Real 18k Gold In Nail Polish? Yes!
So, in case you guys haven’t heard gold is pretty hot and trendy in nail polish. To my knowledge, Sephora by OPI came out with ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’ some time ago (that you can purchase here from Sephora only for $30.00).
And now Jessica makes a ‘Gold Leaf’ topcoat (that you can purchase here directly from their website for $29.95 or from eBay seller ‘fantastic_nails’ here for $14.95 + $3.00 S&H), OPI just came out with ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ that’s part of the Skyfall collection (that you can purchase at ULTA, many other retailers, eBay, and places like the Beauty Store Depot for $30.00), and of course the Zoya Gilty Pleasures boxed set that’s back for a limited time you can purchase it here for $35.00, yes, that’s a $5.00 increase).
I compared all these gold topcoats over Sinful Colors ‘Smokin’ which is a dark gray cream; I used 2 coats.
The following swatches feature 1 coat of each gold flake topcoat.
And then I decided to add another coat, below features 2 coats of each gold flake topcoat.
My thoughts on all 3 gold flake topcoats:
- Sephora by OPI ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’– I got this topcoat when it initially came out and as you can see from my bottle shot have used it for about 4-5 full manicures. I just love it, the formula is perfect and there’s no ‘fishing’ for the gold. I personally enjoy this topcoat over lighter colors like nudes or Essie’s ‘Demure Vixen’! The only possible con is that the pieces are small and it looks like small flecks on the nail rather than flakes.
- OPI ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’– I found that while the flakes are larger they are much more sparse than the SOPI topcoat. While the flakes are more sparse they are much larger, I also found that if you shake the bottle the flakes are much easier to pick up on the brush. As with sparse glitters the easiest way to apply this is to wipe the brush off (on the inside of the bottle) and dip the tip of the brush in the center of the opening to get a little bit of polish. Also, when I applied the second coat more flakes sort of caught on to the previous ones (no, this doesn’t leave a ‘bumpy’ texture) making the second coat appear more evenly distributed.
- Jessica ‘Gold Leaf’– While this topcoat produced similar results I found it more difficult to ‘fish’ for the gold flakes than in the OPI polish. So, with this one you’ll have larger pieces but still a more sparse look. I must say I do like the larger pieces!
What do you guys think? Despite the different bottle shapes they all contain 15mL or .50oz of polish. Can you tell a difference between the OPI & Jessica? Do you have any of these polishes or even the Zoya 18k gold topcoat? Until next time…