I have a lot of sheer and semi-sheer polishes in my stash. I don’t personally like the look of sheer polishes on myself and don’t have the patience to apply 3-4 coats of polish unless it’s a fabulous color for a special day, but sheer shades do have a place here at NeverTooMuchGlitter! Sheers can be layered over other colors, nail art, or mixed with glitter and pigments to make fabulous frakens (my personal favorite, of course!)
Sheer colors will allow mixed-in glitters to show through beautifully- check out what I’ve been mixing up lately! Today, two China Glaze semi-sheers get frankened. The shades are China Glaze No Plain Jane and China Glaze Rare And Radiant. On their own, these took 3 coats to get opaque and could have possibly used a fourth to be really solid. I mixed these with TKB Trading Pigments Sparks.
‘The Sparks are iridescent super-fine glitter. *Please please please* wear a disposable paper face mask if you are working with these. They are superfine and a little glitter cloud will poof out everytime you open the bag. You absolutely do not want to be breathing in any kind of superfine glitter. You can buy a box of paper masks at any drug store. It may seem like overkill to wear a mask, but your lungs will thank you later. Please believe me on this one! All that aside, here’s our first beauty: China Glaze No Plain Jane. On its own, it’s a slight duochrome orchidy type color. The swatch shown is 3 coats.
You can see how much the Sparks change the color of the polish. My personal favorite is the Gold Sparks, but they are all lovely. The glitter polish only needed 1 coat for opacity, though 2 would probably look best for an all-over even look. All the glitter swatches here are 1 coat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. Next up, China Glaze Rare and Radiant, a murky green duochrome with a kind of goldish hazel flash. This is more duochromey than No Plain Jane, but still sheer at 2 thick coats on its own.
My personal pick from these would be the mix with the Red Sparks- it’s a really unusual color. I don’t have anything like this in my stash. It’d make a cool base for an animal print or nature-inspired look.
Lastly, we’ve got Barielle Elle’s Spell. It’s a very sheer burgundy with iridescent Mylar flakes. It looks fabulous over reds to add depth and some twinkle, but is sheer on its own. Shown in the swatches below is 4 coats.
And here they are all together- look what you can make with 3 sheer polishes and 5 glitters. Pretty amazing! For a lot of folks, mixing all these slightly different colors probably won’t be worth the effort, but color junkies will totally understand the joy of mixing 5 different polish shades with iridescent glitter.
You can check out the Sparks here. Like all the goodies I use and feature here, TKB Trading products are cruelty-free, of course. Hope everyone is having a happy Friday!