Jelly sandwiches are not really a new thing in the nail polish world, but I run into enough people who give me a blank stare when I use the term that I thought it warranted a post. A jelly sandwich is a layer of glitter that is sandwiched between a few layer of a jelly polish.
What is a jelly polish, you ask? Thank you for asking. A jelly polish is a sheer, colored polish that generally looks like a Jolly Rancher when it dries on your nail – colored, but still see-through and really shiny. The appearance of wet jelly polish always reminds me of the paint you used to paint those plastic faux stained glass sun-catcher things as a kid. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Sometimes polish brands will release a collection of jellies, but I think most lines of polish have a few jellies in the mix already. Sometimes you can tell a polish is a jelly just by looking at it in the bottle, but the best way to tell is to open up the bottle and look at the polish on the brush and around the neck of the bottle. If you can see through it easily, you’ve got a jelly. If you can just sort of see through it, you may have a “crelly” on your hands.
A crelly is somewhere between a cream polish and a jelly. (I feel like it’s a dumb word, and I avoid using it if possible, but really, there’s no other word to describe polishes like this.) Have you seen those glitter polishes that are in a light colored, milky sort of base? That’s a crelly base. Crellies work well for jelly sandwiches too.
Here is the first jelly sandwich I ever attempted:
Eh, it turned out okay. I didn’t love it. This was with a sheer nude polish from Avon called Barely There that I’ve had forever. I would call this one a crelly. The glitter polish I used is Fantasm from Valley Girl Lacquer. (Valley Girl Lacquer is an indie polish company. Check out their etsy shop. They have some awesome glitter polishes!)
Just for reference, here’s what Fantasm looks like over black:
you can definitely see how when you sandwich the glitter between the layers of “jelly” how it mutes the glitter effect.
Here’s another jelly sandwich that I did using Fantasm and a purple limited edition polish called Deception from Wet n Wild. I love this purple, and I’m sorry you can’t get it anymore.
I LOVED this manicure! Deception is so sheer that I think I used 2-3 coats of polish under the layer of glitter and then another 2-3 coats over the glitter, but gosh it was beautiful! The way the glitter reflected light through the polish made my heart so happy.
Here’s one final jelly sandwich:
This is using Wet n Wild Megalast Bubblegum Pop and China Glaze Glitter Up. (This Wet n Wild color is exclusive to Dollar General / Family Dollar as far as I know.) This one I medium liked. This pink is really fun but really… pink.
What are your thoughts about jelly sandwiches? What are your favorite jelly polishes?