Ombre is huge right now, whether it’s on your hair, your dress, or your nails. But it’s not an easy look to get. I’ve tried doing an ombre manicure in the past, and I can never seem to pick the right colors. China Glaze makes it easy for you with their Ombre kits! They have three sets to choose from: Grape Expectations (purple), Sweet Sensations (pink), and Wait Teal You See (teal, obviously). You get four full-sized China Glaze bottles for $14.99. Beauty made easy! Read on to see the results I got with Grape Expectations.
The kit comes with four colors: Sweet Hook, Spontaneous, Grape Pop, and Crimson (don’t be fooled by the name – it’s totally purple and not red at all). It also includes ten sponges – which I didn’t use! But we’ll get to that.
I started with Nail Tek – my nails have been pretty weak lately, so I’m needing the extra boost of strength – followed by two coats of China Glaze‘s Sweet Hook. I used Sweet Hook (the palest purple) as a base because it’s easier to cover a light color with a dark color than vice versa. It’s important to let your base color dry completely before moving on because otherwise the sponge could really ruin the rest of your manicure. I stopped here and finished my manicure the next day because I’m impatient – but don’t tell anyone.
To create the ombre effect, you’ll need a sponge. Like I said before, the kit comes with sponges, but I used makeup sponges – Swisspers Cosmetic Wedges, to be exact. Apply a line of each nail polish color to the sponge, working quickly to make sure it doesn’t dry on the sponge, as displayed to the right.
Press the sponge onto your nail, making sure to press it into your nail all the way to your cuticles. I can promise you’ll get polish all over your fingers, but you can always clean it up later.
Repeat this process on all of your nails. The sponge will make it look rough and kind of messy, but once you apply your top coat (I always go back to Seche Vite), it will really smooth it all over and complete the look.
I’m not totally thrilled with the way it came out – the lines between the colors are sharper than I was hoping for. Unless you’re up close, this looks totally ombre. Up close, I’m not as impressed.
Next time, I’m going to try it again with their own sponges. I’m also going to try to move the sponges a bit up and down to hopefully get more of the gradient effect.
All else aside, $15 for four full-sized China Glaze bottles is an amazing deal – so we’re still pleased. If you’ve tried China Glaze‘s Ombre kits before, let us know – did it work for you?
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