I thought I'd do a quick post of the jelly-based manicures I've been wearing over the past week and a half.
For my fourth of July mani, I wanted to evoke fireworks, so I started with one of my favorite deep blue jellies, Ruby Kisses Blue My Mind. It's a two dollar cobalt blue jelly!
From left to right: Ruby Kisses Blue my Mind, Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, Kleancolor Afternoon Date, and Wet n Wild School of Pyrotechnics.
So here's the base again, because I love Blue my Mind that much :D
|I actually meant to matte this afterward, and forgot ^^;|
I really love blue-based jelly-glitter manicures! I tend to do them for holidays and birthdays because the glitters pop so much. In this case, I didn't make a real jelly sandwich, since I didn't finish with more blue, but I guess we could call this an open-faced sandwich?
After the holiday, I purchased Nails Inc. Holland Park, a purple neon polish that pops as a neon when it's layered over white, but which looks like a berry-colored jelly when you don't use a white base and top it with a clear topcoat.
Obviously, the color on the nail is pretty radically different from that on the bottle, but I really love this color. I took this picture a few days after I did the mani, so it's a bit dinged, but I think you can get a pretty good idea of how pretty it is. I went shopping at Sephora (and got another Nails Inc. Neon and the Tokidoki glitters!), and the clerk asked me where I got the polish :D
|I think this is actually way prettier than the bottle color|
I don't think it's translucent enough to do a sandwich with but with a topcoat, it sure looks like a jelly.
I had fun playing with topcoats afterward . . .
Cult Nails Scandalous over Nails Inc. Holland Park:
|This is pretty gorgeous, imo|
I can't wait to do a full mani of Twisted over Holland Park. It's so beautiful.
I was still in a purple mood after Holland Park, so I tried a brand new to me brand called Verity, which has a lovely cool-based purple jelly called Deep Violet.
The sunset actually makes this look warmer and lighter than it generally looks.
This is a truer version of the color.
In the shade, this polish comes out much cooler and darker, and really quite elegant.
Before I took Deep Violet off, I decided to try topping it with Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean. I liked the combo, but was never able to get a picture that really showed it off.
A couple more shots:
In terms of pricing and such, these jellies are all over the place. Verity polishes can be found on Amazon for around $3-$4 a bottle, Ruby Kisses run around $2 and are usually found in beauty stores which cater to African American communities, Nails Inc. can be found at Sephora for $10, and Nfu Ohs are South Korean polishes which can be purchased in the US from Fabuloustreet.com.
What are your feelings on jelly polishes? Love the shine? Hate the translucence?