A couple weeks ago I saw that Girly Bits Cosmetics was now carrying Dance Legend Glitter Base. You’ve probably seen this around, or at least products similar.
The Dance Legend Glitter Bases are available in the Girly Bits Cosmetics shop in 9 options currently. There are 7 colored bases (shown above is the pink shade) and 2 different clear ones (which were out of stock, so I haven’t grabbed them yet)
My first order was for 6 of the colors – Pink, Mint, White, Black, Nude, and Light Blue. When I went back a few days ago to order Give Me One Good Raisin (which is a charity polish Pam is selling and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal, for the Alberta wildfire relief fund – so grab yours if you would like to, it’s a limited time sale) I spotted the Red Dance Legend Glitter Base and ordered that as well. Not sure how i missed it the first time around.
Why did I grab all the Dance Legend Glitter Base shades? Well, I’ve seen posts about them – mostly good – and I’m a glitter lover. More than that, I’m a full coverage glitter lover. What I’m not a lover of? Removal. The removal process is never that bad in your head until it comes time to do it. I’ve tried several methods, found ways to cut back on time – but it’s still a tedious process.
Let’s take a look, and then we’ll go into my overall thoughts.
Here is Dance Legends Glitter Base in Pink all on it’s own. It actually looks like a demi matte finish. It does appear matte, but with a slight gloss. It’s actually quite pretty on its own. When my package first arrived I spent about 20 minutes painting a nail with it and peeling it off again. I’m easily amused and this gave me something to play with on my lunch break.
One thing I found that I hadn’t seen in reviews I read (I’m sure some covered it, but the particular ones I read, I didn’t see it mentioned) said to use 1 coat of the Glitter Base. When applying alone for my amusement, I found this to be fine. But when I applied just 1 coat, then polishes as usual, it wasn’t peeling off very well. I was getting small chunks and the tips of my nails wouldn’t really come off without force and I didn’t want my nails to break. When I tried 2 coats, it worked much better for me.
So shown is 2 coats of Dance Legend Glitter Base in Pink. No base coat under it either.
I found these dry about the same as a normal polish does. It takes a bit of time. My only complaint is the white base which seems to take WAY longer than any of the others. I applied it a few nights ago and 20 minutes later it still wasn’t completely dry. The other 5 I have take about 6 minutes to full dry.
As I said, I love my full coverage glitters, so for this post I used Glam Polish Lanikai Dreaming. I matched up the Pink Glitter Base with it in case any did peek thought, it would still blend a bit with the polish itself (since I don’t have a clear Glitter Base… yet)
2 coats of Glam Polish Lanikai Dreaming over 2 coats of Dance Legends Glitter Base in Pink.
The base didn’t interfere with application and it didn’t alter the polish. Really, unless you look at the edges, it’s not noticeable that I have anything underneath.
Now the removal. I used the cuticle pusher tool shown below to remove (the smooth rounded end, not the pointed end) that I bought from KBShimmer last Summer
Photo credit to KBShimmer
I started at my cuticle area and gently pushed up the nail. It was easy and painless.
Each piece came up really easily and I only hand very small bits at the tip tops of my nails and a very tiny bit on the sides. I swiped a remover soaked cotton ball over each and it quickly removed the remaining glitter and Glitter Base in one cotton ball.
Dance Legend Glitter Base Review Overview
Overall, am I happy with my purchase? Absolutely. It does take a little more time at the start of a manicure though because I use 2 coats of Dance Legend Glitter Base and wait 5-7 minutes for each coat to fully dry. Is it worth it? For me, yes. Mainly because I would rather spend those 10-14 minutes waiting for the base to dry than 10-14 minutes scrubbing glitter off my nails and then the surrounding skin. I’m also not finding glitter shoved up inside my cuticles. Those are fun to dig out (not really).
I like that there are colored bases available which cuts down a step in the process. Instead of a base coat, 2 coats of base color, 1-2 coats of glitter and top coat – I simply have 2 coats of base, 1-2 coats of glitter and top coat.
Biggest downside is waiting for the Glitter Base to dry, gently touching it around the 5 minute mark and denting the base which can affect your future polish and make you start over. Yes I did do this. Twice.
Ok maybe more than that.
You can actually see when it starts to dry, the dry area sinks down and ‘hugs’ your nail and the wet area is puffed up a bit. It’s very slight, but it is visible and you don’t want to touch it to find out like I did.
My big question though – where is the purple or lavender base?
Edited to add: SCENT! Someone brought to my attention I had not mentioned the scent of the Dance Legend Glitter Base (which I appreciate) and I hadn’t mentioned it because there wasn’t much of one. It’s lighter than most polishes I use and nothing overpowering or “ugh, what is that?” type scent. I’m over here sniffing this stuff to try to describe it and looking like a crazy person (my boyfriend probably thinks I might have lost it, and after almost 7 years together, he should know I lost it a long time ago) but it’s a very light odor. If you have used the latex barrier products for nail art – it’s WAY less than that scent. Hope that helps.
Would I purchase more? Absolutely. I am waiting for the 2 clear options to be in stock at Girly Bits Cosmetics. Should more base colors come out like yellow, purple or orange – I would snap them up as well.
I think it’s an amazing idea and for those not wanting to use remover or have skin sensitivities, this is a good way to go about it. Of course, it’s for more short term. If you wear manicures for a week – this won’t last that long. My wear test earlier this week gave me a day and a half before it started popping off.
I also played with the black base last night. I cannot show the polish I used yet – so here’s the macro. This is 1 coat of Dance Legend Glitter Base in black (need 2 next time) and a gorgeous glittery shade over it.
I love it.
Price: $10.46 USD
Where I Bought: The Girly Bits Website
Last night I also posted Girly Bits upcoming Spring 2016 collection, so make sure to pop over and take a look. Maybe you’ll grab one of these Dance Legend Glitter Bases along with your order.
So what are your thoughts? Have you tried the Dance Legend Glitter Base out yet? Do you think this would be a good product for you?
*All products in this post were purchased by me, except the glitter polish shown over the black base. That was a press sample that will be shown in a future post.