OPI “Glitter Off” Base Coat Review Part 2

First Day: I arrived at work, took off my glove, and discovered a good sized chip in my left pointer finger. All I did that morning was make breakfast, crochet, and practise a little tap.

I started to close the store at the end of my shift, only to notice a gigantic chip on my right pointer finger! And being an inexperienced blogger, I forgot to take a picture before fixing it. Apologies!

So far, the damage for day one is minimal. Nothing abnormal, aside from those two dings. I repaired the chips and went to bed.

Second Day: I got average wear this day, nothing significant happened and I only suffered average tipwear. I stuck a row of “I Snow You Love Me” by OPI sequins down my ring fingers to jazz them up a bit.

Third Day: Abnormally extreme tipwear on my left pointer and index fingers, this day, but normal tipwear everywhere else. I do find glitter polishes to often break apart in pieces, instead of even rubbed-off wear like a normal polish.  These rough edges tend to grab everything I touch in the most annoying way.

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Day three. I NEVER get extreme tipwear like this!

Verdict:  I removed the polish by the recommended means; that is, chipping it off using a tool and my other nails.  And while it took a moment to figure out a technique for removal, I have to say it left my nails a bit sore and achy, and I had a very slight (and I mean VERY slight) amount of damage to the surface of the nail plate.  Nothing that a quick run over with my buffer couldn’t fix.  The base coat was pretty adhesive, and it probably took me as much time to remove it this way as the glitters usually do to remove via acetone or polish remover.  I think I will try two coats of the product next time, before I relegate it to the never-use-again drawer.

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The aftermath.

I also ended up wiping a bit of nail polish remover over my nails anyways, to remove any clingy bits.

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OPI “Glitter Off” Base Coat Review Part 1

I know this isn’t technically vintage, but we can argue that mid-century ladies had a strong fondness for lacquered fingernails, and frankly so do I.

I ran into the supplier on Saturday to grab some acetone, as I was en route to remove a friend’s acrylic nails, and while paying I noticed a small OPI display of “Glitter Off” natural nail base coat. I was intrigued, and went home to research the product. (Who doesn’t hate glitter polish for its painfully time-consuming and work-intensive removal?) Shockingly, I discovered nothing but press releases! Quick as a bunny I flew back to grab a bottle, so I could test it out.

The instructions on the attached mini-booklet are deceptively simple. “Apply a thin coat; dry completely; apply polish. To remove, gently push and peel it all off.” Now, because I like to wear my polish for three to four days at a time, I am proceeding with an ever so slightly tweaked application. I polished the base coat with a tiny bit of room before hitting my cuticle. The polish is ever so slightly back from that edge. And my topcoat will be over everything, including that bare nail. Hopefully this will seal in the edges until I am actually ready to peel.

So far, everything has proceeded as normal.  No issues with application, nor with the addition of the colour or topcoat.  Dry time of the base on its own is minimal, only a few minutes.  And it doesn’t seem to have affected dry time for the rest of the layers.  Two coats of the polish shade, and the top coat I used was Lumos.

Glitter Off Demo

I even drew a picture to illustrate the adjusted technique.

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Totally polish free. Yes they are a bit yellow.

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The base coat dries clear, but looks like this initially. It has almost no odor at all, but for a faint ‘Elmers Glue’ like hint.

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All done! This colour is China Glaze “Some Like it Haute”. (I bought nearly everything from this collection. I am sure it is obvious why. <3) This colour is AWFUL to remove, which is why I seldom wear it.

This product was not sent for review.  Stay tuned for a future post: The Outcome!