Monday, September 10, 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 8 - Metallic

Hey all!

Continuing on with our 31 day challenge, today's nails were metallic! Originally, I did a mani with metallic polishes (which you may see in a separate post) but then I saw that Sarah at Chalkboard Nails used magnetic polishes for her metallic challenge, and I remembered something from my 'manis to do' list and decided to use that instead.

It's a magnetic gradient! As Sarah said, magnetic polishes use metallic particles for the effect so it kinda counts :P. I know I've seen this somewhere before, but I didn't save the bookmark apparently so if you know who I should credit, let me know in the comments!

EDIT: Big thanks to Lani who knew it was at Esmaltes da Kelly that I saw this originally! (Clicky) 




I started with one coat of Nails Inc. Houses of Parliament (purple) and then sponged Nails Inc. Whitehall (teal/green) on top. When I was happy with the gradient, I applied top coat one by one and applied the magnet immediately for the effect. I used a slow drying top coat just in case so the polish wouldn't dry without producing a strong effect.

The gradient was a bit too subtle for my liking but the other contrasting magnetic polish I have has glitter and it's a huge pain to clean up, so I decided against it. Otherwise, I really love the effect! Magnetic polishes are still cool in my eyes, especially since it looks 3D a lot of the time :D.

What do you think? Something you would try?

Remember to visit the other ladies participating for their metallic manis!

27 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing! I think the first magnetic gradient I saw was at Esmaltes da Kelly (May 31)

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  2. Yup. This officially kicks ass. I must try this. I still love magnetics as well. I havent picked up any new ones, although I had the new CG magnetix in my hands the other day. Didn't really dig the colors since I have a bunch of magnetics that are similar. I babble too much. hehehe

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    1. I've always overlooked the CG Magnetix because of that same reason, similar colors. Although, since Bregje (Oooh Shinies) said that she just has magnetics to use for stamping, I want all the colors!

      I'm Ms. Sally Babble too, no worries :D

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  3. Shut the front door! This looks so amazing, I have never seen a magnetic gradient and I am loving it! I'm not a huge magnetic fan but this just looks too cool, I can't help but love it : )

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    1. Thanks! It's always shut, the mosquitoes get in otherwise ;).

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  4. Well, this is pretty cool! I thought you had to work quick with magnetic polishes?? I'm not a huge fan of magnetic polish either, but might be now because of this!!!

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    1. You have to work quick when you're ready to apply the magnet so I just polished normally, did the gradient, and topcoated one nail at a time and applied the magnet immediately and viola! :D

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  5. Wow, this looks so cool! :)
    Hope you can check out my nail art blog that I've just made :)
    http://easynailart1.blogspot.nl

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  6. Hmm...so magnetic polishes will work with a wet coat of top coat on, even if you let the polish dry before? Interesting... And this is beautiful, by the way.

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    1. Yep! The topcoat 'rewets' the polish so the magnet will work again! And thank you :)

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  7. This is lovely AND very clever. I love it!

    Lisa

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  8. so clever!! I think it looks brilliant, and adds another dimension to gradients or just a single colour of magnetic polish. 5 gold stars for you for creativity and ingenuity! :)

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  9. I really like this magnetic look on your nails! <3

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  10. Cheese and crackers, that is so neat! :D I'll have to try this ASAP, my magnetic polishes have been utterly neglected once the novelty wore off ^_^

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    1. Cheese and crackers is definitely very underused, I approve :D.

      My magnetics had too been gathering dust in their little corner.

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  11. The effect you got here is fabulous! I'm nowhere near over magnetic polishes, just looking forward to seeing some new colours and looks from them, and this *absolutely* qualifies. Totally awesome! :D

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    1. Yay! You're definitely going to have options since every brand has a magnetics line now.

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  12. Holy amazeballs!! How did I miss this???

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