March 15, 2014

OPI Glitter Off Review


Hi guys, happy weekend! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I'm just doing my normal nail polish stuff and maybe going to see a movie or something Today I have a review of OPI's new Glitter Off base coat for you! I was pretty excited about this, it's a peel-able base coat that makes removing glitter polishes a breeze! 



Glitter off applies white and milky and dries clear in about 5 minutes or so, depending on how thick of a coat you use. I tried this with thin and slightly thicker coats to see if it affected wear and didn't notice it making much of a difference either way. This does dry from the edges in so it looks almost like it's shrinking, not even going to lie I thought I did something wrong the first time I tried it. I was like " what is with all this shrinkage" lol

Once Glitter Off is dry you apply your polish as normal and when you're ready to take your mani off you can just peel it off. Sounds pretty fantastical right? I'm a bit on the fence about this because of the wear I experienced but more on that later in the post.


Here is the brush, it's a nice semi-wide brush. It's a bit smaller and shorter than the normal OPI Pro Wide brush.


A lot of people have been asking if this is a glue base and how it compares to them...I can't say how it compares since I've yet to try out the glue method.  I can tell you that based off the ingredients, yes...it is pretty much just a glue base coat. As you can see the second ingredient is "Polyvinyl Acetate" Polyvinyl Acetate is fancy speak for PVA which is what most glues are made of. You can read all about it over on Wikipedia!


As far as wear goes with Glitter Off I have mixed feelings. The first time I tried this with a Nicole by OPI glitter. I applied it around 2pm and went about my day, washed my hair ect. When I woke up the next morning all of the polish on my index finger had popped off. I still haven't found it in my bed lol!


I tried Glitter Off again with one of the Nicole by OPI Roughles polishes. I wanted to see if wear would be any different with a polish that wasn't only glitter. Good news, wear was much much better. I wore that mani for 5 days and had no issues with any polish popping off and didn't even experience any chipping until I had worn it for 4 days. Removing that mani was a breeze, it peeled off easily.

Now the 3rd test...this time I used another full glitter, a Salon Perfect polish I haven't yet reviewed! Unfortunately I had the same experience as I did the first time with Glitter Off. Not even 24 hours after applying the polish all of the polish popped off my index finger in a sheet. It actually happened while I was sitting at my desk at work :( I purposely applied this mani after I had taken a shower so I could see if maybe washing my hair had caused the polish to come off the first time...since it happened again I'm going to go ahead and say washing my hair had nothing to do with it the first time. I wonder if I'm somehow harder on my index finger than the other ones...weird that it popped off that finger both times!


Overall I am meh about this...it almost works TOO well. I want my polish to come off when I want it to come off, not just randomly in the middle of the night or while I'm sitting at my desk typing away. The 2 times I used Glitter Off with a regular glitter polish I didn't even get a full day of wear out of it. I'm definitely going to use up the bottle I have but I don't think it's something I'd re-purchase.

Glitter Off will be available March 2014, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail.
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28 comments:

  1. I also love it, but it works to good indeed. Can't even wear a regular polish for half a day. And that's not what I want to.

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  2. Виктория АртамоноваMarch 15, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Thank you very much for the review! So, issues with wear time again (I experienced them with non-glue based Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter-A-Peel as well). Your review saved me some money, thanks!

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  3. Thanks so much for this honest review. The first time I have heard about it, this was exactly my fear, that it would come off unexpectedly at wrong times.
    But hey, isn't that wonderful for bloggers? You can use it to swatch glitter polishes and remove them easily afterwards ;-))

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  4. Very informative, and good to know! I used to use a base coat that would make my nail polish pop off like that and absolutely hated it. I think I'd rather spend time getting the glitter off than have my polish peel off in less than a day. Thanks for the great review!

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  5. Very helpful review! I spotted this one yesterday and wasn't sure whether I should buy it or not. By the time I left the store, I'd forgotten all about it, so I'm very happy with your review and excellent timing ;D I'm crossing this one off my "maybe" list now :)

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  6. Considering the price and the dry time, I'll stick to my DIY/homemade peel off base coat which is less than 1/4 the price of OPI and the dry times are identical.

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  7. I really want to try Glitter Off. I like to wear glitters and liquid sands on my gel polish manicures but only do so in the final week of my manicure. This will make the removal process a whole lot easier.


    Great review!

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  8. Very interesting that it popped off on the same finger 2 times.
    Not thrilled about the way it wore with glitter, but its saving grace just might be how it wears with textured polishes.
    Thank you for the review, I know many are curious to see how it performed.

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  9. Great review on this! It was very helpful.

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  10. I think these peel off base coats are a really good idea, but I do find that they can sometimes come off a bit too easily. I have Essence's peel of base coat, and it can come off easily if you're not careful with it as well. I find it good if you're swatching polishes though, it saves you drowning your poor fingers in polish remover every few minutes!

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  11. Same happened to me with Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter-a-Peel. I like it that you can peel it off when you want to, but I want the polish to stay put until then and not just randomly peel off in big chunks.

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  12. While the wear-time is a little disappointing, it seems like it'd be great for if you wanted a mega-glittery mani for a night out but didn't wanna deal with the hassle of removal the next day! Though I wonder if anyone can say how OPI compares to the regular glue method. Because if they work pretty similarly, glue would definitely be the cheaper way to go!

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  13. Alaina AfflerbaughMarch 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    See this is something I find completely baffling... for me ALL glitter polishes are your index finger for me without Glitter off! When I bought the Teenage Dream polish from the OPI Katy Perry set I could NOT get it to stay on my nail no matter what I did and that goes for every glitter polish I have used since. So to hear people say they need a product like Glitter-off amazes me because I need the opposite!

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  14. I have used it and i don't have the problem with nail polish popping off. I love it but i think it is for every person different it depends on the condition of your nails and wich glitter polish you use

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  15. Sounds like plain ole elmers glue to me...

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  16. Cupcakesnpolish76March 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Funny you mention that Alaina. I had the EXACT same experience with Teenage Dream. Put it on the same way I do all my glitter manis and within 48 hours ALL of it had peeled off--effortlessly. Never had a polish peel like that before. I ended up giving the bottle to my 4 year old niece since it was so 'easy maintenance'. Whoever was responsible for coming up with that formula really screwed up! :(

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  17. I get around 2.5 days worth of wear with Glitter-A-Peel, so it's worth it for me as I'm pretty fickle with glitters and tend not to want to wear them for longer than that. At least the Nail Pattern Boldness version actually looks like a regular base coat and is clear. This one by OPI literally looks like regular glue in the way it goes on and dries. Thank you for the review!

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  18. I tried two different salon perfect nail polishes and they chipped off in less than 24hrs for me. With peel-off i could def see that happening again!

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  19. I've used both glue and Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, and have had varying results with both. I do like Glitter-A Peel especially since it's so easy to apply and there is no mess or long drying time. Not sure I'm going to try this one out. Seems I can easily just go back to glue if I want the same results as Glitter Off.

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  20. Yeah, I'm with you. I bought this too and have yet to try it. I probably should've read reviews first. But then again I also usually layer glitter polishes over a creme polish-maybe those will last loinger because they're not full glitter manis..such as the time you tried it under the NOPI Roughles. I just don't wanna go through doing a whole mani and then it pops off when I'm sleeping lol.

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  21. Since it took OPI so long to release a peel off base, I would have expected them to come up with something better. I will just stick with the Essence Peel Off Base, which is much cheaper and wears pretty well (sometimes I even have trouble to get it off at the tips).

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  22. Stacy Plowman-PennockMarch 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    GlitterA-Peel does the same thing to me. If I use 1 coat I can barely chip the polish off my nails, if I use 2 coats the nail polish pops off my nails at random intervals. The last time I used it I lost the polish on 6 of my fingers after only a few hours! :(

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  23. I saw this at Ulta and I was really curious. Ive had nail polish pop off in general before and I worried that doing normal tasks would just make it pop off, seems like my thoughts were confirmed with this.

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  24. Stacy, ditto here, only i don't have anything as regular as 2 coats = pop off and 1 coat = none. i've only ever used 1 coat of the glitter a-peel, and i get random chipping off in sheets within 24h on a couple nails, and the rest are so hard to dig off i need remover. i'm experimenting right now with GAP as the base and HK girl as the top, and so far today, much better than the last 3 times i've tried this stuff.

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  25. i'm so glad to hear other people's experiences with some of the other peel-off base coats (glitter a-peel for me). i thought i was the only one having less than awesome experiences with this stuff!! yeah, i love not having to scrub and potentially etch my nail surface with big glitter chunks, but i still want to take it off when i want to...not have chippy or part-naked nails randomly in the middle of the work day!

    good news, though: i've tried out the glitter a-peel 3 times now with about this same experience as you're getting with the OPI product - random pop-offs within a day - and today, i have none of that so far (almost 20 hours now!). the only difference is i'm using the HK girl top coat that's so far worked really well for me using my regular base coat. now to see how that's going to impact removal...

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  26. I have read some reviews that mirror the same concerns here, that the polish comes off too easy. I have very dry nails, and I am anxious to see how this works with my body chemistry.

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  27. For that price you can go to the Dollar Store, buy 9 bottles of Elmer's glue, and have the same exact results... I just have some glue in an empty SV bottle, its wears exactly the same as you've described.

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  28. Excellent review! You covered everything I wanted to know about this new base coat! :D Thank you! I *might* still try it if my local supply gets it but I would never pay retail for it. It's great to see companies trying to address our concerns.


    I have been wondering about the Nicole by OPI base coat I saw at Target a few months ago - it had a big thingy around it's neck that said it stopped polishes from staining your nails. I am in love with the idea of a base coat that would block staining (especially from certain blues!). I couldn't find any reviews on it and I didn't want to guinea pig myself so I didn't get it. Have you ever heard anything about it?

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