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Twinsie Tuesday ~ Inspired by a Magazine

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Hey dolls! Today’s mani is one where I had a great idea that couldn’t be executed. After seeing today’s theme, I looked through a few magazine covers and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I love this swimsuit on Serena Williams (congrats to her on winning her 5th US Open!) and it inspired me immediately. I recently received several blue matte polishes from Mentality that I knew would make the perfect gradient. Apparently deciding on an inspiration and choosing the polishes were the only easy parts of this look. My first plan was to create a gradient using four shades from the Mentality Blue Mattes set. I put the polishes on a sponge and tried to apply them, but to no avail, the gradient just was not looking good. I looked at a few tutorials using multiple colors and followed them specifically, but I just was not feeling the look.

Next, I applied one of the four shades to each nail. My plan was to apply the next lightest color on top in a gradient manner. Ehhh. This turned out just ok, but it was not amazing like all of the other gradients I see.

Mentality Blue Mattes Gradient

To try to even out the gradient, I added a holo glitter on top. That was so unattractive, I didn’t even bother to take pictures. Finally I thought, I’ll just do an ombre mani. The colors from index to pinky are Pilot, Hero, Tough, and Sailor, going from lightest to darkest just like Serena’s swimsuit. I’ll do a full review of these soon, but I will say they all have an excellent formula.

Mentality Blue Mattes Ombre

Mentality Blue Mattes Ombre

Then I had the bright idea of adding Mentality Matte Holo to each nail just to give it a little more spunk. Yeah, that didn’t work out. My camera does not like to capture holos in my light box and it was dark outside by the time I got to this version of the mani. I should’ve just left well enough alone with the ombre. Welp. I’ve learned that I’m no good with gradients when a glitter isn’t being used. The good thing about this post – Serena Williams has amazing talent, an even more amazing body, and she is working that swimsuit!

Do you have any tips for making awesome gradients where the colors blend together nicely? Be sure to check out what the other Twinsies came up with. Hopefully they weren’t as challenged as I was.

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Traci at DrinkCitra

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  • We’ve all had those moments where the nails never matched the vision, but I absolutely love the ombre you ended up with! Really does the swimsuit justice 🙂

    • Thanks girl! I just can’t stand when that happens, especially when I see so many fabulous gradients. I’ll just stay in my nail art lane. LOL

  • Its pretty!

  • I love the gradient and think you did perfect justice to her swimsuit!!
    In my honest opinion, I’ve found that instead of just sponging on one color which makes it hard to blend or fade it into the other polish, to take the base polish and apply it on the sponge with the lighter color used for the gradient. Like for example on your ring finger which has a base of Tough and you wanted to do a gradient with Pilot, on the sponge I would apply Pilot and then apply Tough to the same sponge and make it blend into Pilot and then apply both to the finger with the base of Tough. I hope this makes sense! It’s hard sometimes to translate what runs through my head onto paper ( or for this matter, the comment 😀 ) Don’t let this experience hinder you from trying gradients again, you have beautiful nails!!

  • Maribeth

    I think this came out really, really awesome! Fantastic color choices <3

  • Kelsey @ Polished Prescription

    I actually love the matte ombre look! All of the blues you chose are really perfect. And the idea of matte and holo at the same time… *swoon*

  • Chelsea Lane

    Serena looks fabulous (and I love that she is a polish lover too)! What beautiful colors you used!

  • That swimsuit looks amazing, as does your mani! This just reminded me of when I used to work at a summer sports camp at Stanford…As we were leaving the tennis courts with our camp kids Serena Williams was heading towards the courts! We didn’t get to talk to her, but it was exciting to see her! lol

  • Marisa (Polish Obsession)


  • Peace, Love & Polish

    This is really pretty – I love the finish on these polishes!

  • Norelis


  • I love all these blues, they’re really pretty!

  • I love all these blues! They’re really pretty!