Romantic Rust

I wanted a smooth, sparkly red for the base color on this one. Of course, there are tons of delightful reds on the market, but being the franken-troll I am, I decided to make one. Here’s MAC Reflects Rust glitter (which is more of a russet red than a rusty brown) mixed in with clear polish. It’s smooth, no clumping and really opaque. The downside is the high price of the MAC glitter and the fact that you will never be able to use up a pot of it in your lifetime. I’m close to finishing one, but a little of this stuff goes a looong way. By the way, MAC is reducing the size of their glitter pots from 7.5 grams to either 3.5 or 4 grams…and charging the same outrageous price ($19.50 if I remember correctly). So if you want some, now might be a good time to buy the remaining larger stock. I won’t be purchasing any more glitter because I thought $20 for 7.5 grams was nuts…I will hardly be paying the same amount for half the product. I think reducing the price when the size was reduced would have been nicer. I doubt a lot of people are going to respond well to this.

Anyway, all that aside, here’s the color:

I make a little pile of glitter the size of two peas and added a teaspoon or so of clear polish to it to get this color. Too much glitter will make it too dense, but this very fine microglitter is more forgiving than larger ones.

This red was a little too Christmassy and I wanted to make something a little more romantic, so I added some tiny ceramic roses and did a quick marbling job:

I doubt these tiny roses are going to stay on all day, but they’re fun while they last.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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17 Responses to Romantic Rust

  1. Krystal says:

    WOW! I love this color! I’m just now experimenting with pigments but that MAC is absolutely beautiful!

  2. What an amazingly cool colour! Stunning!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      It’s very festive and there are other reds on the market but this one was very satisfying to make. Glad you liked it.

  3. Rebecca says:

    My first thought when I saw this pic: Strawberries and Cream!
    Your nails look delicious lol!

  4. Jen says:

    Oooh, this reminds me of red velvet cake. I love the color, it’s gorgeous! You have perfect cuticles by the way!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thank you! Velvet cake…mmmm. The cuticles take a little effort but they drive me crazy when they’re dry. I use OPI Avoplex in the portable tube with the brush. I just apply a couple times daily whenever I remember. Winter can really dry out the hands, so they need a little extra TLC.

  5. Lucy says:

    It figures MAC would do that rotten thing. Half the amount and still the same price isn’t very nice. I only own two pigments. I just couldn’t see paying for those pigments. I love the polish and your manicure. Very pretty with the marbling and the little roses.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks Lucy. I’ve also bought my last pigments and glitter from MAC. I balked at the price as it was, I’m not paying effectively double. A lot of people said, “It’s OK for MAC to make a smaller container because nobody ever uses them up anyway!” Well, then, how about a smaller price?! So, unless there’s something painfully fabulous I can’t live without, I’m just going to live with my existing supply.

  6. Sture says:

    OMG that color is so pretty T__T
    i just wanna steal you and have you in my closet and have you like my nail polish slave

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Hee hee. Depends on where your closet it! I’m ready for a change of scenery. If you’re somewhere warm or tropical, I’ll take you up on it! 😉

  7. Deniz says:

    This is soo, soo beautiful. Moulin Rouge and raspberry cream tartlet at the same time! Yummy!

  8. Krystal says:

    I absolutely love this! I tried to buy this color at a MAC counter today and they would NOT sell it to me saying that it was “discontinued.”

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Whaaat? If you’re dying for it, look for the phone # of your nearest MAC Pro store. They’ll take the order over the phone and you have to pay by credit card. I think it’s around $5 for shipping but they will generally sell you anything they still have in stock.

  9. picnpaint says:

    Hi! I love reading your posts even though I’m don’t do nail art.. I just love all forms of body art.

    ANYWHO, I’m commenting because I wanted to tell you about some other glitter that is great.

    I’m a body painter for a living, and I highly recommend the glitters from Amerikan Body Art. Most of them are a super fine powder. I believe that they even sell very small quantities for not too much if you want to try a bit out.

    Erika is the owner, and she’ll answer any questions that you might have. The website is

    Also, my friend Gina sells some nice colors on her site, though I can’t verify their coarseness… her site is

    Hope that helps! I know of some other sites as well if you want them!

    Keep up the amazing work!

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