I absolutely, positively, adore shimmer nail polish. If companies are trying to get me to buy their polish, just throw some type of glitter in there, and it’s sold! It’s my nail polish achiles heel. My lacquered kryptonite. I have zero defenses against it.
So when a hint of sparkle caught my eye while browsing the Milani makeup line, my attention was instantly drawn towards it. And there it was. A ruby red nail polish, with tons of glitter. It reminded me of the glitter and glue tubes we used for arts and crafts back in elementary school. I loved those! I was sold.
Like any other nail polish aficionado, as soon as I got home, I put in work. I hurriedly rubbed off the old, and excitedly applied the new. My anticipation grew with each layer (with glittery/shimmer polish I always apply three layers to get as close as possible to the color in the bottle). After fanning, waving my hands up and down, and blowing my breath all over them, my nails were sufficiently dry. I raised my hands up to the light to admire it. And…
It was ok.
Where do I begin. Let’s start with color. I did admire the color. It looked about 90% of what was shown in the bottle. The glitter isn’t all bam in your face, but it was decent.
The first thought that popped into my head was that my fingernails looked I had dipped them in blood. Strange I know. The red was very vibrant.The finish was matte, and rough to the touch (I always run my fingers across my dried nails to feel the finish), so it required a topcoat. That is somewhat annoying because it takes forever to remove, but it’s minor.
As I applied the polish, I noticed that it was thin. The good thing about that is that it took about three minutes to completely dry between each coat. The bad thing about it is that I knew it wouldn’t last five days without some signs of wear and tear. Even with being extra careful with what I did with my fingertips (no cleaning that required vigorous scrubbing, or using my fingernails to open things), the polish still began to slowly wear away by the beginning of the third day.
All in all, I did like the color a lot. I do wish that it had a longer wear time, but it’s not horrible. I would buy it again if I happen to be shopping and it catches my eye, but I’m not making any special trips to repurchase.
I paid about four dollars. On the website, it’s advertised as 4.49.