Last month I tried my first gradient using textured polishes, and I really loved it. Textured polish just seems to work so perfectly for gradients.
This half moon textured gradient was created by starting with a base of Pretty Serious Menace from Mars, which is a rich and pigmented, glowy red textured polish. It reminds me of Pretty Serious Santa's Sunburn, one of my favourte reds, but a textured version of it.
I then used nail vinyls to mask off the half moons and did a gradient using Pretty Serious Dimension X and a little bit if OPI Jinx on the tips.
I absolutely loved the look of this, but I still have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the feel of textured polishes on my nails. I really don't like the rough feel, but I love the rough look.