Having silver chrome nails wasn’t enough- I wanted to get a gold chrome powder set from Born Pretty Store as well!
This set comes with a 10 mL bottle of Born Pretty Soak-off Gel Polish top coat, 1 gram of gold chrome powder and a double ended sponge applicator.
What I love about this set is that the top coat coat is really all that is necessary in order to create the chrome mirror look. You can use this clear gel over any polish you already own provided that you let the regular polish fully dry first and that you already own a UV LED lamp.
Even though the bottle says that this is a primer, you can use it as a top coat as well. It can also make your natural nails look super shiny and healthy if you use it by itself.
The top coat is a good consistency where the gel is not so thin where it can run into pools on the sides of your nail, and it’s not so thick as to be unmanageable. Two strokes of top coat is all you need to fully cover your nail, and once it is cured, you don’t even need to wipe it down with alcohol.
There are no instructions on the bottle as to cure times, but I find that one minute seems to work the best for me. Then again, my lamp is not very powerful and far from professional grade, but you can adjust the time to whatever suits your equipment the best.
The gold pigment comes in a cute clear plastic faceted container with a screw on lid. There is a Styrofoam seal on top of the opening underneath the lid (shown removed upside down in the background of the picture) that prevents the powder from leaking out of the jar during shipment.
To get those wonderful chrome nails, just follow the steps below.
Paint your nails with a black polish, and let them dry completely. Then apply Born Pretty Soak-off Gel top coat, and cure your nails under a UV LED lamp for one minute. Pictured here is Johnny by Julep.
Using the sponge applicator, buff the gold powder onto your nails. They should quickly change from black to gold just like magic!
Note that the pigment is ultra fine, so you can’t see any individual specks of glitter. This powder practically melts into the top coat with hardly any work, and you don’t need to use much of it to do all of your nails. Imagine how long a gram of powder will last you!
Some people are curious to know whether or not you need to remove the tacky layer from the gel polish before buffing in the powder. I find that even after using an alcohol pad over this top coat, there is no difference in texture or appearance. I can’t say that this will be the case for every gel top coat, but Born Pretty Soak-off Gel Polish top coat appears to be a no-wipe formula.
Apply another layer of top coat over the pigment, cure your nails for one minute in your lamp, and afterward you can simply wash your hands to get rid of the excess powder on your skin.
Seriously, these nails look amazing in person, and they would make C3PO jealous for sure!
A tip for easy removal is to use a peel off base coat underneath your regular polish. It saves so much time when removing gel that it’s insane! Otherwise to remove the gel, you have a future of filing, aluminum foil, and cotton balls soaked in acetone to look forward to.
No matter if you plan to keep your shiny new gold nails on for a long or short period of time, you will absolutely adore this powder and top coat set. I just can’t get enough, and based on how much product I used to create these nails, I will be able to keep the chrome magic coming for many years in the future!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this chrome pigment and top coat set (retail price is $14.99 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!