Polish Days: Gradient Glitter Sandwich

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It’s Polish Days time again!  I love having a theme to follow to push me a little bit to try something I probably wouldn’t have otherwise done.  The theme this time round was a Sandwich manicure.  For those of you not familiar with the term – this is when you use two (or more) polishes in a layered effect like a sandwich.  This is traditionally done with sheer/jelly polishes and glitter polishes so you can see the different layers.  I love sandwiches because they can tone down glitter while adding depth and interest to a manicure.

I decided to push it one further and worked a gradient in there too – I started with two coats of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, then sponged a gradient over it using China Glaze Kinetic Candy and Sweet Hook (originally I wanted it to be a tri-gradient with Re-Fresh Mint but it was too similar to Kinetic Candy and didn’t show up well).  After a top coat to help that lot dry, I added a coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle – which is ah-may-zing over pastels…so much so I took a snap of it before continuing on:

Then to top it all off and complete the sandwich, I opted for a thin coat of Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely In Love.  I’ve discovered this sheer pale pink polish is the perfect sandwich polish.  It has a glorious hidden pale blue shimmer, plus it applies really evenly, so it doesn’t end up looking streaky.  It works really well over any pastel colour or creates a cloudy effect over darker colours.  Here is the finished article:

 

 

You can see here, the silver glitter from Pirouette My Whistle takes on a pale gold effect after NOPI Kim-pletely In Love is applied, plus the subtle blue shimmer that has been added.

Quick update on the broken nail on my normal swatching hand – I finally have free edge on the nail again, although it’s not going to be at the point where I can file a straight edge on it for a few more weeks yet.  So bear with me and the non-swatching hand photos.  I can’t wait to have things back to normal!

Here is a list of all the other lovely ladies that took part in the Sandwich Polish Day so you can load up on sandwich ideas:

Hannah (Polly Polish)
Susy (Susy In Color)
Jenny (Beauty by Jenny)
Mara (Mara in Polishland)
Nail Tart
Salla (OMG Polish Em)
Jasmine
Deborah (Love Varnish)
Kat (Hooked on Polish)
Melissa (The Crimson Petal)
Cassie (Sparkles Make Me Happy)
Pris (Pris Nails)
Julie (Time On My Nails)
Keisha (Refined & Polished)
Lynn (Oh So Lacquered)
Alexis (xoxo Alexis)
Cuti-CLUE-les
Mihaela (Lacquer Buzz)
Stephanie (Sincerely Stephanie)
Heidi (Pretty Painted Nails)
Sabine (My Polish Stash)
A Lacquered Affair
Chiro (Nail of This Week)
Wendy (Wendy’s Delights)
Charlotte (Charlotte’s Nails)
Sophia (Unhas a Trois)
Laura (Polished Off)
Carolina(Colores de Carol)
Chrissy (Nailutopia)
Emma (Manicurity)
Ishah (Ishah x Beauty)
Esther (Fab Fingertips)
Kerrie (Pish Posh & Polish)

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