For someone who grew up in very humid Texas, I have an irrational nostalgia for Jellies, the clear plastic shoes of the 80s. Mercifully there’s a way to get your jelly fix without the sweaty feet: jelly nail polish.
Jellies — jelly nail polishes — actually come in different opacities (as I learned from this absolutely brilliant pictorial guide to nail polish finishes).Â This very sheer type of jelly might also be called a “water” finish (because it looks like a watercolor). Some people don’t like the sheerness (and visible nail line) of these kinds of polish;Â I think they’re perfect for “skittle fingers,” — a “handful” of different colors reminds me of sea glass.
Butter London recently released three jellies: Chuffed (cantaloupe, with sparkles that become more noticeable as you add more coats), Twee (cool, slightly plummy pink with a silver shimmer), and Stroppy (violet with purple sparkles, which become more visible as you layer).
I started trying to do full-hand manicures of every possible combination, but I realized that skittles would get the job done faster.
The transparency also means you can mix-and-match — and I’m happy to say that these polishes are commutative: Twee + Chuffed = Chuffed + Twee.
Butter London polishes are $14 each, and you can buy them both on Butter London’s site and from Beauty.com.