Glimmer Paste vs. Glitter Glaze

The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I purchased these products with my own money and was not compensated in any way for my review.

In the past 6 months or so I’ve been introduced to two very similar products: Nuvo Glimmer Paste and Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze. Both of these products are wet mediums that allow you to apply glitter to your paper products without the mess of dry glitter. I’ve collected a few colors of each and decided to do a product comparison for anyone trying to decide if either of these products are right for them. Hope this helps your buying decision!


Price:

Glitter Glaze: $6.99 for 1.5oz ($4.66/oz)

Glimmer Paste: $7.99 for 1.7oz ($4.70/oz)

My thoughts: the Glitter Glaze is a little cheaper but the price difference isn’t enough to make a huge dent in my opinion.


Variety:

Glitter Glaze: currently comes in 12 colors. ‘Unicorn Horn’ is the closest to silver but it has flecks of other colors in it for interest. There is also a gold, black, pink, yellow, blue etc. ‘Emerald’ is a perfect Christmas green and ‘Scarlet’ is a great Christmas red. Best of all there is ‘Glow in the Dark’!

Glimmer Paste: with 15 colors available, the Glimmer Paste has a slight advantage over the Glitter Glaze. There is silver and gold and black, pink, purple and blue. There is also the perfect Christmas green and red colors. While there is no glow in the dark, Glimmer Paste comes in ‘Moonstone’ which is a glittery white color. I’ve used this to make snow and it is perfect (see the very last photo in this post).

My thoughts: I have my favorites from both collections. ‘Glow in the Dark’ Glitter Glaze and ‘Moonstone’ Glimmer Paste are must-have products for me. Glitter Glaze has yellow and orange which Glimmer Paste does not have, but I don’t see myself using those colors much anyway. My primary glitter needs are gold, silver, red and green which both brands have covered, although, if you need a more traditional silver, stick with the Glimmer Paste.


Texture/color:

Glitter Glaze: it is a paste with a bit of a milky color which goes away as it dries. It is thinner than the Glimmer Paste and a little easier to spread. If you wanted to completely cover an area you may have to build it up in layers, or pile it on thick (which would take longer to dry). The word “Glaze” seems to mean very little as there is no additional gloss or shine beyond what is given from the glitter. I was hoping this product would be a cross between glitter and glossy accents but sadly this isn’t the case. I suppose you can always layer glossy accents on top though.

Glimmer Paste: a thick paste. The color you see is the color you get. The glitter is denser so you can cover an area in one application but because of the density it doesn’t spread as far compared to a similar amount of the Glitter Glaze.

My thoughts: I like the ease in which the Glitter Glaze spreads compared the the Glimmer Paste which is denser/more concentrated. If you are looking for solid coverage the Glimmer Paste is the way to go but if you are looking to add sparkle over something that already has color, you may like the Glitter Glaze better. With only one application of the Glitter Glaze you are left with a product that has nicely spaced glitter bits. A similar application of Glimmer Paste creates a solid section of glittery goodness.

[Here you see the Glitter Glaze using a pea sized amount of the product spread with a palette knife. Note how the glitter is spread out. You’d need to put it on thick or do multiple layers if you want full coverage]

[Here is the Glimmer Paste. A pea sized amount doesn’t go as far as it did with the Glitter Glaze but it is much more concentrated and covers well. Note how the wet color matches the final dried application]


Dry time / Ease of Use:

Glitter Glaze: dries quickly but it isn’t instant. If applying lightly, give it about 30-45 minutes before touching that area. I would wait a few hours before putting the project into something (like an envelope). The glitter does not flake off when dry!

Glimmer Paste: this product dries very fast and also does not flake glitter once dry. When using a stencil and palette knife to apply it to paper, you must work quickly. Even if you soak the stencil in hot water after, some glitter will be permanently glued to your stencil. This won’t do damage if some glitter remains, but be sure to rinse your stencil as soon as your are finished to get rid of the majority of the paste (same goes for your palette knife). Another warning: it dries solid! Do not put the lid back on if there is paste around the rings of the container. It will act as a glue and you’ll never get the lid to come off again. If you do get the paste in the rings, just use a baby wipe and wipe it away before it dries. By the same token, don’t leave the lid off too long or you’ll risk having the whole container dried out.

My thoughts: both products dry fast enough for my use. I haven’t had any mis-adventures with the Glitter Glaze (yet) so I can’t give you any additional advice like I did with the Glimmer Paste.


Final thoughts:

I think if I had to choose, I would primarily stick with the Glimmer Paste by Nuvo, and supplement my collection with the Glitter Glaze ‘Glow in the Dark’ and the ‘Unicorn Horn’ multi colored sparkle. I like the solid coverage I get with the Glimmer Paste and a little goes a long way. When I am using a paste like this, I am doing so because I want a lot of glitter and that is exactly what the Glimmer Paste provides. I can easily coat a section of paper, let it dry, and it looks as if it was glitter paper to begin with (see the ‘snow’ in the photo below). I think with a few layers of the Glitter Glaze you could achieve similar results but it would take longer and you would use much more product.

I also like how I know what color I am buying with the Nuvo Glimmer Paste. The color you see in the container is very close to the color it dries. With the Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze, the color dries brighter and darker than you see in the container. The product images online are digitally rendered and are not what you receive (even the container is different than the images on the Brutus Monroe site), so it is confusing to know which one to order for your project if you have a particular color in mind. I want to make it clear that it is not a bad product – it would be great for adding sparkle to anything that already had color, or in places you don’t want a ton of concentrated glitter. The Nuvo Glimmer Paste simply suits my needs better than the Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze.

[The “snow” was made with Nuvo Glimmer Paste in ‘Moonstone’, applied with a palette knife over white cardstock]

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