Today I have some nail art and a review of some glow in the dark nail pigment from Born Pretty Store. I was really excited to try this pigment as I thought it could be great for a variety of nail art. I figured that I may need a gel base for this glow in the dark powder, so I decided to just use it over the magnetic gel polish I recently shared.
As you can see, I also added some stars as I thought they’d be perfect to go with the glow in the dark theme. Unfortunately, my experience with the glow in the dark pigment was less than stellar. At first, I tried to use it like I’d use any of the chrome pigments, by rubbing it over a coat of a no-wipe gel top coat. However, I found that there was absolutely no glow in the dark effect! I soon realised that the amount of pigment you need to get a good glow is much more than will adhere to the gel layer.
In the end, I painted a coat of foil glue onto my nails, then tapped the glow in the dark pigment onto it. The layer was thick enough to slightly dull the base. I had to add a top coat to smooth it out again. At least with this method, I was able to get a good glow:
There are 10 different colours of glow available on the Born Pretty Store site, and I picked #6. I will say that I think it would be really cool to have multiple different colours of this powder. They are all white/clear or off-white powders, so you could create some secret nail art in multiple colours that only appears in the dark!
I definitely prefer this look in the dark! I did need to ‘charge’ my nails up a bit by holding them under a bright light for a couple of minutes to get a good, bright glow.
Overall… I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, now that I know I need to use glue and get a good, thick layer of this pigment, I can plan to do that and use it in some fun nail art. On the other, I was frustrated that after starting with the gel, I needed to figure out a different way to make this work. I found myself thinking that it may be easier to just use a glow in the dark polish instead of the pigment. I don’t actually have any glow in the dark polish to compare it to, though! And I did get a really fun nail art look out of it.
If you’d like to try this glow in the dark pigment, it’s available here, and don’t forget you can always use code KGG10 for 10% off any Born Pretty Store purchases.