Thursday, 25 August 2011

Review & Swatches: GOSH Nail Glitters

GOSH nail glitters are little pots of sparkling goodness, designed for dipping the nail to produce a high-opacity, high-sparkle finish.  Start off by coating the nail in a thin coat of polish - quick drying is probably not what you want here - wait a moment for it to become tacky, and then dip your finger into the pot.  

The pots are deep enough to allow you to get your entire nail and fingertip fully immersed.  They're also only half full of glitter, to ensure plenty of space for the finger, which helps ensure that the glitter can reach the whole nail.

After a few seconds of immersion, the glitter will have adhered to the nail polish, and also to the surrounding skin!  I've found that I get a fairly opaque covering of glitter on the first dip.  After a few minutes, the underlying polish dries down - after a bit of experimenting, I've found that the best way to clean up is to hold the fingers under a running tap for a few moments, which allows the excess glitter to be swept away.

The finished nail has an ultra sparkly, glamourous finish, which would be perfect for a night out on the town.  That said, given the application technique, the finish isn't particularly even - the glitter sticks a little unevenly, and it's hard to get a truly precise finish without a lot of practice.  The nail texture is also rather rough, because the glitter is stuck to the surface of the nail, rather than suspending in liquid like you'd get with a normal glitter varnish.  Additionally, as the glitter is stuck only on one side, you can't really apply a topcoat over the top to anchor it down, as the topcoat brush will pick up any errant loose bits, filling your bottle of topcoat with unintended sparkles.

Blue Sapphire and Amethyst Purple

Rose Quartz and Jade Green

Ruby Red and Turquoise

Silver and Gold

Grey Moonstone and Topaz Lavender

The verdit, then?  These nail glitters are pretty cool, making for some fun, sparkly nail looks which will add impact on a special occasion, but I'd probably avoid wearing the full sparkly nail look day to day.  Due to the lack of protection over the nail surface, the glitter finish wears off over time and after a day or two, the glitter becomes a bit patchy.  I've been really enjoying the effect of using the glitters to apply colourful tips to polished nails, though.

GOSH nail glitters are available exclusively in Superdrug stores, where they cost £3.95 each.  Have you tried them?  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. This is my first time ever seeing this! Looks nice & interesting =)

  2. So does it stay looking matte like that or do you add another coat of polish?
    Nic x

  3. I happened to buy 3 pots of these today and I have seen lots of different ideas on how to apply them.
    First time I have seen them all over the nail though- fun for a night out or something. I'm trying them our for my sister's hen weekend next week. Looking forward to it now! :)

  4. These are so gorgeous! The colours are so vibrant. Shame you just can't apply a top coat :( xxx

  5. I love the look of them, but I'd be really fidgety without being able to top coat them - your theory about the topcoat being full of glitter makes perfect sense. I think I'll look into them more before I place them on my 'must buy' list.

  6. Is it possible to just get some clear polish then put the glitter into it?! I saw them in Superdrug and that crossed my mind, but will only get them if they go on a 3 for 2 offer I think.

  7. They look nice but... what's the difference between these and any other glitters you could buy? Is there any reason these are better on the nails? :/

  8. i used this today on my ring finger on each hand, full nail glitter, i used a sally hansen miracle shine top coat and it has worked brilliantly and they look awsome :o)

  9. Where can I buy these? Very keen to try it. :)

  10. Where can I buy this? Very keen to try it. :)

  11. Unfortunately it looks like Superdrug don't carry them online any more - try a Superdrug store, otherwise you might get lucky on eBay!


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