SOG glitter polish tips please


Sep 1, 2013
Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone has tips for applying glitter based SOGs. I bought Gelish's Tumberline Violet, which I've been eyeing off for ages, but am really disappointed in my application. I've got very few bits of glitter on my nails, because I was trying to find a balance between collecting as many pieces as possible, and applying a thin layer. I did two coats (on top of 3 coats of Starburst, so didn't want to do anymore), and some of my nails only have 1 or 2 bits of glitter. I shook the bottle up, tried to swirl my brush in the polish as much as possible, but didn't seem to be able to get much glitter (whilst keeping the layer thin). Has anyone else come across this issue? Any ideas/tips would be greatly appreciated. :smile:


Feb 28, 2012
One thing about glitter polishes is that the glitter sinks to the bottom. One way to get a denser application is to turn bottle upside down for an hour or so before application. You will find you will get more glitter on your manis ;)


Mar 3, 2013
Some people use a toothpick to get the glitter that sticks around the neck of the bottle and individually place them.

I only have two glitters (just plain glitter, not a lot of different sizes/shapes) but I don't have the TIME to do lots of layers, so I painted the glitter polish onto a makeup sponge and sponged it onto my nails. The sponge soaks up a lot of the polish but lets the glitter come off and stick to your nail. I got almost full coverage in one coat-I just did the tips then faded it down. It cured just fine, too.



Dec 13, 2013
I know this is an old thread, but one thing I've recently discovered is loose glitter and applying it with a nail brush. You make a "paste" out of it with a light colored polish that doesn't change the glitter, make it the consistency you want and apply it. I'm in love. It's cheaper than buying a separate glitter polish, especially b/c the glitter is so inexpensive. Here's where I've purchased mine (although craft glitter works as well)