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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Milani Silver Dazzle One Coat Glitter

milani silver dazzle one coat glitter nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

A few months ago actress Marilu Henner appeared on just about every talk show on TV to discuss her amazing memory.  She can remember every day of her life, down to the most minute details.  It’s absolutely fascinating to watch her speak about it.  While I’ve always considered myself to have a good memory, my ability to recall events doesn’t even compare.

So what’s my point?  Well as I was digging around for my next 365 of Untrieds nail polish, I discovered a CVS bag filled with Milani One Coat Glitters and as soon as I laid eyes on them, I flashed to the night I bought them.  It was unreal how I could picture everything about that night the instant my hand touched the bottle of Silver Dazzle.

It was a Friday in December, the night Black Swan opened in Cleveland and I had just left the theater to get gas.  As I waited at the gas station for my tank to fill I checked Twitter only to see a local Fanatic mention that CVS had displays of the One Coat Glitters out already.  There JUST happens to be a CVS next to the gas station and even though they were about to close I hightailed it over to scoop up one of every shade on display, including the Jewel FX glitters.

Formula & Application: Milani nail polishes are 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin).  The bottles have a tapered, black shiny plastic cap with a long, thick, round brush.  The brushes on Milani polishes are bigger than most and combined with the flexible bristles they allow for optimal coverage of the nail plate.

The only downside here is that the One Coat Glitter formula is pretty thick so it kind of plops on the nail which doesn’t really allow for phenomenal control.  Thankfully glitters are pretty forgiving so any uneven brush strokes around the cuticle aren’t noticeable from an average distance.

Regarding the “one coat” coverage promise, Milani comes close but doesn’t quite hit the mark.  The first coat definitely covers better than most glitter polishes but it’s not completely opaque.  I would imagine to get it done in one coat you’d need to apply the polish pretty thick which is usually a formula for chiptastic nails.  Applying two thin-medium coats will give the best results.

Milani Silver Dazzle is a mesmerizing graphite sparkler.  A mixture of silver, charcoal and black micro-glitter in a clear base, the finished result looks like you dipped your nails in black sand or coated your tips in pulverized black diamonds.  As much as I bitch about glitter removal, even when doing soak-off method, this one is worth the trouble.  Love love love it!

One Coat (no top coat)
milani silver dazzle one coat glitter nail polish swatch 365 untrieds

Because the polish dries with a bit of texture I recommend using two layers of top coat.  I used two coats of Prolana Quick & Slick (formerly Olan Labs) and I can still feel the glitter but the shine is amazing.  With one layer of top coat it looks a bit dull.

Two coats with two layers of Prolana Quick & Slick top coat milani silver dazzle swatch milani one coat glitter nail polish 365 untrieds

Bottom Line: I have to say, Milani hit a home run with the One Coat Glitters, even if they don’t necessarily live up to the name, and Silver Dazzle is definitely my fave color in the five shade lineup.  I’m already planning on using it this summer for a pedicure.  The edginess of the color keeps it from feeling too immature.  Glitters can be hard to pull off but I feel like this one can be worn by more than just tweens without garnering a sideways glance.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: STASH, for sho! (I’m so street) While the other One Coat Glitters may not take up residence in my collection, Silver Dazzle is a no brainer.

Milani is sold in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide including CVS, Kmart, Target and Walgreens. To locate a retailer near you visit  Milani nail polishes retail for $4-5/ea depending on the store but can often be found on sale BOGO 50% off.

Thoughts on Silver Dazzle?  After the barrage of glitters in 2010 are you still at the glitter party or have you moved on?  Have you tried the One Coat Glitters?  What was your experience with them?

Disclosure: I purchased Silver Dazzle at my local CVS.  For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Lesley says:

    sooo pretty! wish I could find milani in Australia! might have to go on an ebay hunt…

  2. Connie says:

    I scored this in a blogsale recently and fell in love too. It is one gorgeous color!

  3. Jen R says:

    I love this so much. I am a cosmetology student and am bringing my fine arts education to life in nail art and I simply have to have this. Looks like I am going to CVS later – I HAVE EXTRA BUCKS!!!

  4. Jo says:

    I love this! I definitely did a double take when I read this was a one coat polish!

  5. Pam says:

    I picked this up with a bunch of other Milanis last week while feeding my polish habit. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  6. this color’s gorgeous!
    but i have to say that I’m not a big fan of milani. Partially because I don’t like the shape of the bottle (kinda silly reason, i know) but mostly because they STINK like no other nail polish i own! I’m not sure what they heck they’re doing different to their formula, but I eagerly await the day when they don’t make me want to cry just by opening the bottle. :)

    • Jennifer says:

      I believe the smell is because they are not 3 free. I for one don’t mind the smell but I’m a nailtech, so I’m used to it. My only polishes that smell this way are of a retro formulation.

  7. katie says:

    Pretty color, but I’m so over glitter right now. I was glitter crazy in 2010 and now my nails have to recover from all the damage they incurred from all the time consuming removals. Sticking to “Normal” nail polish this year.

  8. I LOVE this silver. I like that is so different from other silver glitters. Thank goodness these are permanent!

  9. Gorgeous!! This was my favorite one out of all the one coat glitters too…I think it’s the only one I have.

    And yess, I’m still at the glitter party. I live for the glitter party and will in all likelihood, die there.
    The only finish that can compare with my beloved glitter is holo. Followed closely by jelly.

  10. Scienter says:

    I still love glitters! I haven’t tried Milani though. I love the Burlesque glitters from OPI.

  11. Kaylie says:

    That colour is so awesome.
    I want some one coat glitters :(

  12. Elaine says:

    pretty color. i love this color, nails, cars, clothes. I might have to dive back into bling with this!

  13. Veronica says:

    @Lesley – Cherry Culture has the Milani glitters and they ship to Australia.

  14. LOLa says:

    it is awesome! it looks fake!! woohoooo

  15. Anne Marie says:

    Wow!! The double top coat really makes a difference! I want it now!!

  16. Tamara says:

    This is one of my favorite gray sparkle polishes. It has the coolest texture and sparkles like nobody’s business in the sun.

  17. Karen says:

    I wonder how this would look with a contrasting color underneath one coat, or would it be too covered up?

    I’m enjoying the 365 Untrieds so far. Thanks!

  18. I passed on this one because I ‘already had a silver polish’ but now I probably should have gotten it. I had the purple and passed it on after using it once because it was so gritty and thirsty I couldn’t seem to smooth it with topcoat and that drives me nuts. I have Jewel FX Gems also but haven’t tried it yet.

  19. Jimmy K. Designs says:

    cute!!!! my drug store only carries the same colors over and over again

  20. Mary says:

    I’m really excited about your 365 Untrieds project! Good luck with that – you’re bound to have lots of fun and discovered some new favourites along the way. :)

    This Milani polish is very pretty, but the drugstores in Canada near me never have any new Milani stuff.

  21. NailPolishFan says:

    I love this color. I know Walmart now sales Milani polishes. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for this one:)

  22. Carrie says:

    I LOVE this polish! FYI, if you use two coats of Gelous instead of regular top coat, it gets even shinier and it doesn’t feel rough at all! Gelous is meant to be used as a base coat, but it works great as a top coat over these really “thirsty” gliters. :)

    I know this seems like a ton of top coat, but I also do a coat of Seche Vite over the Gelous, just to make the whole combo dry quickly.

  23. Shaina says:

    That color is insanely GORGEOUS!

  24. brandiwine says:

    Oooohh! This really is a great color – I went on a mission and picked it up today, and it really is everything you say! Adding a metric ton of Seche on top makes it heart-worthy =) Thank you ohsomuch for this post!

  25. Kitty says:

    Wears like iron and didn’t chip on me until day 4 with one thicker coat. Definitley a keeper!

  26. Jenn says:

    very pretty!

  27. Paige says:

    -drools- It’s beautiful….

  28. Perri says:

    I have this color and absolutely love it but I’m having trouble with it. Every top coat I’ve tried separates and peels off from the glitter in a day or two.

    Any suggestions?

  29. Nail_Guy says:

    I really like the dark metal color and the texture, but I didn’t end up buying it. I’m just not a glitter fan. Maybe it’s because I’m a guy. Who wears nail lacquer. So why does glitter come off as “femme” to me?

    This looks great on your always enchanting nails. And from what I’ve been told, this is the holy grail of glitter, so glitter fans shouldn’t pass. Thanks for posting!