Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Polish in Night Prowl - $1 at most drugstores
One of the newer polishes in the ranks of the Wild Shine range is Night Prowl; a slightly sheer black with deep magenta glitter. There's another similar color by Petites called Black Amethyst, but it's about the same price for a smaller bottle and it's just a smidge more sheer. I liked the Petites version a lot until I happened upon Night Prowl, because I can get away with one less coat, and the glitter seems a bit bigger. I use thin-ish coats, but even so, three coats is better than four. The sheer texture helps the glitter to show through, much like China Glaze Lubu Heels, and the overall look of the polish is a deep purple when viewed at arms length. Up close, you can see the glitter quite well in the black base, and it's a nice departure from plain black. For one dollar, you just can't beat these polishes, I love the formula to death. Blue Moon is another favorite I recommend checking out!
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What's better than metallic silver? Metallic silver with glitter! This was a mani I did this week and I loved it. It looked awesome in the sun. The photos don't really capture the blinginess of it all. It's two coats of OPI Rinse Charming (discontinued, but similar polishes can be used, like Zoya Trixie), with two thin coats of China Glaze Shooting Star and two thin coats of China Glaze Techno. Shooting Star is a clear base with lots of tiny holographic microglitter and larger translucent glitter. Techno has a clear base as well, with holographic microglitter of a slightly larger size than Shooting Star and it also has some large silver-based holographic glitter. Both of them together are utterly blingtastic. There are a ton of photos after the jump...
L-R - OPI Rinse Charming, China Glaze Shooting Star, China Glaze Techno
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Finger Paints Wicked Glitter - $3.99 at sallybeauty.com
The newest Limited Edition offering from Finger Paints is supposed to emulate the glory of the OPI Alice in Wonderland glitters, but are world's apart in my opinion. Wicked Glitter is vastly different than it's supposed peer Mad as a Hatter. The only similarity shared by the two beautiful polishes is that they are clear-based multi-colored glitters. Wicked Glitter is dominated by pink and red hues, with a scattering of blue and gold, whereas Mad as a Hatter is more silver in it's base, with other colors in smaller measure dispersed throughout to give it a more taupey look at arms length. In truth, Wicked Glitter reminds me more of Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink.
As far as the application of this polish, it's not terribly opaque. In an opacity fight between Mad as a Hatter, Rockstar Pink, and Wicked Glitter, WG would come in last. It took four thick coats to get to the opacity shown in the photos. I like the variety of color in this polish when viewed up close, but the overall shade it creates is dull, and the small glitter pieces really just don't give off enough sparkle to make it really stand out. Add to that the sparse glitter, and it's not really all I thought it might be cracked up to be. All that being said, Finger Paints special releases are few and far between, and when they include unique and interesting shades, it's even more of an occasion, so you may feel it's worth it to pick up.
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Maybelline - Twinkle Pink - $1 at Dollar Tree
Another fun Dollar Tree find, Twinkle Pink is one of those Glitter Express Finish that came out 7 years ago or so. I owned two of these when they first came out, a silver/white and one with some orange in it. I wish I could remember the names or find them again because they bring back fond memories. I used them up! I've since found other glitter ranges that I like better, like China Glaze and OPI's Alice collection ones, but this bottle took me back and for $1 it was a no brainer. It's got a clear base and lots of pink and silver glitter. It's not super dense, and it's a bit streaky, but I like it a lot anyway. I seem to remember my old ones applying better, but of course they were new back then.... Anyway, if you're into glitter or pink or crazy deals then "get thee to the Dollar Tree."
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Whoa. Just whoa. So I've shown you guys a few Nfu Oh flakies before; 38, 52, 60, and I think I still need to show you guys 51 and 61 (holo)... oops. But I digress, I'm going to show you number 49 today. I bought this recently on fabuloustreet.com because they're on sale! Normally you can get these babies for $12.50 shipped which isn't bad, but right now they're $10.00 shipped (to the US anyway). These are a bit bigger than your average polish at .60 oz, and there are so many unique colors and finishes. Nfu Oh has everything from cremes to glitters to these gorgeous flake-filled polishes.
This particular one has a very sheer rose base with orange-based flakes that when viewed from different angles range from reddish-orange, to yellow, to blue-green. I applied this over Zoya Pinta and the dark base really helps the flakes show up. They remind me of 90s crackle polish. All the Nfu Oh flakies have varying amounts of flakes in them; some are very sparse and require a few coats, but some are packed full and require only one coat. 49 is one of the latter. One moderate coat gave my nails this profusion of duochromey flakey goodness. YUM! OH and it looked awesome over my last manicure too!
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Index to pinkie: Zoya Roxy, Claire's Chunky Purple, Zoya Roxy, Zoya Astra
Zoya Roxy: This is what I refer to as my "party in a bottle." Roxy is pure magenta glitter goodness in a bon bon of a bottle. Three or four coats of this and the nails are a deep sea of outrageous vibrant glitter.
Claire's Chunky Purple: I originally picked this one up because it reminded me off-hand of Roxy and boy it's close. Aside from the obvious addition of silver hex glitter and the fact that the "other" glitter is smaller than Roxy's, the base is the same and the end result is so similar. It's jazzed up a bit, but still just as awesome. The hex glitter adheres to the nail well, and you get good coverage for this one in about three coats. it's also SMOOTH on the nail with just a coat of topcoat which is a feat for such a "chunky" polish
Zoya Astra: Astra is a bit lighter and more pink than the others. You also see a fair amount more glitter than the others per coat of polish. It's ultra blingy and a happy unique warm pink that I haven't seen anywhere else. I love the addition of a little silver in the glitter.
I am so sorry, I totally forgot to take a bottle comp photo!!! I'll see if I can remember to get one soon.
Zoya Astra - $7 at zoya.com
Astra was the only one of the three Ultra Glitter polishes I purchased when they first came out a few months ago. I originally bought it because of my all-consuming love of Zoya Roxy and thought this might be something like Roxy Lite. Turns out Astra is as gorgeous as expected, but she dances to the beat of her own drum. The base here is much more sheer than Roxy. Where Roxy has a deep-yet-vibrant magenta base with which to support the oodles of matching glitter, Astra has a sheer jelly raspberry base with warm pink and silver glitter. There's more glitter in Astra, to be sure. In order to avoid seeing the base color, you'd need four coats. This is three on otherwise bare nails. I've worn this a couple times already as you can clearly see from the level in the bottle, and it wears pretty well. It's on par with Roxy which is the only other Zoya glitter I've tried. Overall, this is such a neat polish, and I love it, but I admit I still love Roxy more. I recommend both polishes though, if you're dying for some bling and/or some Zoya.
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SinfulColors are available at Walgreen's and Rite Aid for about $2 each
Like you've heard me say, I'm not the world's biggest green nail polish fan. That all might be changing recently. There have been a deluge of amazing green polishes lately that have stolen my heart; from China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint to OPI Jade is the New Black, I've been eating my own words over the last few weeks.
It's not really a surprise that because of my new appreciation for greens my eyes zeroed in on Sinful Innocent while at my local Walgreen's recently. It's an almost neon lime green creme that reminds me of a 50s kitchen. It's got much more yellow than any other bright green I've got, and it applies wonderfully. I was a bit shocked at the application because I've heard a couple people say it wasn't that great, but it went on smoothly and was very opaque in two coats. Normally SinfulColors don't treat me so well. So I can say I'm happy with the application and color.
Sinful All About You is a clear-base polish with varying sizes of gold, copper, and antiqued green-gold glitter and shimmer. It gives an almost speckled look to the nails and I loved the way it looked over Innocent. I'm sort of interested to see what would happen if it was mixed into a black polish, I think it would be gorgeous. It's got a nice glitter-to-base ratio meaning that I felt like I got a good amount of glitter that covered evenly in one coat over Innocent.
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LA Splash Glitter Nail Polish in Glitz & Berry $3.99 at Ulta
The second of the two LA Splash polishes I snagged at Ulta recently is Glitz & Berry. When I picked it up, I assumed it was just a cool-toned red glitter somewhat similar to China Glaze Ruby Pumps, but turns out the base is sheer. It's still quite pretty, and would be amazing over a pinkish red base. Alone, it's a very sheer jelly raspberry with fine sweet-berry glitter. It almost reminds me of a more sheer Zoya Astra with smaller glitter. Either way, you're looking at three coats here. The finish is a tiny bit gritty, which is to be expected, but it evens out nicely with a coat of Seche Vite. I really love these polishes, though I've only to go by, but I plan on trying more for sure. Their selection in the Ulta I visited was quite large, so I'm excited to check out more. I'm also actually really interested in taking a look at their makeup, which looks awesome.
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Shades by Barielle - June Bug - $8 at barielle.com
Part of the new Wildflower collection for Spring, Barielle's June Bug is one of the most unique polishes I've laid eyes on. The base is an an enigma of grey, seafoam green and denim blue. Then when the light hits it, the vibrant light turquoise sheen is visible. To top it all off there is fuchsia glitter embedded throughout. I can see a few stray silver specks as well. This reminds me an egg of some exotic, as-yet-unknown bird and I likes it. Pictured here are three coats under SecheVite top coat as it does present a slightly matted out finish and a little glitter grit before topcoat. The first coat is a bit spotty, two coats you begin to see how gorgeous it is, then at three coats it is magnificent. I'd have never thought of a combination like this but it's fun! I like the formula a lot, and the bottle is pretty simple and lovely. Right now Barielle has a B2G1Free on all their Shades polishes, so I would definitely recommend checking them out!
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