Sunday, March 25, 2012

Making a Jelly Sandwich

A "jelly sandwich" is a manicure technique using a glitter polish "sandwiched" between layers of jelly polish. Jelly polishes have a sort of squishy look to them. They are different than regular sheer polishes but it's difficult to describe the differences. It's also difficult to photograph the squishiness!

I think the differences come with how the colors are made. I'm no nail polish frankener but I do know a little bit about paint. A polish with a creme finish is usually made by adding pigments to a white or colored base. Like the paint colors you buy at Home Depot. Jelly polishes seem to be made by adding pigments to a thick clear base. With some jelly polishes, even after 4 coats you might still see some VNL (visible nail line). I really love the look and feel of jelly polishes. Some people totally hate VNL and steer clear of them. 

To make a jelly sandwich, start with your favorite base coat. I used Orly Bonder today. I don't know if it's my favorite or not, but that's what I used. You do you. Then put on two coats of the jelly polish of your choice. I'm using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Purple Pizzazz. I picked this up at the dollar store packaged with another Xtreme wear color. Two polishes for a dollar? I'll take it. When I first swatched this color on a nail wheel, I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a jelly. In the bottle, the dark purple polish has loads and loads of little purplely pink shimmers. They almost look like tiny flakes. The shimmer is a little lost on the nail but I love the way it looks.


One coat


Two coats
After your two jelly coats are mostly dry (you can add a quick dry top coat like Poshe or Seche Vite to speed this up), put a coat of glitter on top. I used Claire's Bedazzled. The clear base of Bedazzled is loaded with different sizes and colors of glitter. I was really happy with how evenly the glitter flowed on the nail. Sometimes with big glitter you need to use the brush or even a toothpick to dab the larger pieces into place.




Once the glitter is mostly dry, cover it up with another coat of your jelly polish! That's the sandwich part. I guess it's more of a glitter sandwich, with the jelly acting like the bread. This jelly color showed the glitter a little more than I wanted after one coat.


So I just added another!



This was my first time trying a "jelly sandwich" and I really like the way it came out. Mine ended up being Jelly-Jelly-Glitter-Jelly-Jelly and yes, my nail was thick with polish. And even though I only wore this mani for a day, I got a ton of compliments on it. Have you ever done a jelly sandwich mani? Share it on our Facebook page!



11 comments :

  1. This is very beautiful.
    Personally I like it better with only one coat of jelly on top. I really love the combination of the purple with the different colors of the glitter, but I do agree without the jelly top it's a little too much.

    But anyway, thanks a lot for the detailed explanation! This way I didn't have to admit out loud that I had no idea what the Jelly Sandwich is LOL

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    1. I wasn't expecting the colors to show through so much. Maybe next time I'll try it with a silver glitter and see if I like it with just the one coat on top.

      Haha! No problem! If there's any how-to's you'd like to see on here let us know! I'm sure one of us could put it together :)

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  2. First time? Great job on this! I often end up with a lot of jellies in my jelly sandwiches too!

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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to try another one. Maybe the next one won't be a jelly overload

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  3. This is fantastic! You picked a great choice of colours for trying this.

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  4. Looove Jelly Sandwiches - this looks fantastic!

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  5. Now I have to go find some polishes with grape and peanut butter in the names somehow. Maybe I should do something with the peanut buttery color OPI San Tan-tonio and Essie Marshmallow to make a Fluffernutter sandwich, since I'm in New England?

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    1. Haha I think you're on to something!

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  6. I love the look of jelly sandwiches, it makes the glitter look so much more unique than just doing a glitter top coat. This looks really nice!

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  7. Looks awesome to me! I have that Sally Hansen polish but did not know I could use it in a sandwich. Thanks!

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