NOTD: Purple Gel Nails With Gelish, MAC Pigments and OCC Glitters

Finally got to do my second set of gel nails with the Gelish Soak-off Gel System I reviewed last week. This time, I wanted to do a purple look so I decided to mix my own color. Read on to see what I used!

Purple Gel Nails with Gelish Structure Gel, MAC Violet and Entremauve Pigments and OCC Beige and Slate Glitters

Base – Clear with Gelish Structure Clear Gel.
2/3 Of the Nail – A sheer mauve by mixing MAC Violet Pigment with Gelish Structure Clear Gel.
Tip – A dark purple by mixing MAC Entremauve Pigment with Gelish Structure Clear Gel. I also added a layer of OCC Glitters in Beige and Slate that I picked up from The Makeup Show Chicago.

I really loved how the colors turned out, especially with the glitter. They are super fine and just GORGEOUS! Stay tuned for a review of them!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Gorgeous nails again! Just wondering, is there a reason you purchased Gelish over brands like OPI’s Axxium or ibd’s Gelac? Thanks!

    • Yup I tried the Axxium and thought it was difficult to remove. The Gelish also works under both UV and LED lights and come in many more colors, including glitter and shimmer finishes.

  2. Hi! I love your manis! I’m a new Gelish Junkie too – I wanted to ask how you’re mixing your pigments with the Structure? Do you just glop a bit of the Structure in an empty bottle? Also, do you find that you can use those mixes alone, and not any of the regular Gelish colors (like Simpler Sheer)?


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