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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – piCture pOlish Heavy Metal

picture-polish-heavy-metal-nail-polish 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.

I always feel pangs of guilt when I review a really amazing nail polish that all my international fanatics don’t have access to so I love when I’m able to get my hands on polishes from outside the US. piCture pOlish is an Australian nail polish brand and they have quite a diverse color range to choose from.

Thanks to the generosity of the piCture pOlish girls I was able to select three shades from their line to try and the glitter fiend in me was instantly drawn to Heavy Metal.


Formula & Application: piCture pOlish is 3-Free and the stout bottles are topped with rubberized tapered caps. The brush is long, thin and round with flexible bristles that easily fan out flat.  Due to the chunkiness of the glitter, the brush on Heavy Metal felt a bit heftier and didn’t flatten out as well as the ones in the other finishes.

In spite of the high level of glitter power, the polish actually flows on the nail relatively smooth delivering great coverage. I only needed two coats. You will need some extra layers of top coat to battle the texture but the finished product makes it all worthwhile.

piCture pOlish Heavy Metal is a burnished silver glitter that appears to have a sheer, silvery grey base but it’s so packed with sparkle that it’s hard to tell. This reminds me of the Milani One Coat Glitters in terms of coverage and particle shape/size though the color of Heavy Metal is much lighter and brighter than the graphite hue of Milani Silver Dazzle.

picture polish heavy metal nail polish swatch silver glitter

I honestly have nothing to compare this polish to as all my silver glitters are either really sparse and chunky or foils. Misa Dance Fever was the only other actual silver glitter I could come up with and it looks more like the color of aluminum foil than silver.

picture-polish-heavy-metal-nail-polish-comparison-misa

Bottom Line: I have a soft spot for glitters even though I moan about the removal. And please don’t tell me about the foil method again. The soak-off/foil method does work but it’s time consuming and still leaves me with glitter in my hair, on my face, etc. so I will continue to bitch throughout my glitter usage. Regardless of the downside of glitter, Heavy Metal is gorgeous and will be a standout in my silver drawer.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: In case you haven’t already guessed… STASH

piCture pOlish Heavy Metal is available online at piCturepOlish.com.au where they also sell Ozotic Pro. Nail polishes retail for $9.90 AUD which is approximately $11 US for a 11ml bottle. The international shipping cost is the only real bummer as it’s not cheap to get the polishes here but I hear the same thing from non-US fanatics who order from our favorite e-tailers so I guess it’s all even.

Have you tried piCture pOlish before? Thoughts on Heavy Metal? What are your favorite colors from the brand?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by piCture pOlish. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Danielle says:

    Love it!!! It reminds me of Revlon Silver dollar!

  2. isabella_ottavia says:

    Hey!
    Thank you for the Australia love: I didn’t even know this brand existed, so I’ll be making my way to the shops to pick up a bottle (or several).

    I love your site, it’s the best nail resource I’ve ever seen. The only drawback is that I’ve now got a serious Lippmann addiction.

    Snaps and props to you :)

  3. Have you tried the foilmethod???.. WOEHAHHA just kidding ;-)
    Gorgeous glitterpolish! Looks great on you. I love glitters, can’t have enough of them and often don’t mind the bit extra work with removal.

  4. deepthi says:

    haven’t tried it yet but it looks interesting…and i think there is something like this in elle 18 color palette..

  5. NailPolishFan says:

    I’ve never heard of this brand of polish before, but it is STUNNING!! I love the Misa one too. If Picture Polish Heavy Metal had more of a non-glittery type look and more of a foil look, do you think it could pass for OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous or China Glaze Jitterbug? P.S. with the 365 of untrieds I’m finding out about polish brands I’ve never heard of before:)

    • Emily says:

      Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous was my first thought, but I think it’s more glittery tho. It looks like what i really whished LLM looked like.

    • kirsten says:

      I think the closest dupe in the US is Milani Silver Dazzle, but even it isn’t close enough to make me not want to order Heavy Metal immediately!

  6. Phyllis says:

    So why is it that glitters are so hard to remove? Is it due the glitter itself or the formulation? On my last salon manicure I tipped my tech extra because he had such a hard time with it!

  7. Deb says:

    I feel the same way about glitter. Taking it off is such a pain, but for the right glitter, it’s totally worth it. This one looks beautiful!

  8. Chris says:

    This reminds me of OPI MAAH without the other glitter colors.

  9. Katie says:

    Great polish! Wish glitters were easier to remove.

  10. Sheena says:

    That silver is gorgeous! reminds me of a Ruby Kisses nail polish that I have

  11. Cecilia says:

    I wish I had some extra money to buy some of these! there are sooo many colors I love.

  12. Nicole says:

    That is beautiful! What a great shade.
    ~ Nicole

  13. meme says:

    WOW! I have never seen so much glitter smashed into one bottle of polish ever. I am surprised it was able to be spread with the brush and come out not all lumped into clumps of glitter – that’s some formula they came up with. How many hours did it take to get that baby off your fingers?

  14. Natalie says:

    I love glitters also but am also not a fan of the foil method. I’m basically just to lazy for that! :-) Have you tried the scrubby tub to remove glitters? The one I have is the Kiss Artificial Nail Remover. It’s a jar with a red lid and inside are plastic bristle brushes. I think its filled with acetone and some moisturizers. You just stick you fingers in for a few seconds (seriously, I probably do less than a minute) then rub the nails against the brushes. Presto, glitter gone in no time! I think I only paid maybe, $5 for it and I just keep dumping it out and refilling it with acetone and glycerin when it gets dirty. Ha! Sorry to be so long winded, but you glitter fiends might wanna give it a shot. Hope this helps! :-D

  15. Tara says:

    I passed on this a couple of weeks ago and am now regretting it! I was worried about the application for the price since none of my fave nail polish bloggers had swatched it! Next time I see it!!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Heavy Metal looks awesome! I would totally picture myself wearing this to a concert or bar for an epic night out.

  17. Paula says:

    I loved it. I feel the same way about glitter: removal is a pain but it’s totally worth it.
    How do you get non-American polishes? Do you import them or does someone send them to you? The price of my orders is almost twice than it should be considering shipping from the US to Brazil.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I have ordered polishes from other countries in the past but, as I disclosed at the bottom of the post, this polish was sent to me by the brand.

  18. Ashley says:

    Did you pick any of their new shades to try, specifically Jealousy?? It looks sooo gorgeous!

  19. Prescilla says:

    Have you tried Zoya’s Remove+? It works really well for removing glitter polish, but you have to follow the directions on the bottle. I don’t find that it takes as long as the foil method and it doesn’t burn my skin like the foil method does.

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