Creative musings in bright colors

Storms on Venus

Sometimes, life is magic. To match a dress, I needed a blue/purple/silver theme. 3 out of the 4 magnetic polishes I own are teal, purple, and silver…and I had been waiting weeks to try a magnetic gradient! As I said, magic.


I read on Dressed Up Digits some weeks back that you can create a gradient with magnetic polishes just like normal polishes, and then add a slow-drying top coat and demagnetize them! Lo and behold, it totally works!


I started with a base of my purple. I added a standard gradient (make up sponge, all that jazz) with my teal. I then added some silver with saran wrap, just to make it interesting. After cleaning the mess off my fingers, I added some clear polish over the top, nail by nail, and held up the magnet. It worked! The clear polish wetted the magnetic polish enough to let the internal beads move 🙂

Although I do love magnetic polish, I think the thing that really makes this mani special is the silver polish. Magnetic polish usually gives the illusion of depth, as the blackened beads move over the colored polish. However, adding the silver saran wrap enhanced that somehow! When I move my nails it looks like black shadows moving over silver clouds, on top of a stationary teal/purple planet. I know, poetic. But I’m serious. It doesn’t come out well in photos, but this mani has some serious depth!


I almost want to go buy more magnetic polishes to try this with other colors! I briefly entertained stamping over the whole thing, but I think it would have just been too complicated. KISS!


  • Purple: Nails Inc – Houses of Parliament
  • Teal: Nails Inc – Whitehall
  • Silver: Nails Inc – Trafalgar Square


Hope you enjoyed! Have you tried magnetic gradients? TOTALLY COOL right?!

Comments on: "Storms on Venus" (12)

  1. I haven’t tried this, but I sure will! Awesome!

  2. Nice. Great idea to combine them. 🙂

  3. The effect is gorgeous! I never knew about the topcoat trick, but I’ll have to give it a try sometime 😀

  4. These are drop-dead AMAZING! They have to be my fave mani of yours! 😀

  5. Whoa!!!! No way!!

  6. This is totally magical! 🙂

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