China Glaze and Butter London gradient manicure

Have I mentioned how much I love doing gradients? If not, I need to. I love them. I adore them! I think it is one of the very best ways to adorn my nails. You can do sharply contrasting colors for a vivid effect or more subtle colors if you want something lower-key or even work appropriate. Today’s manicure is of the second variety – until you get into the sun!

Gradient: China Glaze - When Stars Collide & Butter London - All Hail the Queen
Gradient: China Glaze – When Stars Collide & Butter London – All Hail the Queen

I was in the mood for something a bit more low-key, with just a bit of edge to it and this is what happened. I love the mix of neutral and wine-color – a bit edgy, but still totally work appropriate. The fun part, is that both of these are holographic polishes. Not holographic like “OMG COLOR CLUB” – but a subtler, sleepier holographic that doesn’t really speak up until it gets out into the sun or bright lights.

Butter London – All Hail the Queen is a lovely taupe with scattered holographic microglitter and China Glaze – When Stars Collide is a Wine/Burgundy with linear holographic glitter. They are pretty mild-mannered in the shade or indoor lighting but then they do this in the sun:

Gradient: China Glaze - When Stars Collide & Butter London - All Hail the Queen (direct sun)
Gradient: China Glaze – When Stars Collide & Butter London – All Hail the Queen (direct sun)

While the China Glaze holo is a bit underwhelming compared to offerings from Color Club and many indie polish brands, I think they fill a nice inbetween niche, much like Butter London’s line (Trustafarian for example) – a nice space between no holographic and in your face. They are worth picking them up if you can find them. I only have two, but I found them both on deep clearance at Ulta for about $1/each.

POLISHES:

  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Butter London – All Hail the Queen
  • China Glaze – When Stars Collide
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I achieved this gradient by first putting on 2 coats of All Hail the Queen and then using a non-latex makeup sponge to dab on the colors and blend them into a smooth gradient.

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