Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Glow Sticks and Nail Polish

"break a glow stick & put in clear polish" 

With Halloween coming up I've been seeing a lot more Glow in the Dark pins then you usually see. However as we learned with our other glow stick pins, not only will this not work, it's probably not the best thing for you. Not only that, glow stick formula typically doesn't glow that long once it's exposed to air. I was going to test this out and see how long it will glow, and if it would even set up properly but alas, I'm out of glow sticks. Even if it did set up right (instead of leaving your nails a big glowing gooby mess, which is what I think would happen) the glow would only last a short time, then you're left with a funky colored bottle of nail polish.

Instead, just buy glow-in-the-dark nail polish. A quick search not only pulls up a lot of different companies and online vendors that sell it, they also use the same exact image as the Pinterest pin! But I'd also like to point out that even with retail glow in the dark nail polish, without a blacklight you will not get the effect depicted here. That's not your standard glow-in-the-dark glow. 

Any fans out there with a spare bottle of nail polish and glow sticks want to test this out for me? I'm honestly really curious if it will even set up and harden right. 


  1. Anonymous22/9/13

    I'm pretty sure the nails in the photo above are photo-shopped (even if this really being used by legit glow-in-the-dark nailpolish companies). They look like solid blocks of color.

  2. bunny8/2/14

    I went to a science museum last fall, and they had an exhibit that used a black light to show how invisible dye in water drops dispersed when you ran or walked through the water spray.
    I was surprised to learn that my nail enamel glowed! It was striped, and two out of the three colors glowed like crazy - just like the picture above - so much so that people were asking me to wave my hands around. The colors that glowed were a gel enamel clear green, and a gel enamel clear purple. Only the clear gel stripes didn't glow. I don't know how to judge enamels in the store, unless you take one of those little portable black lights with you, but some of the new florescent brights would be a good place to start.

    1. Honestly a surprisingly large number of nail polishes, acrylic paints and plastics glow under black light. It's super cool. If you have a black light bulb and a lamp, I'd suggest you carry it around the house to see what out of stuff you already own glows.