Best Techniques for Smoothing Out and Removing Glitter *updated 7/12/23*
Noodles Nail Polish is all about the glitter, all the time. While we all love the bling, it can be a pain to remove. Oh, and it can be known to eat topcoat which leaves texture on the nail after it dries. If you are especially sensitive to feeling your polish, make sure your topcoat is a thick one, or apply a second coat of a thinner one.
Instead of applying 2 coats of thick topcoat, several indie brands have come out with a product that you use after your last coat of polish and before your topcoat. These are generally thick and “fill in” the gaps left from the glitter. Here are several products I use and recommend (in no particular order):
6. Smooth and Shine Duo from Esmaltes da Kelly (available through Polish Pickup some months)
To use these glitter grabbing topcoats, it’s best to let the polish to dry for several minutes before applying. If you apply the glitter grabber too quickly, the nail polish can eat up the glitter grabber a little, making the polish continue to have a little texture, even after the addition of a quick-dry topcoat. Using it this way requires a little more patience, but it’s totally worth it.
Noodles Nail Polish Better Not Pout (1 coat) over 2 coats of Gridlock Lacquer Resting Grinch Face
What do you think about this base color for Better Not Pout? I was going to do a more traditional color, but at the last minute I went bold. If you’re into polishes with a real Christmas vibe, you need to put this one over everything. Everything. Better Not Pout is a clear based glitter topper with silver/red/green metallic glitters in both hexagonal and circular shapes, various shades of pink matte glitters, and a touch of a scattered holo finish. As this is all glitter, it does dry with texture, so make sure to bust out that glitter smoothing topcoat.
Up next we have another top pick from the collection and it’s chock full of glitter. Gingerbread Latte is a soft medium brown crelly base with metallic green/red/caramel/copper glitter and white matte glitter in various hexagonal sizes. I think it has more glitter than base (in a good way)! I’m not sure if it looks the greatest with my light yellow-toned skin, but I don’t care, I love it anyway. This will be a pain to remove unless you use a peel-off base, but it’s totally worth it. And yes, please do yourself a favor and use a glitter smoothing topcoat to fill in all those nooks and crannies.
How is it my top 3 picks also happen to be the first 3 polishes I’m showing (based on alphabetical order)? Miss Christmas is the sister polish to last-years best-selling holiday polish, Miss Mistletoe (which I also loved). Miss Christmas is a light bubblegum pink crelly base with white matte glitter and red/green metallic glitter. It’s dainty. It’s holiday. It’s lovely. This is 2 medium coats, and it applied flawlessly.
We got 2 different glitter toppers in this collection! Sleigh Ride has one of my favorite glitter shapes: snowflakes! Give me all the snowflake and star glitters. Sleigh Ride is a clear-based glitter topper with white matte hexagonal and snowflake glitters, and copper/garnet/raspberry metallic glitters in various sizes. I always flip my polishes with larger glitters upside down for at least 20 minutes to make them all float toward the top and I never have an issue with fishing for glitter. A glitter smoothing topcoat is helpful for smoothing the area around the snowflake so you can’t feel it anymore.
Continuing on we have a gorgeous one called Snow Lit Midnights which is a denim crelly (leans a bit on the jelly side) with white matte, silver metallic, and iridescent glitter in various hexagonal sizes. It’s always hard to really show iridescent glitter, but it really stands out in this one in person. I love this shade of blue for wintertime. Since this has more of a jelly finish, it allows the white glitter to really stand out. Again, I used 2 thicker coats for full opacity, and it applied perfectly. Oh, and it didn’t stain my nails. I used a new Zoya a couple weeks ago that was a deep blue and my nails are still stained even after using 2 base coats. Eeek!
Yay, we got a white glitter crelly! Son of a Nutcracker (super funny name!) is a white crelly base with soft green shimmer, green/gold metallic and holo glitters, and yellow matte glitter. I hope the color is coming across right in my photos; I think the gold in this one makes the base look almost a little ivory. I love the combination of green and gold together. I found this one applied a little thinner than some of the other white glitter crellies I’ve used. By no means was it problematic; it was just something I noticed when applying it. I still needed just 2 coats, even with taking more polish off the brush as to not flood my cuticles.
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