I received a Nail Rock Glitter Dust kit in my January Birchbox, and knew immediately that it would be the first item I’d try.
The kit includes a creme polish for the base and a glitter for the top. The concept is simple – you apply the polish and dip your nails into the pot of glitter while the polish is still tacky. Clean off the excess glitter from around your nails, wait 15-20 minutes for everything to set, and you’re good to go.
You don’t need a top coat, but I opted for one. Without the top coat, the finish is similar to the textured polishes that have flooded the market lately. Though, if you don’t get rid of the excess glitter, you can expect a bit of fallout.
The base polish wasn’t anything special, and if you wanted to wear it on its own you would probably need three thin coats for even, opaque coverage. Luckily, you’re just covering it up with a ton of glitter, so two coats is all you need for this look.
The dry time was quick; when I was finished with the first coat on both hands, I was immediately able to start the second. When I finished the second coat, I was ready to dip my nails into the glitter.
The glitter was very fine and adhered nicely to the polish… and everything else. So after my nails had a glitter bath, it was time to clean. You can see in the image below that I had my work cut out for me.
Given the 20 minute wait ahead of me, I had time to clean up. No big deal.
I used a cotton swab to clean as much as I could from my skin. I followed that up with a nail brush so I could get closer to the nail wall and underneath my nails. A few minutes into the cleanup, I tapped the free edge of my nails against the table (with a paper towel underneath them) to help the loose glitter fall off.
Once 20 minutes passed, I finished the mani with a couple of layers of top coat. Again, it’s not necessary, but I think a shiny top coat makes the glitter sparkle even more. Two coats was necessary because the first coat was soaked up by the glitter.
Removal was a little better than your standard glitter polish. I let an acetone-soaked cotton pad sit on my nails for about a minute before wiping, and didn’t have much trouble.
Obviously you don’t need this particular set to get the same effect, but I was impressed with the glitter provided by Nail Rock. I will say that if you’re not willing to put in the effort to clean up the glitter, you would probably be better served with an all-in-one textured nail polish.
So, what do you think?