Gradient NOTD with Estee Lauder Hot Coral and OPI Chopsticking To My Story

Ombre nail art with Estee Lauder Hot Coral and OPI Chopsticking To My Story
I received a bottle of Estee Lauder nail polish in Hot Coral for my birthday last year, and had swatched it here. With my birthday coming up on Monday, I thought it would be nice to pull out Hot Coral again and do something different with it.
This time, I went in for ombre or gradient or sponge nail art. Call it what you will, I have found it difficult to get the different shades of polish to blend seamlessly. This is my best effort till date, and is far from perfect. I used O.P.I. Chopsticking To My Story along with Hot Coral, because the latter was a little too tomato red and I wanted to "orange" out the coral a little. The above photograph is indoors, with flash.
You have seen O.P.I.'s Chopsticking To My Story in my favourite Hallowe'en manicure last year, with spiders and webs. It paired off well with Estee Lauder Hot Coral, as you can see. My only worry is whether you can actually tell the difference - or even that there are two nail polishes in there!
Over this, I painted swirls with Essie Chocolate Cakes, which is my favourite deep brown creme polish. As this is a freehand manicure, you can see imperfections, as usual, and uneven patterns. The below photograph is in natural light.
Ombre nail art with Estee Lauder Hot Coral and OPI Chopsticking To My Story
I used the Bourjois Fixant Brilliant topcoat, mostly because I want to finish the bottle. Unfortunately, I did not wait long enough for Essie Chocolate Cakes to dry, so some of the swirls have smeared a little.
What did you think of this manicure? Do let me know!
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This is my submission to the GOT Polish Challenge, which features a nail polish that has been owned for at least one year.

  1. Alexis @ thelittlebrunette.comApril 10, 2014

    This looks amazing! I wish I was this talented with my nails!

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  2. Rajalakshmi MuraliApril 10, 2014

    I can tell the difference. It is a perfect ombre. :D The colors have blended well. :)

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  3. Alexandra IoanaApril 10, 2014

    it's beautyful!! love it!!

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  4. Maria HussainApril 10, 2014

    I can tell the difference......really lovely nail art.....xoxoxo.....^_^

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  5. MyBeautyJunctionApril 10, 2014

    Lol it is easy - if I can do it, anyone can!

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  6. MyBeautyJunctionApril 10, 2014

    Oooh thank you!

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  7. MyBeautyJunctionApril 10, 2014

    Thank you!

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  8. MyBeautyJunctionApril 10, 2014

    Gosh really? Mine dry quite quickly, sooner than China Glazes or Essies. I love the creme formulae the best, but the shimmers aren't too bad either. I don;t like the frosts (from any brand). The cremes have a porcelain-like finish, are opaque in one go, and don't need top coat. One bottle (Jade is the New Black) has gone gloopy after two years, though, and separated badly.

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  9. loredana marinApril 10, 2014

    Zoya are my favourites. Maybe i purchased fluke bottle or something but i was very unhappy with OPI nail polish.

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  10. cindyprimebeautyApril 11, 2014

    Very nice!

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  11. Erika MesserApril 12, 2014

    This is so beautiful! I don't have long nails - I have tried but failed I am a biter with anxiety issues LOL - I sooo want to be able to get creative like this with mine!

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  12. MyBeautyJunctionApril 14, 2014

    I like Zoya as well! Yeah, some of the older O.P.I.s had a separation problem and went into different colours even within the bottle.

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  13. MyBeautyJunctionApril 14, 2014

    Thank you! Am sure you can stop - I am a serial nail-peeler; I pick at my nails with my free hand unless there is polish on the nails, so that's a good solution!

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  14. MyBeautyJunctionApril 14, 2014

    Thank you very much!

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  15. MyBeautyJunctionApril 14, 2014

    Oooh thanks - my biggest worry with ombre is that all shades merge into one!

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  16. loredana marinNovember 30, 2014

    I don`t know what all the hype about OPI nail polishes is...i don`t like them (takes ages until is completely dry)

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