Glitter Nail Polish 101

Glitter is arguably one of the most timeless forms of nail polish. Though not appropriate for the most professional of settings, in nearly all other social arenas, glitter is a dazzling compliment to any outfit. (Literally!) Especially over the course of the past year, glitter has become more and more popular, particularly with brands like OPI. Here are a few of my favorites for this season:

Deborah Lippman “Superstar”

This polish is a fun, relatively subtle glitter that comes out in a light copper. The individual pieces of glitter are pretty small, so it’s really shiny and not too overwhelming. It’s great for day-to-day wear because it can be dressed up or down very easily.

Laura Mercier “Twilight”

If you want more of a deep color but don’t want to sacrifice your shine, try out Twilight. Similar to Superstar, Twilight has very small granules of glitter so it has a more uniform sparkle to it. If you don’t do a clear top coat over this, it will dry slightly matte.


American Apparel “Light Year”

Want to really embrace glitter nail polish? Try this color from American Apparel. It has large pieces of glitter that have a holographic tint, so they’ll catch the light in just the right way. It’s perfect for a night out on the town, or if you’re just looking to spice up your normal polish routine.

OPI “Teenage Dream”

Teenage Dream comes from Katy Perry’s recent line for OPI, which are all named after recent songs of hers. It looks a little boring from the picture, but is composed of both big and large fragments of glitter, which balance out well. It’s very neutral, almost a light salmon color, so if you’re looking to ease your way into sparkly nail polish, this may be just right for you.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips “Blue Ice”

Ok, so you may be thinking - I’ve seen these everywhere, but they don’t actually work, right? WRONG! Say hello to a little known nail polish secret, Sally Hansen Salon Effects. These little strips work just like stickers which adhere to your nails and stay on approximately 3-5 days longer than a normal polish. The glitter shades are out of this world; the blue in particular is a personal favorite shade of mine for spring.

With any polish, it’s crucial to do at least 2 coats, as you want full coverage of your nails. In addition, to be able to remove it with ease and keep it at optimal sparkle for the maximum amount of time, make sure to use a clear top coat. A personal favorite of mine is OPI’s Top Coat, which you can see below. Happy painting!

OPI Top Coat




Kelsey Bucsko is currently the Marketing Director of BARE Magazine.

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