Last week, I mentioned that I would be posting swatches of the indie brand ‘The Hungry Asian‘ from Etsy. These are glitter/layering polishes. I saw Sneeze Breeze on another blog and was smitten. I checked out the shop and came away with two mini and one full size polish.
For all of these, I will show you how it looks on a bare nail and then over different colors. I hope this will give you a good idea what it can look like. One of the main things with a layering polish (whether it’s a glitter or flakie or something else), is to choose a good base color to pair it with. I’m a very visual person, so I needed to see them over different colors, just to see how they looked.
First, there’s Vote for Purple. It has dark purple and silvery lilac glitter in a clear base.
I alternated a white and black base because I was curious how each would affect the glitter. The glitter is two coats. I used this as a base color for my stamp design last Sunday (see here).
This is on a bare nail. Just one coat. You can see that it looks a lot less silver with just one coat. The rest of the pictures are all just one coat.
I used Essie She’s Picture Perfect for the base color on this one. The glitter ends up looking darker. I don’t think the base has the right tone to enhance the glitter. So I tried another purple base.
I think Cult Nails Charming works better as a base color. It’s slightly cooler and brings out the lilac in the glitter more. However, I wasn’t completely satisfied, so I decided to try it over a dark purple.
I think Essie No More Film works the best. The dark contrast of the base really makes Vote for Purple pop.
Next up is On A Budget. This has small dark and light green pieces with multi-colored cirles and larger circular gold pieces mixed in, all in a clear base.
Isn’t that mini bottle the cutest ever?
For this, I used butter London Bossy Boots. By itself, Bossy Boots is a light green, however, with On A Budget, it ends up looking yellow. This is the first time I realized that glitter can drastically change how the base color looks. For On A Budget, the light color base emphasizes its multi-colored glitter.
The base color on this is Cult Nails Feeling Froggy. I like this combo the best. The larger gold pieces pop out, but the rest isn’t washed away.
Next up is Sneeze Breeze, also in a mini-bottle. It has small turquoise and sky blue pieces mixed in with slightly larger black (or are they dark blue? hard to tell) pieces in a clear base.
This is the most opaque of the glitters. I think just one or two more coats and you could wear this by itself.
The different blue glitters really come out over this light blue base (China Glaze Sea Spray). I love how all the different blues combine together on the nail. Very pretty!
I think China Glaze Electric Beat overwhelms Sneeze Breeze. Over a lighter blue is definitely better.
I’ve felt for a while now that my rating system doesn’t quite work for glitters. I want something different from a glitter than I do a polish. So, I’m working on tweaking my rating system to include what I’m looking for in a glitter, which is: not having to fish for pieces, a fairly dense glitter, uniform coverage, great combination of glitters – both size and color.
Overall, these glitters are very nice. My favorite turned out to be On A Budget. I really like the different size glitters. Sneeze Breeze has a great blue color to it. Vote for Purple doesn’t seem to be that unique, but for someone like me who is building her collection, it’s a good one to have.