Ladies and gentlemen, be prepared to be wowed by some holographic goodness in this post.
This set comes from Born Pretty Store, and it includes approximately 1 gram of beautiful, luscious, and stunning holographic powder in a cute diamond-like plastic container, a small sponge tipped applicator, and a double ended silicone brush. The pigment and the sponge applicator are inside a Ziploc sealed baggie while the silicone brush is in its own plastic sleeve.
So holographic! Even the baggie is imprinted with holographic foil.
The powder itself is very finely milled. It is reminiscent of the many chrome pigment powders that are on the market right now. These tiny particles are much smaller than normal glitter and will adhere to gel top coat to form a mirror reflective surface. It may look very drab and boring in the container, but just wait until you see it in action.
The brush handle is imprinted with the Born Pretty logo. If you’re wondering what all that blue stuff is in the handle, they are loose faceted beads. They add to the cute factor of this set.
There are two different brush tips on the handle, both of which are pliable. The silicone brush has the same kind of give to it as a Konad stamper. Makes you wonder if you can use a stamper to apply this powder, although you will not have the same kind of precision using a stamper head that you will have using this brush.
The two different ends of the Born Pretty silicone brush.
You will notice that one end is tapered and chiseled equally on both sides while the other end has a curved nib. The former is more flexible than the latter due to the different thicknesses of the tips, but both will apply the holographic pigment just as well. I found that using the curved end was especially useful because it works with the curve of the nail in covering more surface area at once. Both tips will give you more precision in getting the powder exactly where you want to apply it.
In any case, you will need to prepare your nails with some gel polish before you can apply the powder. If you don’t have a colored gel polish, you can paint your nails with a regular nail polish, allow it to dry completely, then apply a gel top coat and cure it fully. The set does not come with the top coat, but I used one purchased separately from Born Pretty for this review.
Nails painted with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black and Born Pretty Store Soak Off Gel Polish top coat.
I used the silicone brush to buff the powder into the cured top coat, and WOW. Just a little bit of powder goes a long way.
Holographic crack! Just a little bit of powder will transport you into this psychedelic world.
I find that the silicone brush and the sponge applicator work equally well with this product. The brush does have the advantage of never wearing out, whereas the sponge applicator will need to be replaced after a few uses. Also, the brush has a more professional look, so if you have paying clients, the brush will look like a more legitimate tool.
All that’s left to do is dust off the excess powder, apply another layer of gel top coat to seal the deal, and you’re ready to dazzle the world with your nails!
Color shifting was never so easy!
The holographic effect is so strong that you won’t have to struggle to photograph the results. Those of you who have tried to take pictures of holographic polishes will know how difficult it can be to capture the beauty of the effect. You can see the resulting rainbows in practically any light setting, and the camera catches them perfectly.
I jazzed up my digits with some zebra stripes. As if the holographic goodness wasn’t good enough!
Some may wonder if the color of the polish underneath affects the results. The short answer is somewhat. The powder is so pigmented and covers so well that only a hint of the base color can be seen. You will definitely end up with a mostly silver colored holo.
Swatches over b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black, crimson red, and white. I also tested it over only the gel top coat. Please excuse the discoloration of my nail! :O
This holographic powder and brush set is my favorite nail art acquisition to date. This stuff has a stronger holographic effect than pretty much any other holographic polish that I have tried. Judging by how little product I had to apply to get full coverage, this little jar will last me quite a long time with the added bonus of me never having to worry about the ingredients expiring. It is also just plain gorgeous and easy to use, and who wouldn’t like that?
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this holographic powder and silicone brush set (retail price is $17.99 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!