Models Own Mirrorball nail frostings: bling’s back baby BACK! But does it live up to the hype?

By Aisling | September 24 2012 | 13 Comments

  Disco Inferno, a glittery gold disco bomb; Hot Stuff, an intoxicating mix of pink and gold sparkles; Freak Out, a crystal himmer mix of bold blue and purple; Dancing Queen, fabulous flecks of emerald, blue and gold; Boogie Nights, a multicoloured mix of   intriguing purple, pink and blue.

Initially I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on this latest nail sensation from Models Own. 3,000 bottles sold out in the first day – and you can see why: the bottles look delicious, full of sparking promise and cheap to boot (€7) for a big bottle.

But would the product live up to the hype? Well… yes – and no.

Wear alone or over a coloured polish say the instructions.  Don’t wear alone honestly – you’ll get a disappointing result.

The glitter is suspended in a clear varnish and the sparkles are really big.  Applying them to your nails means you’ll only get a few sparkles on each nail, which frankly looks a bit crap.

So paint your nails the colour you want to pair your Mirror Ball top coat up with.  In my case I went for a fluro pink and layered Hot Stuff over the top.

Use two coats or you’ll get – to use an Irish Mammy term about buffets – a mean spread.

The glitter dries rock solid and you won’t have to worry about it flaking off.  But does it look as good on the nails as it does in the bottle?

Not by a long shot.  But it’s still nice for a bit of sparkle, it won’t break the bank: just don’t expect miracles.

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13 Replies to "Models Own Mirrorball nail frostings: bling’s back baby BACK! But does it live up to the hype?"

  • daisydaisy says:

    Yeah I find with chunky glitter like this that you nearly have to push it onto the nail rather than brush it on. When you brush, you’re taking all the goodness away!!! These look fab in the bottle but Essence do fab glittery top coats that do the same job and for about a fiver less!!!!

  • gobo says:

    Think I’ll give these a skip. That’s a fairly poor showing for a glitter.

  • Cait says:

    That’s not at all good for a glitter. No thanks.

  • Lisa says:

    Hmm, not nearly glittery enough.

  • Rosamaria says:

    Daisydaisy, I agree. Bought an Essence coulour and go polish at the weekend, which is an “old gold” with lots of sparkle at the weekend, much more successful than this

  • miffyonline says:

    For the price of Nails Inc I would much rather buy one of the amazing hand-made glitter polishes that are sold on Etsy and other sites (Pahlish, Smitten, Hare, Girly Bits etc) – excellent formula, colours and customer service.

  • Breige says:

    Hmm, I might skip it too. I’ve been debating between getting these and some of the Nails Inc Nail Jewellery, might go for the Nails Inc after all

  • miffyonline says:

    Doh! Silly me, I quoted Nails Inc above when of course these are Models Own and cheaper than NI!

  • Orla says:

    Like the idea, but I think i would just get a proper glitter or metallic polish. :)

  • Oh that’s a pity, they do look lovely on the bottle!
    Think I’ll stick to the Barry M glitter ones, they look nice on their own, but when you pair them with a coloured polish your nails look totally amazeballs (used the red glitter one at last year’s Christmas party, even grown men were cooing about how pretty it looked).

  • Gigi says:

    Nails Inc ones are muck – I have them all and can’t get rid :(
    Barry M have their new Jewel polishes their site, much nicer IMO

  • obsession says:

    @miffyonline – what Etsy aellers do you recommend for glittery nail polish? I’ve my eye on a few types but would love a recommendation!

  • littlesis says:

    I love a bit of glitter, I do. Especially over a nice nude nail, gold glitter in particular. Not blown away by these :(

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