Rant & Rave: Glitter Top Coats (for Nails)

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my answer: I love that they can add pizzazz to any manicure, but I get really annoyed when you have to fish shapes or bits out of the bottle or if you have to do a lot of maneuvering of the glitters on the nail so there aren’t empty areas.

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I like Cirque’s glitters since they are a bit more densely packed with glitter, so you don’t have to fish around. Jin Soon’s rose gold Gala is also very full coverage. There are also some nice black and white options such as Hard Candy’s Black Tie Optional. But yeah, like the other comments say, removal tends to be difficult, unless you use a special peel off base coat.

My rant is just the difficulty of getting the stuff OFF. I’m not keen on soaking my nails in acetone for an extended period of time. I wish the glitter came off as easily as regular polish does.

i used to skip wearing glitter polishes because of the removal, but then i found a remover at target called the dip-it, which is similar to other jar removers with the sponges inside, but instead of a sponge, it’s plastic inside and has bristles similar to a mascara wand that help the glitter come off. it works brilliantly! i’ve heard other drugstores have similar versions but i’ve only used the one from target.

i also used to use elmer’s school glue as a peel-able base coat after seeing comparisons online to pricier peel-off base coats, and that works well, but your manicure won’t last as long.

That remover is HG! No “soaking” necessary, and each nail is takes less than 5 seconds, even the stubborn polish that tends to linger in the cuticle area. I love it foe dark polishes, as well, especially if I want to use a paler shade after.

I need to research more about that Elmer’s glue trick… I switch my polish regularly, so lasting-time isn’t a deal-breaker.

I love the sparkly effect but hate hate HATE trying to get them off with remover!!! I tried the “let the cotton sit on the nail for 5 minutes” thing, I’ve tried super-soaking the cotton with remover but it always takes elbow grease and a lot of it, to get those glittery top coats off me!

i used to have a love/hate relationship because of removal but seriously after i bought glitter base from picture polish, it’s usually a breeze or at least easier to remove them.

I love sparkly micro-shimmer, but those big, chunky glitters/flakes just aren’t my thing. I have nothing against them, but they just don’t suit/appeal to me.

I love how they look! So sparkly and so much depth! I don’t like how it feels kind of rough to the touch and I realllllly don’t like how difficult it is to take off. That’s why most of the time I just paint the glitter on one or two nails!

I love that its sparkly and usually lasts longer than just a top coat. Since I wear acrylics taking it off is a huge pain so I usually stick to one accent nail just to avoid removing it.

My recent gel nail manicure is cherry red with a glitter gel topcoat. Stunning looking and I’ve had so many compliments. The manicurist mixed the glitter into a clear gel and there is no budging it. Perfect for Christmas.

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