Blue-Eyed Girl makes some amazing duos. My first introduction to the brand was actually a Destination Duo with Emerald & Ash, so it is pretty awesome that I was able to swatch this one as well. This duo is definitely unusual in my collection, and I figured that it would be cool to try a different sort of gradient! Let's check out the swatches first, then some art!
(promotional samples ahead)
Time and a River
This is a dusty sage green filled with coppery gold flakes and subtle pink and purple iridescence. It reminds me of ice plant, which grows everywhere around here. This formula is slightly jelly-ish, which is amazing for showing off the shimmer. I used three thin coats plus Seche Vite for the pictures below.
This is a sandy yellow neutral cream filled with shimmering flakes. It looks a lot like a sand dune to me. I know this duo was inspired by the Grand Canyon...but this is all beach to me. It is funny how experiences color perception. I used two normal coats plus Seche Vite for these pictures.
This duo is still available on the Blue-Eyed Girl shop for $20. It includes some coordinating nail studs too, for those of you who aren't texturally challenged.
And now, the gradient! I tried to do this a little different, because the glitters in these two shades wanted to be up in front regardless of what I did. So I tried brushing it on and using a light hand. It isn't the worst thing I've done. I actually really enjoy how unusual this is, so it was a happy accident!
Check out these other (better) gradient manicures!