’s incredibly camera shy. I’ve included some out of focus macro shots, because those tend to give the best impression of the firework-like sparkle of glitters.
Here is Fairy Dust layered over OPI Parlez-Vous OPI.
The formula is good, but you don’t need a lot anyway. I’ve just put one coat of FD over my mani from yesterday, but you can always put more coats if you’d like more holo goodness. I really like the effect, it’s a great layering polish for reviving dull manis. And I love holo, so that’s never wrong.
What’s your favorite polish for layering?
I’m notorious. I always buy polishes when I see something pretty, and then I proceed to put them in my drawer and forget about them. I made a promise to myself to actually use these polishes, so here we go.
This NYX polish has no label, so I don’t know if it has a name or if the sticker has fallen off. The only thing I can see, is “01″ kinda raised out of the glass of the bottle. If anyone knows what this one is called, please let me know.
This polish surprised me. I picked it up because I thought it was a light pink with gold and blue glitter, but when I put it on, I realized that the glitter actually changes color! I don’t know what this effect is called, but it’s the same as in the Nfu-Oh flakies. The color changes through the whole spectre depending on the angle of the nail, really cool! You can see it on my middle finger in the sunlight pic. I’ve layered this over yesterday’s mani, because it’s too sheer on its own.
I put two coats over the M&S polish. Formula is as with most glitters, very thick and moppy. It doesn’t matter too much, as I’ll only use this for layering anyway. That’s what fast drying top coat is for!
One down, god knows how many to go. Please remind me if I don’t post any of these in a while, I have to try them all!
See ya later, have a nice day!