It’s powder mania here on the Fine Polish blog! I’ve been getting a huge kick out of trying out different chrome and holographic powders, so today’s review is for a red holographic glitter powder set from Born Pretty.
At first glance, the product is not much to look at. There is no indication regarding the color or instructions for use on the packaging. The baggie is heat sealed at the top across the hang tag area, so you must tear the packaging at the notches on the sides to open the product, but there is also a Ziploc seal closure located at the top of the white section of the bag that makes it reusable for storage purposes.
The actual contents include roughly 1 gram of glitter powder inside a plastic, faceted container. The opening is sealed in the same manner as bottles of vitamins are so that the powder does not leak out of the container during shipment.
Also included is a small sponge tipped applicator with a plastic handle. This is very much like an eyeshadow applicator except it has a smaller handle. The whole length is 1.5 inches.
The glitter itself is very fine and unlike anything that you will see in a craft store. It looks rather drab in the container but really comes alive once a gel top coat is applied. The particles are bigger than the ones in other chrome pigments and apply very similarly except for a slight twist.
Begin by painting your nails with a color that matches the pigment that you are using. Because I am using red glitter, I painted my nails red. This way, any areas that do not get covered fully by the glitter will be less apparent.
Note that if you use regular polish like I did, you will need to wait until the color is totally dry before proceeding to the next step. If you are using gel polish, cure the color as normal.
Next, apply a gel top coat, but do not cure this layer fully, especially if you are using a no-wipe formula. The aim is to leave the top coat slightly tacky so that the glitter can adhere to the surface. I tried fully curing the top coat at first, thinking that this worked the same way as other chrome powders from Born Pretty, but I soon found that the pigment would not stick to the top coat. I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel top coat which cures in 30 seconds, so I opted to cure it for only 15 seconds before trying to apply the glitter again. This extra tackiness is exactly what was needed for the glitter to stick to the nail.
The sponge applicator works well for applying the powder, but it does absorb some of the tackiness from the top coat, so it will only last for a few manicures. The good thing is that you can buy replacements at the drugstore or your local beauty supply shop if the sponge falls apart.
You can use a fan brush to clean off any excess powder from your nails and skin, then apply another layer of gel top coat and cure it fully to seal the glitter into place and bring out the shine. Or if you are truly lazy like me, apply the top coat, cure the gel, and simply wash your hands to get the excess glitter off your skin. Your cuticles may not look as nice, and there is a good chance that you will contaminate the brush for your bottle of top coat with glitter, but this works great for a fast clean up process.
Born Pretty’s website claims that this is holographic, but it is not the kind of powder that will reflect rainbows. The glitter does have a multi dimensional look to it and is definitely more sparkly than your average craft store variety. It is eye catching, and people will definitely notice your nails when you wear this!
Because it’s December, I added some holiday stamping over this classic red base color.
For those looking to get a full coverage glitter look, this powder is just the item that you need. It comes in several other different colors, so you are bound to find a shade that you will love. For shiny nails like this, it is definitely worth it!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this holographic laser powder (retail price is $3.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!