Fall Gradient Topped with Sugar Crush

Some days I get an idea in my head for my nails and the image just sticks with me until I do it – even when it is obviously not working out how I envisioned. Cue this mani.

Gradient topped with Sugar Crush
Gradient topped with Sugar Crush

I had this great idea for a gradient. I’d use a light shimmery coral and burgandy based brown. Well, it didn’t work well right from application and I should have stopped after the first 2 layers of the gradient weren’t going well. But I was persistent and finally, after 4 coats I at least had opacity – but the two polishes didn’t blend together as well as I would have liked. I put some top coat on and tried to decide what to do to cover up the problems with the gradient.

I looked over at my polish cart and saw Fresh Paint – Sugar Crush sitting there. Sugar Crush is a very densely packed flakie. The actual flakes are quite small, so they always lay down nicely on the nail, but you still get that amazing color changing iridescence. The color shift goes from pale champagne, to copper/golden flecks and then to green and blue. LOVE! I added one coat over my gradient and the flaws of the gradient disappeared completely and I love the effect! It looks almost textured (but was totally smooth after one more coat of Seche).

Gradient topped with Sugar Crush
Gradient topped with Sugar Crush

I had to include another picture that better captures the green shift!


  • Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition – Green Tea + Olive Growth
  • ORLY – Gilded Coral
  • Butter London – Trifle
  • Fresh Paint – Sugar Crush
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

This has sealed the deal for placing Sugar Crush as one of my favorite toppers. I think the denseness and small size of the flakies makes for amazing coverage. It is so worth picking up if you have a 5 Below nearby!