Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer ($6.67 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver and purple hex glitter.” The description is really dead-on; it’s silver and magenta purple hexagonal glitter pieces. Both have a fairly metallic/mirror-like finish. The glitter is then suspended in a thick, clear base. Β I couldn’t think of anything similar for comparison.

On one hand, I think this looks pretty spectacular, if only because it’s 3D and unlike other polishes I own, but on the other hand, it wears terribly (the glitter flakes off, even if you layer two top coats on top), because the hexagonal glitter particles are curved right around the edges. They just don’t stay put. Application requires significant patience and effort; this is not a quickie polish at all. You have to apply a blob of polish (the consistency is quite thick) and then use the brush to pull out the polish and push and pull the glitters into place. I showed three coats, just so you could see how “opaque” it could get.

Backstage Pass

Limited Edition

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Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

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I very rarely react so strongly to a polish (at least not negatively), but I think this is truly awful. If I ever wanted to look like my nails were magnets and a bunch of shrapnel was attracted to them, this is the polish that I would use. That’s just my opinion, though. Also, I imagine I would go nuts picking at the edges of the hex glitter!

Oh WOW…If CC was available in the UK I would totally get that. I’m a sucker for glitter polishes atm (they’re so much better than what I remember from a few years back!) and I don’t mind taking the time to work with them. That polish is GORGEOUS

It produces a really cool effect overall – luckily Color Club doesn’t break the bank, so you could get away with an indulgent polish or two just for kicks πŸ™‚

Oh, it looks kind of stickey out in the swatches but if it doesn’t actually interfere with things then that makes it a lot better! I can’t wear anything with chunky glitter on my thumbs though because I wear contacts. I doubt my eyes would love the shrapnel look!! Maybe if it didn’t curve so much πŸ™

In the bottle this looked so beautiful seems like its not worth the pain and actually looks a bit odd on the nail vs. the just in the bottle. Maybe it might look good with a solid color topped with this?!

i think there was a manufacturing defect in these polishes…. glitter just isnt supposed to stick out like that…. i think they look really cool in their bottles but i could tell they were going to be a trainwreck.

Ooh it reminds me of those elaborate nails that people do, covered in jewels and cute little tiny items. Too bad the wear on it isn’t better, because I actually really like the effect this n/p creates.

I think the colours are pretty and fun, but the chunks are a bit too big and it looks messy. What a pity, because it would be nice to put over a soft pink or lilac polish for Easter!

I think I would wear this with a few glitter particles on a corner of a nail, like a decorative accent rather than as a polish across the whole nail because the chunks seem quite large.. would look amazing over black!

That’s just what I was thinking… just do a tip, or do a moon manicure with it! Or just do one crazy fingernail – have the rest in a gorgeous silver or purple shade πŸ™‚

Well, I’m a total glitter junkie so I love this. I think it’s uniqueness is totally worth it! I get terrible wear on almost any glitter polish I put on my nails so the wear is unsurprising to me. Thanks for the swatches! I will definitely be trying this!

I like it but I don’t love it, I feel like if there was more glitter and less clear polish I would love it more! If I put glitter polish on it has to be either over another polish or evenly and opaque over my entire nail or it bugs me lol I just don’t like seeing my nail through the glitter, weird I know. The colors are beautiful though! It reminds me of the consistency of Wet n Wild Party of Five Glitters where the glitter was in a thick clear base and you had to try and brush away the extra polish but keep the glitters on your nails.

OMG christine, this looks soo fab on you that i had to buy it lol i just finished my order. Im meant to be saving my money! Your a very bad (but in a good way) influence christine πŸ˜‰

No i didnt!:( all the other shades didnt seem that good to me online, but i bet if you end up reviewing more of the same style, im going to see how fab it is on your nails and end up getting more lol

question, did you put a clear top coat on afterwards? i had glitter nail polish that felt really gritty because the flecks actually stuck out but putting a clear top coat on smoothed it out and sealed it in really well

I have this whole collection (as well as the scented Sugar Plum Yum, which has similar glitter – you can find pictures of my swatching experiment by searching the nail board on Makeup Alley). Backstage Pass is my favorite from the collection, so I thought I might provide a contrasting opinion.

I don’t wear it like this (multiple coats trying to achieve opacity); I wear one sparse coat as a layering glitter. I last wore this over a deep dusty navy (CND Sapphire, from the winter set with the gold flakey), along with a thick coat of Gelous and another of Seche. Worn that way, I think it’s beautiful – like a smattering of gemstones on your nail. I couldn’t stop staring at it! The topcoat completely smoothed out the glitter, so the overall surface was glossy. I now feel compelled to make this my next manicure; I’ll have to post swatch pics.

Anyway, different strokes for different folks, I guess. I just thought I’d throw in my 2 cents. πŸ™‚

When I layered it, I still had the curling issues where the glitter would flake off πŸ™ I used two layers of top coat but still no dice.

I can’t help but think someone put crazy glue on their nails and stuck their hands in the craft glitter looking at this. I think I’ll pass…..

I really like this! The effect is SO unique and right up my alley (I’m a bit obsessed with glitter polishes)! I would probably buy it anyway. I LOVE your reviews and value each one, don’t get me wrong, but I always find myself buying products that you don’t necessarily love because I’m so willing to work with everything! It’s like a fun challenge for me!

LOL! Usually the color is not pretty enough for me to work with it – though I like this one personally, and at this price point, I’d be willing to suffer through application issues–the wear is my deal-breaker, personally!

This must be a bitch to take off!! But it’s pretty amazing. I love weird polishes, the stranger the better.

Sidenote: does anyone know where to buy this?

Dang, it looks really pretty in the bottle, but not that great on your nails. ]:

Maybe if the glitter edges weren’t curved, the polish would be better.

I’m actually really liking this! I think it would look really cool layered over another color. I’ve worked with thick Color Club glitters before, and it really just takes patience to get the placement of the glitters right =]

If you have a Ross Dress for Less close, then go ahead and purchase Cosmetic Arts nail polish. The company who makes Color Club also makes Cosmetic Arts. I picked up a dupe for CC Covered in Diamonds for $1.99 and I’m pretty sure I saw a dupe for the Backstage Pass there as well. I’m thinking about going back to grab it.

More info on Cosmetic Arts nail polish:

Oooh I love the look, it’s georgous! Don’t think I’d have the patience to put it on though. I bought the NYX glitter and ice after your review, absolutely love that! That actually goes on pretty quick, so I wish this one would be easier to work with. I’m such a sucker for purple…

I think this looks neat! I’d like to see a different color though; I’m not a fan of magenta. I would definitely put this over a dark color. I wish it looked a little more smooth, though.

I am really liking this nailpolish. Purchased it a couple of weeks ago and did have a hard time applying. I found that adding two layers of a good top coat help with the glitter flaking. Got the holiday polish and they smell incrediable. I got tons of great comments on this polish and would repurchase. I’m just saying if you work with it you can pull it off.

OMG I need this!! It’s so unique and I change or put a new effect on my polish nearly every day so one day of really neat nails would be fine for me.

I love the way it looks in the bottle, and I love the idea behind it, but in all the pictures I’ve seen the glitter rolls up a bit. If they used a stronger glitter, this would be AWESOME to layer on top of dark purples, blues, and blacks!

It looks beautiful in the bottle, but utterly hideous on the nails! How dissapointing!

Def stick to Deborah Lippmann for polishes like that, or opi.

I have this polish and am trying to find cool ways to wear it, base coats, etc…. I like how you’ve got it in these photos. Did you do this over your nails normally or is there something underneath? I love this polish, it’s a total pain but it’s only a few dollars and it looks very nail art esque, I feel like I got them done professionally but without the price tag!

LOL! it looks like you scraped the floor at a drag show before your clear-coat dried. Don’t do “snow angels” at the club, girl β€” who knows what’s down there!

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