Sunday, 27 January 2013

What's a Glequin?

'Glequin' is a word that I use a lot on this blog, often forgetting that it's a made up word. I'm sure some of you out there will be left wondering... 'WTF is a Glequin?!'
Well hopefully that question will be answered soon and I've answered a few other Glequin FAQs while I'm here.


The word 'Glequin' was formed by mashing Glitter+Sequin together. Glequins are small pieces of plastic that resemble glitter but are kind of too big to be described that way - when most people hear 'glitter' they think of something powdery. But they're also too small to fit in to the category of sequins, which are bigger and much easier to handle!


Where can you buy them?
I always buy them from Born Pretty Store because they have a huge selection of colours and shapes and they're cheap as hell! Not forgetting the free worldwide shipping.
I have the 12 Pack of little pots which is $6.45 and a few Individual Large Pots which are $2.38 each. I mostly have hexagonal shaped ones but you can also buy diamonds and circles.
Sooo many people have asked me what stores you can buy them in and the truth is I've never seen these in UK shops. If you have, please let us all know in the comments. Same if you know of any US stores where you can buy them.

Top row: 12 pack Red, Pink, Orange, Gold, Pistachio Green, Lime Green, Bright Green, Aqua Blue,
Royal Blue, Purple,  Clear, Silver.
Bottom row: Silver Holographic (#1) and Gold Holographic (#2)

How big are they?
Sizes do vary slightly but most of the ones I've used are somewhere around 1mm in diameter. It's hard to tell exactly how big they are when you only see them in pictures of other peoples' nails so for a bit of perspective I lined them all up next to a ruler, the lines each mark 1mm.
You can see that most of the ones I own are just slightly over 1mm except the silver one (top row, far right) which is almost double the size of the others, and the silver and gold holographic ones (bottom row) which are smaller.


How do you apply them?
I use a toothpick dipped in clear nail polish (so it's tacky at the end) to apply them whilst I have wet polish on my nails. I made a video of me doing this which you can watch here. I'm sure there are many other tools and methods you can use to stick them to your nails so if that method doesn't work for you, try something else that you think will!
You will need a steady hand but I don't think patience is particularly important. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to apply them really quickly. 

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33 comments:

  1. When I see glequins I always think of your manis, you are a glequin queen if ever I saw one! V x

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  2. I'm going to go to london next week, do you have any tips where i can buy some great polishes over there in uk? :) i heard from selfridges and harrods, but maybe there are a few more, i really dont know :)
    have a nice evening, i'm looking forward to your answer :)

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    1. Harrods is AWFUL for polish. I only saw OPI, Essie, Chanel and Tom Ford. Terrible.

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    2. Go to super drug and boots for Barry M, models own etc

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    3. Go to super drug and boots for Barry M, models own etc

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  3. As far as where to find these in the US, California particularly, I found a great little pack of 8 vials of the 1mm size at Dollar Tree. Yup, just one dollar for 8 colors, and I've yet to run out of any color.

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  4. What do you do when they're starting to fall off? When i use them they tend to get stuck to my sweaters and things like that and they're really annoying. Sometimes not even another coat of top coat helps.

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  5. I just ordered some of these off Ebay! I can't wait to get them so I can try some of the looks you post. Although, I am going to take Jessica's advice and check my local Dollar store! They seem to always have inexpensive nail art things there.

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  6. amaizing! today, i just looking for some nail glitters and i could´n find some. Thank you for your recomandation ;-)

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  7. great post! i love these, i need to get some

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  8. Thanks to your post and tutorial I just ordered those from born pretty! I love your designs with them! can't wait to try some designs !!

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  9. I love them and everything that is sparkly!!!
    I find these type of manicure very fun, they remind me of disco balls ^-^
    Have a great day and thanks for the tip!!!

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  10. I found some in WHSmiths weirdly, and on offer too! :)

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  11. I love that Sally Hansen green tea :). I took a trip to pound land today but only found one lemon polish (I bought it anyways ) xx

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  12. Thank you for clearing this up. I love your glequin designs!!

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  13. great post, thanks. I think I will try some of these out now :D

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  14. I've had such a hard time deciding what to call these on my own blog. I didn't want to "steal" you word, but it seems to have caught on in quite a few of the other blogs I read. I think it just needs to be the official name from now on.

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  15. I love your glequin nail art, but I think I'm too clumsy / impatient for it myself!

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  16. In agreement with first commenter. You are the Glequin Queen.

    Such a lovely set of patterns and harmonic color scheme.

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  17. Great post. Congratulations for 6666 members ;)

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  18. wauw that´s so cool! looks really great, especially the one wich looks like a beehive.

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  19. Here in GA, I found some at Walmart, in the craft section, in little plastic vials (aqua, white/opalescent, silvery mauve)! I immediately snatched them up. And I do think that should just be the official word, too! Makes sense. :)

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  20. i have that nail polish....but i dont like how it looks on my hands :(

    i have done this before, and YES, YOU MUST HAVE PATIENCE TO DO THIS!! lolz

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  21. Glequin is such a great word! I have a bunch of these on the way to me from Born Pretty Store. Can't wait to get them! It will definitely be a test of patience.

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  22. I've seen those before but never heard them referred to as a Glequin. I love it! :D

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  23. Sammersaurus! It's me, the girl who asked about the glequins a few time ago, on Youtube! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION! when I come back from my vacations, i will blow up my Credit Card! Kisses from Argentina

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  24. I found some at Michaels Crafts in Ohio. They were Martha Stewart brand, but I think the are bigger then the ones you use. I still love them though.

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  25. I've been meaning to pick some of these up!

    I used to see them at Michaels when I lived in the Chicago area but I just moved to New England and have yet to find a good craft store within a reasonable driving distance.

    I'll probably just order some.

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  26. I wonder if it will be in the dictionary one day? How cool to have made up a word which is now widely recognised (at least in the nail blogging world! lol) xx

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  27. Do you ever use the clear ones? If so what for?

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  28. I always wonder how much bigger they are than the standard glitter hexes you can buy in a craft store...?

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