I laid down two perfect, smooth, shiny coats of Cult Nails Tempest. Seriously, I was rubbing my nails ALL DAY. Now that I've used it for a full mani, I would recommend it as the ultimate white creme. PERFECTION!
And then I grabbed my grays; note that the night before I did this, a perusal of Wal-Mart's beauty aisle endcaps rewarded me Pure Ice's Kiss Me Here, which I'd been looking for since I saw it on my friend Essie's blog last spring! Who woulda thought that a Pure Ice polish would be so stinkin' hard to find?! Well it was, and it also happened to be the perfect gray to complete the GRAYdient! 'Twas meant to be!
Or NOT. Uhhhh...NOPE. Just no. :( THIS LOOKS AWFUL!
Why did mine look more like color bands than a smooth, melty blend?! And patchy and ugggh... Well, for some reason I thought you were supposed to take a tiny piece of sponge and sponge on the colors one at a time.
After some research & consulting experienced nail art blogs, I discovered you're supposed to use a wedge makeup sponge & paint all the colors on in strips and use it rather like one big foamy stamp! DUH. Oh well, I am now "in the know" for the next time I attempt a gradient. But for now, I'm going to chalk this up as a learning experience and move on to the next mani!
after that horror, I will give you a nice gray to feast your eyes on:
GRAY HOLO!!! :D This is Hit Polish Pewter Goblet. Not a strong linear holo, but very purty nonetheless, and it satisfied my desire for Too Fancy Lacquer's Silent Night at a much lower price! Unfortunately, Hit Polish closed up shop as of a couple weeks ago due to a new business venture for her & her hubby.
This is one coat Pewter Goblet over two coats Kiss Me Here. PG is a tad sheer on its own, and KMH really is the PERFECT MATCH to go under it. Polish serendipity, I tell ya! These photos are without topcoat - it's just that shiny. :) PG actually felt a bit thick and gloopy to me, but a thin-medium coat was perfect, dried fairly quickly, and obviously, produces a nice holo effect.