Loose Glitter Gradient Nails with Essence Multidimensional Glitters (Call Me Galaxy)

by - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm not a huge loose glitter fan... Loose glitter is messy and tricky and never seems to be worth the payoff (in my opinion). And yet for whatever reason I was drawn to Essence's selection of multidimensional glitters the last time I was at the pharmacy. I ended up picking up a cute mixture called Call Me Galaxy which had a variety of pink, blue and silver pastel glitters in it (of course). I decided to give it a try over Julep Lissa and I think the colours work together really well! It's very mermaid-ish imo.

Basically I painted my base colour and once it dried I put a thick coat of top coat (in this case Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat, but any non-fast drying top coat would work for this purpose) and then on my ring finger I just dumped a bunch of glitter on top. After a few seconds I patted it down and the tapped it to remove any remaining loose glitter.

For my other nails I applied top coat on the bottom third of my nail and then gently poured a bit of glitter so it would give a quasi-gradient effect (or at least that's what I was going for). Then I used some extra top coat and a dotting tool to manually apply the scattered glitter going towards the tops of the nails. When things looked generally dry I gave them another gentle pat down and then sealed it with two more coats of top coat.

I like how the colours work together, but I'm still not a convert to the world of loose glitter. It still seems like such a pain, and I found glitters around my desk for the next week even though I did it all over loose paper so I could pour the excess glitter back in the jar.  :/

Do you like working with loose glitter? Any tips that I should try next time? Let me know!

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  1. What a nice gradient you created with the glitter. Its so fun!

  2. I really like these! The colors are beautiful!

    Also, what are your thoughts on that Polymer top coat? I was just gifted that Julep topcoat and have been testing it the past couple of days. I don't think it'll replace my quick drying top coat but I like wearing it when I have to work since my job is hard on my nails.

    1. Thank you!

      Re: the top coat: generally I like it, it leaves a good shine and it doesn't take an eternity to dry (though it definitely isn't a quick dry). I've never actually 'cured' it properly with standard light, so if you're doing a wear test I'd be curious to see how it wear from applying and going about your day vs. applying and letting it cure under a light for the solid 5 mins they recommend!

  3. This is so beautiful! I thought it would be difficult to do a glitter gradient with loose glitters, but yours turned out really well. I love the base color you're using too... it really matches with the colors of the glitters. :)

    ~ Yun


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