Hi guys! As I promised you last Monday I have an extra post for you this week! I wanted to do a recap post about all the gorgeous Shimmer polishes I have been swatching for you. I've posted so many of these polishes now over such a long stretch of time that I thought it would be nice to do a final big post about them, recapping all the info about the brand, my swatching method, pros and cons of the polishes, and my favourites.
|From left to right, top to bottom: Céline, Astrid, Cristina, Carol, Kim, Adrienne, Jacki, Vanessa, Karina, Karen|
So if you are curious and want to take a last look, don't hesitate to...
First off I want to say I had so much fun swatching all these polishes for you! Shimmer has so many gorgeous polishes that it was truly a pleasure and totally worth it finding glitter in my house for the next couple of years lol. I also had a lot of trouble picking the polishes I liked best. I've added a whole bunch of pictures of my favourites to this post, but I liked so many of them that it was very hard to choose.
I think that, now I am done swatching these, Deborah and I have most, if not all, of the current Shimmer polishes on the blog! So if you are curious about all of these gorgeous polishes, or are looking for swatches of a specific one, you can use the little pull down menu on the right side of your screen to look for them!
In case you are looking at these polishes and wondering just how I did my manicures with them I thought it would be nice to give you a little recap of the way I swatched them and which products I used: Even though most Shimmer polishes are dense enough to be worn on their own I prefer layering them over a similarly coloured base. I find that it saves me from having to apply an extra coat of the glitter, thus giving me a smoother and thinner result on the nails. With glitter I always use the Essence peel-off basecoat. I then do one or 2 thin coats of a base colour. Most of the time I don't bother making this base opaque because the Shimmer polishes are dense enough to cover most of it up. I just wanted to help the glitter along a bit. I always pick a base colour that is as close as possible to the glitter mix. I then use 2, maybe 3 thin coats of the glitter polish and finish up with a nice thick coat of Poshé, my go-to topcoat. Because I almost always use a base colour in my pictures I make sure to include a bottle shot of the polish as well, so you can see it as it is, without another base polish. These are the small square pictures I am showing you here today and in all my swatch posts :)
I would like to give you a small list of good and bad things about these polishes. Please keep in mind that this is all my personal opinion and you may or may not agree with some or all of these points. But if you are looking to purchase these pretties you might find it useful to read.
- A very large selection of different colours to choose from and multiple different polishes of the same colour so you can pick exactly what you like
- Gorgeously complex mixes, there are a lot of different sizes, colours and shapes of glitter in one bottle
- Insanely sparkly!
- Most polishes are very dense, these aren't glitter toppers, they are stand/wear alone polishes
- Some have coloured bases, making them even easier to wear on their own
- These polishes are just immensely beautiful, the amount of compliments I got while wearing them was insane
- These polishes do not dry as bumpy as a lot of glitters tend to do. Especially the ones with smaller glitter dry quite smooth
- Great quality, I didn't have a single one that gave me trouble with the application
- Removal is a pita. This goes for all glitter polishes and Shimmer is no exception. Be prepared to scrub long and hard when removing these polishes or use a peel-off basecoat or the foil removal method. You will find glitter everywhere later.
- Some colours are extremely similar, I did one comparison for you a while back and I could have done a couple more if I had the whole collection myself
- You will need topcoat. Even though these polishes dry quite smooth as far as glitters go, they will not look their best if you do not use a nice thick coat of topcoat to even things out and bring out the sparkle
Overall Shimmer polishes are a very big winner in my book! I adored 95% of the polishes I swatched and the ones that I didn't like just didn't appeal to me colour-wise, they were all of the same great quality.
I really hope you guys had as much fun as I had with this Shimmer Swatchathon and that I didn't put you off with an overkill of glitter or this long essay! Please let me know in the comments if you already have Shimmer polishes yourself or plan on getting some and which ones are your favourites! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and see you on Monday!
Shimmer is an indie brand based in the United States. The polishes are made with high quality ingredients that mix well and do not degrade over time. All polishes are available at the Shimmer website or Etsy for 12$. You can also connect with them on facebook.