May 29, 2013

Strong Stash Starters: Neutral-ish Glitter


Manicurity | Strong Stash Starters: Pretty, Neutral-ish Glitter

Flakies, and opals, and holos, oh my! Do you remember that one year when almost every brand had some sort of flakie out and everything was beautiful? I do! I could get Essie Shine of the Times at the DRUGSTORE within walking distance. Now flakies have gone the way of the dinosaurs, even Nfu-Oh has discontinued their line of fantastic flakies (imagine profuse crying when I read the email). So while I really wish that the answer to this one was simply, go getcho self a flakie polish at your local store, that's not a real thing anymore. Instead here are some of my favorite neutral 'effect' glitters. I had a hard time narrowing down with this one because glitter, so I present to you the top picks AND some honorable mentions.


Neutral-ish glitter is really great for lots of stuff: holiday themed things like Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc., a good palette cleanser, being generally good looking.

The Top Picks
  • On a budget: Wet n Wild's Wild Shine Kaleidoscope ($.99) is a great holo glitter topper for a dollar! I love it because it has different sized glitters in it, which is what I usually prefer in a glitter. It's great to add to art like galaxy nails for a little extra sparkle.
  • Mid-range: China Glaze Snow Globe ($5) is like the ultimate opal glitter; it has so many different sizes of glitter and the bottle is packed. I love that it has red-orange-yellow and blue-pink-purple-green-something, etc. so it shifts all the different pretty colors. Pretty! Especially good for Easter and Christmas and looks really pretty over pink, too (check out this post, I love it over pink). I sort of dislike how it can look 'sunken' on lighter colors, and it can be a little overpowering because it's so packed with glitter, but I do love it.
  • A-little-more-than-mid-range: Essie As Gold as it Gets ($8) is a gold flakie, but not like real gold - like some magical, thin gold flakes of fairy dust. It's really thin flakes like 'original' flakies; it's really reflective and generally good looking. Sorry, I just get a little drooly, it's nice *_*
  • Treat Yo Self (i.e. 'luxury'): Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow ($20) I like this one because it has little gold bits in it, supposedly gold dust, along with the occasional gold hex (two sizes, love those small hexes so hard). I think it's really pretty and one of those random things you can be like "Uhm, this has real gold" because people won't think that's pretentious or anything when they ask you what you're wearing. Especially pretty over black!

Manicurity | Strong Stash Starters: Pretty, Neutral-ish Glitter = Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, Essie As Gold as it Gets, China Glaze Snow Globe, Wet n Wild Wild Shine Kaleidoscope
$$$$$ -> $: Boom Boom Pow, As Gold as it Gets, Snow Globe, Kaleidoscope 

Here's only one coat of each glitter below (accidentally expensive -> budget order because I took the photos this way, whoops)! Top photo is OPI Don't Touch My Tutu, bottom is random black creme

Manicurity | Strong Stash Starters: Pretty, Neutral-ish Glitter = Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, Essie As Gold as it Gets, China Glaze Snow Globe, Wet n Wild Wild Shine Kaleidoscope
$$$$$ -> $: Boom Boom Pow, As Gold as it Gets, Snow Globe, Kaleidoscope 


Honorable Mentions
  • On a budget: Sinful Colors Hottie ($2) has a blue base, which can show up over lighter colors, but looks extra fab over black. It's a great opal-y glitter, but with lots of variety in glitter sizes and packed with 'em.
  • Mid-range: China Glaze Luxe and Lush ($5) is a 'flakie' in the sense that it is irregular shards of opal-y material, but is thicker shard pieces than typical flakies. It might be hard to find because it's from last year's Hunger Games collection, so I apologize for including it [but it's definitely easier to find than Nubar's 2010 which has finally gone up to like $25 on Amazon, sadface]. It looks kind of gross over black, but is pretty over white and lots of other colors! The formula is sort of sparse, so it adds some cool effect without being too overpowering.
  • A-little-more-than-mid-range: OPI Piroutte My Whistle ($9) - is really delicate! The small silver glitters look like a starry night sky over black! I like how super soft it is.
  • Treat Yo Self (i.e. 'luxury'): REAL gold leaf topcoat ($15 - 32) - Here I'm wearing Zoya Gilty, which was LE, but this past year was The Year for these real gold top coats so there are lots of brands and options to choose from. I think they're just really pretty + I love the irregular shapes and texture that real gold leaf has! I don't love how much suspension base comes out (I guess it's important to keep the flakes in the polish, duh), but you could easily paint some onto a makeup sponge and then sponge the flakes on (weird trick to get rid of all the extra clear goop).

Manicurity | Strong Stash Starters: Pretty, Neutral-ish Glitter = Zoya Gilty, OPI Pirouette My Whistle, China Glaze Luxe and Lush, and Sinful Colors Hottie
$$$$$ -> $: Zoya Gilty, Pirouette My Whistle, Luxe and Lush, Hottie 

Manicurity | Strong Stash Starters: Pretty, Neutral-ish Glitter = Zoya Gilty, OPI Pirouette My Whistle, China Glaze Luxe and Lush, and Sinful Colors Hottie
$$$$$ -> $: Zoya Gilty, Pirouette My Whistle, Luxe and Lush, Hottie 


Thinner flakies are rather hard to find lately, but some of the thicker ones, like China Glaze Luxe and Lush, are currently available from Revlon! For whatever reason I have a really tough time picking things between $9 and like $20, I guess because I'm totally fine with great cheap-ish polishes (who isn't) and when I get fancy things I get really fancy things.  I don't consider them 'MUST HAVES' but Butter London Tart with a Heart and West End Wonderland are really pretty, too.

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Please keep in mind that this series is a combo of my personal opinions (obvs, as is everything you've ever read here) and experience with polishes that I find fundamental. To read the post in which I interview myself about this series, click hereI expect your Top Ten Necessary Polish Choices to be different & I'd love to hear what they are; please leave a comment, chat with me on Facebook, or tweet me about it (@manicurity)!

Did I list your favorite neutral-ish glitter?! Or do you have a different neutral glitter I don't even know?
OR would you totally blow off white for a different polish altogether for your Top Ten?!

Check back next Wednesday for another Strong Stash Starter pick!

To read Beginning with a Basic, the first post, click here!

17 comments:

  1. I love Kaleidoscope! It's so great for galaxies and just a great nail art topper overall. Boom Boom Pow is still on my wishlist. I finally got my hands on Pirouette My Whistle late last year.

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  2. This is a really cool post. Can't wait to see what you have up next.

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  3. Great reviews! I love the Essie glitter. It's pretty, but subtle. I might just have to get some!

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  4. Such a huge selection of beautiful polishes! I'm so impressed that you tackled all of these. Love all the dramatic blacks! <3

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  5. Ahh, cool post! I love buying new colors of nail polish and I wish I could try on those flakies..

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  6. Love Opi and deborah lippman!
    #gig

    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Lovely! I wish to try that for myself too ;)

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  8. Lux and Lush is my favorite one. <3

    xoxo
    Bethany
    The Style Hippie

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  9. Wow!!!! These are lovely <3 GIG xoxox

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  10. I so loved flakies when they came out but never got around to getting one o.O *dinosaur hahaha*

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  11. Kaleidoscope is my favorite :) All lovely of course #GIG

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  13. I'm with everyone who loves Kaleidoscope. One of my favorites! I have to keep myself from layering it over everything :).

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