June 19, 2015

Bright Toucan Stamped Gradient with Indigo Bananas Neons! [Nail Art]

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!

Today I have a little dose of nail art to share! It's been a while since I've done a gradient, so I thought it was time. Plus, I'm so in love with the MoYou London- Tropical 05 plate still. (I've used it here, also.)  I was dying to find a good way to use the toucan image. Toucans are awesome!

This post also features three more of the Indigo Bananas Neon the 10th Element polishes that I haven't shown before. Andrea was kind enough to send me the rest of the collection, which I'm so happy to have, because her neons are incredible. Incredible! (So, including this post and the other Neon, the 10th Element watermarbles I've done, the only polish from that collection you haven't seen from me is Rhubidum Rhod. It's a great red-orange neon, but I just couldn't work it into this nail look!) 

So, onto the nails!

At first I wanted to do some reverse stamping with a decal:

The decal actually came out pretty well in the end, but I just couldn't get it to look right applied on the nail since this particular stamp is way too wide for my nails. So, the colored parts were only on one side of the nail, and it looked dumb. I'd originally wanted the transparent part of the decals to have Indigo Bananas- Bonanza! underneath, which is a blue-green flakie. That would've been cool. But, I just couldn't get that concept to work with the stamp size.

So, I scrapped that, and decided to just stamp normally!

I really liked the thumb because it's a wider canvas for the stamp!

All polishes used:

L to R: Kleancolor- Metallic Purple, Kleancolor- Metallic Aqua, Indigo Bananas- Phlogiston Paradise, Indigo Bananas- Diva Plumbum, Indigo Bananas- The Uranium Evil, Indigo Bananas- Bonanza!

I started with a base of Indigo Bananas- The Uranium Evil (three coats) on all nails except the accent. The accent nail has a base (two glorious coats) of Phlogiston Paradise. Phlogiston Paradise dries down slightly more blue-toned and a tad darker than bottle color.

For the gradient, I used all three Indigo Bananas neon polishes on the sponge, and just dabbed on. I went over the gradient twice, and I think the colors blended pretty well. I clearly haven't mastered ultra smooth gradients yet, but this is pretty decent for me.

I added one coat of Indigo Bananas- Bonanaza!, a gorgeous blue-green flakie topper, to the accent nail, and then stamped that nail with Kleancolor- Metallic Purple. The other nails got stamped with Kleancolor- Metallic Aqua.

Outside, shade:

Artificial light:

The End!

Feelings about toucans??
Have you guys tried any of the Neon, the 10th Element polishes yet?

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.


  1. This is so pretty! It has such a cool depth to it.

  2. Wow, I really love this, the base colors, stamping colors and the toucans of course :)

  3. Gorgeous look! I love the gradient colors you chose and the stamping is superb! Lovely job!

  4. Very pretty! Love those bright gradient colors.

  5. Very stunning design! When I first saw it I was like wow look at those stamping polishes! Well, after continuing to read I'm glad to see that I already own them. From the neon gradient, to the stamping everything just looks amazing!

  6. Aahhh I love this so much!! The colors are so tropical and gorgeous and TOUCANS! :D I'm definitely going to need all of the Indigo Bananas neons.

  7. ~the power of a gradient~ Woo! Thanks! =)

  8. Thank you! That's so cool you got Phlogiston Paradise before seeing it! Doesn't it have an amazing formula?

  9. Yay! Thanks, Traci! I really like those three colors together...

  10. Hi Chelsea! Thank you so much! :)

  11. Yay for already owning the polishes, haha! Love when that happens! Thank you so much!

  12. Yes! I hate hate humidity, but I am all about the tropical nails atm LOL! Toucans!! And, yes, you do! They are all amazing!