Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and Glitter A-Peel review

Your glitter polish woes, solved!

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I know that at wht we have some glitter-loving readers who adore the sparkle of glitter polish but hate the clean-up when you remove it. Add me to that group, but throw in my dislike of textured polishes. (Sorry, fans, I know it’s on trend but it just makes me shudder.) Allison of Nail Pattern Boldness heard our pain and created two amazing products that will change the way you look at glitter polish – Glitter Food and Glitter-A-Peel.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter FoodLeft: China Glaze Atlantis with one coat of Glitter Food, then top coat
Right: China Glaze Atlantis with one coat of top coat only

Glitter Food aka Fix A Flat ($8) is a top coat that smooths out rough glitter; much like Gelous or Seche Vite, but better. It dries quickly and matte, giving a smooth finish that only requires a regular clear top coat to give it a mirror shine. See how empty my bottle is? That’s because I purchased it long before NPB sent any products for review and I use it on EVERYTHING.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter FoodTop: China Glaze Atlantis with one coat of Glitter Food, then top coat
Bottom: China Glaze Atlantis with one coat of top coat only

It’s also called Fix A Flat because it can be used to suspend glitter in polish that has gone “flat” or had all the glitter sink to the bottom. Add Fix A Flat to the bottle, gently shake it up and voila! That bottle you’d demoted to the back of the drawer has new life. Yay for dual purpose products.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel

A little prep work with Glitter A-Peel ($8) will make your glitter removal issues disappear. Apply two thin coats of Glitter A-Peel as a base coat and then apply polish as usual. When you’re ready for a change, you take an orange stick or a file and gently peel back a corner of the polish and then peel off. It’s easy and oddly satisfying, like removing Elmer’s Glue from the palm of your hand.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-PeelGlitter A-Peel in action

I did not see any damage on my nail bed from the peeling, and nearly all of my polish came off in one neat little chunk. The only drawback I found is that Glitter A-Peel does make my manicure more prone to chips, but I am pretty hard on my hands. This also works on standard polish, so this is perfect for those of us who are constantly changing our nails, or if you have a job where you can’t wear polish but you want to have some fun fingers for the weekend.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel

Eliminating bumpies and making removal easy, Nail Pattern Boldness will make you fall in love with glitter all over again!

Readers – Do you have a love or hate relationship with glitter polish?

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Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.

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Written by lyssachelle

9 Comments

  1. Avatar of mandabear
    mandabear

    omg I own both of these! I haven’t used Glitter a Peel yet because I haven’t done a full blown glitter mani in a while. But when I do, I’m going to turn to this. I think it’s OK if it makes it more prone to chipping faster…I get tired of my manis really fast and probably faster with glitter nails. Great review @lyssachelle!

    1. Avatar of lyssachelle
      lyssachelle

      Thanks, @mandabear! I’d love to know what you think when you do try Glitter-a-Peel, I think you’ll enjoy it! I think what I find most impressive is that there’s no damage to my nail after I peel the polish off. I’ve had cheap mail polish peel off before, but it usually takes a layer of nail with it, leavings nail bed looking dull, like I filed it. I haven’t had that happen with Glitter-a-Peel!
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  2. Avatar of lipglossandspandex
    lipglossandspandex

    I love glitter polish! It’s my fave. But the grittiness can bug me…so I NEEEEEEED Glitter Food! I have Gelous but even when I put a few coats of it over glitter, it’s not as smooth as I’d like. I think I’ll skip Glitter a Peel though–I’m hard on my hands too, and I already pick at my polish. But Glitter Food sounds like it’s a MUST HAVE, especially after looking at the comparison photos.

    1. Avatar of lyssachelle
      lyssachelle

      Yeah, polish pickers would love/ hate Glitter-a-Peel. (I’m guilty of it occasionally myself, it’s kinda satisfying though, right??). But you’ll love Glitter Food! I think it’s better than Gelous, and definitely better than Seche Vite, because I’ve had SV shrink my polish and it’s maddening. But Glitter Food is thick and lovely, it smoothed out bumpy polish like nobody’s business…
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  3. SB

    I own both of these. I love Glitter Food, but I have mixed feelings about Gliter-a-peel. It makes it super easy to remove the polish. The problem is it makes it TOO easy to remove the polish. My manicure lasts 1-2 days before it starts peeling/popping off on its own. I’ll just look down and one of my nails will be entirely bare.

    1. Avatar of lyssachelle
      lyssachelle

      I’ve found that if I use a very thin layer of Glitter-a-Peel, it lasts a few days; but if I know I’ll want it off the next day, I use two normal coats. When I used a thicker coat at first, I had the same nail polish popping off issue you had, but I know I’d laid it on fairly thick. But if I lay it on so that the nail is barely shiny, that’s just enough to help removal without major chipping. Maybe try that?

  4. sommer

    I love glitter and want my manicure to last! How long will it last with GAP? I dont want to spend the time of doing an awesome glitter manicure then it peels off the next day…kinda pointless for me

    1. Avatar of lyssachelle
      lyssachelle

      @sommer, I left a comment above for SB, but I think that the key is a thin layer, maybe two. Thicker layers will come off faster, and I’ve noticed that if I apply a thin coat of GAP but thick coats of my actual polish, that helps it come off faster too. I think GAP solves the removal issue, but this is not really for a lasting manicure; I’ve gone about 3 days before major chipping. But for a long-lasting glitter manicure with easy removal, using the foil method for removal might be you best bet! :-)

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