Date: May 8th, 2012

Skittle gradient manicure with the Illamasqua Pastels Blow, Caress, Nudge and Wink

Gradient Nails Gradient Manicure Illamasqua Pastels Blow Wink Caress Nudge swatch swatches sponging nail art

Since I saw the fantastic tutorial by Sammy from The Nailasaurus I couldn’t get gradient manicures out of my head. I have done them in the past and liked them but I did use a different technique and never dared to make a gradient manicure with one specific nail polish finish: creams.

The gradient nails technique I used back then was to apply a drop of nail polish to aluminum foil, pick it up with a sponge and dab it on my nails. With glitters and rough shimmers it was a bliss and worked perfectly. Because of their texture the not smooth blending was never a problem though but for creams it could have been.

Now thanks to Sammy’s fantastic technique smooth cream gradient nails are no longer impossible. Thank you so much Sammy! ♥

Gradient Nails Gradient Manicure Illamasqua Pastels Blow Wink Caress Nudge swatch swatches sponging nail art

Isn’t it surreal how smooth the gradients look? They look like they are airbrushed but they are sponged. I love this gradient manicure technique. ♥

Gradient Nails Gradient Manicure Illamasqua Pastels Blow Wink Caress Nudge swatch swatches sponging nail art
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Availability Illamasqua nail polishes
Illamasqua nail polishes can be purchased at illamasqua.com for currently £13.50 a bottle or at selected Sephora stores and sephora.com for currently $14 a bottle. The official Illamasqua store ships international.
Coats used
Illamasqua – Blow: two
Illamasqua – Caress: two
Illamasqua – Nudge: two
Illamasqua – Wink: two
Sponging coats used
Three for each gradient
Base coat and top coat
Base coat: OPI – Nail Envy Matte
Top Coat: Essence – Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer
Illamasqua nail polishes contain 15 ml.
Blow, Caress, Nudge and Wink were purchased by me but a second bottle of Wink was sent to me by Illamasqua for review consideration.

I can’t mention often enough how I love this technique for gradient nails. It is a bliss to use and I have never seen more perfect gradients than with this sponging technique. Sammy’s tutorial inspired me so much that I wanted to try a gradient nailpalooza featuring vertical gradients with four colors which all fade into each other nail by nail – a skittle/ombré gradient manicure.
Also with this gradient nails technique you can vary how smooth the gradient is by using different kind of sponges. For this gradient manicure I used very smooth makeup sponges.

Have you tried gradient manicures and do you love them too? :)

Thanks for looking and have a great week! ♥

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162 thoughts on “Skittle gradient manicure with the Illamasqua Pastels Blow, Caress, Nudge and Wink

  1. Those are the most perfect gradient nails I ever saw! Thanks for the links to the tutorial. I tried gradient nails today and they look quite decent, if I may say so myself. But compared to yours…oy vey!
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  2. Chune on said:

    Is this the real life or is this just fantasy? Looks amazing and unreal and fairytale-like…

  3. marisa m. on said:

    this made me gasp out loud! gorgeous! one of the best if not THE best gradient i’ve seen pics of, and i’m following over 50 nailblogs!! great work!




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