Sally Hansen – Glam Fest

Today I have one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Ltd Edition Spring 2014 Xtreme Wear Color Vibrations Glitter Mania collection (way to go SH for the longest collection name in a while….) For more info on the entire collection, you can see this page on Nouveau Cheap.  This is Glam Fest a multi coloured glitter in a clear base.

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Ah, glitter polish.  What’s not to love?  This one has mulit coloured glitters and small silver glitters within it.  I wore this over a gray creme from KIKO so all the glitter is from the bottle. My experience with the recent Xtreme glitters has not been good.  In my opinion, there is too much base coat, meaning that to get more than three bits of glitter, you have to pass over more than once.  Plus if you dare to put it on too thickly, it bubbles quickly.  Thin and slow is the way here and lets be honest, which a cheap drugstore buy, you want quick.  Not slow.

Much as I love this combo, its not something I would reach for in a hurry.  Drying time, even with top coat, too ages……

I didn’t get this in the UK, I bought it via a reseller on eBay along with a number of other polishes and lip balms (don’t have enough of them either) so if you want to take the plunge and you are in the UK, Europe or beynd, eBay is your best bet.  Otherwise for those of you in North America check your local drugstores as there may be a few of these knocking about.

Let me know what you think.  What is your fave glitter top coat?

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China Glaze – It’s a Trap-eze!

Are you ready for some glitter loveliness??  Today I have China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze! to show you, this was sent to me by my lovely Canadian Polish buddy, Adina, from Blue Collar Red Lipstick.  This is from the Worlds Away Cirque Du Soleil Collection that came out in late 2012.  There were 12 polishes in this collection, including a couple of glitters.  Anyway, let’s go!

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Having spent a lot of time recently removing glitter from my poor abused nails, I decided early on that a layer approach was probably best.  I went straight to the best white polish in my collection, which is Tempest from Cult Nails.  This is a great white polish, goes on smooth and levels well, making it ideal on its own or as a base colour.

I then used just one medium thickness coat of It’s a Trap-ese, yes just one coat.  Look at that glitter!!  Completely in love.  I am a little obsessed about white polishes with glitter at the moment, plus I needed something I could wear for a couple of days.  This was perfect for that.  I prepped by nails by base coating with Essence Better Than Gel Nails Base coat.  I do like this product, dries quickly and seems to provide great anchorage for polish.  In fact, I reckon its getting very popular as my recent trip to Holland turned up a massive blank when trying to buy more bottles!!

Anyway, the polish itself it white tinged, and I know from other blogs that if you layer it carefully you can get opacity within two or three coats.  I think it really shines when you layer it, such as this.  It dries quickly and its packed full of glitter in lots of different colours, orange, red, green, yellow, blue, silver and white.  It appears to be in two sizes, small and large.  I sealed the whole thing tight with a thick coat of Seche Vite, but it wasn’t too bumpy at all before the Seche.

What do you think?  Are you over or into white polish and glitter??