Hi, everyone! Today I have a product review for a product that could possibly change your polish life (that is, if you don’t already own it)! Over the past week or so I’ve been using Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, and despite the cornball name I am head over heels for this product.
Let’s talk about the basics first and then we’ll get into the specifics of my personal experience! Glitter A-Peel is a peel-off base coat made especially for pesky glitter polishes and other hard-to-remove finishes. It is not a glue base coat, it contains all the usual solvents and plasticizers found in nail polish and it does contain Toluene, so it is not 3-free. I did find the product to have a very heavy scent because of that, a bit stronger than seche vite but not unbearable.
I’d previously tried a glue basecoat one or two times and could not get the hang of it. Whether I used a bit of water with it or not, it did not apply smoothly, took forever to dry and popped off within hours. Just a total pain!
To use Glitter A-Peel you apply 1-2 coats on top of your naked nail (I always did two coats, and the maker says this makes it easier to peel) and then apply your normal treatments and polish. I did not use any other base coat while using this, just this, polish and top coat. Be careful with the amount on your brush when putting it on- it tends to hold a bit too much but you also don’t want to wipe too much off since a nice thick coat is needed. It does take a few minutes to dry in between coats, but not near as many as a glue basecoat does.
When time to peel, use an orange stick or something similar to get the peel started- either from your cuticle, the sides or from the tip, depending on where it is lifting most. Don’t use a metal cuticle pusher! I thought I’d be fine ignoring that advice and ended up lightly gouging my nail a couple of times, oops. Don’t be me.
|Right after my first nail popped off on my cinderella hand! No residue!|
After peeling the polish off (most will peel in a full piece, some may break up into a few pieces), clean up any leftover with remover. I found that on a few nails I might have a bit left over at the cuticle, but it was always a tiny amount and not any glitter, just color and was very quick and easy to use remover on.
I tested Glitter A-peel on three different manicures this week!
Lasted a day and a half before a nail popped off by itself. Didn’t do anything too strenuous or dangerous to polish. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing when it popped off, but I remember being a little surprised that it had, I wasn’t doing dishes or washing my hands, etc. All other nails came off easily in one piece when I removed the polish.
-Lasted about a full day. During this day, I moved from my apartment into my new house, lifting and loading heavy furniture into a moving truck and back into the house. All nails lasted throughout the day but then one popped off while doing dishes at night. This was a little harder to remove in one piece, possibly due to using a creme as a base. Everything still came off easily but more nails were in multiple pieces.
-Lasted about a day and a half. One nail popped off during work (I work a desk job, nothing crazy) and the rest survived a full cleaning of the kitchen and scrubbing out the fridge. I lost another one after that while simply preparing dinner. Most nails popped off pretty easily, a couple came off in multiple pieces.
Overall, this is a great product if you don’t mind changing your polish every 1-2 days. And let’s be honest, as a polish addict this has given me the excuse to wear more shades more often with ease. Removal is my least favorite part of polishing and so I typically put it off as long as possible and don’t change my polish as much as I’d like to- using this as a base coat has totally changed that for me!
How long does it last? Well, it depends. I have found that for me at least it seems to last fine during strenuous tasks but then pops off randomly, and usually is my right thumb or index that pops off first. I tend to use those most throughout the day, so that could have something to do with it. I wouldn’t count on it lasting more than a day- it certainly could, but it’s iffy and hit-or-miss.
Glitter A-Peel retails for $8 and can be found at Nail Pattern Boldness’ website here, along with her polish line and a line of top and base coats that I also really need to try out soon! You can also follow her on instagram, pinterest and like her on facebook to stay up to date on info and new releases!
What do you think of this product? Have you tried it out yet, or anything similar? Let me know in the comments!
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