Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Swatches by Color: New Swatch Gallery Format

Hello Loves!  As I mentioned in Monday's post, I have been working on a new Swatch Gallery format.  My regular galleries (by brand) are still alive and well, but they have a new baby sister who I believe you will all love even more!  Many of you expressed an interest in a gallery by color instead of brand, so here she is:  Introducing my "Swatches by Color" gallery!

A few details:  I cropped all of my gel polish swatches to a thumbnail of the color (usually the middle nail from the swatch photo).  I then arranged them as best I could by color regardless of brand (creams first, then shimmers within each color family...because it was just too danged difficult to organize them all together!).  If you are visiting from a PC, the brand and color will pop up when you hover over each thumbnail.  Sadly, this doesn't work on mobile devices.  But no worries for my mobile viewers - the thumbnails are also linked to the original blog posts where I show the full swatches and details of the polish.  :)  Note: this gallery includes every gel polish I have swatched since the creation of Manic Talons, so the photo quality and lighting will vary some.  Oh, and just a fun little fact...I have swatched 385 gel polishes and 79 regular polishes so far for a total of 464 swatches posted in just a year and a half!  (proud

I have added a link to this new gallery format on my Swatch Galleries landing page so that it will be easy to find (the link to that is located in my menu bar above).   At this point, only the gel polish swatches have been converted to the new format.  I'm working on the RNP swatches and will add that page soon.

I'm not going to lie...she was a beast to build.  Many, many hours were spent editing photos and coding HTML to make it happen.  It was a labor of love...for you!  I sincerely hope you find it to be a useful resource.  If you love the new gallery and would like to say "Thank you", I'm still desperately seeking support for my nail school journey.  ;)  Between donations and my destash (round 2 is coming soon, I promise), you have helped me survive for two months.  But I'm not quite there yet.  I'm at only 30% of my total goal with several months left to go.  Every little bit helps!  And let's be honest...once I'm licensed I'll have tons more opportunities to show you even more swatches and nail art.  ;)

Finally, Manic Talons may be my little slice of the internet, but y'all, I do this for you.  I started this blog as a resource for other gel polish lovers after being frustrated by the lack of swatches available.  So please keep the suggestions coming!  If you want to see swatches of specific brands, collections or colors, shoot me an email and I'll try to make it happen.  If there's a type of resource page you would find useful, tell me!  If you have an idea of how I can make this site an even better resource for pros and DIYers alike, email me!  I am always open to suggestions and welcome your questions and comments.  :)

Speaking of swatches, I have some gorgeous gel polish swatches coming your way.  I'm swatching like a mad woman over here to get caught back up after last week's illnesses.  So stay tuned for new beauties and reviews from BMC, Madam Glam, Revel Nail and Akzentz just to name a few!


*A super huge "Thank You" to Angela Z. for helping me think through the order of the colors and flow of the gallery itself.


  1. Glad you're still keeping both. I think both have their uses. Thanks for all you do.

  2. Love your blog.
    This is going to be great.

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    1. I'm not sure I understand your question. Do you mean on Pinterest? If so, you can pin any of the images from the new gallery and it should link back to the page. If you mean pin it here, there's a link in the gallery landing page that will take you straight to it. :)


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