I was in my favourite nail varnish shop the other day, having heard that they'd got the Opi Sheer Tints in, and while I was there, spotted the new China Glaze Surprise collection and couldn't resist this one, Glimmer More. When I first saw swatches of this collection online, I have to say I didn't really like the look of it - I'm not a fan of 'untidy' looking glitter somehow. But this just looked so pretty in the bottle that I couldn't resist!
I thought I would try this out over the Models Own Hypergel, Coral Glaze. You may remember my previous post about the Hypergels, and the difficulties I had with them not drying. I did actually write to Models Own, who replied to say that they'd not heard of this issue before, but that they would investigate, and that I should make sure my nails were clean and dry before applying nail varnish. They did send me three replacement polishes though (I chose Bubblegum Ice Neon, and a couple of jelly glitters - posts to come later) which was nice. But I was determined to try the Hypergels again one last time, just in case.
This time I used a different base coat to my usual one, in case the Hypergel didn't like my base. I made sure my nails were scrupulously clean. I waited an hour between the first coat and the second. Then I waited another hour before adding Glimmer More as a glitter topcoat. This is a very pretty glitter - there's sparkly magenta hex glitter, and larger matte white, pale orange and yellow hex pieces. I like the contrast between the sparkly and the matte glitter, I think it's really pretty. This is awkward to apply though, because of the skinny brush; you do have to dab this around quite a lot.
I like the way this looks, although I don't love it. I think Glimmer More would look better over a pretty pastel pink though. And then, I thought that as it had been several (at least three!) hours since I applied the first coat of Coral Glaze, I'd see how well it had dried...
Yep. It just wiped off. So I officially give up on the Hypergels! They just Do Not Work for me.