I'm so glad I finally worked out how to create gradient nails that don't suck. My first attempts were terrible, but now that I know the right technique it really is so simple.
I have to say, after my last gradient using the Nailsaurus' technique, I was having trouble with my makeup sponge breaking off and bits sticking to my nail. Her technique is where you paint your gradient colours on a plastic sheet, mix them together at the edges, then pick it up with a sponge and press it on your nails. For me, because there wasn't enough polish on the sponge, my sponge got tacky really quickly and started sticking lumps all over my nails.
It was only on the weekend when I read someone's post about painting directly onto the sponge that I had my light bulb moment. So for these gradient nails, I simply painted lines of the three polishes directly onto a piece of makeup sponge and then dabbed it on my base colour. So much easier and quicker and I only used one piece of sponge with nail polish on it. I actually feel like a bit of a dumb-ass cause I didn't think to do that earlier!
This gradient is created with a base of China Glaze GR8, the golden holographic from the OMG collection. The middle colour is Nubar Reclaim and the bottom colour is aEngland Saint George.
Saint George doesn't have quite the same smooth linear holographic effect that GR8 and Reclaim has, but it still makes the grade ok for this mani.
I love this effect of gradient nails in similar tones (does that make it an Ombre?) I'm definitely going to try this in a multitude of other colours.