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TJ Maxx Nail Polish Haul :: Getting ready for glittery holidays!!





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Lately, I've been really into painting my nails.  Maintaining nails has always been a category where I lacked any sort of motivation because my nails are so brittle and soft.  They bend and peal like wet paper and I rarely get to keep all ten fingernails at the same length.

Here's the funny thing though. After lipstick, nail polish is my next favorite category to collect, so I have had a truck load of polishes that have been patiently waiting to be abused by me for some time.  At this point of my life, I'm all about consuming my products.  I used to be very protective and stingy about using my products, since I valued them more as a whole package than anything but to be used, but now I'm on a mission to get a great use out of all the products I've committed myself to.

So, yesterday I strolled into TJMaxx thinking that I had to buy a mirror.

I'm sure when anyone who saw me at TJMaxx, whether when I was grabbing every mug from the home section or when I was picking out every single workout pants at mid-shin length, would no doubt notice that I like to hoard anything and everything I like and see.  I have a TJMaxx close by, so close I can occasionally stroll in and randomly pick up things without having to make it an occasion. While fumbling through the baby section (I wandered into that section because my parrots like to play with baby toys), I found a whole new section filled with nail polishes!! The brands carried there are OPI, Orly, China Glaze and some other brands.

After checking the conditions of the polishes and confirming that they weren't opened or weirdly dried out, I started picking up all the chunky glitter polishes I could get my hands on.

Well... let's rephrase it. I had my bf glaring at me with disgust asking why I needed more nail polishes than what I already had - so I was only able to pick up six, and the six are as shown above.

I've always been a cream/solid color girl, but I feel like I've overdone that - now I want wilder nails that are eye catching! So naturally, the products I picked up were heavy and chunky glitter polishes.


I PINK I CAN


This shade was super famous and sought out in Korea for a while. The chunky glitter really pops and reflects light even from far away.  Out of all the colors I bought, this one is the brightest and glitteriest when paired with a dark background color.

I Pink I Can consists of large and medium hexagon glitters.
The application is solid. You can pick out the bigger chunks and strategically place them where you want them to be. The formula dries quickly and isn't messy at all. I mean, overall it is a transparent formula with pink glitter specks in it.  When dried, the surface does maintain some texture so a top coat to even out the surface would be a good idea.  I haven't tried the polish with other background colors, but I think it works great with what I already had on my nails.




Scattered & Tattered



This is my favorite out of all of the six.  Or maybe I like it so much because it went so well with my nail color I had used for the background color.

Scattered & Tattered is clear base and consists of large, medium and small hexagons. By the time you're at medium size, it's hard to tell that what shape the glitters are. It also has small round black glitters and glitter bars (which I thought were a defect when I first saw them), which nicely balances out the red.

This is the perfect holiday topping!



Pure Joy



This is the only one I didn't swatch on my nails since I already had nail polish on. It's a tomato red polish with gold medium sized glitters in it. I solely bought it because it was the red shade I like. I will update you guys on this shade in a separate post.




Bling It On


Another clear based polish with large, medium and small periwinkle glitters mixed with small black glitter bits and bars. The color looks a bit blue in certain angles. I don't think it matched well with my dark background nail color, but when seen in the bottle it is an absolute beauty.
This one in particular doesn't seem to reflect light as much as the others. It's great for those who want subtle, yet pronounced glitters on their nails.

I'm still thinking that it's more of the color combo that didn't do Bling it on any justice.

Application and finish is about the same as Scattered & Tattered. Rough finishing but the glitters don't scrape off.


Mosaic Madness


Gorgeous sapphire blue in large, medium and small hexagon sizes mixed with small black glitter bits and bars.  Mosaic madness reflects light much better than Bling it on and is a bit more noticeable on the nails.  I like how it makes your nails holographic when the light hits it.

Same as the above glitters. The application is solid with a bit rough finishing.



Get Carried Away



Get Carried Away has a bit of black in its base. Mixed with silver and muted red (same color glitters as Scattered & Tattered above) large hexagon glitters, it also has medium sized silver round glitter and small black glitter bits + bars.

I personally don't think the application is chunky or thick, but I can see how some people might not like the formula.  It dries really quickly and the fun part about the large glitters is you can position it however you want to.




So what do you guys think?
The bottles were $2.99 each, which isn't bad at all for me (considering that CG goes for 6-8 dollars/ea).
I'm so excited to play with these! The swatches were done on my pre-existing nail color so the combination on some were really off.

Which one would you guys go for? Any shades that tickle your interest? :)


PS. The nail color I had on was OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, which is an absolutely gorgeous deep blood-red color on its own.




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