OPI Glitter Off Base Coat Review

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A nice manicure with an accent glitter nail has become a trend that appears to be here to stay. As lovely as glitter nails are, I must admit that the removal process makes me think twice before I apply. Even the foil method seems like a hassle to this lazy beauty blogger. When I heard that OPI released a base coat just for glitter nails, I knew I had to try it to find out if it really makes glitter nail polish easy to remove. Could this really be a miracle nail product?


To apply, thoroughly coat to the nail, and let it dry completely before applying glitter polish. The main thing to remember is to let it dry. It is not difficult to determine when this base coat dries because it goes on white and dries clear. The sides and tips of the nails dry first, so the base coat looks like it's shrinking! That's what I thought at first, but that's not the case. I was impatient with one slow-drying nail and noticed some puckering in the nail polish after I applied, so it is important to wait. After it dries you are ready to apply your glitter nail polish! I used the Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose. This color was featured in my last haul with the Glitter Off base coat HERE.

Maybelline Color Show--Gilded Rose
2 coats
I am in love with this nail polish!

To remove the nail polish, you simply peel it off. I found the best way is to push it up around the base of the nail. It seemed to peel off easier that way. Most of the nail polish did not come off in one piece. It was more like two pieces, but it all came off completely. If you miss a spot with the base coat, then that nail polish will not come off. That's why it's so important to get the entire nail with the base coat.


Because I was curious, I also tried the Glitter Off base coat with a non glitter nail polish. The nail polish applied without an issue and looked great, but the removal was not as easy as it was with my glitter nail polish. The nail polish and base coat would not peel off as easily, and instead of coming off in two big sections per nail, it came off in small pieces. This base coat does work best with glitter nail polish.

I really love how the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat works for me, but it is not without it's issues. Because the base coat allows you to just peel off your nail polish, it is so easy to chip. I'm talking about a large piece of the nail polish coming off, not a tiny chip. I chipped two nails just opening containers in my kitchen the same day and another one again the next. I change my nail polish frequently enough and enjoy glitter nail polish enough that I am not incredibly bothered by it. Because you can just peel of the rest, it makes it so easy to just repaint the nail. If you are someone that likes to get a lot of wear out of your manicures, then this is not the product for you.

The damage

What do you think? Will you be giving the Glitter Off base coat from OPI a try? Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!

-xoxo Lauren
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  1. I saw this when I was checking out in Ulta last week and was really intrigued by it! I'm glad to know that it works, but that does mean it chips easily which is kind of a bummer. Not sure if I'm ready to commit yet. Thanks so much for reviewing this!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm okay with it because I change my nail polish a lot anyway, but if you need it to last a week and you use your hands a lot, then it's not for you. You're right; it chips easily because it works! It really just depends on often you change polishes. xoxo

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  2. Thanks for the review Lauren! I wish it didn't chip, that's the only downside. I want to find a base coat that won't chip my nail polish that much lol. You're right removing glitter polish can be a process!

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    1. You're welcome Pilar! This is not a good base coat for everything, just glitters, because of how easily it chips. It's great for how I wear glitter polish, but it is not for everyone. OPI Nail Envy technically isn't a base coat, but I love to use it that way. Peeling nails contribute to chipping nail polish for me, and the Nail Envy takes care of that. So, it works great as a base coat for me! xoxo

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  3. This is a really great invention lol. I hate nail polish for the simple fact that my nails chip and smudge SO EASY even if I get it done professionally. Thanks for sharing your find!

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    1. I actually know what you mean about hating nail polish. I wouldn't wear it for the longest time, but now I'm hooked. lol OPI Nail Envy helps my nails with the chipping because my nails mostly chip because they peel. I still have trouble with smudging sometimes, though.

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  4. ive not tried this one--so i'm glad you reviewed it for us!

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    1. Thank you! It's a really interesting product.

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  5. So happy to see your review Lauren! I saw this at Ulta, and debated on buying it, I really don't like the idea of "peeling" my polish off! I feel like it may damage the nail somewhat? I also figured if it worked, it would nick/chip. Thanks for sharing! Would you rebuy?

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    1. It doesn't seem to damage the nails, but I had that thought too. It does chip easily because it works, so it's a bit of a trade off there. I'm not sure if I would repurchase. I have heard that Elmer's glue does the same thing, but I haven't tested out that one. If that's really true, then I probably wouldn't repurchase. It just depends. I am glad that I have it and have been using it a lot so far. It's definitely not for everyone, but I do really like it.

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  6. I know! It is always such a hassle to get that glitter polish off! I hate it but it just looks so cute! I always let my fingers soak in cotton balls with nail polish remover for a couple minutes- makes it a bit easier- but it still takes like forever. That is why I like to use glitter only on one accent finger. So this sounds promising with the peeling off but I am scared it might ruin my nails? Do you think this is not harming the nails? Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Sissi

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    1. I haven't noticed any damage to my nails. This seems to sit on top of the nails rather than soaking in or acting as a treatment. I think that's why it is so easy to remove and chip easily too. It won't peel off your nails. It didn't peel or damage mine, and my nails will peel easily. Hope this helps. xoxo Lauren

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