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A Pink Gradient & Gold Flakes Manicure

It seems nearly everyone has caught on to the gold flakie nail polish craze, but who can blame us? I love gold, whether it’s yellow gold, rose gold or white gold (which by the way depending on the karat all contains the same amount of pure gold, there are just different alloys mixed in, for instance rose gold is mixed with copper to give its pinkish hue). Sephora by OPI came out with ‘It’s Real 18k Gold topcoat’ some time ago which contains small gold flakes which produce a speckled effect on the nail. That polish retails for $30.00 and you can purchase it here from Sephora’s website. Now, for the 2012 Skyfall Collection OPI introduced ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ which contains a sparse larger flakie on the nail. This polish still retails for $30.00 and while it hasn’t hit stores yet you can get it on eBay for the same or less than retail.

I decided to keep with my pink theme to help raise awareness for breast cancer by first creating a pink gradient manicure. This is probably one of the easiest and most visually pleasing effects you can give your nails. All you do is paint the colors on a make up sponge and lightly dab on your colors. Repeat until you’ve gotten your desired depth of color.

L-R: OPI 'Man With The Golden Gun', OPI 'Panda-Monium Pink', OPI 'Dim Sum Plum'

L-R: OPI ‘Man With The Golden Gun’, OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’, OPI ‘Dim Sum Plum’

OPI 'Man With The Golden Gun', OPI 'Panda-Monium Pink', OPI 'Dim Sum Plum'

OPI ‘Man With The Golden Gun’, OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’, OPI ‘Dim Sum Plum’

OPI 'Man With The Golden Gun', OPI 'Panda-Monium Pink', OPI 'Dim Sum Plum'

OPI ‘Man With The Golden Gun’, OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’, OPI ‘Dim Sum Plum’

OPI 'Man With The Golden Gun', OPI 'Panda-Monium Pink', OPI 'Dim Sum Plum'

OPI ‘Man With The Golden Gun’, OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’, OPI ‘Dim Sum Plum’

...And the full effect!

…And the full effect!

I used 2 coats of OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’ which was a bit watery and had some cuticle flooding on a few nails. I painted both OPI ‘Panda-Monium Pink’ and OPI ‘Dim Sum Plum’ on the sponge before dabbing it on my nails so the blend would be subtle and nearly flawless. I then added 1 coat of OPI ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ which has sparse 18k gold flakes suspended in a clear base. All of these polishes are available at ULTA and/or other online etailers. What do you guys think of this combo? Is it too much or just right? Until next time…

Cheers,
Bridget

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sara S. #

    I love it!

    October 20, 2012
  2. Flawless!! I think I need Dim Sum Plum:)

    October 21, 2012
    • Aww thank you! It’s one of my favorites, basically the whole Hong Kong collection was a hit with me!

      October 22, 2012
  3. This is such an awesome look! Love the gold flakes ♥.

    October 21, 2012
    • Thank you! I wanted to use the gold flakes but didn’t want to do it over a solid color, alas a gradient seemed to work!

      October 22, 2012
  4. Really pretty Bridget, the flakes look fab over the gradient!

    October 21, 2012
  5. So so pretty! I think it would be absolutely perfect for spring. I’d love to see that gold top coat on top of a tan/brown mani or a red/black mani. I think that would be incredible!

    P.S. Your gradient is flawless, really nice!

    October 21, 2012
    • Aww thank you! Hehe, I’m doing all pink for October to support BCA, I agree this would be lovely for Spring. And I do plan on comparing this gold topcoat to 2 others (waiting on the mailman)!

      October 22, 2012
  6. So pretty! I need to find the Man With The Golden Gun; everyone is out already!

    October 22, 2012
    • Girrrrll eBay is where I got mine, I ordered 2 and got each for $28 shipped. You should call around and have them let you know when more are in and put 1 (or 2..or 3 lol) aside for you.

      October 22, 2012
  7. I have not had much success with gradients… hah reading your description of how they are super simple makes me want to weep since I’ve always failed at them!! reading the post i was like I really like that darker pink… then i saw it was dim sum plum… of course! I LOVE that color!

    October 22, 2012
  8. The pink gradient is lovely and the gold flakes give it a beautiful finish! Very classy, plus I adore pink and gold together!!

    October 25, 2012
    • Thanks love! I always feel the need to add something extra and with the gold flakes being so hot it was only appropriate!

      October 27, 2012
  9. pinkpamalamma #

    Soooo pretty!! Love it!

    November 30, 2012
  10. Wes #

    Pretty. I really dig gradient nail. Going to try this very soon

    December 2, 2012

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