When I get bored, I go to ebay, search for very specific glitter types like "large hex glitter", "square glitter" and so on, filter by "Buy it Now" and sort by lowest price including shipping. Voila! Tons and tons of interesting glitter for $2-4 delivered! They may take a few weeks to show up but it means you get surprise packages which I love. So my most recent dalliance got me a 12 pack of small hex glitter. I had a whole plan to use it to do rainbow zig-zags but the glitter was just a little bit too small and irregularly shaped. I got a little frustrated and just threw a whole bunch of glitter on. Turns out, this is a pretty good way to go!
I wanted a colour that went with my chosen fives glitters and Orly Spark seemed a reasonable choice. Spark is a nice sunshine yellow creme, needing a reasonable three coats for even coverage. Next, either using the base colour or a thick coat of top coat, press a finger into the pot of glitter and then dab the glitter on the wet polish. You'll get just a little glitter transfer at a time which is what you want. Just pouring the glitter on the nail will get you too much on there. If you get glitter stacked on top of each other, you're going to have a bad time as it'll flake off or be too lumpy. Hence the finger transfer method! Finish with a thick coat or two of Seche Vite and you're done .
The Verdict: I like how this technique turned out. By controlling the amount of glitter transferred, i.e., not just submerging a wet nail into a pot of glitter, I got all my glitter to sit flat and even, meaning I didn't pick bits off throughout the day. Also a hell of a lot quicker than my usual glitter stuff :)