I have seen quite a few "waterfall" manicures recently. They're all quite lovely and inspiring. I wanted to give it a try, too, but with some densely packed glitter polishes. This ended up being the finished result.
I used all Milani glitters for the stripes of colors. These are the polishes I selected:
- Red Sparkle
- Purple Gleam
- Gold Glitz
- Blue Flash
These were layered over a base color. The polish I selected to do that job was Orly Black Vinyl. It is a matte finish. I felt that the glitter finish over a matte finish would be striking.
The problem that I ran into was that the glitter polishes are very rough. It was rather obnoxious. They were catching in my hair, and picking at the fibers of clothing. I wouldn't be able to wear this manicure with it doing that.
My solution was to take a thin brush and swipe clear top coat only over the areas that had glitter. As you can imagine, this wasn't entirely easy seeing as each glitter stripe was a different length down the nail. I managed a pretty decent job, but as you can see, there are some areas where the clear ended up extending beyond the glitter.
Considering the base was a matte polish, this wore extremely well. I didn't have any chipping for many days. I would like to do this again but more holiday themed.