You get such a variety of nail art techniques. I’ve wanted to try doing a “jelly sandwich” for quite some time now. I really love polishes that look like jelly sandwiches, without the need to layer polishes. My Born Pretty Store glitter polish that I swatched here is a good example of this. These kinds of polishes are not common here in South Africa, so if you don’t order them online then you just have to improvise.
I bought myself a true jelly polish from Maskscara on my last trip there. China Glaze Are You Jelly? It is a gorgeous neon purple. The word ‘jelly’ again refers to the finish of the polish. Jelly polishes are very sheer and often translucent (just like jelly! Or jello if you’re in the states) when only one coat is applied. This jelly is nicely tinted, but still sheer and it builds up nicely as you apply more coats. I also recently purchased an essence glorius aquarius special effect glitter topper. Technically this was purchased more recently than the China Glaze, but they both qualify as recent purchases. So it was time to make myself a sandwich!
As usual I started off with my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I proceeded to paint a coat of Are You Jelly? on all of my nails. The first coat looked terrible. The polish is quite thin, but for me this made application easier. It was very patchy and streaky. I know by now not to judge any polish by the first coat. When I went back to start on my second coat I experienced some balding where the brush pulls off the first coat of polish, so I waited a while to give the first coat a little more time to dry. The second coat already started looking better, but I would not have been happy with just 2 coats if I was wearing this on its own. I think you would probably require about 4 coats for it to look perfect. I painted on a coat of glorious aquarius on all my nails. Another glitter that you need to use the ‘blob and spread’ method to get good glitter coverage on your nail. Once I had added this to all my nails I wondered about whether it was too much. I kept thinking ‘disco nails’. They were very blingy. There was nothing for it though and I went ahead an painted a coat of the Are You Jelly over the glitter. I was careful to make the top coat of jelly as even as I could. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite. The results:
So that you can get an idea of how sparkly the glitter is before it is layered under the jelly:
I was really glad the jelly muted the glitter a bit. I love glitter, don’t get me wrong, but there is such a thing as too much glitter. This was definitely too much glitter before I put the jelly on top.
Neons are notorious for not photographing well and this is no exception. This purple is bright! At first I was uncertain about this mani. The first thing I thought when I saw it was that it probably wouldn’t make it onto the blog, but after wearing it for less than a day I can confirm I am totally in love with it! I love how it looks like the glitter is floating in the polish and this bright purple is making my heart really happy. What do you think? Do you like jelly sandwiches? What do you think of these colours together?