After drooling over pics of the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots shades on the nails of some of my fave UK bloggers, the collection is finally coming to the US. Only with different names and a couple different shades.
Launching in July 2013, the Polka Dots glitters are filled with black & white multi-sized hexagonal sequins that make your nails look like they’re sprinkled with dots. Maybelline’s take on a look popularized by the indie nail polish community can be worn on their own or layered.
Formula & Application: According to the Maybelline website, Color Show nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, DBP & Toluene) but I don’t have an ingredient list to know if it contains Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor. The cylindrical glass bottles are topped with a round plastic cap that is just long enough to allow for a comfortable hold in the hand. The brush is long and round, medium in thickness, with flexible bristles that easily fan out on the nail.
The Polka Dots glitters all have a clear or semi-sheer jelly base that dries matte on the nail. It’s nice and thin so you can apply multiple layers without it becoming a gloppy mess. The glitter particles are well suspended, for the most part, but a good roll between your palms before application will help with even application. And yes, like most glitters, they are a pain to remove.
I applied three coats of polish using the Dab, Dip & Glide glitter polish application method I showed you last week.
Maybelline Blue Marks The Spot has a semi-sheer, somewhat milky, cornflower blue base filled with black and white glitter. It gives pretty good coverage with three coats though I can still see my tips.
Maybelline Clearly Spotted is the one clear-based polish in this collection. This is just pure black and white glitter in varying sizes, which makes it perfect for layering. I can picture a fun “jelly sandwich” using this with the L’Oreal Miss Candy jellies.
Maybelline Dotty has a tangerine orange base that is more lucite-esque than milky. A reader on Facebook called it a “Halloween” shade, and now I can’t shake it from my brain.
Maybelline Drops of Jade is a milky, sea-foam green that gives the most coverage of all the shades. Due to that, the glitter looks more three dimensional with some of it almost completely covered by the base.
Maybelline Pretty in Polka is like a girly, pink lipgloss for your nails. In spite of its hot fuchsia hue, it’s the most sheer of all the colored-base shades so be prepared for VNL (visible nail lines).
Bottom Line: While I was REALLY hoping we’d get the UK green, Rain Forest Canopy, Drops of Jade is gorgeous and more summery. It’s definitely my favorite of the bunch. Clearly Spotted is an excellent choice if you want this type of glitter particle for layering and Blue Marks the Spot definitely comes in a close second to Drops of Jade. You all know I’m not much of a pink girl so Pretty in Polka gets a pass from me as does the “too Halloween-y,” Dotty. Though come October, I’m sure I’ll be glad I have a bottle.
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots are limited edition and officially launching in July 2013 though I hear they are already popping up on shelves. You can find Maybelline nail polish at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. The .23oz bottles retail for $3.99/ea.
Are you into this type of polka dot inspired glitter? Which of the Polka Dots is your favorite? Have you seen these in your area yet?
Disclosure: Samples were provided by Maybelline. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.