Saturday 21 March 2015

Gradientception time: Scaled reciprocal gradient with black and holos!

GRADIENTCEPTION MUAHHAHAHA. Okay so at first you probably think it's just a checkerboard *whatever, yawn*, but look CLOSER! Yes, thats right, if you're thinking what I'm thinking, that's a SCALED RECIPROCAL GRADIENT say whhhhhaaaaat. So I did a scaled reciprocal gradient back in my neon happy days, and this is my second attempt and I tried a different pattern using the same logic/technique! The logic is basically insanity and the technique is essentially spending 8 hours doing your nails.

I used the infamous Color Club holos I got from Live Love Polish - their selection of these is unreal!!! HOLOSS 4 LIFE.


(see also 15sec version on Instagram... but it may not make any sense.)

So clearly I had to break my 1min or less tutorial rule cause no one would understand what the hell I did. Essentially it's a scaled gradient first (two vertical adjacent gradients), followed by a reciprocal gradient on each respective gradient. So you could think about it as dividing the nail in half and then treating it as two nails on which you do the exact same reciprocal gradient. Kind of a mind fuck I know, THAT'S THE POINT :D

This took me about 4 hours if you cut out the time I spent being sidetracked with making holo porn and whatever. It took so long because I waited a long time between layers after applying topcoat to make sure it was completely dry before applying nail vinyls. Don't wanna mess this crazypiece up and have to redo a nail!! 

Products used:

Personally I think the thumb turned out the best! I guess it's cause I had more room to play :)

Prob would have have never attempted a gradient with black and holo if it weren't for Simply Peel.... I basically had ZERO CLEAN UP ISN'T THAT AMAZZZZEEEBALLLLSSS

Simply Peel cuticle protector for easy post-gradient clean up!

All the Color Club holos come out to play!
 Polishes used (all available from Live Love Polish):
- Color Club 'Angel kiss' (light blue/aqua linear holo)
- Color Club 'Eternal beauty' (purple linear holo)
- Color Club 'Miss bliss' (pink linear holo)
- Color Club 'Cosmic fate' (copper/orange linear holo)
- Color Club 'Kismet' (lime green linear holo)

*Polishes were provided by Live Love Polish for my impartial review and Live Love Polish compensated this post. Nail vinyls were provided by Nail Vinyls for my impartial review. Simply Peel was provided by Nail Care HQ for my impartial review.


  1. Wow this is amazing! I thought they were checkerboards before, but after watching the video, I can see what you really did. I love it!

  2. So when you make a 3 minute long tutorial, we know it is MIND BLOWING. HOW DID YOU EVEN IMAGINE THIS DESIGN. Well I also love Color Club holos, especially Kismet, because it's an Arabic word means destiny and love (kinda). Anyways YOU ROCK GIRL!

  3. Wow. I love your design. It looks so amazing.

  4. Wow this is amazing and love how you did it

  5. This is freaking INSANE how do you come up with this **ish!? Damn girl you are the bomb dot damn com.


  7. Really great work! I love your designs and your blog. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Holy Holo Heaven!!! Completely amazeballs like you said. Thank you for taking 4 hours out of your life to do these for us. They kind of remind me of the movie Inception if that makes sense. Maybe because of the complicated layers lol Nonetheless, these are gorgeous!!!