There are all sorts of flakes. Some you eat in a bowl, and they give you that satisfying crunch. (Yum!) Others are white and a result of a dry, itchy scalp. (Eww!) Some are the posers in high school who think they’re all that. (Boo…)
Today I’m going to share with you the best kind of flakes – the ones in nail polish, of course!
I enjoy trying all sorts of flakie polishes, so when Ivy, one of my readers, e-mailed me and asked me about NYX Girls Gilded Glitter, I was happy to track the polish down and review it. It also helped that I didn’t have anything quite like it in my collection.
If you enjoy layering polishes and you don’t already have a gold flakie, Gilded Glitter is a great one to have. Plus the price won’t set you back much, either!
When I wore this, I layered it over a blue polish, China Glaze Frostbite, which I recently blogged about. But if you scroll to the bottom of the post, I’ve included photos of Gilded Glitter layered over several different colours to give you some other ideas on how to wear it.
NYX Girls Gilded Glitter Pictures
NYX Girls Gilded Glitter Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Frostbite
- 1 coat of NYX Girls Gilded Glitter
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Gold flakie
- Name: NYX Girls Gilded Glitter
- Amount: 10 mL (0.35 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $1.99 USD (on sale)
- Where to Buy: Cherry Culture (although they misnamed it on their site and called it “Glided Glitter” instead of “Gilded Glitter”)
NYX Girls Gilded Glitter Review
Gilded Glitter by NYX Girls is a gold that shines brightly when the light catches it. The flakes themselves are suspended in polish that has a slightly yellow tint. It’s important to note because it does transform your base colour if it’s light, which I’ll show you later in this post.
This is a flakie polish consisting of really large pieces and smaller pieces. At first I thought the smaller pieces were just round like typical glitter, but upon closer inspection, I discovered that they’re also flakes as well!
I really like how they all have irregular shapes – makes it much more interesting to gaze upon.
A great thing about Gilded Glitter is that the flakies lie flat, so you don’t feel a lot of grittiness.
Application & Formula
Gilded Glitter was a breeze to apply. It went on smoothly and evenly. The polish wasn’t thick at all, so it glided on easily and covered the nail well.
The flakies wind up on your nail in a random fashion, but they’re relatively even enough so you don’t get exaggerated bald patches.
I would recommend that you use this polish for layering purposes only. If you hate layering, then forget about this one – I think that it’s not worth to use the 4+ coats to achieve full opacity. In fact, I didn’t even bother trying to completely coat the nail with just Gilded Glitter. This is a polish best used to enhance another colour.
What NYX Girls Gilded Glitter Looks Like Solo
Here is what it 1 coat looks like over a white nail wheel:
I tried using Gilded Glitter over several different colours to give you a better idea of how it’d look. I really dig how sexy it looks over black, but it’s fun over purple, too. Over purple, it reminds me of a magician’s cloak for some reason.
But my favourite layering was over Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk and Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight.
Click here to see my China Glaze Liquid Leather swatches & review!
Click here to see my Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk swatches & review!
Click here to see my China Glaze Frostbite swatches & review!
Click here to see my Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love swatches & review!
As you can see, layering Gilded Gold over this pale pink turned it into a pale peach.
Click here to see my Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight swatches & review!
What NYX Girls Gilded Glitter Looks Like with 2 Coats Over China Glaze Frostbite
I actually prefer the way a single coat looks. With 2 coats, it looks…chunkier. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like that. It’s not awful, but with this polish, I feel like less is more. Do you prefer 1 or 2 coats?
- Easy way to spice up an old manicure
- Different-sized flakies
- Applies smoothly
- Doesn’t feel gritty
- Can be hard to find (I’ve never seen this in a physical store. I bought it from Cherry Culture.)
- Can alter the colour of your base polish because Gilded Glitter has a yellowish tint
Final Verdict: 8/10
NYX Girls Gilded Glitter is a very versatile polish that’s easy to use and that makes a drastic change to a manicure that you’re already sporting. I recommend this if you want to breathe life into polishes you already own to create new, blingtastic looks.
What’s the last flakie polish you wore or bought? Which is your favourite layering combination that I showed? Do you prefer just 1 coat of the flakie polish, or do you like the dense look of 2 coats?