Jelly Sandwich Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish

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 Today is Jelly Sandwich nail polish day! Thank you to Polly Polish for organizing days when we all coordinate the posts on our nail polish blogs.

I was determined to participate in this second Nail Polish Day, but it was a bit of a challenge with water-based nail polish. In case you are not familiar with the term, a jelly sandwich manicure consists of layers of nail polish with a jelly finish, then a layer of glitter polish, and another layer of jelly nail polish. Jelly polishes have a translucent look similar to colored cellophane. The trouble is, I was not able to find a water-based nail polish with a jelly finish.


I was hoping that 30 Love from Acquarella would have a jelly finish, but it turned out to have a semi-translucent finish. I tried making a sandwich with it anyway, but it did not really turn out as a “jelly” sandwich.

Sandwich Manicure with 30 Love by Acquarella and Star Top Coat by AQmore

Sandwich Manicure with 30 Love by Acquarella and Star Top Coat by AQmore

Then I read online that I could make my own jelly nail polish. Ah, hah! That seemed to be the solution. There were two options- I could mix two nail polishes into a Frankenpolish or use dye. I opted for my first ever attempt at a Frakenpolish. I admire those who have mastered this technique- my attempt at mixing nail polishes was more of a disaster.

Mixing Frankenpolish- Colored and Clear Water Based Nail Polish

Mixing Frankenpolish- Colored and Clear Water Based Nail Polish

Attempt at a Sandwich Manicure with Frankenpolish

Attempt at a Sandwich Manicure with Frankenpolish

I moved on to the next option of mixing clear water-based nail polish and dye. The only dye I had at my disposal was food coloring, so I used that. This attempt most closely resembled a jelly nail polish finish. Unfortunately, it was not as pretty as ready made jelly polish from the store. Oh well, I think I at least deserve an “A” for effort. I really tried!

Jelly Sandwich Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish

Jelly Sandwich Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish

If you want to see what a jelly sandwich manicure is really supposed to look like, check out these other nail polish blogs:

Polly Polish

The Nail Polish Project

Susy in Color

Beauty by Jenny

Mara in Polishland

Nail Tart

OMG Polish Em

 Jasmine

Love Varnish

Hooked on Polish

The Crimson Petal

Sparkles Make Me Happy

Pris Nails

Time on My Nails

Refined & Polished

Oh So Lacquered

xoxo Alexis

Cuti-CLUE-les

Lacquer Buzz

Sincerely Stephanie

My Polish Stash

A Lacquered Affair

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12 Responses to “Jelly Sandwich Manicure with Water Based Nail Polish”

  1. NailTart says:

    I love that you tried to make your own polish! I think the effect looks really cool :)

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  3. Sarah says:

    Your jelly sandwich with 30 Love looks great and is so fun with the stars!! I’m going to have to try this with the Star Top Coat by AQmore. I love it!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks! Just so you know, the top coats from AQmore are not water-based, only their peel-off polishes are. I like the stars, too, though!

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  5. Hannah aka Polly Polish says:

    I love that you’ve used Polish Days as a chance to experiment, thank you for getting involved!

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