Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shimmer Polish — Part 2

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review. 
All opinions are my own.**

Erin has already reviewed several of the Shimmer polishes we got and I have a few more here (with still more to come!) Picture heavy post, so strap yourselves in!

First up is Elsa — Shimmer describes Elsa as having turquoise, red, and gold glitters and the blend of colors gave an overall lavender-ish appearance so I decided to layer it over OPI Parlez Vous OPI. I also did an accent nail of three coats of Elsa alone to show off the raspberry red jelly base.
Elsa over OPI Parlez Vous OPI
Like a beaded dress!
Next up is Sarah — Shimmer describes Sarah as tropical green and blue so I decided to layer it over butter LONDON Thames, a not-tropical but still very shimmery blue-green. I loved this combination!
Sarah over butter LONDON Thames
Like a mermaid!
Ending this group is Maria (that name always makes me start playing the song from West Side Story in my head.) Maria is a combination of light-to-dark blues in varying sizes and it look like being underwater to me, so I layered it over Nicole by OPI Party in the Penthouse, a shimmery blue. I had to go outside to really show the effect because the colors are so similar. Isn't it like surf washing up over a tropical beach?
Maria over Nicole by OPI Party in the Penthouse
Closeup to show the sparkles.

Pros: the glitters are plentiful and sized so that placement is easy. That also means that you only need one coat if you are layering over another color and two coats of it alone are usually enough for coverage. The effects of the glitter combinations are gorgeous!

Cons: some of the different colors are too similar; that is, a blue-green mix isn't terribly different from a green-blue mix and you would have to look very closely to see which is which. How you choose to layer it will (obviously) affect which colors predominate.

Overall: I really like how packed these are with glitter! I hate having to dig around for a particular glitter and then having to carefully place them. I also like that Cindy will create a custom polish for you! How much fun would that be, to have your bridesmaids wearing a custom mani?

Shimmer polishes can be found at Etsy for USD$12 a bottle, but you can also keep current with them by liking them on Facebook and the blog.

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review. 
All opinions are my own.**


  1. Love the glitter look on Elsa. So cool! Makes me want to try this, but I'm not sure I'd get the glitter to "look right" like you did!! :)

    1. All I did was dab it on — I don't have the patience to do careful application with glitters, so if I can do it, anyone can. Give it a try!

    2. Oh! If you mean the triangles, I used tape to mask them off.

  2. I *need* Maria! I love the various sizes of glitter and the blue is gorgeous! I really like the way you taped it off.

  3. I really loved that combo with Elsa! ;)