Friday, January 31, 2014
Smoky Holographic Gradient with I Love Nail Polish
While holographic polishes are often popular in jewel tones, there's something delightfully mysterious about neutral holographic shades. The little peek of rainbow sparkle from the smokiness can add the perfect finishing touch to an alluring gray, and I Love Nail Polish has really embraced that idea in the two shades I've used for today's nail art.
This sponged gradient look was created using two I Love Nail Polish holographic polishes.
A.C. Slater is the darker shade here. It was created to be reminiscent of the original bad boy, OPI My Private Jet. I've worn this gorgeous slate grey alone before and it needed two coats for opacity. It's doesn't have the strongest holo effect in the world, but I actually prefer holos like this because I think they look better indoors. Definitely a beautiful shade.
Bottle Service is the lighter shade here. This polish is pretty complex; it has a golden glow hidden inside the grey, which can make this shade look more champagne depending on the lighting. The holographic strength is comparable to A.C. Slater. Applying this polish alone may result in a couple of brushstrokes, but they are minimal. The gold shimmer in the base of Bottle Service took it from "just friends" to "in a relationship," for me.
As I mentioned, the holo effect on these shades is not the most intense I've seen, but that translates to a manicure that looks great, even in indoor lighting. It has a smooth, brushed metal finish that isn't disrupted by the holographic particles.
I recently switched to a new doctor's office and when I was in for an appointment yesterday, the staff loved this gradient manicure. The dark to light contrast is really eye catching, even from a distance. What do you think, do you like smoky holographic shades or do you prefer yours in jewel tones?
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