Back with another weekly gel polish swatch for show and tell! Opallac Red Carpet Queen – Gel Polish Swatch, a combination glitter mix suspended in a jelly base, shown here Solo and over Poochy (also by Opallac). Ready? Full details, as always, are in the info box.
The index and pinky fingers show Opallac Red Carpet Queen gel polish over Opallac Poochy, and the rest show it plain.
Check out the tint in that jelly base, which also makes it suitable for using as a topper over solid pinks or whites even. A little close up of both versions. Works either way, but you’ll need more coats for full coverage alone than used as a topper with a base colour.
And here are those swatches again with text overlays to show which is which:
Name: Red Carpet Queen – available here or at Priceline (AU) online & in select stores
Collection: A Little Spark Collection
Colour (or family): Gold/Red/White
Type & Finish: Glitter
Size: 7.5ml / 0.25oz
Formula & Application notes:
This was applied with thin coats, due to it being a glitter. It has a thicker consistency and is quite full of hex and bar glitters suspended in a pink tinted, transparent base. The glitter pieces are a matte white, with red and gold metallic. 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 application with this is: to mix the bottle well, or stir it, then apply each layer in thin built up coats, being careful not to apply too thick. NEWBIE TIP: Watch the sidewalls as heavy glitter in the gel polishes can slide towards the sides if you take too long. To get around this you can flash cure each finger before moving onto the next if this is a problem for you.
As mentioned above, you’ll need more coats for full coverage 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 is down to personal preference. Ideal base colours if you go this route are the pink toned polishes, white, and pink or white toned transparent sheers along the lines of OPI’s Bubble Bath or Funny Bunny.
It’s a fun polish that would be suitable for occasions. Especially things like Christmas and Valentine’s manis, given its colour scheme. I’ll be straight, I’m not a usually a fan of bar glitters at all, but there aren’t many in this polish, and they actually work well. I’m always open to new things, and having my mind changed. Who wants to be too rigid, eh?
None I can think of.