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Chrome Mani Inspo: 10 Stunning Finishes That’ll Leave You in Awe

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Chrome nails are taking over right now, stealing the spotlight with their high-shine, mesmerising finishes. It's no wonder this manicure trend has captured everyone's hearts - the ultra-glossy, cool-girl aesthetic is impossible to resist.

Effortlessly easy to apply, Chrome Powders best give off their mirror-like-shine when applied over a base shade of Gel Nail Polish, then a Top Coat. While classic choices like Black Out, Just White, or a subtle Base Coat work wonders, you’re free to customise your set with any Colour Coat that suits your style.

After applying Gelous Base Coat, and if desired, a Colour Coat, apply a thin coat of Gelous Top Coat, curing after each coat. Wipe the nail with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover, then rub Chrome Powder in circular motions over your nail using the Chrome Powder Application Sponge. Dust off excess using the Gelous Dust Brush, seal the magic with a Top Coat, and you're ready to shine.

The hottest manicure trend of the moment, we've got you covered with all the chrome nail inspiration for a dazzling look that you can easily DIY. Read on to discover your favourite chrome finish and see how you can take your at-home gel manicures to new heights.

Gold Mirror Chrome Powder

Gelous Gold Mirror Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

A manicure fit for a queen, this Gold Mirror Chrome Powder is all luxury and glamour. Apply over Just White Gel Nail Polish for a delicate set that stuns with its opulent champagne tones, or over Black Out for a deep white-gold that promises power and intensity. With this lavish manicure, the golden touch lies right at your fingertips - and it’s yours for the taking.

Silver Mirror Chrome Powder

Gelous Silver Mirror Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. Sleek, striking and a little bit futuristic, our Silver Mirror Chrome Powder is everything right in a metallic manicure. The perfect shade for an all-over modern mani, edgy nail art or a glam feature nail against Black Gel Nail Polish, this cult favourite is a must-have in your manicure kit.

Pink Mirror Chrome Powder & Mauve Mirror Chrome Powder

Gelous Pink Mirror Chrome Powder & Gelous Mauve Mirror Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Your favourite pink shades, amplified. If you love chrome’s signature high-shine finish but feel like it’s missing that feminine touch, meet your perfect match in Gelous' Pink Mirror Chrome Powder or Mauve Mirror Chrome Powder. Letting your inner girly-girl shine through, these charming shades effortlessly blend with the cool chrome aesthetic to keep you right on trend.

Blue Mirror Chrome Powder

Gelous Blue Mirror Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Blue as you’ve never seen before, this finish cannot be matched. Rich in metallic sea-blue hues, our Blue Mirror Chrome Powder mixes tranquillity with an edge of playfulness to show your fun side. The ultimate refresher, you can't go wrong with this shade. It's perfect for vibrant full sets or funky nail art, adding a cool pop of colour to your year-round wardrobe.

Red Mirror Chrome Powder

Gelous Red Mirror Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

We all love a red nail, it’s a total staple; bold, confident, and the perfect fit for any occasion. Why not take your classic to a new dimension? With our Red Mirror Chrome Powder’s mesmerising finish, your manicure demands to be seen. Powerful and eye-catching with a striking ruby-red shine, this is everything you love in a traditional Red Gel Manicure, but better.

Pink Lemonade Aurora Chrome Powder

Gelous Pink Lemonade Aurora Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Enchanting with its colour-shifting magic, our Pink Lemonade Aurora Chrome Powder is as sweet as it sounds. Layer it over Just White for a delicate, soft-pink manicure infused with hints of yellow and green, or apply it over Black Out and witness its transformation into an iridescent, deep-forest hue. A real delight, you’ll be sipping on Pink Lemonade’s greatness time and time again.


To watch how to use our our Pink Lemonade Aurora Chrome Powder, watch our Youtube tutorial here or our Mini Tutorial Highlight on Instagram here.

Ice Age Aurora Chrome Powder

Gelous Ice Age Aurora Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Pure frost-kissed beauty, our Ice Age Aurora Chrome Powder is so mesmerising, it’ll leave you breathless. Boasting a light cool-based silver, this extraordinary shade is reminiscent of a winter wonderland when applied over a clear base. Wear it over Just White for a pearly white masterpiece of timeless luxury and elegance, or over Black Out for a steel-toned silver that feels very icy-chic. With this magical Chrome Powder, your manicures will be all style and grace.

Sour Grape Aurora Chrome Powder

Gelous Sour Grape Aurora Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

Sour Grape: the Aurora Chrome Powder that brings a burst of vibrancy and energy to your manicures. Just like its namesake, it’s unforgettable. Coat it over a captivating Black Out base to unveil a deep luscious purple with mysterious hints of green, or give your classic White Gel Nail Polish a tangy twist with a delicate dusting of purple and green radiance. Unlike its namesake, with this Chrome Powder, you’ll be craving more.

Blue Bolt Aurora Chrome Powder

Gelous Blue Bolt Aurora Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

With an electrifying high-shine finish, Blue Bolt Aurora Chrome Powder gives your manicures a striking look. This silvery, cool-toned-blue shines with subtle hints of pink, illuminating on a clear base or intensifying into a deep steel-blue when applied over Black Gel Nail Polish. For a softer statement, layer Blue Bolt over the pristine Just White and watch your manicure evolve into a luxurious shade of pearly off-white. Powerful, right?

Cherry Pop Aurora Chrome Powder

Gelous Cherry Pop Aurora Chrome Powder - photographed in New Zealand on model

The cherry-pink sensation that’ll make your manicure pop with irresistible charm, this brilliant finish will have you shining brighter than ever before. Our beloved Cherry Pop Aurora Chrome Powder is a juicy pink delight with playful hints of yellow and green. Over White Gel Nail Polish, your manicure transforms into a cherry-infused treat - a pearly white canvas with splashes of pink and green - or wear it over Black Out to witness a mesmerising blend of deepened hues. No matter your final look, your nails will steal the show.

Creating The Hailey Bieber 'Glazed Donut' Nail Finish

Gelous Hailey Bieber gel manicure using Sugar Glaze Gel Nail Polish & Chrome Powder Pack - photographed in New Zealand on model

If you’re crushing on the viral Hailey Bieber style ‘Glazed Donut’ nail, then White Glaze is the perfect Chrome Powder for you. With its soft and luminous finish, this mesmerising lustre beautifully recreates the delectable effect. For this particular look, we recommend using one coat of milky-white Swan Lake Gel Nail Polish over a clear base, before applying Top Coat and curing. Give this a wipe with a Lint Free Wipe soaked in Nail Polish Remover, and smoothly rub on a layer of White Glaze Chrome Powder. Dust off the excess Chrome Powder with the Gelous Dust Brush, then apply a further layer of Top Coat and cure. To remove any Chrome left on the skin, simply wipe away with a Lint Free Wipe moistened with Nail Polish Remover. Hello chic nails, glazed to perfection.

Filled with high-shine inspiration and ready to step into the spotlight? Shop Gelous’ full collection of highly-pigmented Chrome Powders and turn your DIY gel manicures into dazzling show-stoppers. Embrace the chrome nail craze and be part of the trend!

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