Over the past week or so I've been having a lot of fun trying out different techniques. Acrylic paints last night, manually placed glitter Saturday and Sunday nights, tape earlier, it's been a lot of fun. Probably my favourite technique has been the manually placed glitter, it just has such a special, sparkly effect and I always <3 sparklies. So what with getting Orly Galaxy Girl in the mail yesterday, I wanted to try out the last glitter in my set and do a glitter gradient...with a twist.
First up, let me say how much I love Orly Galaxy Girl. I was lucky enough to pick up this member of the Cosmic FX collection from nailpolishcanada as they had this and Space Cadet in stock recently, even at a normal price which is amazing. It's an absolutely gorgeous glass flecked duochrome, shifting from a grape purple to blue and pink in the light. Application was decent given the duochrome glass flecked - these can be sheer - and what you see here is three coats. Check out some of the close ups further down, the flecks are so pretty.
While the polish was still tacky, I took my trusty orange stick, shook some glitter out on a piece of card and went to town. The glitter blends in to the polish quite a lot here but if you look closely you can see the pieces grouped two rows at a time to form a gradient. The top two rows are touching, the next two are a little spaced out and the last two are only three or four pieces to a row, creating the appearance of a gradient.
|See all the duochrome flecks in there? I also love how a pink opalescent glitter melds so well with the base colour.
|This picture is the closest to how this mani looks in person. It's just so sparkly and all the glitter stands out and catches the light. It has to be one of my favourite to date :D