Glory Be: Glitter Gal Lizard Belly

The humor isn’t lost on me that I return with grand promises to review work appropriate polishes only to have my second post be a holographic dark green. But it’s the weekend and a color like this has been a major wishlist polish since time began. In my effort to catch up with the nail polish world – I’ve been reading a lot of MUA and a lot of other excellent nail blogs. (Thanks so much everyone for cluing me into so many great sites – I’ll be updating my blogroll really soon!).  I first saw this polish on The PolishAholic. I did a double-take: a DARK GREEN HOLO WHAT? WHAT!? WHAT!?! – then I squealed a little bit and immediately bought a bottle. I’m so glad I did, this polish is amazing.

I feel like the nail polish gods lured me back into blogging just so this color could make its way into my mailbox. Man, it’s beautiful. This NOTD is 3 coats of Lizard Belly, but it would have been perfect at 2 coats. Base coat is Sally Hansen Nail Quencher and top coat is Seche Vite. The color is a deep blackened green that leans slightly bluish-green (teal?), although it is ‘almost black’ it is visibly green. The very fine grain holo creates a refined prismatic effect and adds depth to the color - Lizard Belly is gorgeous but it’s definitely not as blingy as other holos.

 I took this shot with flash to show the holographic effect, but again these photos just don’t do this polish any justice. In person, the holo effect is more defined, it flashes a full rainbow but it’s fairly subdued even in the brightest sunlight. In the shade or indoors, it looks nearly black with sparse tiny glittery sparkles (like a mini-universe on my nail). I didn’t have any major application issues – although the polish was a tad on the thickish side. However, it was not thick enough to cause problems.  I seriously love this color – I think it has won a spot on the top twenty (yes, I’m going to keep doing the list even though it will be a little dated now).

My only beef is that I accidentally bought a teeny-tiny bottle… womp-womp. This photo is Lizard Belly next to OPI Here Today … Aragon Tomorrow to show the difference in size.  In my excitement to buy the color, I didn’t even notice I was buying the mini especially because it was a tad on the expensive side (I think I paid around $15). To my chagrin, Glitter Gal does sell these in the regular 15 mL size on their website *Sigh* now I’m trying to fight the urge to buy 8 more of the minis or at least one full size backup bottle.


18 Responses to “Glory Be: Glitter Gal Lizard Belly”

  1. rmcandlelght (nailsbeautiqued) Says:

    It’s beautiful on you :)

  2. Chaosophia Says:

    It looks gorgeous on you!

    And I might be mistaken, but I don’t think Glitter Gal has had their polishes in big bottles very long.

  3. Kate Says:

    Forgive me if someone else has already mentioned this to you but if you love Lizard Belly then you must get hold of A-England’s St George – just as gorgeous. In fact all the A-England colours are wonderful, including a fantastic range of holos that aren’t of the typical holo type colours. Your nails look gorgeous btw!

  4. Stef Says:

    That is glorious! I’m so glad you’re back :)

  5. Deborah Says:

    This color is so so pretty!

  6. MacKenzie Says:

    Yay! You’re back! I was a nail polish newb when I discovered your site, and you’d already stopped posting. I still read through everything.

    I just want to second the a-England recommendation – I bought St George because I wanted something a tad lighter than Lizard Belly, and also, it’s a little less expensive and you get a full size bottle. Check out a-Englands on Llarowe (not affiliated). They even have a work appropriate scattered holo – Princess Sabra! Again, SO GLAD you’re back – please keep posting.

  7. fishgirl182 Says:

    welcome back! i am glad that i never deleted your feed from my blog reader. your new post popped right up. and i don’t think you need a realy “theme” to your blog. i think a good nail blog just has good pics (which you do) and regular updates. so if you want to throw in a gorgeous green holo, go for it.

    i admit that i have been lusting after this one for awhile. i will be sure to get a big bottle when i do. lovely swatch!

  8. Jessi M Says:

    What a gorgeous color! I’m not huge into almost black polishes but I’ve wanted this one for awhile now. I just wish Glitter Gal polishes weren’t so expensive!

  9. The Asian Girl Says:

    Hurray! I am beyond super stoked that you’re back! I can’t wait for your work-appropriate swatches…I work at the local clerk of court office and while anything is permitted color-wise, I try to pick conservative colors on Wednesday (my division’s court day).

    Also, check out Glitter Gal Dark Green Sparkle…it’s the scattered holo sister of Lizard Belly :)

  10. Deborah Says:

    You crack me up! When I saw the post title, my first thought was, “well there goes the whole idea of work-appropriate polish!” Too funny that was the first line of your post.

    The polish is beautiful on you, by the way!

  11. Melissa Says:

    jussst seeing you’re back! SO HAPPY. I got into my nail polish obsession/blogging after you left but I can’t tell you how many times i’ve looked over your gorgeous swatches! glad life has settled down for you a bit and you’re back with us :)

  12. Steph Says:

    Thanks so much again everyone! And also – I’m definitely planning to haul A England and Glitter Gal soon so thanks for the recs. I feel like I need ALL OF THE POLISHES (especially anything that can even remotely be described as green holo). :D

  13. Cynthia Says:

    I really want to try Glitter Gal, but I just cannot swallow the price. I cannot. So I will continue to admire them from afar. I don’t think all of their polishes are worth the price, but this one might be.

  14. Kitty Says:

    I’m so glad you’re blogging again! Your blog along with Scrangie and Kellie’s were the ones that got me started with mine. You guys are an inspiration to me. Your blog always came up when I’m looking for swatches of older shades like those of Deborah Lippmann’s and Color Club. I always hoped that you’d start blogging again and I’m happy that the day has come for that!

    After getting that out of the way, that Glitter Gal shade is simply stunning. I own it and I can confidently say that it’s my favorite green ever. I don’t know how they got that shade and shimmer down but it’s gorgeous. It looks great on you!

  15. Ulmiel Says:

    Gosh, it looks so amazing on your perfect nails. It’s my biggest lemming, this little beauty, yes. Gorgeous. Dark green holo, come on!!

  16. Steph Says:

    Cyn – Ah, yes they are expensive but honestly I’m so desensitized to expensive polish I didn’t even notice. lol.

    Kitty – Thank you! It’s good to be back. <3

    Ulmiel – LOL!! I know that’s how I felt DARK GREEN HOLO!! SRSLY!!!

  17. Steph Says:

    Sue – What an awesome idea for a blog! I’ll add you too. : )

    Edit: OOPS I did already LOL!!

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