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Opallac – Glitter After Dark – Gel Polish Swatch

 I have another glitter for this week’s featured gel polish: Opallac – Glitter After Dark – Gel Polish Swatch below with all the information to boot… Read on, especially if you love purples!

Buff & Polish - Glitter After Dark, Opallac - Swatch

This glitter is suspended in a transparent gel base with a purplish tint, and contains small matte and metallic hexes in purples and black,  with some holo sparkle. Like Red Carpet Queen, which you saw previously, it can be used as a topper or alone.

It appears solo on the middle and ring fingers in these swatches. On the index and pinky it has been layered over Opallac’s Popsicle – a cool, blue-toned violet shade to demonstrate it layered.

 

Buff & Polish - Glitter After Dark, Opallac - Swatch

 

That wraps up the Opallac – Glitter After Dark – Gel Polish Swatch photos, more details in the box below.

 

 

THE RUNDOWN:

Name: Glitter After Dark – available here or at Priceline (AU) online & in select stores
Brand: Opallac
Collection: Core Collection
Colour (or family): Purple
Type & Finish: ‎Glitter
Size: 7.5ml / 0.25oz

Formula & Application notes:
This gel polish was applied with thin coats, due to it being a glitter. It has a thicker consistency and is quite full of hex glitters suspended in a purplish-tinted, transparent base. The glitter pieces are a matte and metallic in purples and black, with . It was easy to apply, but you will want to watch your coats are not applied to thickly to avoid an uneven finish due to all the glitter.

The trick to a perfect smooth application with this is: to stir or mix the bottle well, then apply each layer in thinner coats, being careful not to apply too thick. It is better built up slowly than lumped on whence it can appear too chunky.

NEWBIE APPLICATION TIP: Watch the sidewalls as heavy glitter in the glitter gel polishes (not just this brand BTW), can slide towards the sides if you take too long or let it sit before curing. This is also because most gel polish is of a viscosity that self-levels. To get around this you can flash cure each finger before moving onto the next if this is a problem for you. I recommend you do this anyway to avoid potential overexposure from gel polish touching your skin.

You’ll need more coats for full coverage when used alone than used as a topper with a base colour. Two coats alone for a sparser look, or 3 very thin ones for achieving the above coverage. As a topper you can use 1 or 2 thin coats – so really it boild down to personal preference. Ideal base colours if you go this route are purple toned polishes, black, carbon grey, metallic black – or even white and off-white shades shades.

The Verdict:
You will probably really like this kind of polish if you a) love glitters, and b) love purple. The glitters are not too large and do not appear chunky – provided you apply carefully using the tips above.

It may not be suitable for all workplaces, but this shade works well as an accent nail or for a full mani either alone or as a top coat. Your choice 🙂

Dupes/Similar Lacquers:
None that I can think of.

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