It takes a few layers of Milani’s new Jewel FX Nail Polishes ($4.99 each) to really get your sparkle going, but if you have the patience, they’ll reward you with dazzling tips and toes.
These three glittery gals just came out a little while ago. Each of them — Gems, Gold and Silver — is a clear base with big gobs o’ glitter swimming inside. Not only do they look spectacular worn by themselves, but they also accessorize the heck out of other polishes when brushed on like a topcoat.
Someone over at Milani must remember Deborah Lippmann’s breakthrough $18 Happy Birthday party from 2009. It was a gorgeous, multicolored glitter polish, and Gems could easily pass for a $5 dupe (truly outrageous!).
Can I get a what-what for affordable alternatives?
In these pics I’m wearing three coats, so as you can probably tell, it takes a few layers to really coax out the shimmer from these. The base itself is quite thin, but every subsequent layer increases the amount of and concentration of glitter.
The glitter applies unevenly, of course, but shaking it well helps. It takes forever, but by dabbing the tip of the brush on the nail, I can sort of direct where I want the glitter to go.
Like most glitter polishes, these last for a really long time — almost too long, in fact. I’m getting at least 7-10 days, and when it comes to removing them, I use this method here.
All that sparkle for a penny less than $5? You gotta love that.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Container Store, hear me roar!
Lately I haven’t been able to find jack squat in my makeup collection, and it’s driving me bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I loaded up on stackable, shoebox-size clear plastic containers from Container Store, and I told myself this morning that if I get everything organized, I can reward myself with a trip to the MAC store.
Wait — is it weird to reward yourself for organizing your makeup by getting more makeup? Shoot, maybe I should rethink this.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,