Monday, May 14, 2012

Challenge Day 10- Gradient

Hello again everyone! Well today I have a very special manicure for you. I tried the gradient manicure thing once before and honestly, I wasn't too thrilled with the result. I think I can now blame that on the polishes I used and my technique a bit. Last night I was fooling around with a bunch of different ideas for this challenge and since I am still obsessing over how much I love Essie's "Play Date" I really wanted to use it somehow. I also have been thinking about using some of the polishes from China Glaze's Prismatic collection since I drooled long enough over them that I broke down and bought a couple. I thought I might be able to do a gradient with the Prismatics because they have so many different sizes of glitter. Well it did work! I think it actually worked mostly because the formula on China Glaze "Prism" is a bit thicker and it seems to dry fairly quickly on the brush. So I started off with two coats of "Play Date" then I wiped most of the polish off of the brush and painted a thin but globby (I know not a real word, but it works) line across the tip of my nail with "Prism". Before it had a chance to really dry I just lightly and carefully dragged the brush from the top down so it grabbed some of the polish and spread it lightly down the nail. I can't really explain exactly how I did it, but I just went slowly and carefully to try and get the gradient look. After that had dried a bit I went back and dabbed some more "Prism" on the tips so they were much more solid and the gradient then looked a bit more dramatic. Overall I LOVE this look! It is so...Pretty! I just realized that if I had used a bright pink instead of "Play Date" it looks a lot like the infamous Effie Trinket manicure everyone has been going gaga over. :-) Anyways, hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I am enjoying the real thing! :-)


  1. These are lovely! I really need to get the Prisms, there's just so many nice polishes out there at the mo I can't afford them all lol xo

    1. I totally agree! There are way too many awesome polishes out there! My wallet does not appreciate it either lol.