So. Freaking. Shiny.
There have been many nail polishes promising a super shiny mirror finish over the years, and believe me, I have tried them all. But none have delivered, with most looking just as (un)shiny as regular nail polish, so it’s fair to say I’ve fallen for several brands’ misleading marketing tricks.
However, the rise of beauty vloggers has made it easy to find video reviews of almost any crazy nail trend and product out there, so when I first heard about chrome powder nails, I made sure to watch a ton of reviews before buying into the trend myself.
The girls’ nails in the video tutorials looked insanely gorgeous and sooo shiny, you could practically see their reflections on their nails, and apparently all it took was some nail polish and chrome powder, so obviously I had to try it.
After a few trial and errors, I finally succeeded in getting my nails to have a mirror finish without the use of fakes, but there are a few things to know before you attempt to recreate the chrome nail trend for yourself.
First of all, it can be a bit tricky to find chrome powder in store while the trend is still so new, but if you’re willing to wait a few weeks for it to be delivered, eBay has some really cheap chrome powders you can order from China. Second, normal nail polish won’t do; you need gel nail polish. I tried it with both types and learned it’s a complete waste of time using non-gel nail polish, as the chrome powder simply won’t stick to the regular variety. (Don’t ask me about the chemistry behind this.) And finally, the shade you choose as a base will determine the end result. (You will get a shiny silver finish with a hint of whatever hue you chose as your base.) In my case, I achieved a rose gold finish thanks to the pink gel nail polish (Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pinky Rings) I used under mychrome powder.
Here’s how it’s done…
1. After you’e painted your nails with gel nail polish, add gel top coat to create a thick base for the chrome powder, then let it dry almost completely before carefully rubbing the chrome powder into the gel polish using an eyeshadow applicator, like this:
It may take a few seconds and some serious rubbing before the powder magically ‘melts’ into your nail polish, but you can be rest assured it’ll ultimately achieve the shiniest damn finish you’ve ever seen. Keep in mind, this is DIY style, so the powder will of course go everywhere and create a bit of a mess, which means this trick is best performed over a surface that’s easy to clean afterwards.
Once you’ve done this with all your nails, it should look something like this:
2. For even more shine, apply another layer of top coat, let it mostly dry, and then rub in more chrome powder in. The final result is pretty spectacular:
3. Wash the remnants of chrome powder off your cuticles using warm water and a bit of elbow grease.
My nails looked super shiny for about three days after I did this, then the chrome effect started to slowly wear off.
Okay, so full disclosure: yes, it’s a bit of a pain to get the remaining chrome off your cuticles, and a lot of fiddling around overall to achieve this look, but WOWZERS is the result worth the blood, sweat and tears!