NAIL ART: Graphic Gradient Mani ft. Dimension Nails

by - June 12, 2020

In light of everything that's happening in the world right now, I've really been reflecting on the things that I, as a person of pretty profound privilege, can do to be a better ally, and one of those things is to use this platform more thoughtfully to showcase BIPOC owned beauty brands that are seriously getting it done. With that in mind, I realized that, though I've used their polishes in nail art on the blog before, I've never talked extensively about just how much I love Dimension Nails. With an incredible polish formula and a really amazing ethos and brand identity, they are absolutely a brand worth looking at and one that I absolutely need to collect more polishes from. 

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The thing that you absolutely can't miss when it comes to Dimension Nails is their firm and determined focus on supporting and promoting animal related causes. The owner, Stephanie, is a proud Vegan and all of her products are 10 Free, Vegan, and Cruelty Free (Leaping Bunny, PETA, and Logical Harmony certified) with many of the polishes inspired by and named after animals. On top of all of that, 5% of sales are donated to animal charities, shelters and sanctuaries. I honestly don't think I've ever seen a brand walk their talk quite so distinctly as Dimension Nails does and that is always something that I find myself drawn to as a consumer.

The first polish I ever tried from Dimension Nails was Amazonian Manatee and it was an instant favorite in my collection. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of green nail polish (maybe not the most relatable thing, but I am who I am) and this green is the absolute perfect deep, rich green, in my opinion. If you follow me @pblnails, you may recognize the bottle as the one featured in my profile photo. They have a couple of other green polishes that I absolutely need to acquire for my collection, but if you're not a green fiend like me they also have a really great spectrum of shades that range from classics to really unique and interesting shades. So far, I've only tried their traditional créme formulas, but they also have metallics and shimmers as well as a gel polish collection. 

What struck me immediately - and continues to impress me every time I reach for one of those polishes - is the formula. Amazonian Manatee* and Ethical* (pictured below) are easy, easy, easy one coat polishes that give incredible coverage and are super smooth and shiny without any top coat necessary. They also both work really beautiful for stamping, because of that intense pigmentation. Black Rhino* does need a second coat for me, but the intense richness of the black and the shiny finish on that second coat is absolutely stunning. These polishes are just seriously dreamy to work with and I've heard nothing but good things about their other polishes - of which I definitely need more in my collection. 

For this mani, I wanted to use all three of the shades in my collection to create a really deep and rich gradient. I started with a coat of Ethical as my base (I always tend to use the lightest shade in my gradient as a base) and then just sponged it on. It really did make a gorgeous gradient and because the polishes are so pigmented, it came together quickly. I do recommend, if you're going to be sponging on these polishes, definitely use a cuticle barrier and really don't be shy in applying it to really protect the cuticles. The pigmentation in these polishes is no joke. 

I went back and forth on what I wanted to add on top of this gradient (I rarely leave a gradient bare, just not my style) and ultimately I decided to go with this really graphic design in white because I always find that high contrast tends to really pop what's underneath it. 

So, voila!

I really sincerely can't say enough good things about Dimension Nails and I really think that they're a brand worth taking a better look at. And, bonus, for my fellow Canadian nail lovers, stocks a wide selection of their polishes on the site and offers $5 flat rate shipping to Canadian customers. If you're interested in checking them out, feel free to use my affiliate code TRYSH (at for 10% off your order, but even if you don't use the code I do definitely recommend trying out the polishes for yourself!

Thanks so much for reading!

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