I hate water marbling, mostly because I'm intensely jelly of all those out there that manage to make these amazing manis that I just can't seem to reproduce. Every time I try, my polish just doesn't spread out. If it does, after two or three drops, it stops spreading and I get sad. I've tried different polish brands, different temperature waters, bottled water, seemingly everything with no consistent results. I combed through some more videos and tutorials and noticed that some people used just OPI polishes with good results, so I tried that.
To start, I applied two coats of Orly Dayglow, my current favourite white. Then, after taping off my fingers, I got to work with four different OPI polishes. I filled a small plastic cup with room temperature water and got to work. I found the best way to do it was to get an almost-ready-to-drip drop of polish and dab it in the water, then repeating as quickly as possible. I found though that after five drops, it stopped spreading. Does anyone know how to fix this? Anyway, if I made sure the centre spread out, I could get workable nails.
The Verdict: Eh, I don't love these. If they were all like my index finger, then maybe I'd be ok but as they are as a whole, I know I can do better. I WILL DEFEAT YOU, WATER MARBLING.
If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them :)