Hello, readers! For today’s post, I’ll be reviewing the new peel-able base coat from OPI called Glitter Off. I’ve put it to the test with some Liquid Sand shades because I always have a hard time with removal of textured polishes. This is a VERY picture heavy post. Do you think it was a flop or a win? Read below to see!
Heading back to the press release on this new base coat:
“Glitter Off by OPI is a new, peel-able base coat that allows for the quick and easy removal of nail lacquer when applied beneath any glitter or dark nail color. Glitter Off provides a base for quick one-step removal and protects natural nails, while simultaneously making nail colors brighter. Glitter Off is designed to leave nails polish-free and stain-free in seconds, revealing a clean nail surface without the use of lacquer remover.
“Women love glitter nail lacquer, which adds a glamorous element to any manicure. However, it can be difficult and frustrating to remove. Now OPI fans can fully embrace the glitter nail trend without the accompanying hassle. Simply brush on one thin layer of Glitter Off to bare nails, wait until it dries clear and then apply as many coats of glitter lacquer as needed to get the desired look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Glitter Off is designed to last for a few days, allowing for glitter shades to be changed frequently or worn just for a special occasion or night out. It’s so easy to use – and when it’s time to remove it, peel!”
To remove, use a cuticle stick to gently push and peel the glitter lacquer off the nail. No nail polish remover is necessary for this final step. “
Here are some photos along the way. First, I applied a thin coat of OPI Glitter Off to all of my nails and let dry:
As it was drying, which was about 10-15 minutes until it was clear, it looked like it was “shrinking” away from all of the edges. However, it was just drying from the edges inward to the center. The photo below is about 10-15 mins after application. You can see it’s pretty much clear now.
Next, I applied two coats of each OPI It’s Frosty Outside
and Kiss Me At Midnight
. I did my normal application of these Liquid Sand shades by painting on the first coat and letting dry before adding a second coat. I took this picture after they had dried.
Then, I went about my business and did normal things around the house. I typed up some posts, edited pictures, cleaned, played with the kids, washed my hands, made dinner (washed my hands a lot more during the dinner process since I was dealing with raw chicken), and cleaned up the kids after dinner.
Unfortunately, about an hour after this mani had dried, I washed my hands and dried them and noticed that one of my nails had lost half of it’s polish. The rest of the polish on that nail was softly moving around when I pressed on it.
After the other things I listed above (aka: normal housewife and mom duties), I’d gotten tip wear on almost all of my nails and lost another nail’s worth of polish. Apparently any contact with water was alerting the Glitter Off to start peeling off. This was within the first few hours of wearing it.
So of course at this point, I decided to just remove them all together. I did as the bottle instructed and used a cuticle pusher to gently pry up the polish. It came up very easily in one or two sheets for the entire nails and I didn’t see any nail damage at all. (YAY for no nail damage!)
Here is what my nails looked like after just gently peeling the polish off. Hardly any polish left and I was able to use one OPI Expert Touch remover wipe for all 10 nails to clean up the excess.
Well, since this came off too easily to be used as a base coat for me, I thought I should try it for something else! I love gradient nails but HATE the cleanup. So, after applying one coat of polish, I painted OPI Glitter Off directly onto my skin and cuticles around my nails and let dry.
I waited until it was clear and started sponging on my gradient. It worked pretty well protecting the skin from the polish, aside from some spots that pulled up thanks to the sponge. (I think I’ll wait longer before sponging next time to see if they weren’t completely dry yet.) Who wants to use Q-tips, remover, and a clean up brush to help this mess?
Once I was done with the gradient, I used a toothpick and gently lifted the Glitter Off from my skin. It peeled off easily and I got off the few bits that were left on my skin by rubbing my finger under warm water. I was left with only a few spots of polish to clean up with remover and my trusty clean up brush. That was SO much easier!
Here is the final look after the tiny bit of cleanup and top coat. That was one of the least painful gradients I’ve done in a long time!
So there you have it! If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for sticking around to see my results. I appreciate the fact that OPI Glitter Off removes easily without causing damage to my nails. However, I think it’s a bit too gentle and any contact with water sends the polish fleeing from your nails in sheets. It’s not a practical solution for me, as a stay at home mom of two small children. I wash my hands countless times a day! I can definitely see myself using it for the gradient clean up more than a base coat.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried it yet? It smells kind of like glue, but with a more watery consistency. I had high hopes but it was a flop in my book.
Thanks so much for reading!
*The base coat in this post was sent for me to review with my honest opinion.
exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Glitter Off
will be available March 2014, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com
for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail.
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.
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