Hello Loves! I have an exciting new brand to tell you about today. Gloss & Glitter Gel Polish is a brand new indie gel polish brand. There are a few smaller gel polish brands out there, but to my knowledge this may be the first true Indie gel polish on the market! What does that mean to us? Well, it certainly means more indie-esque finishes and custom colors in our future!
I had the pleasure of testing the four initial Gloss & Glitter Gel Polish colors prior to today's launch. Of course, I have swatches. Let's jump right in, shall we?
First up is a color called Curry that reminds me a little of a gourmet mustard. Application was quite nice. The formula is smooth and offers great coverage in two coats. This color originally had a different name, so please excuse my little photoshop correction on the bottle. ;)
The next color is a really fun glitter called Aquamarine. This one is a clear base that is loaded with teal holographic glitter. Application was easy enough for a glitter. I brushed on the first coat and then moved the glitter around a little for even coverage. The second coat was easier to apply and filled in the gaps nicely. I added a third super thin coat to fill in any gaps. The end result is simply stunning! Lauren wasn't sure she was going to release this one, thus the lack of a label on the bottle, but I'm super glad she did! I don't have a sunlight photo to show you, but this polish really lights up in direct sun.
BigBang is another color that was nameless when I received the sample, but wow is she gorgeous! I don't have anything even close to this one in my massive gel polish collection. BigBang is a clear base that is loaded with black and holographic glitter. Application is very similar to Aquamarine.
Finally, my absolute favorite of the four is an amazingly shifty duochrome polish called Nymph. Nymph shifts from teal to gold and has the added element of a golden holographic shimmer. I chose this one for my wear test and can tell you that it is gorgeous in every possible light. I received a ton of compliments on the color while wearing it. I applied two easy coats for my wear test. A third would add even more depth.
So, how did the wear test go? Amazingly well! I had planned to wear it for two weeks, but I got lazy and actually went 17 days. In those 17 days, I had absolutely no tip wear. None. That's impressive! Given, I wasn't in class for the majority of that time, but even my wear tests prior to starting school usually had a little bit of tip wear. Here's my 17 day wear shot. Disregard the color differences - I took this photo with a different camera and the white balance was off.
On to soak off. I was in a hurry so I didn't get a picture of the removal, but I can certainly tell you about it. I soaked with the cotton and foil method for about 15 minutes. The polish didn't flake off like many do, but it did soften so that it was easy to push off of the nail without scraping. I can't say for sure that this removal is normal for the product since I still have a bit of damage on my nails that keeps the gel from popping loose like it should. Either way, removal was easy enough and I do recommend the product. :)
Now that you've seen the colors and hear about my wear and removal, lets talk about the bottles. The bottles are honestly my only negative. The bottles are 5ml, which is a bit smaller than we are used to seeing with gel polish. However, that doesn't bother me since I rarely use a bottle of polish more than once. What does bug me a little is that the bottles are narrow, which makes them prone to tipping when I wipe the side of the brush on the neck. I had to be very careful not to knock them over. Of course, this could just be a matter of me being a clutz and wouldn't deter me from purchasing these gel polishes in the future.
I'm actually really excited to see what Lauren releases next. The colors featured in this post will be avaliable for purchase today at 6 PM CST and prices range from $6.50 to $7.50 depending on the color. Swing by Gloss & Glitter and check them out. :)
*The Gloss & Glitter Gel Polishes featured in this post were provided by Gloss & Glitter for my honest review. All links within this post are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com.