Julep Nail Glitter_Enchanted Polish_China Glaze

Holographic Glitter Gradient

January 9, 2013 • THE NAIL WRAP

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I certainly did, however, I am still recovering from my travels. My nails and cuticles are in need of some serious TLC.

Today’s manicure is a New Year’s Eve glitter gradient. It is my first ever attempt at a gradient manicure, so please bear with me. I recently purchased some holographic polishes from a brand called Enchanted Polish, so I thought I would use one as a base for my glitter mani. If you haven’t seen a glitter gradient or gradient manicure, please Google them! You will find many examples of stellar manicures.


For the base, I selected Bruised Nutcracker from Enchanted Polish. This is my first purchase from the independent brand. The formula was thicker than I expected, because most holos are thin and take up to three coats for opaqueness. Bruised Nutcracker took two normal coats to achieve opaqueness, so color me impressed. It was a dull navy with linear holographic particles throughout. This color is perfect on its own, but I wanted to jazz it up for New Year’s Eve and really make it something special.

Julep Nail Glitter_Enchanted Polish_China Glaze

The polish I chose to use as an overlay was China Glaze Liquid Crystal. This polish is amazing in person. It is a multicolored glitter polish that leans light blue, purple, and pink. I used a cosmetic sponge and dabbed this polish on the tips of my nails. Then, on the very tips, I lightly sprinkled blue nail glitter from a sample sent to me by Julep.


The glitter itself is a lovely, vibrant hue. I am pretty happy with how this manicure turned out, especially since this was my first try. I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve!


Lisa McKinley is a graphic designer by day, and a polish enthusiast by night. At last count, her impressive collection of luxury and indie label lacquers surpassed the 300 mark.

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