Review of Born Pretty Chrome Powder, Item #40143 in Color 3

In my last manicure, you got to see a pretty chrome powder from Born Pretty Store at work, so I wanted to give you guys a more in depth look at this interesting product.

When you order this product from Born Pretty, it comes as a set of the jar of powder along with a small sponge tipped applicator. The packaging consists of a small plastic baggie branded with the company name. It can be resealed for storage purposes.


The jar’s opening is also sealed to prevent the powder from leaking out during shipment. It removes fairly easily, but you will definitely want to unseal the container prior to painting your nails.


Inside, you will find one gram of a super fine chrome powder that defies expectation in the sense that it is a pearly white color. The website lists this color as #3 and it is depicted as a royal blue shade. The color of the powder can be misleading, especially if you own several of these pigments, as the container itself does not list a name or have a swatch of the color, so it will be up to you to label the item accordingly. The baggie does have the item number from the website printed on a sticker on the back, but this is only useful if you are meticulous about always putting your containers back inside their respective bags after working with the products.


This powder looks very iridescent and will appear as such if applied over a white base color, but the true beauty of the product is shown when it is applied over a black base color. Keep reading to see its true color.

Speaking of how finely milled this pigment is, you will want to work over a piece of paper or a paper towel so that you can catch any extra dust that may fall during the application process. Also, if you are working on many clients with this product or have a sensitivity to dust, you may want to wear a mask.

This chrome pigment may be used with regular or gel nail polish for a base, but it is recommended that you use a gel top coat with it regardless of what kind of polish is used. I opted to paint my nails with regular black nail polish, in which case you must allow time for the lacquer to dry completely before proceeding with the next step. You will see the importance of this in a little bit.


Two coats of What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI provide a nice black base.

After applying a gel top coat and curing it fully under a lamp (I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat), I took the sponge applicator and buffed the chrome powder onto the surface. It doesn’t take much powder for it to have an effect. The powder provides an iridescent shimmer over the top coat, and it gives the black polish a milky blue sheen at this stage.


Chrome powder applied prior to the final top coat application.

You can see that there is slight rippling on my middle finger in the picture above. This was caused by the fact that my regular black polish was not completely dry, much to my dismay. The top coat of course was cured, but the polish underneath it shifted from the pressure of the application of the powder. Lesson learned: patience matters!

I wasn’t impressed with the powder until I applied another layer of gel top coat over it to seal it in. This made my nails really shine and brought out the depth of color in the chrome powder. Once the final top coat is fully cured, you can simply wash your hands to remove any excess powder from your skin.


Finished chrome nails in color #3.

The blue is a stunning sapphire pearlescent color with a purple shift, as shown below.


Photographing the purple shift was a little tricky as it usually appears more purple in lower light conditions.

I added some stamping on top of it just for fun because the blue reminded me of a deep ocean.

Overall, this powder turned out to be quite a stunner! If you’re into the duo chrome look in bold jewel tones, this is definitely worth the money. This little container will last you many manicures, and it comes at a super affordable price! With the gel top coat application, you can also be assured that the color will be sealed in for as long as gel nail polish typically lasts, provided that the application was done correctly. Who said you had to pay a lot of money to have beautiful nails?

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this chrome powder (retail price is $2.99 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!


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