Trend Alert- Naked Glitter Toppers!

Happy Wednesday everybody! This week we are back with a hybrid of a tutorial and a trend alert. It’s less of a step-by-step tute and more of an informational one, you could even call it Wednesday Trends-Day. As you all know by now (unless you’re new here), we are big fans of glitter at the Pedicure office. In fact I probably have equal numbers of glitter top coats to regular polish in her stash. So when we saw the naked glitter trend making the rounds online we were pretty excited! Naked glitter, in case you haven’t seen it, is when you paint a few coats of glitter topper polishes as your manicure, with no polish underneath (hence the term naked).

As you can imagine, this trend works better with some glitter polishes than others, and who best to test that than the glitter-loving Pedicure team! We have tried and tested our fave glitter toppers from our stashes and want to show you what kind of glitter is a hit and what is a flop.

Colored Bases

Trend Alert : Glitter Toppers Lighter v. Brighter
Left- OPI Right- Sephora X

We love the OPI ‘Metallic 4 Life’ because it is a light black base color with various sizes and shapes of silver glitter floating around in it, which creates a mixed in glitter effect. But… it doesn’t really work that well for this trend because it requires multiple coats to achieve a good look, in the picture above we have two coats and it still is a little streaky. Sephora X ‘Ice Princess’ is a better option as the rose gold colored base has pink and silver glitter floating around but is more forgiving with only one coat as it is much lighter.

Matte Topcoat

Trend Alert : Glitter Toppers Matte Topcoat
Left- Glitter Right- Matte topcoat

If you want to rock the Naked Glitter trend but want to do it a little bit more subtly try using a matte topcoat over the top. You still get the glitter shining through but the matte just takes the edge off a little bit. We used Sarina ‘Fairy Dust’ and it looked amazing with and without the matte topcoat, it just depends on your personal preference.

Lighter vs. Brighter

Trend Alert : Glitter Toppers Silver vs. Rainbow
Left- Milani Right- Sally Hansen

Traditional glitter toppers, like Milani ‘Gems’ and Sally Hansen ‘Silver Anniversary’, have glitter suspended in a clear polish. These both work for the Naked Glitter Trend, but it can take a few coats to get the glitter spread across the nail to the way you want it. Personally I preferred the Milani topper for this trend as there is a bit more variety in the colors and sizes of the pieces of glitter.


So what do you think of the ‘Naked Glitter’ trend? Will you be sporting any of the looks we have demonstrated here? Let us know by commenting below!



Mette Jorgensen

Our Editor Mette is a fan of a glitter manicure, she can often be found pleading with her manicurist for just one more coat to achieve the ultimate sparkle. She's Australian so forgive her for occasionally writing in British English.

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