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Claire's Midnight Express...or How to Un-F*ck a Terrible Polish

Bottles can be so misleading. I saw this on the shelf, and thought "Wow, its like a tiny little slice of night sky. I need that." Since I can't pass up a good sale (buy one, get one half off) I grabbed this along with When in Chrome. I have never been more sorry about anything polish-related.

(thankfully, I'm slightly insane and keep bottles of clear around the house)

hint: this is the un-f*cked version. it's prettier.

I assumed that this was going to be thin, possibly even a jelly. NOPE. A cream. Of course. Because throwing chunks of glitter into a thick cream base is brilliant, there is no way for it to fail! Riiiiight. 

This stuff is like an aborted texture polish. It's not textured enough to be interesting, nor is it smooth enough to be worn without eleventy-three coats of topper. I used one thick coat of seche vite here, and it was not enough. Add to that the fact that the base it too thick for showcasing glitter...and you can just see the epic fail all over my fingers. You'd think I would know better by now.

three coats + seche vite

But then, I remembered that I had a couple of bottles of clear polish laying around. Maybe, just maybe I could salvage this horrid bottle of misery? There is a sound concept here with the navy and holo glitter. So I poured almost 1/4 of this bottle into the clear...and made the worst jelly I've ever seen. The glitter didn't want to leave its dark, gloopy home and the clear wasn't made for glitter, and so what little I could force out sunk immediately to the bottom like a box of rocks. Eventually, I gave up trying and shook my new polish relentlessly for about five minutes, and applied it as fast as I could.

It turned out pretty nice, though I wish there was more glitter.

three coats + seche vite

What a difference, right? Of course, you can already see the glitter settling in the bottle...but what are you gonna do? It's better than the lumpy, miserable original. After searching for other swatches, I know it isn't just me being a moron...this stuff is awful in its original form.

an updated version of this post can be found at


  1. Is it wrong I want to buy it so I can remake your version?


    1. haha nope! But...I did recently find an indie who has a wonderfully similar color, but without the sunken glitter. I think she opens in June, and I promise to post swatches!

  2. Ooh, that's lovely - I'd totally throw some China Glaze Fairy Dust or something similar in there to add more sparkle. Great save!

  3. I was also hoodwinked by this particular Claire's polish. Such a disappointment! I tried what you did by adding some of the Claire's polish to a clear base. Yeah, the glitter mostly sunk to the bottom, but the product was still a thousands time better than the original. After three coats of the unf*cked version, I did a coat of China Glaze's Fairy Dust for more sparkly goodness.

    1. yeah, all of my glitter is completely sunken at this point too. If I want to use it, I will set the bottle upside down the night before. It helps swoosh the glitter around. I might steal your Fairy Dust idea...and maybe a layer of holo topper to boot.


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