07 January 2015

Valentine's Day Polka Dot Gradient With Essie Winter 2014

It's never too early for a Valentine's Day manicure, right?! Well, today's nail art look isn't just for all you gushy romantics - but the color scheme does fit, so I figured I'd call it that ;) I just loved seeing the Essie Winter 2014 shades together in my swatch post, so I decided to make a quick polka dot gradient with them! This is a look I've done a couple of times before (like on my birthday!) but I wanted to try it with a more elegant color scheme.

I just love how the dots look like confetti! I started with a base of Cirque Carpe Diem (I know, I know, I'm obsessed with it) and then with my double sided dotting tool, I dotted on Essie Bump Up the Pumps, Essie Jump in My Jumpsuit, Cirque Memento Mori, and Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low - in that order! One of my biggest problems in the past was that I tried layering colors that weren't fully opaque, so this time I chose polishes that were practically one coaters, which I think helped with the ease of dotting. I topped everything off with top coat!

I actually feel like this manicure is perfect for winter - probably because of the cool metallic champagne shade! I think having a different finish in there makes the manicure pretty unique from what I have created before - plus, I think this looks so elegant!

Here are the polishes I used. The Essies are from HB Beauty Bar - you can read my full review and get a 15% discount code here - and you can check out my review of the Cirque shades here.

What do you think of this nail art look? Do you own any of the Essie winter shades?

*Some products provided for my honest review.

Base: Duri Rejuvacote, purchase here
Polishes: Cirque Memento Mori & Cirque Carpe Diemreview here; Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low, Essie Bump Up the Pumps, & Essie Jump in My Jumpsuit, review here
Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top


  1. love it! i really like your perfect even polka dots!

  2. These look great! The colors in the polka dot gradient just work perfectly together.

  3. Oh my, this is a gorgeous manicure! I love it so much, great job! :)

  4. This is adorable! I haven't done a polka dot gradient is ages, I need to soon! Gah, Valentine's WILL be here soon, so I guess I need to think about some fun manis to do!

  5. Dang, I love this! Such a great way to do a Valentine's manicure. :)

  6. This is so flippen cute! I love this design :)

  7. Haha we are in the same boat! I haven't thought of anything else yet ;)

  8. Wow thanks so much Frankie! I have been practicing polka dots lately ;)

  9. Gorgeous! Those colors are stunning together! The dots look weighted, as in they are perfectly in place without being too much or too wispy and floaty. Does that make any sense? Hahaha! :)


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