One Step Glitter Nails

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: LA Splash Nail Polish in Sparkling Jellyfish

 

It’s glitter nails without the hassle.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nail polish quite like Sparkling Jellyfish.

The base is a pink jelly formula, with lots of fine glitter. The sparkles totally change color depending on the light, but they appear mostly silver, light blue, light green, and pinkish red. They almost have a sort of ultra-violet glow. They’re like tiny electric crystals.

 

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Despite the glitter, the formula is really smooth, which makes application easy. The brush is on the wider side (more like OPI’s than Essie’s) which I like. It takes fewer strokes to cover the nail evenly. If you have very small nails, you may not like it as much.

It can be worn on its own or layered over other polishes. It works over creme finishes and those with fine glitter or shimmer. For some reason, I got the idea that it might be glow-in-the-dark (it’s not…) It looks like it could be. It actually does have a transluscent jellyfish-style glow.

The best part about this nail polish is that, even though it’s glitter-filled, it’s extremely easy to remove. It didn’t leave any traces of glitter stuck to my nails, which has happened with other glitter polish formulas. I think I did one extra swipe with a cotton square and nail polish remover, but otherwise it came off the same as a regular polish.

 

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Sparkling Jellyfish is the only LA Splash product I own. Judging from the LA Splash website, they have a large selection of unique shades and textures (seems like glitter is kind of their thing). Have you tried LA Splash? Any color or product recommendations?

 

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Photo by Giorgos

6 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Favorites

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Nail Polish

I used to wear nail polish non-stop for years.  I remember I was so used to having it on that when I didn’t, my hands would look weird to me!  Last year, my schedule got super busy, and I consciously decided to stop wearing nail polish on my fingers, because I really just didn’t have time to deal with keeping it up. I’d still always paint my toes though (why does polish last triple as long on toes?). Anyway, I’m just starting to get back into wearing it on my fingers regularly. But, because I’d been out of the polish-loop, I wasn’t up-to-date on brands’ testing policies. When I checked into two major brands, OPI and Essie, I found disappointing news.

Up until a year or two ago, both Essie and OPI were cruelty-free, but both have since been bought by parent companies that do test on animals. While I don’t necessarily write off a brand for that reason (I actually want to write a post on that topic), I do err on the side of caution. So until I hear definitive confirmation that OPI and Essie will maintain their no animal testing practices, I won’t be purchasing from them.

Frankly, with brands like Inglot and Zoya as cruelty-free alternatives, I’m definitely not sacrificing quality or selection.

 

So, here are six of my cruelty-free nail polish favorites! I’ll warn you, I’m definitely partial to certain colors for nails.  Light pinks, taupe-y neutrals and nude tones, occasionally red. As much as I love seeing everyone else’s blues and greens, I personally tend to keep it pretty basic.

As with my 7 Top Foundations post (clearly I’m not so great at sticking to the “top 5″ format), reviews are coming soon. I’ll link to them once they’re posted.

 

1. Inglot Nail Enamel #715

2. Inglot Nail Enamel #718

3. Zoya Gia

4. Zoya Melodie

5. Zoya Ava

6. LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish

 


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L-R: LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish, Zoya Ava, Zoya Melodie, Zoya Gia, Inglot #715, Inglot #718