“A lemony yellow by day, a brilliant glow by night.” – from Serum No.5’s etsy shop page
TIME FOR A DANCE PARTY!! 😀
I’m SUPER excited to finally have this polish in my hands. Ever since I saw this review by Christina of NailBlog.net, I wanted to get this polish. The glow-in-the-dark aspect of the polish brought back childhood memories and my love of glow-in-the-dark things. Her starry nails reminded me of my glow-in-the-dark constellation book that I found again recently, which I totally wanna use for future star gazing observations. 🙂
Once I decided that I HAD to HAVE this polish, I kept the restock date of September 21st in mind and made sure that I would be free by the time of the restock so that I’d have the best chance possible of getting the polish. As time got close, I essentially shop-stalked the page ’til it was opened. Once it did, I pounced on the order. 😀 And it’s a good thing I did since after just a lil over a half hour, all of the full sized bottles (15mL) sold out. Within a few hours, the minis (6mL) sold out as well.
Another restock for Day Glow is planned for October 1st at 10AM PDT (1PM EDT here), when another glow-in-the dark polish, Pink Lantern, is released for the month of October for Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I’ve never owned an indie polish, even though I have seen some really good swatches on various blogs. This was the first indie polish in my entire collection and after this, I definitely wanna try out a few others as well. Day Glow is by the indie brand Serum No.5. It’s a part of its debut collection, Spring/Summer 2012, and out of all of the brand’s lacquers, this one is by far the most popular. I can easily see why it’s in such high demand after seeing swatches, since it glows so brightly!
In the light, it’s a lemony, pastel yellow, with hints of neon yellow. The only other yellow in my collection is China Glaze Lemon Fizz, which is a much brighter yellow. Below are two pictures comparing the two yellows – one with swatchicles, the other with the actual bottles. At night, it glows the classic green-yellow glow. It doesn’t need much light to achieve a glow, though if you want a bright glow, charge it under some direct light (sunlight or a lamp) for 20-30 seconds and you’ll get that.
It’s a thin polish, so it needs several coats to achieve full opacity. If used on it’s own, it takes 4-5 coats to completely get rid of streaks. If you want to save on polish, as well as maximizing the glow, use a white base. In this way, at most, you can use 3 coats, which is what I did for this review. I could have gotten away with 2, but I decided to use 3 anyway. If you don’t have a white polish, use the closest shade you have as a base. I used 1 layer of Sally Hansen White Tip. I actually hate this polish since it’s so streaky (even when it’s opaque I hate the color and it wears terribly…), but since it’s my only white, I made due with it.
Because of all of the glow pigment, this polish dries to a sightly textured, matte finish. However, it’s nothing that a lil bit of top coat can’t fix. 🙂 It dries very fast, within seconds, actually. Despite that, I waited a few minutes before putting on additional additional layers, like I would with any other polish. I didn’t use any top coat since I was planning on removing it afterwards to continue swatching the rest of my recent hauls. I do plan on wearing it on its own in the near future since Halloween’s coming up.
In terms of the type of finish it is, I honestly wasn’t sure what to categorize it as. It looked like a creme, but was no where as smooth as one. It also didn’t have the shine that cremes, or even jellies have. When I posted a question regarding it on Serum No.5’s official Facebook page, the creator herself wasn’t 100% sure on that one. She said that it could be a creme/jelly finish, however the glow pigments make it dry to a sightly matted and textured finish. That’s why I have it labeled as both a jelly and a creme. 😛
I had some trouble taking pictures of the nails glowing since when I tried using my usual settings, it worked fine with light, but in dim and darkness… they came out completely black. I ended up having to use my High Sensitivity setting, which won’t get the highest quality pictures, but least you can see the glow. 🙂 My pictures don’t do the glow justice! 😦 They look even better in real life! For pictures taken in the shade, I don’t know why they came out this dark, even with my exposure maxed out at +2, but one came out looking whiter than the other.
When the lights go out, that’s when the magic happen and wonderful glow comes out! I wished my camera could have gotten better images, but at least I was able to get a picture of the wonderous glow! 😀 Though I’ll admit it was hard to get a great pic of the bottle glow since it absorbs light from the lights unevenly. Maybe I’ll have to try putting the bottle under direct sunlight and see if that makes a difference. These pics were from a 10-20 sec charge.
A unique thing about the Serum No.5 brand, which separates it from other indies brands (least that I know of), is that every month 20% of sales made are donated to the Make A Wish Foundation. 🙂 If you’re interested in purchasing this polish, you can find it on Serum No.5’s etsy shop. It’s $12 USD for a full size (15mL) and $6 for a mini (6mL). Shipping is $3 in the United States, $5 to Canada, and $6 International.
- Glow holds its charge for a long time! Granted it’s not as bright after several hours, but it still has some decent glowage.
- Doesn’t need complete darkness to glow
- Dries quickly
- Using a top coat doesn’t affect the glow of the polish
- Nothing special is needed to make it glow. Simply using any light source will charge it. Of course, any additional charging will make it glow blindingly bright.
- If used on its own, it does take quite a few coats to get fully opaque – 4-5 coats. Using it with a white base will minimize the number of coats of Day Glow needed.
- It’s popularity makes it a lil hard to get since every time it’s restocked, it’s sold out in just a few short hours. If you want the best chance to get one, especially the full sized version (as they sell out rather quickly), I’d suggest stalking the store just before the restock so you can pounce right when it happens.
Overall Score: 5/5
- After thought: I absolutely LOVE this polish! It was definitely worth the wait and store-stalking to order it. If you love anything glow-in-the-dark, I ABSOLUTELY recommend this polish! 🙂 It has such a wonderful glow! It may be a little thin, but you don’t need too many layers if a white base is used. After all, it extends the life of the bottle!