First I couldn't decide what colour to use as a base (I thought a base colour would mean I could use less glitter) so I used a variety of red, white and blue.
The red is Barry M Retro Red, the white is China Glaze Frosty (I bought this recently for a jewellery project, thinking I'd never wear it as a mani, but I actually think it looks really pretty on the nail) and the blue is Nails Inc Baker Street. I bought Baker Street for my American nail twin friend, but I don't think she'll mind me swatching a couple of nails before I post it! Baker Street is lovely - this is one coat. It's rich and creamy, very smooth, and has lovely even coverage. I might need to buy myself one of these too!
Then I added one coat of Jubilee. This is a Nails Inc Limited Edition, that comes with a gorgeous sparkly crystal cap. This is densely packed red, white and blue glitter in a clear base. I hadn't cleaned up here, because I was planning a second coat.
I liked how one coat looked, but wasn't mad keen on the base colour showing through, so I added another coat. It was so sparkly that I dashed outside to take some photos in the brief moment of sunshine, so again, apologies for the mess round my cuticles. The glitter is so dense that this wasn't particularly easy to apply without making a mess.
I then waited a while for this to dry, added some topcoat and waited a bit more. I then had some lunch, did some washing up, put away the ironing... and then decided to rub in some hand cream before taking the 'proper' photos for the blog... and this happened!
Oops! First one nail's polish just slid off totally, all in one piece. The glitter felt dry, it just felt as though the base colour was totally wet still. Very odd. As a test, I poked some of the other nails, and they all came off!
I can't understand why the the eating, washing up and laundry didn't affect it, but oh well. Next time I might just use the glitter on its own.