Review of Born Pretty Glitter Thermal Polish in BP-GT05 Cerulean Stars

Today we’re going to look at a thermal crelly polish from Born Pretty from the same Glitter Thermal collection that the color Cloud of Purple Sky came from. Today’s color, Cerulean Stars, is a beautiful light blue when cold and turns into a mostly clear jelly with glitter when warm.

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This small 6 mL bottle doesn’t include a mixing ball, so it’s a little hard to make sure the formula is agitated thoroughly.

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Review of Born Pretty Peel Off Gel Base Coat

As a nail art blogger, I find that it’s hard to commit to wearing the same polish for an extended amount of time. The durability of gel polish is virtually lost on me as I usually end up taking it off within a day or two. And if you like to swatch gel polishes? You’ve got to be kidding me with that removal process!

This handy gel peel off base coat from Born Pretty Store will make you want to use your gels polishes again. Not only does it cure like a regular gel, but it makes removing your polish afterward super easy instead of spending lots of time soaking and scraping!

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On the outside, the bottle looks like a normal soak off gel base coat, but it really does allow you to peel off your polish afterward!

The bottle holds 10 mL as stated on the outside. This is comparable to most gel polish brands, and you only need to apply one coat for it to work its magic.

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The back of the bottle lists the ingredients. Oddly enough, the “instruction paper” from the directions is nowhere to be found.

I used one layer of base coat over clean nails and cured it for 30 seconds with a LED lamp, and this seemed to work. The formula holds up well and isn’t too runny like some other Born Pretty gels, and the brush was easy to manipulate.

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This base coat is crystal clear and applies smoothly.

When I first tried this product, I still had acrylics on with a layer of gel top coat cured over the acrylic, and there were varying degrees of success with the peel off process.

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A layer of the base coat was applied and cured on top of my acrylic nails.

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Nails

I’m very fortunate to have made friends with some very talented nail artists on Instagram through the magic of collaborations.  About a month ago, we started a group chat discussing the plan to do an Olympics theme, so each of us picked a sport to represent.  Because of the time differences between us 13 nail artists across the world, I was one of the latecomers to the conversation.  A lot of sports had already been picked, but when I saw that rhythmic gymnastics was available, I jumped on it!  I had visions of the ribbon twirling in my head.

For those who have never seen a routine, you really ought to watch at least a little bit of the video here!  The amount of skill needed for this sport is insane!

For the color palette, I picked the following polishes.

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Pictured from left to right: Bunny by Julep, Only Gold For Me by Sephora by OPI, Folies Bergère by Cupcake Polish, and Copa Girls by Cupcake Polish.

Because the mat in the Olympics is white, I painted all my nails with Bunny to serve as a base.

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Go for the gold! Bunny by Julep has gold micro glitter.

I tried to play up the gold of the micro glitter with Only Gold For Me, which is actually a glitter top coat.  I applied it with a sponge to soak up the extra fluid from the top coat, but it still makes a lovely natural glitter gradient.

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I used different colored acrylic paints by craft smart to paint the Olympic rings which were a required element for all the designs of the collab. I used a striping brush and a dotting tool with holo polishes from Cupcake Polish to paint ribbons and balls soaring through the air.

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You’ll notice that I added more glitter to fill in empty spaces around the Olympic Rings in the bottom left hand picture. I didn’t want any glitter getting in the middle of the rings, which is why I didn’t apply it over my entire nail to start.

I used a striping brush and a detail brush with black acrylic paint to outline the ribbons and the balls so that they would stand out more in the design.

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Five gymnasts usually compete as a team, so I had two ribbons and three balls represented in the design. Coincidentally, there are also five rings in the Olympic symbol.

I imagined that I would have a silhouette of a gymnast twirling a ribbon on my thumb.  I have pretty short nails, so this was the only space where I had room to do this.  I had to sketch this out with pencil and paper first before I tried to paint it.

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I used a detail brush with pink holographic polish to paint in a twirling ribbon, then I painted the silhouette of the gymnast with black acrylic paint and outlined the ribbon. The gray line is the handle of the ribbon.

Here’s the finished look!

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Yay for rhythmic gymnastics!

I had the foresight to use a peel off base coat with this design so that I can keep it forever.  For the record, Ünt peel off base coat really does work well!

 

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It’s sure a lot easier to arrange peelies for a pose than it is to get my hand in the right position!

As for that collab, I think that everyone did a fabulous job!

Best of luck to Team USA in all their events at the Olympics in Rio this year!  Happy polishing!

Review of My Dear Thermal Nail Lacquer 04

When I saw the new products listed on the Born Pretty Store website, this nail polish caught my eye.  It said that not only is it a thermal polish, but it also peels off!  I can get on board with that!

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My Dear Nail Lacquer 04 is a pretty powder blue crelly polish with medium and small silver hexagonal holographic glitter pieces suspended in it.

The bottle is rather small considering the price.  It is a 6 mL size, which is less than half of what you would get in a normal size bottle of polish.

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The manufacturing and expiration dates are labeled on a sticker affixed to the back of the bottle.

No ingredients are listed either on the bottle or on the Born Pretty website, but who reads that stuff, anyway?

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The brush is a good size where you can paint your nails in two strokes.

The formula looks a little on the thick side, but it suspends the glitter pieces well.  You won’t have to worry about all the glitter settling at the bottom of the bottle which is good because there is no mixing ball in this lil cutie.

It doesn’t smell like there are any harsh chemicals in it, but it does kind of smell like glue.  Makes me wonder if that’s really all there is to peel off nail polish.

More importantly, how does it paint?  Because this is a peel off polish, I did not use a base coat.  I also applied hand cream to moisturize my nails prior to application.

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One coat of polish is so sheer that it looks like I only applied a glitter topcoat to my nails.

An interesting thing to note is that you can see particles of what looks like clear glitter in the photo above.  This leads me to believe that they did not use a solvent resistant glitter in this polish.  What that means is that over time, you can expect many of the holographic pieces to fade away into the polish as the silver coating wears off.  It does not bode well that there are so many clear pieces in the formula when this polish is just over 6 months old.  Good thing that the bottle is small so that you’ll use it up quicker!

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Pictured with no top coat, this level of opacity required a whopping four to five coats of polish.

I do love the light blue color.  The glitter distribution is pretty even, and the finish dries to a dull shine.

At this point, I tried to do a thermal color change test under hot and cold water, and what I discovered was that the polish must be water based because it started distorting the finish!  I don’t even have a picture because I was horrified that all my hard work of painting just became undone.  The good thing was that I was able to peel off the manicure easily so I could start again.  More on that in a bit.

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I tried using three coats of polish and a top coat this time around. The color looks a little streaky, but it is quite shiny.

Lesson learned: you must use top coat with this nail polish!

As a color change polish, this did not work as well as I would have liked.  The website pictures show this polish going from light blue to medium blue, but what I found was that the color change is more like clear to light blue.  I nearly burned my hand in hot water and practically froze it to see if it would shift more, but the thermal effect was not very obvious at all.

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Top picture is effect under hot water, bottom picture is effect under cold water. Not much of a difference even under extreme temperature changes.

I feel like maybe if I didn’t have to paint so many layers of polish on, the color change would have been more obvious, especially given that one coat of polish looked like it was clear.  I was still disappointed that the medium blue color depicted in the website’s photos was nowhere to be found.

I kept the polish on for another 24 hours.  Nothing fell off my nails, and people thought the color was pretty.  It did feel like it was starting to lift in a few spots, so I peeled it off that night.

The polish came off pretty easily, as you can see in the video.  The tips of my nails are a little damaged so the polish clings to those spots a bit more.  I’m sure that trying out all this peel off polish is not helping the situation, so I again urge you to moisturize your nails before using any kind of peel off product.

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Not a bad collection of peelies.

As a peel off polish, My Dear works really well.  It leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a thermal polish.  I would maybe try using this as a top coat next time to see what happens, but then it would not have that satisfying peel off removal effect.  Just make sure to use a top coat with this polish and leave out the base coat if you want to peel it off for removal.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ (3/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.92 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

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Review of ATORS Nail Lacquer MS03

I get excited whenever I hear about peel off polishes.  They remind me of when I was a little girl and obsessed with one from FAZZ (just say yes to plastic jewelry and make up combos!).  It was a bright hot pink color, and it was so much fun to peel off.  With a few cries of anguish thrown in, I even managed to fool my brother into thinking that my nail was coming off!

But enter ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03, the adult version of peel off polish.  It comes in a very grown up 16 mL bottle and is a beautiful purple-gold-blue multichrome color.  There are a few holographic sparkles thrown into the mixture, but they do not really show up when painted on your nails.

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ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03.

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It’s from France. Ooh la la!

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The brush on the bottle has a good width to allow you to paint a nail in two strokes.

Because this is a peel off polish, I would suggest that you not use a base coat.  Also, if your nails are dry, it is ok to put on some lotion or hand cream prior to painting so that the polish is easier to peel off later.

The application of the formula is pretty smooth, but if you leave the bottle open for too long, the polish starts to dry around the opening and gets a gummy sort of texture reminiscent of drying school glue.  Under normal circumstances, you should not run into this problem.  I think this happened because I had the cap open to get the picture of the brush above.

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One coat of polish looks very translucent but is magically shimmery.

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This level of opacity requires four coats of polish.

The bottle says that this polish is water based, so I recommend that you use a top coat.  You wouldn’t want your polish to melt off when you wash your hands, would you?

I tried to take a video to show the color shift in the polish.  You can see it turn from a deep purple into a steely blue, particularly on my pinky.  The chameleon effect is rather subtle, but it’s there.

 

A fun part of this polish is that if you happen to get some on your skin, you can rub it off quite easily with a finger.  It dries on skin the same way that school glue does, so that makes clean up very easy.

That being said, don’t expect to get a lot of wear out of ATORS Nail Lacquer.  I had polish start to fall off my nails during normal activities a day after I painted them.

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After a day, the polish looks like it is lifting up from the edge of my nail.

The good news is that you can easily peel this polish off your nail in one large piece.  To remove it, slip an orange stick or similar tool along the edge of the polish (try from a bottom corner near the cuticle) and lift up.  The whole piece should come off intact and fairly easily.

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Peelies from my fancy purple and white manicure. I’ve never had such an easy time removing rhinestones from my nails, and I get to keep some souvenirs!

Even without a base coat, this polish does not stain your nails.  Also, because I moisturized my nails prior to painting them, there was no damage done to them during the peeling process.

In summary, if you get a kick out of peeling off your polish and/or don’t like using acetone nail polish removers, this is definitely something to try out.  It’s not made to last more than a day so keep in mind that if you use your hands a lot, this may not be a good choice for you.

In terms of a chameleon polish, this one has subtle effects, although the color is a gorgeous purple.  I have to take a diamond away only because the polish is so sheer that it takes a few coats to make it look nice.  Considering how much time it takes to apply and dry versus how long it lasts and takes to remove it makes it seem like it’s not worth the effort.  Then again, if you are gluing rhinestones to this polish, the peel off aspect makes it worth its weight in gold!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $15.88 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/1bottle-16ml-holographic-polish-chameleon-nail-varnish-shiny-blue-p-22982.html

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Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Temix B49 Peel-Off Base Coat

I’m always trying to find alternatives for acetone nail polish removers.  Anyone who has worn a glittery nail polish knows how painful it is to try to take it off when you’re done with your manicure.  When I saw that Temix had a peel off base coat, I wanted to try it out.  After all, they made such a wonderful stamping nail polish that I thought this base coat could be the answer to my prayers.

The bottle itself reminds me of those little polishes by Ciaté.  It’s only 7 ml, which is about half the amount you would get in a full sized bottle of nail polish, but it looks very cute.

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B49 base coat by Temix.

The actual base coat is a slightly cloudy translucent color that goes on clear.  It smells great, which is a surprise.  I can’t really place the odor, but it has a sweet fruity scent.

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What the base coat looks like over bare nails. Please excuse the slight discoloration on my nails- they got stained from some polish awhile ago and are still growing out.

The sad part is that most of the writing on the bottle is in Chinese, so I don’t know what it says or what the specific instructions for use are.  If anyone else can translate the text, please leave a comment below!

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The backside of the Temix bottle is all in Chinese. This could be a listing of ingredients or the instructions for use, but I have no idea as to what it says.

I proceeded to use the base coat like any normal one- I applied one coat to clean nails prior to painting them with nail color and topcoat.

I found that the base coat had great staying power as I had my manicure on for about a week before attempting to remove the polish.  Anyone who has used Elmer’s School Glue as a base coat knows that you can never tell when your polish might slide off your nail, so this was a pleasant surprise.

To begin the removal process, I took an orange stick and tried to pick at the corner of polish closest to my cuticle until it began to lift.

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Picking at the corner of the polish to try to peel it off.

The polish initially lifted off ok, but things quickly took a turn for the worse as I ran into spots that wouldn’t budge.

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This was all the polish I could peel off, and despite really trying to pick at the center section, I could not remove any more of it.

I tried to do the same thing with my other nails and ran into the same problem where the top middle part would not lift off the nail.  Even worse, when I did get the polish to peel off, layers of my nail bed peeled off with the layer of polish.

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Eek! That damage to the nail on my middle finger was not there before I applied my manicure.

I had to resort to using my usual cotton pads and acetone based remover to get the rest of the polish off my nails.

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After removing all traces of nail polish, you can see that my nails were damaged during the peel off process.

I really wanted this product to work, so despite the nail damage, I decided to give this base coat a second chance.  This time around, I applied two coats of Temix B49 before applying nail color and topcoat.

Again, the polish stayed on my nails very well for the week that I kept the manicure.  I didn’t have any chips or wear on the polish, so it functioned like a regular base coat although it was starting to lift on one of my nails on my dominant hand.

For removal, I did the same thing that I did the last time: I started at the cuticle and pushed at the layer with an orange stick until it lifted from my nail.

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Looks a little more promising this time.

The polish lifted away more easily than the first time, and I almost was able to pull away the entire layer of polish in one piece.

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Peeling off the polish. Note that the layer does not look like a single stiff piece as it does when using school glue as a base coat.  Some sections (the parts that look milky white toward the tip of the nail in the picture) had a bit of stretch to them as the layer peeled off.

I still had difficulty peeling off the polish in some areas.  I can’t figure out why I had this problem.  Maybe the tips of my nails are too dry, so the base coat really adheres to them, but I was really hoping that with two layers of base coat, I wouldn’t have any issues.

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These remnants of polish could not be peeled off. My nails look even more damaged after this round of base coat compared to the first time around.

Again, I had to use acetone to remove the last bits of polish from my nails.

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My nails after using Temix B49 for a second week in a row. I’ve never had so much nail damage in my life!

What was also annoying was that parts of the base coat couldn’t be removed by the acetone that easily, either.  Talk about staying power!  Even though my nails looked free of nail color, the surface of my nails was somewhat sticky in some spots.  I presume this tackiness is also what makes the nail polish last so long without chipping.

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If you look closely at my index fingernail, you can see the remnants of base coat that did not come off with acetone. This part looks shinier toward the tip of the nail. Of course, the nail damage is a horror by itself!

Bottom line: If you want an easy way to remove glitter polishes but don’t mind it lasting a day, try using the school glue method.  If you want to have a longer lasting manicure but don’t mind the risk of damaging your nails, you can use Temix B49 instead.

I was highly disappointed in this product.  I’ve never heard of having to apply two coats of base coat prior to painting my nails, and it still didn’t allow the polish to peel off in one sheet.  The extra time that it took to even try to peel the polish off plus having to clean off the excess with acetone anyway defeated the purpose of buying this base coat.  The damage that my nails suffered as a result is easily covered up by another manicure, but no nail product should ruin your nails as a result of using it.

Diamond rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ (2/5)

The only reason I’m not giving it one diamond is because there is something fun about peeling off your nail polish, and it worked pretty well as a normal base coat.  Plus the smell was nice.

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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EDIT: 6/25/16:

I’m going to change my rating on my initial review because I have found that if you apply lotion to your hands prior to using this base coat, any nail polish applied afterward does peel off.  In fact, it comes off so well that it only lasts for just over 24 hours before the polish starts falling off during normal activities!  Do exercise caution if you decide to use this base coat because your manicure won’t last, but you will get some very satisfying intact pieces of polish as a souvenir.

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My peelies from this base coat as seen on my Star Wars manicure. Now I can save them forever!

I’m going to upgrade my rating slightly now that I know I have to moisturize my nails prior to using this.  Let me know if this works for you in the comments!  I’m still taking away a star because my manicure didn’t last very long at all.  Happy polishing!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $7.03 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/transparent-nail-polish-base-coat-healthy-rapid-easy-peel-nail-polish-p-20784.html

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