Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NOTD: Gradient Nails Using Essie Peach Daiquiri and Bond With Whomever

Hey guys! So today I will be showing you what one of my best friends Jenny, lennyjong on Instagram, did for me. We attempted to do a gradient nail look, and the outcome is as seen above. She used Essie's Peach Daiquiri and Bond With Whomever

From left to right: Peach Daiquiri, Bond With Whomever

How to Achieve this Nail Gradient Look!
1) File and buff your nails out to the shape that you want it to be
2) Using a cosmetic wedge sponge, do a horizontal stripe about the size of a nail on the tip of the sponge using Peach Daquiri. Then, underneath the first stripe, do another horizontal stripe using Bond With Whomever
3) Dab the sponge on your nail, trying to pack as much color on as possible. Let the nail polish dry and repeat step 2 and 3 for each individual nail until you have reached the desired opacity (she did it 4-6 times for each nail).
4) Add a top coat so smooth out the roughness of the nails.

Overall, from a distance I do really like the nails. This was the first time Jenny and I tried gradient nails and we both agreed that it was a bust. Using top coat did not smooth out my nails that resulted from sponging on the nail polish. There were bits of sponge that were left on the nail. If the nail polish wasn't opaque (like Bond With Whomever), it made the task extremely difficult to get to the color payoff I wanted. Lastly, we did lose a lot of product when we used sponges. The results were a tad bit better for my sister when we applied a full coat of nail polish first and then sponged the other nail polish on. While the color payoff and smoothness of the nail had improved, there wasn't as strong as a gradient as using the sponge method. As such, I probably won't be getting my nails done again using the sponge to achieve a gradient effect.

What do you think of this look? Have you achieved a gradient effect successfully? Let me know in the comment section below!


  1. I love this! I bet it is much harder than it looks to achieve! I think you have inspired me to do a bit of experimenting :)

    Lorraine xx

    1. It wasn't difficult, but getting the result desired was difficult! Glad I was able to inspire you to do some experimenting!

  2. Two of my favorite colors!! <3 Essie! xo Kelly http://chicnstylishblog.blogspot.com/

  3. I find the easiest way to do a gradient is to put a coat or two of white underneath and then sponge in an up and down motion along the length of the nail. I had the same problems you did the first time I tried gradient nails, but with some practice they're really easy and gorgeous. I have a tutorial on my blog if you'd like to see it :) http://www.technicolornailart.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks for the advice :D Will definitely be checking out your blog to see how yours turned out!

  4. you did a great job w/ the nails. i never bother w/ mine but always lust after people's nail efforts.

    A Beautiful Zen

    1. My friend actually did my nails :D But I'll definitely let her know that you liked them!


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