I’m gonna make a big call right off the bat: Emily de Molly Sakura nail polish is the gold standard of glitter sandwich nail polishes.
Lemme tell you why I’m so impressed by this confection of pink and charcoal glitter in a white base:
- Coverage: the white base of Sakura is the right blend of coverage and translucency. It has enough oomph to fully cover my nail on the first coat, but translucent enough that a second thin coat gives a nice muted glitter sandwich effect.
- Simplicity: I’ve said this a few times in recent indie nail reviews, but I appreciate visual simplicity in nail polish. Even a glitter polish can be restrained and refined, and Sakura nails this. There’s no clutter with extraneous microglitter, the minimal colour palette works, and it looks visually clean on my nails.
- Application: two coats, no bald spots, no streaks. Flawless! I applied one regular coat to get a good solid base colour with a regular distribution of sparkles, then a very thin second coat to get the glitter sandwich effect. Some layering lacquers can get thick and gluey, but this was dried thin and smooth.
On a practical note the suspension in this polish was superb, with the glitter maintaining good loft without requiring any shaking or rolling. The glitters dried flat to my nail and didn’t have any sharp corners, so there was no need to seal the polish smooth with a thick clear coat.
Seriously, I’m super impressed with this lacquer. It’s the first polish I’ve tried from Emily de Molly, and I couldn’t be happier with it. At some point I got a little burnt out on indie polish brands because of too much hype and not enough substance, but this Emily de Molly polish has me right back on the indie bandwagon. When I next get some spare change I’m definitely going to treat myself to some more of the line, boyhowdy. I’m thinking Pyrite, Simplicity, or It’s Complicated.
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.