Mar 25, 2013

Monday Mani: Juicy Cocktail Gradient Nails in Mint Frappe by Etude House

I've always admire all those gradient nails (also known as ombre nails) manicure on Pinterest. They look so easy to do but actually very hard to achieve that gradient effect. First, you need to get similar colors in three different shades. Then you have to make sure the texture is sheer so that they overlap each other and create shade inclination. If you get opaque texture nail polish, you won't get that natural shade descending.

The tedious process is really not for lazy girls like me. To those of you who love gradient nails and also looking for short cut, you can get the Etude House Juicy Cocktail.

It comes in 6 colors - pink, orange, gray, turquoise, purple and champagne. I only got the champagne, purple and turquoise. I don't like orange color, the pink one is too sheer for my liking and the gray one is not so outstanding.

Anyway, today I want to show you guys the turquoise one first. They call it the Mint Frappe.

The process is pretty easy. Just paint the lightest color and layer it with the darker shade by leaving one quarter of the lighter shade at the bottom.

I wanted to do a step-by-step photo guide for you guys. But I ruin my polish while was taking photo, so I thought fuck it... I'll just show you guys the end result. Maybe I'll do the step-by-step one when I review the other colors.

There are some important tips you will need to get the best result.

1. Paint a layer of nude color underneath before you start with this kit. I painted the OPI Bubble Bath underneath. It works as a base color and brings out the contrast of the gradient better.

2. When you get to Step 2, you might need to paint it two layers. I think it's too sheer and it might not show the gradient well enough. But two coats of the Step 2 will definitely bring out the colour. Will show you guys what I mean when I do a step-by-step one.

3. On Step 3, you might want to turn off your fan or AC before painting your nail. The glitter base is very sticky and gooey. I'm afraid it might dry up before you even put the glitter on to your nails. It is a bit of a work trying to fish out the glitters. They're quite sparse.

The Juicy Cocktail Gradient Nails kit cost RM36.90. You can find it in all Etude House store. They do sell each color separately in full size. If I'm not mistaken each bottle cost RM19.90.


LauraLeia said...

I got the Mint Frappe, and I love it! The 2nd shade is a bit light, but a couple extra coats does the trick, and the 3rd (large glitter) coat is the icing on the cake. Very pretty indeed :D

Jerine said...

@LauraLeia: I know you love mint color. I super crazy on anything mint/turquoise. They're so pretty that's why I posted this up before I try other color.

Swee San said...

wow this is so cute!! i'm gonna get this

Jerine said...

@Swee San: Do check out the swatches in Etude House store. The purple one is quite attractive too!