Today’s review is of a beautiful glitter gel polish from Aimeili, color 023 called Silver Glitter Explosion.
Like all of Aimeili’s polishes, the outer packaging is pretty much identical across the brand. The company uses the same boxes and bottles for all their colors. What differentiates each one is that there is a sticker on the back of the carton with an item specific barcode, and the top of handle of this bottle has a sticker with the number 023 printed on a background that resembles silver glitter so you can identify the color. For this reason, I would store these polishes outside of the cartons in a container where you can see the tops of the bottles easily.
Aimeili includes an instruction and tips leaflet inside the box, which I have scanned here for your perusal. It contains super helpful information on making your manicure last and how to remove gel polish properly, so I suggest that you read it, especially if you are just starting to use gel polishes.
The opposite side of the leaflet displays common FAQ’s, safety information, and the ingredients list.
But enough of the boring stuff. We’re here to see this gorgeous polish!
Silver Glitter Explosion is a clear gel polish that contains fine silver glitter and small hexagonal pieces of holographic glitter. I originally thought that this polish would provide full coverage but quickly learned that it was meant to act as more of a glitter topper. The density of glitter in the formula is rather sparse as you can already tell from the bottle shot above, and it has nothing to do with the glitter settling to the bottom of the bottle. I made sure to shake it well before trying it out, and I even tried storing it upside down for a little bit and still got the same results each time.
The polish glides on easily, and the brush handles the formula well. Each layer cures in one minute in a UV/LED lamp, and it does not shrink when it is applied. I used 3 coats for the swatch below and got the prettiest result.
I have seen other reviewers use as many as 8 coats to get full glitter coverage, but I think it’s important to know that this isn’t what this color is intended to do.
I love how the glitter looks like fairy dust, and you can even choose to make a glitter gradient with it if you desire. Also, the polish remains crystal clear when cured. Any yellowing that you see is from my nails being naturally discolored from constantly painting them.
I added snowflakes to my tips to turn my nails into a winter wonderland with the added benefit of hiding some of the discoloration.
This polish is really shiny even without any top coat applied, and the color lasts without chipping for practically as long as you have it on your nails, provided that the prep work of filing and cleaning your nails was done properly. Also, this color grows out beautifully because of its clear base so no one will know if you have been too lazy to redo your nails.
As for removal, you can soak your nails in pure acetone for 10 minutes, then use a 180 grit nail file to lightly buff some of the polish off before scraping away the excess with a tool or your fingernail. Repeat the process if the polish does not come off right away. If this is done correctly, your nails will not be damaged.
The 10 mL size bottle will last you quite awhile, and the quality is really good considering the price point. I would definitely recommend it!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this gel polish (retail price is $6.99 USD), the link for the item is below. Happy polishing!
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