09 May 2013

Serum No. 5 Day Glow: Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

Hi everyone! After seeing many photos of Serum No. 5 Day Glow pop up on the blogisphere and Instagram, I finally had a chance to try it tonight. As you may or may not remember, Victoria, the creator of Serum No. 5 was kind enough to send me some polishes to review (see my previous reviews here and here), and this was one of them. So I've been sitting on this for several weeks now, and I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

Serum No. 5 Day Glow

As a glow-in-the-dark polish, Day Glow is very vibrant and intense in the dark. Not only does it look great on its own, but the possibilities for nail art are endless. I definitely see myself using this again when I want to add a glow-in-the-dark element to a nail design.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Day Glow is a pale lemon yellow, yet despite the pale colour also seems very bright in daylight. In the dark it glows a very intense neon green. Formula-wise I found this to be on the thin side, and I needed about four coats for full coverage. But the finish is very smooth and even, although it does dry matte. Everything I've read about this polish says that adding a top coat will not effect the glow-in-the-dark properties, and I topped this design off with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

For this design, I used piCture pOlish Cosmos (review coming soon) on my pinky and index fingers. For the stars and moon I started by outlining the shape with black, then painting it in with a white polish. I finished off by painting the moon and stars with either Day Glow or Cosmos. I really love how this looks both with the lights on and off. And Day Glow is the perfect polish for this kind of design because it glows so vibrant and intense. As you can see, the stars are very visible in the dark.

Glow-in-the-dark stars with Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Serum No. 5 Day Glow (after charging 3 minutes under OTT light)

Overall, I'm so happy with Day Glow. It's easy to use and applies very nicely (although I wish it took less coats). And now that I've overcome my fear of photographing glow-in-the-dark polishes, I hope to use this again in other nail designs.

What do you think of this polish? Do you own Day Glow or any other glow-in-the-dark polishes?

Serum No. 5 is available through their website and Etsy store. Distributors include Mei Mei's SignaturesOverall Beauty, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Ninja Polish, and Harlow & Co.. Keep up to date with Serum No. 5 by Facebook and Instagram (@serumno5).

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

15 comments:

  1. So cute!!! I really need more GITD polishes in my life.

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  2. gorgeous! I think I'll purchase Day Glow soon! ^^

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    1. I don't think you'll be disappointed, it's a pretty awesome polish!

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  3. Do these glow in the dark (when having light shining on them before) of do they glow in black light?
    it looks awesome! i'd really love to try one of these but i guess, those are probably now available here in germany, there are some shops that ship to germany but only payment via creditcard :D dumdum... looks great :)

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    1. I haven't tried this under black light yet. It does glow in the dark, and yes, it does need to charge under a light beforehand, but only to get the strongest glow.

      Most indie polishes need to be ordered online, so yes you will need a credit card. There are several online e-retailers that carry this and will ship to Germany though.

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  4. *.* this polish is amazing!

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    1. Lol! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D

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  5. I love them! They remind me of those stars and moons and stuff you can get to put on your ceiling. :-)

    The only glow in the dark polish I have is the one from Wet n Wild from their 2012 Halloween collection. I only tried it once, but it did not glow anywhere close to this one.

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    1. Thanks Chantal! That's exactly what I was thinking of - the stars and moons you put on your ceiling! :D

      When you tried your polish did you try charging it first? Place your hands under a lamp for 2-3 minutes, then try turning the lights off. That's how I was able to get my photos so bright. The glow dulls after a few minutes of the lights being off, but it still is pretty bright.

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  6. Where did you get the stars and moons decals? I love the glo polish too

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    1. They are not decals, I painted them. I explain how I did it in the blog post.

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  7. The glo polish is great! I also wanted to ask where did you get the moon and star decals or stencils? Or did you say that somewhere in the article and I just haven't had enough coffee :-)

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