Jelly Sandwich nails are probably my most favourite manicures. They are simple, pretty, easy to create and the longest lasting of any manicures I’ve had.
I only had one jelly polish and was having a hard time tracking them down. So when I heard Zoya had come out with a fall collection featuring all jellies, I was excited. I’ve never had a Zoya polish before as they aren’t the most accessible here in Canada, but I know how popular they are south of the border.
So I decided to grab this “Gloss” Collection from nailpolishcanada.com for $24.00. You can also purchase it for the same price online at zoya.com (if you are in the US) or ebay/amazon. They are sold everywhere for $8.00/each or $24.00 for the set.
This collection contains Katherine, Paloma and Frida – all beautiful jewel toned jelly polishes. They are sheer, build-able and great for layering.
Katherine was the first shade that I tried. It is a sheer, dark plum.
Four to Five coats are required to get mostly opaque coverage:
Using “Make a Spectacle” glitter polish from China Glaze’s new Halloween collection, I applied one top coat.
In order to make a jelly sandwich manicure, I added another layer of “Katherine” on top. This gives the illusion that the glitter is floating inside the jelly polish, creating a cool 3D effect. You can see the difference here, with and without the jelly polish on top:
This mani ended up being a beautiful dark and vampy jelly sandwich.
Paloma is a nice bright fuscia jelly lacquer.
Three to four coats:
*I found it was slightly less sheer than the other two in the collection and required less coats to reach an opaque look.*
For this jelly sandwich manicure, I also used “Make a Spectacle” glitter nail polish from China Glaze.
Frida is my favourite polish from this Gloss collection. It is a nice rich teal. It is however the most sheer of the three.
Four to five coats:
To make this into a jelly sandwich manicure, I used “Mermaid Tale” by Orly.
I really love all three of the shades in this collection and they are just perfect for this time of year. No better time to sport jewel toned polishes! They are gorgeous with or without the jelly sandwich, but I love the little bit of fun the glitter adds to each manicure.
Remember: Removing glitter nail polish doesn’t have to be a chore. Check out my tutorial on removing glitter nail polish – the easy way!
What is your favourite polish this fall? Do you have a favourite from this “Gloss” collection from Zoya?
China Glaze is back at it this fall with “Magnetix II”, a whole new collection of Magnetic Nail Polishes and another 3-in-1 Magnet with all new designs.
As for the nail lacquers, this collection is much brighter and more vibrant than the original Magnetix Collection which was quite muted. What I love about Magnetix II is that is has a great variety of shades, some are darker where some are super vibrant and rich. So whether you are wanting some fresh new fall shades, or are clinging on to the last moments of summer this collection likely has something for you.
Take a look at these swatches from China Glaze:
Positively In Love
Sparks Will Fly
You can currently pick up these polishes in store at a Sally Beauty Supply location, at your local salon, or on-line at Ebay. At Sally Beauty Supply, they are $6.99 CAD (magnet sold separately at the same price). Today, I grabbed Bond-Tastic and Con-Fused? but I must tell you that in store I had a super hard time deciding which shades to pick. They are ALL so pretty. And remember, they don’t need to be used with the magnet, so it is always good to pick up a shade you see yourself wearing by itself too.
Con-Fused? is a rich emerald green shimmer polish and when used with the magnet a deeper darker shade of green is brought out creating a very cool 3D effect.
Whereas Bond-Tastic is a rusty brown/burnt orange shimmer polish with steel grey undertones (this is actually a hard colour to find as a regular nail polish, so this one will be performing double duty for me). The magnet brings out the lighter orange/steel undertones found in the polish.
For a full tutorial on how to create these magnetic designs, please click here.
What I like:
- Always creates a fun and unique look, the magnets can be twisted and turned to create different patterns every time.
- The colours in this collection are so pretty, I’d be happy wearing them with or without the magnet.
- If you screwed up a nail or aren’t crazy about how the pattern turned out, throw on another coat of polish and try again, it isn’t necessary to start from scratch.
- These polishes are much more opaque than the ones in the previous Magnetix collection. While the instructions have always said to do one coat of polish and then immediately apply the magnet, the original Magnetix Collection was too sheer to get nice results. With Magnetix II though, one coat is all you need.
- I absolutely love the bullseye design and I found I had the most consistent results with this design.
What I don’t like:
- The natural curvature of my nails result in only the centre of the nail changing under the magnet. The pattern generally doesn’t reach the edges of my nails (unless I angle the magnet more to one side than other, but then the other side won’t get any design).
- It takes some messing around to get the patterns to come out nice and clear. I had a hard time getting the patterns to come through as prominent as they show in pictures. You have to hold the magnet as close as possible to the nail, without touching it. I wish the magnets were stronger (which I’ve heard is the case with some other brands).
Important Tip: Be fast getting the magnet over your wet nail. If you take too long, no pattern will appear at all on your nail, or it will be very faint.
How do you feel about magnetic nail polishes? Are you a fan? I want to hear about your experiences!
Thanks for reading!