If you want to create a stylish ombre effect on your nails without all the hassle then using color changing gel nail polish would be the best way to do it. Mood changing gel nail polish is a polish that changes color according to temperature.
Each mood changing nail polish gel has a basic “cool” color that changes into another “warm” color with higher temperatures. So there are two colors per each nail polish bottle.
So it’s not really your mood that mood gel polish reacts to but your body temperature.
For example, when you are holding a cup of hot coffee in your hands the tips of your nails can change color and you’ll get a cute looking ombre effect on your nails.
Color changing gel nail polish at a glance
|Kiara Sky Ombrebase||Salon-grade mood changing 2-step gel nail polish. Base coat use is optional.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Kiara Sky Ombreglow||Mood changing glow in the dark 2-step gel nail polish. Base coat use is optional.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|LeChat||Salon-grade color changing gel nail polish. Matching nail lacquer is also available.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Cre8tion||Color changing gel polish with glitter.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|DND||Salon-grade mood changing gel nail polish.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Candy Lover||Variety set of 8 gel polishes with effects, including mood changing ones.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Aimeili||Budget-friendly polish for at-home users.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Modelones||Budget-friendly set of pastel color glchanging gel polishes.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Gellen||Set of 6 color changing gel polishes with glitter.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Born Pretty||Set of 6 mood changing cat eye polishes.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|SEXY MIX||Set of 8 candy colored polishes.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|FairyGlo||Starter set of 6 polishes that change between 3 colors plus base coat and top coat.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Elite 99||Set of 8 bright polishes with glitter.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Mia Secret Gelux||Subtle color changing effect polish.||CHECK ON AMAZON|
Kiara Sky Ombrebase
Kiara Sky is a brand from California that manufactures nail products and manicure tools.
They are famous for their high-quality dipping powder kits.
The brand’s other best-selling product is its color changing gel polishes in lots of cute and trendy colors.
Kiara Sky’s mood changing gel nail polish is called Ombrebase because ombre is the effect that it creates on your nails.
The brand calls the basic shade you get out of the bottle the Wicked color.
It’s a brighter, more vibrant shade.
The mood change shade you get when your nail polish comes in contact with hot temperature is called Enchanted.
It’s a softer shade.
Kiara Sky Ombrebase color changing gel polish also has a unique 2-step formula.
It means that it contains both the color polish and the base coat in one bottle.
So you don’t need to use the base coat before applying Kiara Sky Ombrebase mood changing gel polish.
You can even paint this polish over Kiara Sky dipping powder nails.
However, if you are applying Ombrebase over acrylic nails or just want your manicure to last longer and stay better then you can use the base coat.
The top coat use is always necessary with Kiara Sky gel polishes.
Kira Sky manufactures a no wipe top coat that doesn’t leave a sticky layer after you have done your nails.
So you don’t need to wipe the nails at the final stage of your manicure.
Kiara Sky Ombreglow
Kiara Sky also manufactures an amazing product called Ombreglow.
It’s a mood changing gel nail polish, just like Ombrebase.
Its color changes according to temperature too.
However, this polish also glows in the dark.
So you actually get 3 colors in one bottle.
That way you get two colors with a mood changing ombre effect by day and a glowing color by night.
Ombrebase is also a 2-step gel nail polish. So the use of the base coat is optional with this gel polish too.
Kiara Sky ombre polishes are salon-quality products.
They cure well and don’t shrink or bubble up in the lamp.
All Kiara Sky gel polishes are soak-off ones and you can remove them with an acetone remover for gel nail polishes.
LeChat color changing gel nail polish
Le Chat means “a cat” in French.
This mood changing gel polish is another professional-quality salon-grade gel nail polish.
But you can also use it at home.
LeChat has named its main line of products Perfect Match because for each gel nail polish shade you can find a perfectly matching shade of nail lacquer or dip powder.
That’s why LeChat offers their gel polishes in duo pack bundles together with matching nail lacquer.
You can use the lacquer for quick touch-ups if your nails chip a bit with time.
Mood changing gel nail polish by LeChat is sold as a standalone product, but every color has a matching Dare to Wear mood nail lacquer too!
Like with Kiara Sky’s polish, LeChat’s color change effect is activated by the temperature of your hands, when your body temperature rises, when you hold your hands under warm water, or when you go outside in hot weather.
This polish is very sensitive to temperature and changes color quickly.
Some of the colors of LeChat color changing gel nail polish even have glitter!
There are also simple cream colors.
And the prettiest ones are “frosted” colors, with holographic glitter.
The polish is pretty thick, so it’s not too easy to apply in thin layers.
However, it cures really well and provides good coverage and even glitter distribution in 1 or 2 layers.
LeChat also promises that their polish can last very well, for up to 3 weeks.
Cre8tion manufactures gel nail polishes with gorgeous effects.
They make products with mermaid glitter, marble effect, cat’ eye, glow in the dark effect, platinum glitter, flakes, and, of course, mood changing gel nail polishes.
Cre8tion color changing gel polish is also activated by the temperature of your body or by the surrounding temperature.
The mood changing gel polish collection by Cre8tion has lots of shades to choose from.
The manufacturer recommends using a bond primer before you apply the base coat.
This step is optional, the primer just helps the bonding of the color polish to your natural nail plate.
So this helps your manicure stay on your nails for a longer time.
The manufacturer even promises it would stay on for up to 3 weeks.
Cre8tion also makes a no cleanse top coat that you don’t need to wipe after finishing your manicure.
Cre8tion gel nail polishes are soak-off ones too.
DND color changing gel nail polish
DND stands for Daisy Nail Designs. The brand was founded by a team of professional nail technicians and nail artists.
Like LeChat, DND often sells their gel nail polishes as duo packs that contain both gel polish and ordinary nail lacquer of the same shade.
So you can do little touch-ups as your nails grow out.
However, unfortunately, DND mood changing gel nail polish is only sold as stand-alone bottles.
This is another gel polish that changes color according to the temperature.
Like all DND gel polishes, color-changing nail polish is easy to apply, not too thick, and stays on very well.
DND products are often used in salons, so professional nail techs really trust this brand.
Candy Lover is a budget-friendly gel nail polish manufacturer from China.
Their products are non-toxic and low odor.
Candy Lover sells a very pretty 8-color set of gel nail polishes that contains flat colors with shimmer and glitter, temperature-sensitive gel nail polishes with shimmer, and magnetic cat’ eye effect gel polishes (with a magnet stick included).
This set consists of lovely girly shades from light pink and peach to purple, magenta, and dark turquoise.
All the polishes in this set are bright and well-pigmented.
So they can provide full coverage with just one thin layer, although they are a bit too thick, so distributing the polish in a thin coat may be tricky.
Still, this set is great for at-home users.
Aimeili color changing gel nail polish
Aimeili is a budget-friendly brand that manufactures gel nail polishes and other nail products in Hong Kong using components from the USA, Germany, and Japan.
Its line of gel polishes is easy to use.
Aimeli gel nail polishes are not salon-grade ones but they are a great choice for at-home users and beginners.
Plus these polishes contain absolutely no animal-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals.
Glitter mood changing polish:
The best polish that Aimeili makes is the mood changing gel nail polish, which reacts to temperature.
So it’s called Aimeili Temperature Color Changing gel nail polish.
This line of polishes has gorgeous bright colors and even glitters!
They can last for at least 2 weeks, as Aimeili promises.
However, they are a bit thick, so make sure you apply them in thin layers or they would shrink in the lamp.
You can buy these polishes in sets.
And another unique product that Aimeili makes is their light changing gel nail polish called Aimeili Sun Play.
This product changes its color with UV/sunshine exposure.
The color changes instantly according to the intensity of the UV rays from the sun.
The stronger the UV intensity the sunlight has the darker the color becomes.
This polish line also contains glitter.
In addition to that, Aimeili sells a very nice no wipe top coat.
Modelones is another budget-fiendly brand that manufactures their products in China.
Modelones sells sets of gel nail polishes, dipping powders, and polygels with all kinds of effects.
Including glow in the dark, marble, neon, magnetic, glitter, and mood changing gel nail polishes.
They also offer a set of color changing gel nail polishes with glitter and beautiful, trendy colors.
The colors in the set are bold and fashionable, like black with gold glitter, red, hot pink.
They change into lighter, pastel colors with warmer temperatures.
At the same time, it offers good coverage even with just one color coat and doesn’t run into the cuticles.
Modelones polish is a bit thick so be careful when applying it and try to spread it in thin layers for better curing.
Gellen is yet another budget-friendly brand of gel nail polishes.
Their products are also made in China.
Gellen’s products are great for at-home use.
Their polishes are sold in large sets of 16 or 18 colors.
So you can invest in one Gellen set and you get a whole palette of polishes at your disposal.
Their polishes are low odor, which is really nice.
Gellen’s mood changing gel polish set contains only 6 colors, but they are really elegant and gorgeous.
My favorites are a nice grey/nude gradient and a stylish pink/purple one.
All Gellen color change polishes in this set contain a generous amount of glitter.
However, the polish is very thick. So you need to shake the bottle before application to distribute the glitter more evenly.
Also, you’ll need to apply up to 3 thin layers of this polish to have a good glitter coverage on your nails.
Born Pretty is a brand from China that is best known for selling magnetic cat’s eye effect polishes and nail stamping pads.
And all of the brand’s products are very budget-friendly too.
Born Pretty manufactures a set of 6 unique mood change gel nail polishes that are thermal and magnetic at the same time.
So you get a beautiful ombre effect along with the gorgeous cat’s eye chatoyancy using just one polish.
You’ll need to buy a special magnet for creating the cat’s eye effect.
Unlike Born Pretty’s traditional cat’s eye polish, the thermal cat’s eye polish doesn’t require a layer of black polish underneath.
Just apply 2-3 layers of the color changing polish and use the magnet before curing each layer.
SEXY MIX is another budget-friendly brand that manufactures gel nail polishes, and other nail products for at-home users.
A big plus of these polishes is that they are non-toxic and not too smelly.
They are also very easy to apply because they have the right consistency for a smooth application.
SEXY MIX mood changing gel nail polish is only available as a set of 8 miniature bottles.
These 8 pieces come in super cute candy colors and half of them also contain glitter.
And the colors are true to the photo. They look really lovely!
FairyGlo is a Chinese manufacturer of gel nail polishes with various effects.
Their temperature-activated mood changing gel nail polish has very interesting color shifts.
This polish changes between 3 colors according to temperature!
One shade is very dark, another one is slightly lighter, and the third one is the lightest.
So you get a lovely triple gradient on your nails!
FairyGlo polishes are sold as a set of 6 bottles plus a base and a top coat, which is a great starter set for at-home manicures.
The only downside of this set is that the polishes are very runny so they are not too easy to apply, as the polish may run into your cuticles
A plus of FairyGlo products is that they are non-toxic and low odor.
FairyGlo also sells a massive 30 piece set of their color changing gel nail polishes. It consists of polishes that shift between 2 colors, not 3.
And you can select the colors you want to include in your set.
Elite 99 is another nail polish manufacturer from China.
They specialize in creating gel nail polishes with fun effects, including glittery mood changing gel polish.
You can get a set of 8 gel nail polishes.
The pack contains lovely bright colors with glitter.
This polish is a bit too thin so you may need to apply up to 4 coats to get a fully opaque manicure.
Mia Secret Gelux
Mia Secret is a brand of professional nail products from Los Angeles, California.
They manufacture acrylic powders, nail drills, UV/LED lamps, and gel nail polishes.
Mia Secret color change nail polish doesn’t offer a dramatic shift between different hues.
You won’t see pink changing into blue with these polishes.
They change from a darker shade to a lighter shade belonging to the same hue.
So the gradient you get would be monochromatic.
Still, it looks really beautiful. And would be perfect for you if you prefer a subtle ombre effect on your nails.
Also, Mia Secret polish is pretty sheer so you may need more than 2 color coats for better coverage.
Mia Secret sells color changing acrylic powders too.
How does color changing gel nail polish work?
If you want to get a nice ombre effect on your nails but don’t want to use any complicated techniques to create it then the easiest way to get this effect is to use a mood changing gel nail polish.
Each mood change gel polish color is actually formulated to contain two colors instead of one.
The second color is temperature-activated.
It works just like the cute mood rings that you may have had in your childhood.
One of the dyes that the color changing gel nail polish has in its formula reacts with a special solvent and becomes transparent in one temperature and opaque in the other.
The other dye is an ordinary one. So you see it when the first dye becomes colorless with a temperature change.
The “cool” color is the basic color of the mood changing polish that you get right out of the bottle when you are applying your polish to your nails.
It’s also the color that stays on your nails at cooler room temperature, or, for example, when your fingertips are cold.
The “warm” color of the mood changing gel nail polish is the one that your nail polish changes into when your body temperature rises or when you are holding a hot object, or when you are staying in a hotter room.
For example, you may be holding a cup of coffee or submerging your hands in warm water.
You may even see this effect right away, while you are still painting your nails with the mood changing gel polish if your hands are warm when you are doing this.
So your basic color may begin changing into the “warm” color as you go, while you are still distributing the polish over your nail plate.
Also, the entire nail may change color in the lamp after you cure your polish because of the heat coming from the lamp.
Your nails can also become fully colored with the “warm” hue when you are in a hot room.
Then as your fingers cool down the basic “cool” color will come out again and the ombre effect will return.
And if your entire nail is cold the ombre changes again into one flat “cool” color.
That’s why the ombre effect can sometimes be inconsistent.
The gradient effect actually works great in cold weather when you are trying to keep yourself warm.
So your fingers are warm and the free edge of your nails is cold and there you get the cool-looking gradient.
You usually don’t get any more colors in your color change polish gel other than two or three.
Of course, the words “mood changing” are not really accurate to describe this effect, but this sounds nice.
How to apply mood changing gel nail polish
You apply it in the same way as any other kind of gel nail polish.
This polish requires curing with a UV/LED lamp too.
Clean the nail plate, apply the base coat, cure it in a lamp.
Then paint 2-3 color coats and cure each one before you apply the next one.
The final step is adding the top coat, curing it, and wiping off the stickiness. Unless the top coat is a no wipe one.
Make sure to apply very thin layers of the color coat, the base coat, and the top coat.
Otherwise, the product would shrink or bubble up in the lamp or peel off in a day or two.
How to remove color changing gel nail polish
Again, you can remove it in the same way as any other gel nail polish.
Simply by soaking it off with an acetone-based remover.
So with color changing gel polish, you get a beautiful ombre nail art effect with the same amount of effort as when you use an ordinary gel nail polish.