Nails by Asami: Sheer Glitter Toppers
Have you ever purchased a glitter polish thinking it looked a little sheer… but that you might be able to get away with wearing three coats, only to discover that it’s really sheer, as in six-coats-to-opacity-sheer and now you don’t know what to do with it?
I buy these sorts of polishes on purpose, and they’re dead useful. I call them “sheer toppers” and the following post will illustrate various ways in which you can use them.
I’ve yet to find a sheer glitter topper that doesn’t look awesome layered over black. Almost all sheer glitters with large pieces of glitter in them will change color in the light, but it’s something that’s usually not visible until layered over a dark creme.
Pictured is one coat of OPI’s “Black Onyx” with one coat of Adorée’s “Riding Hood” over. In the bottle, “Riding Hood” appears orange with golden glitter, but when applied over black it flashes orange to green which is really cool.
You certainly aren’t limited to black when applying toppers to get this effect, any dark creme will work. Last fall a lot of “nearly-blacks” were released, (Think OPI’s “Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees” and “Here Today… Aragon Tomorrow,”) those sorts of colors will also work well to bring out the color-changing qualities in most sheer glitter toppers.
This swatch better shows the orange to green characteristics of “Riding Hood.”
Depending on the sheer glitter topper you choose, you will get different color flashes. This particular polish my mom sent me from Japan changes from green to blue.
In addition to layering sheer toppers over black or nearly-black cremes, you can layer them over other glitter polishes in order to create new combination glitters. By that I mean, the final result will show the two different glitter colors mixed and it will appear as if your polish was initially made up of more than one glitter color. (Doesn’t it look like these two bottles had a little swatch baby?) If you get bored of the glitters you have, this is a simple and interesting way to make a “new” polish.
Zoya has a few sheer toppers that I really like, “Vegas Freeze,” which is pictured, also “Soho Punch” and “Southbeach Ice.” These Zoyas have small pieces of glitter and tiny bits of flakies rather than large glitter pieces, but they work in the same way. Pictured above is two coats of Adorée’s “Wild Inkberry” with one coat of Zoya’s “Vegas Freeze” on top.
Likewise, if you have a colored creme that you wish was a glitter or shimmer, a sheer topper can add that effect to your polish without changing the creme color itself. Your base color will shine through while your sheer topper adds a bit of interest.
Finally, my favorite way to wear sheer toppers are as French manicure polishes. While a traditional nude-tinted French manicure polish always looks nice, using a sheer topper instead can turn a plain French manicure into something more interesting and fun, especially if you replace your white tips with a bright creme.
Pictured above is two coats of OPI’s “I’m Indi-a Mood for Love” as tips with one coat of Adorée’s “Ice Mist” over.
I’d like to thank Esther’s Nail Center for kindly providing the Adoree nail polishes shown.
Whether you layer them over black, use them to transform other polishes into a new glitter variant or use them as French manicure polishes, sheer toppers are extremely useful polishes to have in your collection.
Let me know in the comments section, do you have any sheer glitter toppers that you love? How do you like to wear them?