Hello! I'm a bit late to the party on these polishes as I've been away for a few days, but today I've got swatches of the new Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection. Again, exciting to see a brand that is pretty easy to get hold of in the UK venturing into creating "indie" style polishes. These polishes were a bargain too, retailing at £2.99, but at the moment Boots are offering a buy one get one half price deal, so I picked up the whole lot for under a tenner.
There are four polishes in this collection; Speckled Pink, Shooting Stars, Rain Forest Canopy and Chalk Dust. Three of the polishes are a coloured jelly base with different sized black and white glitter, and one is a clear base, with the same type of glitter in also.
First up is Speckled Pink. This is pink base packed full of black and white matte glitter. As this is a jelly base, the colour is quite sheer, so this is four coats. I couldn't find a base colour in my collection that was similar that wouldn't take away from the colour of this polish, however I'd probably use white in future. Unfortunately my nails are so manky and stained when naked, that I don't want that peeping through my manicure! So four coats, but I reckon you'd get away with two or three over a white base. Lovely colour.
Next we have Shooting Stars. Again a coloured base and chunks of black and white matte glitter. This time, I put a white base underneath to help the electric blue of the polish pop out, and this worked a treat. This is three thin coats over a white base coat. I'm always struggling to find that perfect electric blue and this is a great shade.
Here we have Rain Forest Canopy. This is a teal/green base colour, again chock-full of glitter. I also put a white base coat under this, and this was three coats. Again, I really like that it is quite an unusual colour.
Finally, we have Chalk Dust. LOVE IT. I've got a similar polish from Lush Lacquer that is a great polish for just layering over a colour or a gradient to give it a bit of jazz, so it's great that Maybelline have recreated a similar polish that is much easier to source! Just to give you an idea of the versatility of this topper, I've whacked it over pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. It's jam-packed with glitter so this is only one coat over my base colours. I think this is going to look freaking ace over a gradient too.
So; overall (so I don't say the same thing four times!). These polishes are pretty fast drying which is great, and they are absolutely chocka with glitter so you get great coverage. I didn't really have to do much placement of the glitter as it spreads out pretty well.
One thing to bear in mind is that you might get the odd bit of chunky glitter sticking over the edge of your nail, so just give those bits a poke upwards before the polish dries. Removal, I wont lie; you need to get involved with the tin foil trick here as it is quite labour intensive to remove otherwise (says she, who discovered there was no tin foil in the house last night!) and you will end up with glitter all over you.
Obviously, these polishes are a complete BARGAIN, but if you are only going to get one, it's got to be Chalk Dust, as you can use that bad boy over pretty much any colour. I'm definitely going to be putting it over some gradients in the future, and I think it'll look really nice over a bright pink.