“It’s a Happy Special Day with white and multi colored confetti!” – description from Serum No.5’s shop
I recently got a bunch of Serum No.5 polishes, including the entire Holiday 2012 collection, so I’ll be reviewing all of them at some point. All of these use the old bottles as the new ones are square and are slightly larger. Today’s review is on Happy Special Day. This polish is a colorful mix of bar, hex (in various sizes), and square glitters in a clear base.
The glitter is dense but isn’t too thick or goopy. It also has some holo glitter, which adds a nice touch to the polish. A great polish for a party and this reminds me of my multi-color glitter heels I have. 🙂 While it can be worn on its own, I find that it looks a lot better on top of another color. Below are my swatch pics and close ups.
I had some issues trying to get a close up shot of the bottle since every time I tried to zoom in, the glitter got blurry. Grrr. >.< It’s times like this I wished I had one of those fancy cameras, instead of my point-and-shoot camera. Below was my best attempt to get a good close up of the bottle. I had a little more luck on my nail.
I found application to be simple, though I had to fish for the larger glitters, which was a little annoying. I found that I needed 2 coats since that using 1 coat made the glitter somewhat sparse on some nails. When the glitter was dabbed onto my nails for my birthday mani, it was more effective in distributing the glitters, especially the larger ones, so I only needed 1 coat.
The glitter has a reflective curve to it, which made me initially use two layers of top coat. However, using one coat seems to work just fine.
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 (16.7mL) and $7 for a mini (9mL). Shipping is $3 in the United States, $9 to Canada, and $10 International. All of their polishes are 3 free and every month, 20% of all sales are donated to charity.
- Application wasn’t difficult, though I sometimes had to fish for the larger glitters.
- Glitters weren’t overly raised, so using a single coat of top coat was sufficient.
- Larger glitters tend to settle to the bottom over time, so make sure you swirl the bottle to evenly distribute them as evenly as possible
- Like the majority of glitter polishes, it can be a pain to remove. Using the foil method or peel off base coat will simplify the removal process. (refer to this page for more info)
Overall Score: 4.5/5
- After thought: It’s a fun polish to have and looks good on a lot of different polishes. Great for the holidays or for any time you want to add that touch of glitter. Despite the amount of white glitter in the bottle, some of which seems to never move, no matter how much I roll or shake the bottle, it doesn’t dominate the other glitters on the nail.