Today’s review is going to focus on some really cool glow in the dark powders that I got from Born Pretty Store. They’re not much to look at in the container, but they pack a punch once they’re applied!
These little containers have screw on tops, and they can get messy, so it is advised that you work over a sheet of paper or a paper towel for easy clean up. Also, the powder is very fine, so if you are sensitive to dust, wearing a mask while you work with this product is recommended.
The website claims that there are 2 grams of powder in each container, but from my previous experience, 2 grams usually fills up this size jar completely. Either the powder is very dense, or the website is making up some stats because these jars were just a little over half full, and some colors appeared to have slightly more or less powder inside than other ones. However, if you consider that you are getting 6 colors here for a very affordable price, this is hardly an issue.
There isn’t any branding on the containers, so you have to come up with your own system for how to identify the powder colors for later unless you want to have to turn off the lights first every time you want to use them! As you can see, the powder itself mostly looks like various shades of white with the greenish colors giving off a slightly yellow tint. I chose to label each container with a numbered sticker on the bottom so I can keep track of the colors in my tutorials, but it also so you can see how they swatch.
For the swatches above, I painted one coat of regular white polish (White Hot by Sephora by OPI). Immediately after painting the second coat of color, I sprinkled the powder on top as evenly as possible, tapped away the excess, then sealed it with top coat. You can see that this kind of application is a little splotchy, but it works. You can repeat the process a second time to try to fill in any gaps, but it’s messy business for sure!
Another way to use the powder is with gel polish. After fully curing your base color coats (I used button down from b.m.c. nail lacquer in the photo below), I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat and cured it for about 10 seconds to ensure that it was still tacky. I was able to apply the powders with a small brush because I didn’t have to worry about smudging the nail polish. I used a fan brush to dust away the excess from my cuticles and then finished curing the top coat/powder layer before applying another layer of top coat and curing that fully to seal it in.
Adding stamping on top of this base and filling in details with colors 4 and 5 really make for some cool nail art!
Just like with any glow in the dark item, the powder needs to be charged with light before it will glow. The effect lasts for a few minutes before it starts to fade, so it’s pretty good quality stuff! Other glow in the dark polishes that I have tried fade away in less than a minute and also need to be applied with many coats before the polish looks opaque. You only need one layer of this powder to get your glow on, so it’s very economical to use.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this glow in the dark powder set (retail price is $5.19 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!