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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Gradient Dot Manicure

Happy weekend, friends! Today's manicure is a little bit of nail art using more colors from The New Black. The colors in this manicure all come from the Runway Color Barometer 8-piece set.

The Runway set is pretty awesome... It comes with eight mini bottles of polish in a rainbow of colors. Remember, The New Black's mission is to provide on-trend products to take the guesswork out of it for you. So all of the colors in the Runway set were picked to provide you with trendy tips. I'm only sharing three of the colors in the set today, but if you can't wait and want a good rundown on all eight, check out this video by swatchdujour on YouTube.


As with the other The New Black sets, these colors come in .125 oz mini bottles. I didn't see any names for them within the set itself, but names for each of the colors were listed on the websites where this set is being sold.

The base color is called Horchata Cream. Sorry, I know you're probably craving horchata now like I am. It's kind of a dim neutral nude color. I really like the color a lot, and can see it having a lot of applications in nail art going forward.

The orange-red dots are done in Just Shocking. This is kind of that Pantone "Tangerine Tango" color-of-the-year, so they are definitely on trend with that. It's a beautiful jellylike color, not a creme. It's very vibrant.

The dark blue dots are called Midnight Blue. It's a navy creme, always a classic! Midnight is an excellent descriptor for this, as it is very dark.


For this look I started with two coats of my base color. Then, once that had dried, I took the large end of a dotting tool and added some large dots (5 or so) of my orange color at the tips of my nails. Make sure that some of them go off the edge if you try this look yourself! I flipped the dotting tool over to use the smaller end, and added some smaller dots heading further down my nails for a gradient look. Once I had finished with that, I just repeated the process with my blue color on top.

It was really simple! So simple that I was sure it had been done before! I arrived at this design on my own, and I couldn't find anything like this with a quick search, but please let me know if you've seen this on another blogger previously (so I can link)! Update: Check out similar manis here and here.


I think these colors really worked nicely together. The cool thing about this set by The New Black is that most of the colors in the set can be combined with many of the other colors and still look great. I definitely hope to be using Just Shocking in another mani in the future -- that color is really beautiful.



You can find more information about The New Black on Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube. Their products can be found at Sephora and Nordstrom. The 8 piece Runway set retails for $32.

The products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR for review.

69 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this! It's such a cool design.

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  2. Gorgeous! Great design and very pretty color combo, love it! Would love to copy it if you don't mind :p

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  3. This looks so nice! I love how you combined the three colors! I'm definitely going to try it on my nails! <3

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  4. lord have mercy.
    how do you take something so simple and make it so damn beautiful!?
    the color choice on this is magnificent!

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  5. Wow - this is awesome! I love how you make simple things come to life in unexpected ways. Now I'm off to find some horchata :)

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  6. Awesome idea! I can't wait to give it a try! The colors are great, too... :)

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  7. This looks amazing! I love nail art that I could realistically achieve if I put my mind to it. These are just so striking and your pics are gorgeous. x

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  8. I really like this! I'm TERRIBLE at dot gradients for some reason! And I do believe Quite Polished has a "stippling" dotting mani tutorial but her dots are all the same size. I like the use of different sized dots better =]

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  9. I just got the Runway Collection a few weeks ago & I am having so much fun with the colors. Horchata really is such a versatile color!

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  10. Love this look! I did something similar with the Zoya Surf polishes a while ago! Let me know if you want the link =)

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    1. Wow, Thanks for adding the link! I love the colors you used! I think I'm inspired to try this look agin soon with the Runway Set =)

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  11. This looks great, I love it. Definitely have to try something like this.

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  12. Wow I'm really in love with this look. Just got a dotting tool, think I'll have to try something similar for it's inaugural mani.

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  13. I tried this a while ago too!! It's super cool!!!

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  14. This is one of my favorite designs of yours recently! Looks great! Also, I like when you post the full-hand shots: it helps me envision better what it would look like from a distance.

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  15. Love the colors together and the design is great! It's kind of retro. :D I think I'm going to try this for my next manicure. :)

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  16. Love this idea. I can't wait to try it. :-)

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  17. Horchata Cream looks great, love the color combo and the final result :-D

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  18. Wow I love those colors and they look so lovely together!

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  19. Such a nice design, with beautiful colours.

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  20. Looove this! So simples but clean and stylish. I just need to find my dotting tools in the mess in my room now!

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  21. Love This! :)
    I did it too a few weeks ago or so, but yours looks much better. I didn't quite Get the "gradient" effect in mine.

    Here is the link if you want to look, but it is written in norwegian ;)
    Negle-lakk.blogspot.com/2012/06/bobbly-funky-gradient-dotted-french.html?m=1

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to check it out but your blog is giving me a malware warning. I think it was learned that those come from blogrolls? If you want to fix it you could try removing yours.

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    2. thank you, I didn't know that! Think i might have fixed it know, I deleted my blogroll, so I hope it's working now : )

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  22. Love your nails :) I'm a new follower!

    Kiss*
    http://purpurinsworld.blogspot.pt/

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  23. Beautiful. I love how clean and simple it is :)

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  24. To. Die. For. I want to do a remake, so beautiful!!!

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  25. Love it!! The color combo is so clean and elegant looking.

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  26. Love it. I need a dotting tool so I can try this look!


    Island Girl Insights ♥

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  27. Sorry for such a 'newbie' question but how long do you let the base color dry before you dot? and how long between 'dotting' different colors? Thanks in advance for the advice :)

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    1. Hello! You don't need to wait too long for the base to try. It doesn't have to be completely set, though it certainly can be! Same with the dot colors. Usually, I just do all ten nails in a color. By the time I've finished all of them in one color, they are ready for me to go back and do the second color.

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  28. I love this so, SO much! I'm no way as good as you with nails, but I love trying out new manis, so the day I saw this, I just had to try it! I'm getting my nails ready for the 4th of July! Not perfect, but I'm happy with the results! <3
    http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n175/wishnickwasmine/Snapshot_20120628_2.jpg

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    1. Fantastic job! I love that! :D Thank you for sharing.

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  29. I'm loving your tutorials - did the ruffle one last week, and just tried this one and it's looking AWESOME :-)

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  30. I really do want horchata now! But I'm pregnant so I super susceptible to food suggestions. Luckily for me, I know how to make it!

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  31. I just LOVE this mani! I had to bookmark this one to try sometime soon! Just job!

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  32. This is so simple but looks so good! It reminds me of a print on a dress I have... might have to do some nail/clothing corrdination :)

    Jem xx

    brushupandpolishup.blogspot.com

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  33. Love this so much, I tried it too! It's on my blog if you want to have a look :) Yours is perfection, though... I couldn't quite compare!

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  34. The color combination reminds me koi fish

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  35. Hi! I loved this post so much, I tried to recreate it. Please tell me what you think :-)

    http://instagram.com/p/N19MKTphYe/

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    1. I think you did an amazing job! Very beautiful!

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  36. oh this one is amazing! these colors go so well together!

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  37. i saw this and immediately thought of marc jacobs designs lol...LOVE IT!

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  38. This is beautiful! And I agree with a previous comment, it also reminds me of Koi fish.

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  39. I tried this on my wedding day in my wedding colors! Thanks for the inspiration! http://instagram.com/p/Qn2mctNVVv/

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  40. ADOREI O SEU BLOG! PARABENS... JA ESTOU TE SEGUINDO...

    www.lupapodemulher.com.br
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