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China Glaze For Audrey with a water marble accent nail

I’ve tried water marbling once before. Just once. About four months ago, when my nail polish obsession was just in its infancy. It was abysmal. The technique seemed to work well but the polishes I used just didn’t and so I parked the idea of water marbling altogether, thinking I’d perhaps revisit it if I ever got any more suitable polishes.

I had read that China Glaze polishes are good for water marbling, so today I checked through my now much larger stash and pulled out three blues: For Audrey, Up All Night and Sexy in The City.

I wasn’t sure I was going to get it right this time either, so I chose to do water marbling on just an accent nail. I painted my ring fingers in Barry M Matt White, ready for water marbling, and the others in China Glaze For Audrey.

I’ve not used For Audrey before. It was one of my earlier purchases, and one that I desperately wanted. I didn’t know where I could buy China Glaze in the UK back then (Sally is my go-to now), so I had to buy it on eBay. I bought it but didn’t get around to using it until now. It’s even more beautiful on the nail than it is in the bottle. Such a perfect Tiffany blue.

For the water marbling, I wanted to do stripes rather than the flower pattern I so often see used. So I used three drops of each polish each time, and alternated between For Audrey and the other two blues, using the blues just once. [So, for clarification … 3 drops of For Audrey, three drops of Up All Night, three drops of For Audrey, three drops of Sexy in the City, three drops of For Audrey]. I pulled two opposing edges to the sides of the cup and then striped the polish in the middle. For my left hand nail, it didn’t stripe all that well (I dragged it from too close to the edge each time), so I just squiggled it about a bit more. It looks like a true marbling, I think!

For Audrey water marble
China Glaze For Audrey; plus an accent nail using Barry M Matt White as a base and three China Glaze polishes for the water marbling: For Audrey, Up All Night and Sexy in the City

The water marble for my right hand did look more like I wanted, with stripes across the nail:

For Audrey water marble right hand
For Audrey water marble: right hand


And with this manicure, my untrieds now number (only!) 99. (Oh no, I forgot that I ordered five polishes yesterday … so maybe not!)


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of China Glaze For Audrey
  • Water marbling base: two coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Water marbling polishes: China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze Up All Night, China Glaze Sexy in the City
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip



Debbie Crumpet

that water marbled nail is amazing !

Claire Kerr

Thank you. I’ve entered it in your competition 🙂


love, love the teal!! your water marbelling looks awesome, I suck at it 😛 gorgeous mani

Claire Kerr

Thank you. I usually do my nails every other day, but this manicure is staying on as long as I can make it last!


Great water marble. I see a lot but yours has a very unique look that’s appealing.

Claire Kerr

Thank you 🙂