Thursday, April 24, 2014

Let the Water Marble Tips, tricks, and Comparisons continue... (Part II)

Hello there friends! Welcome back for part two of my water marble post. If you missed Part I, you can find it here:

Just to reiterate, I am still using the same water from the marbles you saw yesterday. I am rating each brand for marbling on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the BEST and 1 being the WORST, in my own opinion and experience.

we left off yesterday after marbling with some China Glaze, OPI, Julep, Sephora by OPI, and Orly. let's get down and dirty with the next round!

First up today is Zoya. The colors I used were Arizona, Rocky, and Sofia.

As you can see in the photo above, Arizona (the orange) spreads a little too much. Creating uneven spreads among the colors.

The end result was nice. I wish I had a better picture. I had more orange sections on my nail than the other colors though. My experience with Zoya is that some colors marble really well, and some just don't. I am giving Zoya a rating of 6 on my 1-10 scale.

Next up is Sinful Colors. The colors I used were Candy Coated, Sugar Rush, and Why Not?

The spread in the photo above was super nice. I could have went on dropping a little bit further, but chose not to.

The purple color (Candy Coated) does not show up well. After looking at the bottle I figured out why. It has a shimmery finish. I am giving Sinful Colors an 8 on my 1-10 scale. I have used Sinful MANY times to marble and get decent results.

Next up we have Wet N Wild Wild Shine. Colors used were Blazed, Sunny Side Up, and Lady Luck.

As you can see from the above photo, this polish spread perfect. I also want to note that these are not super opaque polishes. They are a little on the sheer side, so expect the colors to dull a little when marbling with them. This is why in Part I posted yesterday I suggest you wear a white undie or other undie of your choice.

Drawing my design was super easy with the great spread I had.

Nice results even though the color is a little diluted. I like this result. I am going to give WnW Wild Shine a 7 on my 1-10 scale. I have marbled with several of these and usually have a nice consistent result.

Finally, I have some Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear polishes. Colors used were Pin Punk, Blue Me Away, and Mellow Yellow.

I LOVE this spread. The colors stay vibrant and spread evenly.

Drawing a design was simple with this spread.

You can see in the photo above the colors stayed bright, and the design came out wonderous!!! I absolutely LOVE marbling with this brand, and almost always have great results. I give this brand a 10 on my 1-10 scale.

Now you may be scratching your head wondering the point of all this. Water marbles are a matter of trial and error. I have tried all of the above brands at one point or another, and have struggled with some. I was told it was probably my water temperature, but you can see that if I used the same bowl of water for each brand, then why would some marble at that temp and others not?

Some added tips that I thought of after writing Part I:
1. After removing your finger from the water, place your handover a trash bin (nail tips pointed down towards the can) and give your hand a couple gentle jerks. (Now that sounded like a porno! HAHA!) This will shake the excess water form the nail and help reduce bubbles that can occur.

2. Be sure you remove ALL of the polish off the top of the water before you remove your nail form the water. One way I do this is to blow gently on the polish and then use a toothpick and roll it through the polish.

3. If the tip of your toothpick become too goopy with polish while drawing your design, roll it on a piece of wax paper between passed. You should only use the very tip and gently swipe it through the polish, you should not be submerging it as you draw the design.

4. Don't worry about using the outer rings of polish when drawing your design. Those tend to be dryer and sometimes it can ruin the design to try to draw in them.

5. HAVE PATIENCE and PRACTICE. Buy some cheap-o drugstore polishes and experiment one day when its rainy or you are bored. Do not get discouraged.

Let me know what you think! I would love to see you try using some of the info you found here. Send me your try or post it on Covered by Color's Facebook page. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time~


  1. Awesome, I will definitely try using those Sally's! And your #4 tip, excellent point...

    1. Thank you! Let me know how the Sally's work for you! I am not sure if brand is really an issue, but I clearly show I have better luck with some brands than with others.

  2. Looking forward to trying this. Great tutorial.

    1. Thanks Wanda! I would love to see you final product when you do try it out!

  3. I love that you did this comparison!! What a great idea!! I found it very helpful!!

  4. Ooooh, wouldn't ever have known how good the Sally Hansens are. I have a few, but I'll def have to build up a selection of colors for marbling!