Here it is as promised my first jelly sandwich manicure. I love the subtle glitter shimmering from below the layer of pink jelly polish. Here are the steps 🙂
1) First apply 3 coats OPI’s Do You Think I’m Tex-y? or any other jelly or sorbet finish polish on all nails.
2) I applied Seche Vite and wore my manicure for a full day before adding the glitter. You can do this manicure in one sitting, but just make sure the polish is completely dry.
3) You can either apply the glitter polish over the whole nail or you can use a makeup sponge to create a glitter gradient effect like I did. I used a makeup sponge to lightly sponge the glitter polish (I used OPI’s Teenage Dream) starting at the base of my nail and worked toward the tips.
4) Let the glitter polish completely dry, then apply an additional coat of your jelly polish evenly over all nails. This leaves you with the glitter sandwich effect. You can simply leave the manicure as is or apply your favorite top coat.
I love how the jelly polish tones down the wild and crazy pink sparkle from Teenage Dream but still allows the color shifting to take place on the holographic multicolored reflective glitters.
Do You Think I’m Tex-y? is a cleverly named polish from the OPI Texas Collection. It is a redish-pink berry color with the OPI “sorbet” finish, which is a jelly- finishes. I love the high gloss and the squishy wet look the polish has even when dried, unfortunately there is a very visible nail line afer 3 coats which is unavoidable with jelly polishes. It is really not an issue on my nails due to lost a battle with a Smart Water bottle cap over spring break :(. I had to cut all my nails super short after I mutilated both of my index fingernails.
As far as formula goes it applies smoothly and dries quickly. I had to use 3 coats in the photos because the polish is so sheer. I love jelly polishes, but it just seems to be missing the shimmer factor that I love so much, so tomorrow I am going to be attempting a jelly polish sandwich. This is where you apply a glitter polish between layers of a jelly polish.
First of all I loved the OPI Texas Collection mini bottle set that I purchased soon after they came out. I Vant To Be A-Lone Star is one of my favorite polishes that I own, now that I think about it i should have purchased a full-sized bottle :/… Oh well back to the polish, it is a light blue shimmer polish with almost a hint of grey. It has a so-called “sorbet-like” finish that is perfectly opaque in two coats. If you can still find it ( I still see it on eBay in mini and full size bottles at great prices when it is available) I highly recommend purchasing.
I used tape to create a fast french tip manicure. First I applied a clear base coat then allowed it to completely dry. Then (more detailed instructions here) I lined up my tape close to the edge of the nail and painted two quick coats of I Vant To Be A-Lone Star from the OPI Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011. After a few seconds you gently remove the tape and apply a top coat. It took me less than 5 minutes to complete this nail art, minus the dry time.
I finally got around to trying out Orna-Minted one of my new Color Club polishes from the Scent-Suous Collection available at Sally Beauty Supply. It has tons of silver glitter in large hex and small round pieces and the scent is fresh mint.
I layered it with Do You Think I’m Tex-y? from the OPI Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011. I used two coats to make sure the color was even.
This is the final layered manicure with one coat of Orna-Minted:
And here is a upclose view of the glitter in the manicure: