Every year my employer puts on a user conference for our customers, prospective customers, and partners, and most years I end up working at least part of it. We're issued shirts to wear, usually purple or black, as those are the two key colors in our logo (the third is lilac, and I'm guessing most of the guys would revolt if we got lilac shirts; the fourth color is grey, but it's a very minor player). Of course I ponder my nail color choice for this event carefully; it has to coordiate with the shirt and logo and not be too flashy because there will be people in attendance from conservative business environments who shouldn't be frightened lest they decide not to spend their money with us. The last two years I've gone grey and shimmery, with OPI It's Totally Fort Worth It last year and OPI Sheer Your Toys the year before. This time, I decided to push the boundaries a bit. I used a base of Essie Main Squeeze, a sheer lilac shimmer. On top of two coats of that, I added one of Lynderella Love Lace and Lilacs, a mix of white glitters in different shapes and sizes in a clear base. Yes, it's glitter, which I usually wouldn't do for a conservative business look, but it's white glitter, not super blingy metallic glitter. Against the pale base color, the glitter really wasn't noticeable from the distance most people saw my hands from, but it did give me something interesting too look at when I had downtime between my duties.
I didn't end up getting very many of the long bar glitters onto my nails, which was fine for my purposes. If I'd gone to a second coat of Love Lace and Lilacs that might have changed, but I didn't want to push the glitter look too far for this occasion.
Sun shot (in the car, with added shine on my skin because I am in the habit of rubbing on Mango Mend at stoplights):
I used only one coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat and that was enough to smooth out the glitter. This combination wore well for me; I ended up having it on for over a week. The pale sheerness meant tip wear didn't really show.