Maybelline Color Show – Blue Marks the Spot

Maybelline - Blue Marks the SpotCan you believe it? This is the first polish I’ve tried from the Maybelline Color Show line – and what a polish to start with! Blue Marks the Spot is from the Polka Dots family that includes 5 polishes with black and white glitter suspended in a clear or sheer colored base.

When I first saw the Polka Dots display I passed. But after I saw Alli‘s review of Drops of Jade I decided to grab one. The overall effect is really unique, especially among drug store brands, and it’s quite stunning!

Application was a bit tricky, I ended up having to start over a few times because the glitter started to clump, so I recommend a little extra wait time between coats. For my swatches I used three coats.

Overall, while I like this polish, it will probably find it’s niche in my collection as a layering polish – I like the effect created with just one coat and I definitely prefer a more opaque finished look.

I’m thinking about picking up Clearly Spotted because I think it’d be a great as topper polish, or even in a jelly sandwich.

Check below for more pictures and see my first layering attempt with MAC Blue India!



One coat of Blue Marks the Spot:

Maybelline - Blue Marks the Spot (1 Coat)

Note: this is likely the closest you’ll get to seeing my naked nails ๐Ÿ™‚

Bottle + Macro:

Maybelline - Blue Marks the Spot (Bottle Macro)

I love that this polish translates so well from bottle to nail –ย  definite plus!

MAC Blue India + Maybelline Blue Marks the Spot:

Maybelline - Blue (over Mac Blue)




  1. I have Clearly Spotted and Drops of Jade – haven’t worn any of them yet. How hard was it to remove? Not that I intend to wear more than one layer, but…

    1. It was on par with other glitters for removal – a pain ๐Ÿ™‚ But it will be a lot easier if you’re going to put it on top of other polishes and use just one coat.

  2. I have Clearly Spotted and absolutely love it, so versatile and one of those polishes that looks impressive with little effort. Just a side note: I live in Paris and it’s called Chalk Dust here. I’m going to have to go check if the other bottles have different names too now!

  3. I think they do – the green is called Rain Forest Canopy here – I’m in Paris too. I only saw the blue one *once* but didn’t get it because then I thought I had too many blues already. I’m still kicking myself!!

      1. Thank you, I’ll surely go there this Saturday to check!
        Katie, Alli, next time you are in Paris we have to meet, the four of us – chat, nail polish shopping, maybe some nail polish-swapping? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I think I like Drops of Jade more than Rain Forest Canopy – but it’s an interesting name. I do like Chalk Dust more than Clearly Spotted.

What do you think?