Shimmer And Shine: The Best Glitter Paints For Walls

Bring your walls to life by mixing our handpicked selection of glitter additives with paint, resulting in a finish that sparkles.
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Best Glitter Paint For Walls
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Glitter paint is an excellent way to jazz up an entire room or feature wall within your home. Whether you wish to mix glitter flakes into the paint with an additive or use a clear glaze, the amount of glitter you want on your walls is entirely up to you.

To help you choose a glitter paint, our hand-picked selection features top-performing additives chosen through our first-hand experience using a variety of additives and glazes. We also thoroughly tested multiple paints and carried out the latest research.

V1rtus Holographic Glitter Paint Additive
Best Overall: V1rtus Holographic Glitter Paint Additive
Levaka Glitter Wall Paint Additive
Best Value: Levaka Glitter Additive
Polyvine Sparkling Glitter Glaze
Best No Mix: Polyvine Sparkling Glitter Glaze
CrystalRus My Glitter Wall
Best Large Flakes: CrystalRus My Glitter Wall
Mopa Crafts Glitter Paint
Best Colour Selection: Mopa Crafts Glitter Paint

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Glitter Paints

Although we don’t regularly use glitter paint during house renovations, we have used it on a number of occasions for feature walls. Our preferred method is to use an additive because you can control the amount of glitter you wish to see in the paint.

In terms of our testing, we have tested both additives and glitter paints straight out of the tin and we analyse the paint’s glitter effect, ease of mixing (for additives) and coverage.

Below is a photo from a recent project where we painted the walls with an emulsion that was mixed with the V1rtus glitter additive. As you can see, to buff the walls after application, we used an abrasive sponge and it did a great job at enhancing the glitter finish.

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As well as our testing and experience of using glitter paint, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the paint’s glitter effect, ease of mixing (for additives), coverage, colour selection, compatibility and value for money.

The Best Glitter Paints For Walls

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1. Best Overall: V1rtus Holographic Glitter Paint Additive

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By far the most popular glitter paint additive on the market is by the V1rtus brand and it’s available in a total of 25 different colours. According to the brand, the additive mixes easily with all types of emulsion paint (including plain, matt or silk) and treats up to 2.5 litres to create the glitter paint.

Pros
  • Supplied with two buffing pads
  • Mixes with emulsion and acrylic paint
  • Withstands temperatures up to 230°C
  • Child safe and non-toxic formulation
  • Choice of 25 colours
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to other additives

To conclude, the V1rtus Additive is by far the best glitter paint for walls that’s easy to produce and provides great coverage. It isn’t the cheapest but it’s a tried and tested formula that allows you to add as much glitter as you want.

2. Best Value: Levaka Glitter Additive

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One of the cheapest glitter paints that’s actually worth buying is the Levaka paint additive. It uses new and improved glitter crystal flakes with enhanced light-reflecting advancements that make the glitter effect really stand out.

In terms of using the additive, simply pour it into 1.5 litres of emulsion or soft sheen paint and stir for 5 minutes.

Pros
  • Silver glitter flakes
  • Enables you to customise your own mix ratio
  • 150g pouch mixes with 1.5 litre of paint
  • Supplied with 2 x buffing pads
  • Non-toxic formulation
Cons
  • Comes in a smaller pouch size (150g instead of the standard 200g sizes)

Overall, the Leveka Glitter Paint Additive is a great option to consider because it’s easy to mix, non-toxic and offers excellent value for the money. Whether you are painting walls, ceilings or wood, the Leveka Additive won’t disappoint.

3. Best No Mix: Polyvine Sparkling Glitter Glaze

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If you wish to use a clear glaze over internal or external walls to provide the glittery effect, the Polyvine Glitter Glaze is the answer. It’s a versatile water-based formula that’s available in a range of colours and dries to a washable surface.

Pros
  • Dries to a clear glaze
  • Available in a range of colours
  • Water based formula with minimal odour
  • Can be used upon furniture and fabrics
  • Coverage of 4 m2 per tin
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

To conclude, the Polyvine Glitter Glaze is a great alternative to the standard additives and requires no mixing whatsoever. It’s perfect for painting over previously painted areas to provide the desirable glitter effect.

4. Best Large Flakes: CrystalRus My Glitter Wall

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Another popular glitter paint for walls is by the CrystalRus brand and their 150g pouch of glitter flakes. They are designed to mix easily with matt or silk emulsion paints and treat up to 1.5 litres within 5 to 7 minutes.

Pros
  • Fade and temperature resistant
  • Larger flakes than standard additives
  • Non-toxic and child safe
  • Mixes with matt or silk emulsion
Cons
  • During our testing, we found that it required additional buffing when compared to other additives

Overall, the CrystalRus Additive ticks all the boxes and creates a high-quality glitter paint for walls or ceilings. As long as you follow the instructions and buff correctly, you can’t go wrong with this additive.

5. Best Colour Selection: Mopa Crafts Glitter Paint

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If you are looking for a large selection of colours, the Mopa Crafts brand offers glitter flakes in a choice of 35 different colours. Each can be mixed with an emulsion paint of your choice and is guaranteed to provide a glittery effect.

Pros
  • 100g pouch mixes with 1.5 litres of paint
  • Mixes with any emulsion paint
  • Selection of 35 colours
  • Child safe and non-toxic formulation
Cons
  • Requires 5 to 7 minutes of mixing

Overall, the Mopa Crafts Additive is a high-quality option that creates a range of different coloured glitter paints. The only drawback is that it does come with a premium price tag when you consider the pouch is only 100g.

Conclusion

Introducing a glitter effect to a feature wall or ceiling can completely transform the room and it’s relatively easy to do. Whether you use an additive mixed with emulsion paint or a pre-mixed tin of glitter paint, they both provide the same desirable results. However, if you would like to control the amount of glitter within the paint, choosing an additive would be the best option as you can add more or less of the additive during the mixing stage.

If you require further information regarding our glitter paint recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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