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Friday, August 16, 2013

Review: Claire's Splatter Nail Polish

Over the past few years, retailers like Claire's, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 have been releasing dupes of various higher-end and indie brand polishes. If you happen to live close to one of these retailers, it could be a nice way to try a polish trend without having to order online.

One trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon is the "black and white matte hex and bar glitter in a clear base."  I believe that the originator of this combination is an indie brand called Lynnderella with their polish Connect The Dots. Since then, I've lost count of how many alternatives are now out there now (both permanent and limited edition offerings), but I still can't seem to resist them when I see them "in the wild." So when I saw this version on sale at Claire's a while back, I couldn't resist:

Claire's Splatter Nail Polish
(retail: $6, 0.5 oz)

As those who shop at Claire's know, you rarely have to pay full price for their products. There are always sales and, as of the time of this post, this product is BOGO1/2OFF. This polish is available both in-stores and online

The brush is wide and cut very cleanly (no wonkiness). 

This polish contains matte black and white hex glitter (small, medium and large) and black matte bar glitter. The base is clear.

One coat of Claire's Splatter polish over Color Club Sunrise Canyon

The clear base is pretty thick and goopy, so I would advise trying your best to wipe down the sides of your brush before applying to the nail. I didn't have to fish for glitter--a lot seems to stick to the brush when you pull it from the bottle. But I did have to gently dab the glitter onto my nail for better placement. Overall, this wasn't the worst glitter polish I've ever worked with (not by a longshot) but if you're not used to thicker, goopier bases, it might be a bit problematic for you until you get the hang of it.

Dry time is good as long as you don't apply a thick layer (remember, wipe down your brush). One coat of clear top coat made this polish smooth to the touch.

FINAL VERDICT: If you haven't hopped on the black & white matte glitter train yet, and you don't already own the SephoraMaybelline, Hard Candy, Milani, China Glaze, etc. versions of this combination, this could be a nice choice if you live near a Claire's and can get it on sale. I wouldn't pay full price for it unless you've looked everywhere for a similar version and can't find one, but even then I'd try to hold out for the next sale at Claire's and get it for less.

Are you "over" the black & white glitter trend? If so, what have you moved on to? If not, what types of base colors do you like to use underneath your black & white glitter polishes?

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.


  1. Icing has a black and white glitter called Milky Way. Since Icing and Claire's are sister companies, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the exact same polish.

    I own and like MIlky Way, but I find that the size of the glitters is a bit small compared to my other black and white polish, Chaotic from Sephora X.

  2. I will never be over black and white glitter. In fact, I have 3 bottles of Cover Band Sticks n Stones (I only bought 2 but one was so dense I made another bottle out of it). It looks great over almost every creme color.

  3. I love the black and white glitter trend! And this is coming from somebody who doesn't really "love"'s just so awesome! Looks great over lime! :)

  4. I love these types of polishes. They can transform a rather blah mani into something feisty and new.


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