My Top Ten All Time Favourite Glitter Nail Polishes
Guest post for Powder Doom by Alyssa

For those of you who don’t already know me from my blog Random Acts of Pastel, I love all things glittery, especially nail polishes! I mean, there are really very few things in this world more satisfying than looking down at your purrrfectly glittery paws, don’t you think? 

The only problem is, so many glitter nail polishes look much better in the bottle than on actual nails, or don’t provide as much coverage as you hoped they would. As a long-time glitter polish enthusiast, I’ve tested and tried so many different glitters, and in turn I’ve created an (ever growing) shortlist of my all time favourites. You can thank me later with glittery photos and suggestions of your own?

1. Butter London “Fairy Cake”
I’m a big fan of anything hologram, and this hologram glitter by Butter London is no exception. A magical rainbow of colours, this polish works great as a topcoat, or on its own with two coats for extra coverage.

I don’t really use my glitters enough, and I have so many! Here’s a new one that BASTAR sent over recently. It’s pretty affordable at $8.75 a pop (compared to the OCC Mirrorball Glitter which is $14). I find this a little more finely milled, and I experienced less fallout. Thumbs up from me on the glitter. The glitter glue didn’t impress me much though, it didn’t get tacky and it was more like a very watery Urban Decay Primer Potion or something. I’d skip it and just buy the glitter and use a tackier primer, like TFSI or Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy

For reference, I’m also wearing: NYX Cake Powder, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, and Revlon Lipstick. 

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Disclaimer: These samples were sent to me but it (quite obviously) does not impact how I feel about the products. Our priority is to you first before anything else. See our disclosure policies here

Girl, you gotta help me out. I consider myself to be pretty skilled at the art of makeup, I can pretty much handle anything....but glitter gel. It confuses me! Any products that you can recommend? I have a Hard Candy shadow in green that could be described as a glitter gel but it's finicky and usually ends up around my temples and just pretty much anywhere else but my eyelids by the end of the day. Any advice?

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jazn

Can you clarify what you mean by glitter gel? Glitter liner? What do you want it for, lining, as a shadow, pigment… Graftobian has a nice sparkly one. Glitter is super finnicky in general, it’s so important to have a good base for it to adhere to. So I’ll talk about that specifically.

I am super fond of Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue, it’s very tacky and glitter sticks to it so well, compared to clear gel based glitter primers. For TFSI GG you PAT the glitter on, don’t brush it on (I mean brushing on glitter is a terrible idea anyway). Also, when applying glitter or pigment in general, it’s a good idea to cover the rest of your face or at least the cheek area with a little bit of tissue paper to catch any fallout or glitter so you don’t ruin any makeup you’ve already applied.

So far I haven’t found any glitter liner that I like enough to recommend, whenever I use glitter in makeup, it’s usually a glitter from Naked Cosmetics (I have QUITE a few!).

A closer look at the Naked Cosmetics pigments I hauled at IMATS LA (combined with my previous IMATS NYC Naked purchase). I am very fond of these stacks for photoshoots — the shimmer trio is wonderful for highlighting on a variety of skin tones  so I naturally wanted more. Naked always has a great deal at IMATS — a stack for $30, 2 for $50, 3 for $75, 4 for $100 with 1 free. I split the 5 with my cousin and aunt. 

Arabelle’s Current Makeup Favorites
I seldom do monthly favorites because as we all know, I’m incredibly boring and use the same things on my face all the time. HOWEVER! I HAVE BEEN FEELING EXPERIMENTAL. Anyway, what I mean to say is  I’ve been shopping my makeup stash and using things I’ve had for awhile but have just been staring at. 
NARS DANMARI PALETTE (LE, Not available) - I feel bad posting about this but like, I’m soooo glad I bought it when I had the chance. It was my real introduction to NARS blushes which I really didn’t want to like because $$, but I’m quite smitten and it’s definitely changed my makeup routine. I use Casino as contour and it’s great. A+ would buy again. I’m contemplating purchasing one of the current LE holiday palettes NARS has out right now — Foreplay looks like a great deal. 
OCC Glitter in Mirrorball ($12.50) - I already did a post specifically about how much I like this glitter here. Technically this is not to be used on the eye area, you’re supposed to mix it with other things, but I use it on my eyes as shadow applied with Too Faced Glitter Primer and it stays on forever. It’s gritty — not like the Loose Colour Concentrates, which are OCC’s loose shadows — but it’s fabulous and looks like unicorn tears. 
Benefit High Beam ($26) - I am all about looking like a luminous elvin bride who bathes in the blood of those who wrong her, and this totally makes me look like Galadriel — albiet purple haired and short and like… well you get the point. Right? I mean. Anyway it works well. 
Hourglass Siren ($28) - Mad about the price but in love with the lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss. Ever. It’s just… everything about it is great. I have zero criticisms besides the price tag. It’s utterly unique and beautiful, smooth, and the packaging is great.
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Arabelle’s Current Makeup Favorites

I seldom do monthly favorites because as we all know, I’m incredibly boring and use the same things on my face all the time. HOWEVER! I HAVE BEEN FEELING EXPERIMENTAL. Anyway, what I mean to say is  I’ve been shopping my makeup stash and using things I’ve had for awhile but have just been staring at. 

  1. NARS DANMARI PALETTE (LE, Not available) - I feel bad posting about this but like, I’m soooo glad I bought it when I had the chance. It was my real introduction to NARS blushes which I really didn’t want to like because $$, but I’m quite smitten and it’s definitely changed my makeup routine. I use Casino as contour and it’s great. A+ would buy again. I’m contemplating purchasing one of the current LE holiday palettes NARS has out right now — Foreplay looks like a great deal. 
  2. OCC Glitter in Mirrorball ($12.50) - I already did a post specifically about how much I like this glitter here. Technically this is not to be used on the eye area, you’re supposed to mix it with other things, but I use it on my eyes as shadow applied with Too Faced Glitter Primer and it stays on forever. It’s gritty — not like the Loose Colour Concentrates, which are OCC’s loose shadows — but it’s fabulous and looks like unicorn tears. 
  3. Benefit High Beam ($26) - I am all about looking like a luminous elvin bride who bathes in the blood of those who wrong her, and this totally makes me look like Galadriel — albiet purple haired and short and like… well you get the point. Right? I mean. Anyway it works well. 
  4. Hourglass Siren ($28) - Mad about the price but in love with the lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss. Ever. It’s just… everything about it is great. I have zero criticisms besides the price tag. It’s utterly unique and beautiful, smooth, and the packaging is great.
Even though I would say loose eyeshadow was my first real makeup obsession, I never really use mine and I certainly don’t go out of my way to collect glitters. But, sometimes I can’t resist, and this OCC Glitter called Mirrorball is one of those things I couldn’t walk away from. I love staring at it and I have it on as a cut crease today with thick, thick lashes, just because. (I actually copied this look.)  It’s magnificent.  High-res

Even though I would say loose eyeshadow was my first real makeup obsession, I never really use mine and I certainly don’t go out of my way to collect glitters. But, sometimes I can’t resist, and this OCC Glitter called Mirrorball is one of those things I couldn’t walk away from. I love staring at it and I have it on as a cut crease today with thick, thick lashes, just because. (I actually copied this look.)  It’s magnificent.