Believe it or not, for being a beauty junkie and a nail polish lover—I’m actually quite a minimalist when it comes to my fingernails. Occasionally, I’ll wear a nail color, but I swatch and test so much that it often makes it impossible to stick with any one color for very long. I usually leave the nail salon with clear on my nails after my manicures because I do like the shine. (I should probably just get them buffed!) Inevitably, I chip that clear the very next day. I get frustrated, take it off, and wind up with bare nails anyway.
Dior recently released a new nail enhancer—Dior Nail Glow. I had a few reservations about this product, because it seems like people really love it, or they really dislike it. I figured I was never going to know unless I tried it out, so I plunked down the $24 to find out myself! I’m not going to lie—it took a lot for me to part with that much cash for a tinted nail enhancer! I’m also a big believer though in letting people spend their own wallets, so I hope this helps you.
note the brush shape
Nail Glow is available in one universal shade, a glossy clear with a bright pink tint. The purpose is to make the pink of your nail pinker, while adding contrast to your natural tips. I’ve had people say that this makes the whites of their nails whiter, but to be honest—I think if anything it’s just a contrast trick with the color, and I don’t think it adds a french manicure effect. I’m pretty happy about that, though! I really did just want something to make my natural nails look healthier, and I think I get that with Nail Glow.
As a side note, if you need something to brighten your free-edge, I recommend using Bubble White, or ASP Nail Whitening Paste. If you’re looking to help remove yellow over the whole surface of your natural nails, I suggest the Bubble White—I think it does a little bit of a better job of that (although not entirely). If you just want to brighten the tips, I like the ASP Nail Whitening Paste because it’s easier to use for me than taking the time to sit and soak in the Bubble White.
Now, there are other pink enhancers on the market—with probably the most popular one out there right now being Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat. It’s $30 however, and while I think it looks nice, I find it chips faster than I’d like. Without base coat or top coat, Dior Nail Glow lasts over 4 days for me without chipping. It’s still going strong! I’m not exactly easy on my nails, either. Although not quite as pink, another option for a similar pink-enhanced effect would be ORLY’s Beverly Hills Manicure. Even knowing this, I’m still going to pick Nail Glow. I prefer the brightness of the pink, I think it makes my nails look healthier, and it stays pretty shiny.
Of note, you’ll likely find that Nail Glow takes on a nearly violet tint in sunlight. It’s kind of strange, but I actually like it! Indoors and in artificial light, I think it stays looking pretty pink. I use two coats, and I think it’s fine with those two.
with Dior Nail Glow after 4 days of wear — still shiny, no chips
without Dior Nail Glow
I would consider purchasing this again, because it’s a great minimalist and clean look on my fingernails. I think it makes them look shiny and healthy, and nicer than bare nails or clear polish. Is it worth the $24? I think people will need to decide that one for themselves. We all have our own beauty budgets and personal product preferences! Surprisingly, I find this wears longer without chipping minus top coat or base coat.
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