Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish

January 5, 2016

Nothing To Disclose

Today I want to show you a recent purchase I made from Born Pretty Store. I saw images of their Mirror Polish somewhere online and immediately had to try it for myself. It seemed like it was the most shiny, reflective polish I had ever seen. Yep, it looked better than other mirror style polishes, and it appeared on par with those press-on mirror nails you can buy around the place.

But, before I get into the final pictures and impressions I managed to get, let me explain my initial thoughts….

I had seen YouTube videos of the product, which comes in a two piece system, described as a) a special base coat, and b) the actual mirror polish.

I purchased the duo pack with what I assumed to be the base coat and mirror polish. After the wait for my package to arrive, and upon inspection, I discovered I had received a bottle of ‘topcoat’ and the bottle of mirror polish.

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I thought this seemed very strange since I know that adding topcoat to these types of polishes tends to dull the effect. Usually what you need is a special aqua based basecoat. The polishes come just like you see in the picture above, with no instructions or ingredients listed. That’s ok, I was sure I could figure it out.

So I tried the combo, prepped my nails, had them bare of any other products, applied two thin coats of mirror polish and one coat of the provided ‘topcoat’. The finish wasn’t as I had imagined, with it appearing a silver chrome rather than mirror.

I then went in and experimented a bit.

A quick sniff of the ‘topcoat’ assured me it was aqua based, it didn’t have a typical polish smell to it, so again I thought it odd. To describe the mirror polish a bit, it seems kind of like the paint you would expect to find in a spray can, very thin with tiny particles throughout. You have to give it a really good shake to distribute before use, and it dries incredibly fast. Almost the instant you apply it.

I decided that perhaps the bottle of ‘topcoat’ was somehow mislabelled and tried using it as a basecoat instead. It took about 15 minutes (at least) Β for it to dry, I then applied two thin coats of the mirror polish on top, no topcoat, and hallelugjeah… It worked!

See the images below of my experimentation with the two polishes.

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As you can see, the only combination that gave a true mirror finish was to use the ‘topcoat’ on the base, and no topcoat at all over the polish. The other combo’s were nice for sure, but not mirror finish. I could actually see myself in the polish, it was pretty cool.

So what’s with the labeling of the polishes? Is it a mistake? Is the topcoat really a basecoat? Who the heck knows, but I think it’s a pretty crappy deal from Born Pretty to not offer instructions or correct labeling of their products. How many non-nail people would see these, buy them, use them and then not get the finish they were expecting? That really gets on my goat!

So did I actually get some pictures of a finished mirror manicure? Well, yes, yes I did!

I decided to throw the topcoat/basecoat, whatever you call it, in the bin, because I did not want to wait so long for my basecoat to dry. I decided to apply a gel basecoat to my nails, that would offer the smooth base I required. This type of polish will absolutely show every flaw you have on your nails, and vigourously buffing your nails will only make them weak. I applied one coat of Bio Sculpture Clear Gel and removed the sticky layer.

I then applied two thin coats of the mirror polish and NO TOPCOAT. It was SUPERB! It was completely liquid looking, SO reflective. I am completely smitten by the finished look of the manicure!

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish Artificial Light

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish
Artificial Light

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish Artificial Light

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish
Artificial Light

On my ring finger I added a little bit of a swirly embossed pattern with some hard gel, then wiped off the sticky residue again and the end look was super cool.

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish Natural Daylight

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish
Natural Daylight

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish Natural Daylight

Born Pretty Store Mirror Polish
Natural Daylight

Even pictures cant show how truly mirror-like this polish is. The downside to it is that it is a ‘special occasion’ polish, with it wearing off all around the tips of my nails very noticeably within an hour. This is not a manicure you could wear for days. Although, with the speed the polish dries, you could have your gel base coat on, and just re-apply the polish as needed. It would only take a couple of minutes to do!

Have you tried this polish? How were your bottles labelled?

Chris xx

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  • Long-wear or not, it looks AMAZING!!! Way to go Detective Christine! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Em! I really loved the finish on it, so will be happy to wear it for nights out….Hahahaha, who am I kidding, I don’t have nights out, but if I did, I would wear it!

  • WOAHHHH that is some serious mirror action going on there. The nail art with the gel swirls is seriously show stopping.

    My only concern with this would be – what the heck is in it? I wouldn’t want to be putting my fingers near my face or cooking dinner if it wears off easily. I love BPS for their mega cheap nail art bits and pieces but their labelling and (lack of) product information is pretty atrocious.

    • Thanks Jae! I would really love to know the ingredients. I will say though, I had zero reaction when I got it on my skin, and the integrity of the gel underneath was perfect after I took the polish off. In the past I have found that if a polish has nasties in it, the gel I wear starts to degrade pretty fast.

      • I should add, I wouldn’t cook or eat finger foods with it on though. You can tell there is some kind of metal in it.

  • That mirror finish is INSANE!!! You make me want this instantly! And good thinking on trying the “top coat” as base coat.

  • Oh WOW! So cool! Thanks for doing the dirty work and figuring out what combo worked best!

  • It looks like it’s about to drip of your nails, so liquid looking! Absolutely AMAZING. Bummer though it wasn’t labeled correctly.

  • Wendy Stanbury

    Brilliant post, thanks for sharing. I also have these and neither of them have any labels on at all! I knew about using the ‘top coat’ as the ‘base coat’ but have been unsuccessful in getting a decent finish, so I’ll try with some gel base coat. Once again, thanks for sharing, and your silver mani looks fab!

  • These look friggin’ stunning!!! I wouldn’t even complain on the 15min wait on that topcoat to dry if my nails could look like this!! In love!
    But, I’m with you on the critic to BPS – labelling, guys, how hard can it be!? And, at least, instructions on the site would’ve come in handy, no? :/

  • I think you’ve just solved a mystery for me! I received a random package from BPS before christmas containing bottles like this, but they don’t have labels on (really helpful!) and I haven’t been able to figure out what on earth they are, but I’m assuming this is what I have…I’m excited to try them now because this is AMAZING! Thanks for this post!

  • I think you’ve just solved a mystery for me! I received a random package from BPS before christmas containing bottles like this, but they don’t have labels on (really helpful!) and I haven’t been able to figure out what on earth they are, but I’m assuming this is what I have…I’m excited to try them now because this is AMAZING! Thanks for this post!

  • Rachel Krentz

    Absolutely stunning! I wonder if a gel topcoat would dull the finish. You didn’t happen to try it, did you? I would think it would help it wear better.

  • Rosalia Pano

    Looks gorgeous!! I think I am going to give it a try and order some with or without instructions.. cause I have you!! πŸ™‚

  • Jane

    Could you use a shellac top coat?

  • Did you ever try it with top coat (regular polish or gel) to see if that made it last longer?

    • I’ve tried it with every topcoat I own now, both gel and regular polish topcoat, and they all dull the chrome effect. Such a shame because I really would love for this wear longer (let alone be safe around food etc)

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  • Kellie M

    The polish is really pretty but for me it would be a waste of time and money for polish that doesn’t last even an hour. What a bummer.

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  • Ianthe

    Chris!! Whom have you cured and do you do mental patients? Also, I’ve been eyeing the Born Pretty Mirror for many moons now, thank you so much for this review, it rocked!!

    • Hahaha! I didn’t get a notification for your comment but it randomly showed up in another post! I’m afraid mental patients would be in big trouble with me for sure! The gel is what I cute hahaha.
      Glad you found this helpful xxx

  • Pretty Pixy

    I have found that Born Pretty has really dropped their game regarding their shipping times and customer service! I did a order recently, it took nearly a month to ship and they didn’t send everything in the one parcel, i asked what was happening and it was only then they told me the items were out of stock and i had to wait even longer for the complete order! I did another smaller order after that, they didn’t put all the items I bought in the parcel, when i contacted them to tell them that 2 sheets of decals were missing they asked me to weigh the parcel and give the measurements of the box!? I have been back & forth with them for over a month about the missing items and they still won’t send them, they even asked me to do another order so they could be added to it!!! I have had it with their revolting customer service πŸ™
    Beware is all i can say! I have noticed that other companies on Aliexpress sell the same products for cheaper and have free shipping, so i am going elsewhere from now on!