Monday, July 2, 2012

Nail Tutorial ~ Jelly Sandwiches

Dear American Apparel,

OMG I cannot thank you enough for releasing the new "Sheer" nail polish collection for the summer.  You have seriously made my whole summer because of these wonderful new nail polishes.  I was on the market for a jelly polish that I could layer glitter in between and now I think I have found my new love.  Not only does your polish have the perfect amount of sheerness to it so that the glitter can peak through, the pigmentation is also just out of this world.  I can't wait to go back to the Mall and purchase more so I can do some ombre nails next.

Lots of love,

Hey girls!

 Haha today I have a super fun nail tutorial to share with you guys.  A jelly nail sandwich is dare I say it, even yummier than the real thing.  This is a super simple look that just involves sandwiching a layer of glitter in between two coats of polish.  It gives a cool 3-D look to the glitter, as if it's floating in the polish.  This look cannot be achieved with any old polish.  It takes a polish of a sheer and jelly nature to make it successful.

I have been waiting forever to be able to test out this look since I've been having a hard time finding the right jelly polish for a reasonable price.  There are some scattered Essie's that I know have a sheer finish, but I find it hard to make myself purchase them for $8 each.  I have heard that Revlon's "Sheer Seafoam" is a jelly-like polish but it lacks the serious pigmentation I want in a polish.  When I thought all hopes were lost, I found myself wandering American Apparel to just browse and my eyes instantly met the new "Sheer" polishes.  I didn't believe it was possible, and yet there it was.  I used the tester and absolutely fell in love with the finish and immediately thought of some jelly nail sandwiches!  Without blinking an eye I picked up a super pretty coral color for only $5 called "Manhattan Beach" just to try and now that I'm completely in love, I'll definitely be going back to pick up her sisters.  Sigh...  it is possible to be so in love with an inanimate object?

Keep reading to find out more!

For this look you will need:

Top Coat  (Essie Good to Go!)

Glitter Nail Polish with different sizes in it  (American Apparel in Supernova)
Sheer Nail Polish  (American Apparel in Manhattan Beach)

Step 1- Paint 2-3 layers of jelly polish until opaque and let it dry completely

Step 2- Layer 1 coat of your glitter and let it dry completely

Step 3- Layer 1 layer of jelly polish and let it dry

Step 4- Repeat steps 2 and 3

Step 5- Finish with a good top coat

Quick Tips-

  • Let it dry COMPLETELY in between coats!  This is essential so that the glitter isn't meshed with the jelly polish.  To pass time I always like to go on my computer and watch a video, listen to music, or watch TV.
  • The last coat of jelly polish should be as sheer as possible, but still present.  This is to make sure that the glitter is still visible despite being covered.

There you have it!  This look is so cute for the summer time and really unique!  I love how it resembles some yummy Jello with things floating in it - So adorable!  If you can't get your hands on these American Apparel Sheer polishes, I know off the top of my head that CQ, Sinful Colors, Essie, and Revlon have some jelly polishes too.  I can't wait to test this look with more colors from the collection--they are seriously my favorite for layering glitter!

Have you guys ever tried some nail jelly sandwiches?  Where would you wear this look?  Leave a comment down below!

xoxo  Kaylie  <3

FTD Disclaimer:  This post was not sponsored in any way.


  1. wow! this looks cute! some of the wet n wild colors are sheer as well, you just have to test them out. the color you used reminds me of wet n wild blazed... have you heard of it?

    1. yess that's definitely one of my favorite polishes! I just love the texture of this polish though--not only is it sheer, it is super pigmented and great to work with!

  2. I really want to try this out. If only there was an American Apparel near me... Oh well, I might try Essie's polishes or Wet n' Wild's like suggested by the anonymous above. I hope my manicure will turn out as cute as yours. :)

    1. thank you so much!! I love American Apparel polishes, but Essie and Wet n Wild are great too! you can definitely find some nice sheer ones to achieve this look. :)