I was referred to Glitter by a friend, and her nails rocked, so I figured I would give this place a shot. It is even super close to my house, so I biked there and enjoyed the gorgeous summer day. I’ve been loving this cool Chicago summer! I tried making an appointment at noon for 2pm, but they didn’t have an opening until 5:30. I should have figured it would be busy on a Saturday afternoon. I only had to wait ten minutes til they finished up with the lady before me, which would have been taken up by picking my polishes but I had one I’d been wanting to use so I brought my own. Pretty sure I’m the first person to ever do that there before by the look the girl gave me when I told her that!
I’m pretty sure the girl who did my nails name was Tiana, but don’t quote me on that. She was very nice, and we chatted about a few things while she did my nails. The atmosphere was very pleasant, with everyone chatting here and there instead of the feeling that the staff was one group and the clients another, barely interacting. People discussed the music that was on and other entertainment. One woman was constantly cleaning up, another was organizing and setting up the polish racks in what seemed to be a strictly enforced color order.
The acrylics were a little bit thick and uneven in places, and she really globbed the polish on. I brought Sinful Colors “Slick” for a base coat, and that purple is completely opaque in just one coat. She used two, and only one of Milani “Totally Cool” which takes two coats to really pop. As a result, the nails look even thicker than they are.
When asked what design I wanted, I told her she could do whatever she wanted since I follow their facebook page and always see all kinds of cool art from them. She looked through her phone for a minute (I’m assuming at nail pictures) then grabbed her brush and the result was smileys… If they had both been the above face, I might have kept them for a couple days, but I just wasn’t a fan of the girl face.
I had to mention a big spot she was missing with the base coat of polish on one finger, and you can see how uneven the top coat is even. I was a little disappointed, having seen some really cool art on their page as I said. I’m gonna chalk it up to it was getting late and she just wanted to get out of there, but it still was a good enough experience overall with really good prices that I’ll be back.
Being that I wasn’t super happy with the art… I changed it pretty much right away after dinner. I started out by taking all the polish off, then filing them down completely smooth and thin. Rounded all the rough edges along the sides as well.
I still wanted to go with purple and gold, but this time I did it the way I wanted it, with one coat of “Slick” and two coats of “Totally Cool”. I added some gold studs to a couple nails, and tried a stamp out on the pinkie. It didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, so I didn’t do the other fingers. With a purple as rich as that, I also needed a deeper gold, and I love the “Top of the World” with “My Rightful Throne” as a top coat combo.
I don’t know the gold used at the salon, sorry.
Sinful Colors “Slick”
Milani “Totally Cool”
Kleancolor “Top of the World”
Kleancolor “My Rightful Throne”