Ok, I might be over-egging it, but I am a huge fan of glitter, especially in nails. It is SO eye catching and it just transforms a set, whether its a full glitter set, glitter cuticle crown, glitter tip or a glitter feature nail.
I especially LOVE glitter in acrylic, when it mixes seamlessly and is finished with a top coat, it adds depth and is just so pretty. I have written this article to showcase a few of the different glitter types and how they best lend themselves to an acrylic set. I’ve also found some lovely glitter sets by Nail Techs on Instagram, to showcase each.
I think of all the types of glitter for acrylic nails, holo is my ultimate favourite! The different colours and depths is mesmerising. I also especially like how it can be paired with many other colours. As with this above set, which I LOVE, by @nail.kandy, there are silvers, yellows, greens, blues and oranges, so this one glitter could be used with all of those accompanying colours!
Holo glitter is lovely when mixed with acrylic, as the different colours add even more depth. It can be bought in fine and chunky, but fine is more effective – in my opinion – when used with acrylic.
Confetti is a newer trend in glitter for acrylic nails and its just really cool tbh! Confetti glitter can come in so many different variations, I particularly like matte ones and multicoloured ones, as with this amazing set by @clawanddagger. They remind me of balloons in the sky or just a party, which considering the state of the world right now, having a party on your fingertips could definitely be a morale booster!
Confetti is nice to use with acrylic, but as it is generally chunky and sometimes has very large pieces, it is advised you build the layers and use less acrylic with it than you usually would with finer glitters.
Fine glitter is sort of the go-to glitter for acrylic nails we’ve all used for the longest. It mixes really well with acrylic and provides a full coverage of the nail and a really sparkly finish.
I love how the technician has used a few glitters and mixed them together, in this set by @glorielsasbeautyart it has given a really unique finish and, basically, makes me think of mermaids or unicorns! They have also incorporated some confetti glitter into this set, that is another pro of fine glitter, as it is often all one colour and can be mixed to form a solid coverage, it serves as a good base to compliment other more stand out glitter types.
Chunky glitter is probably my least favourite for nails, as with confetti glitter, because it is thicker and bigger it can take longer to create a nice effect, it requires some building and also it can result in a less smooth and consistent shape and finish of the nail.
I love this set, however, by @nickysnails84, the two colours compliment each other so well, and the technician is obviously very experienced and has created a uniform finish and clean cuticles – whereas sometimes glitter can spill over onto the cuticles, leaving it looking uneven. The turquoise in particular is like the ocean and I LOVE the effect.
Bio Glitters are a more environmentally friendly alternative to normal glitters and are biodegradable, which I LOVE. Eco friendly is so CHIC.
Lecenté Bioglitter™ is the one featured in this photo and is 87% biodegradable and will degrade in 28 days. Bioglitter™ is currently 92% plastic free, is non toxic and safe. Although this product is relatively new, it has good reviews and it produces very nice sets of nails, judging by the sets I have found online. It is well worth a go and I have purchased some myself, as it is some of the finest glitter on the market I am expecting it to lend itself very well to acrylic glitter sets. I will be following this up with a review in coming months, so stay tuned!