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Some infallible advice is offered on the Internet to get rid of the sequins that have adhered to our skin and even to the sheets, although the comparseros assure that the only remedy that works “is the passage of time and many showers”

Virginia Melchior

The degree of chaos in Aste Nagusia is measured by the amount of sequins one has attached to its body. Those who dazzle like a walking disco ball, it’s because they had a good time or, at least, they passed by Pinpilinpauxa. Her hair, her face, her neck, her arms betray them… even her sheets have suffered the consequences. The “culprit” of such a hitter is the craziest comparsa of Aste Nagusia, who has made brilli-brilli his trademark. Of course, for the first time this year, they distributed biodegradable glitter in their fight against plastic. An environmental awareness necessary also during the holidays, although there are things that do not change… yes, this year the sequins are removed just as badly. “People told us that this time it stuck more, but we do it on purpose so that they remember the holidays longer”, jokes Javi Donosti, Pinpilinpauxa comparsero.

Initially, its use was limited to the skin, hair and clothing of the comparseros themselves. “We jumped on it. With one kilo we had enough for the whole week, but 9 or 10 years ago we started distributing it,” recalls Javi. At first they only gave it out on Sundays, but since they liked it so much, they ended up giving away a kilo a night. The amount grew and grew…until four or five years ago they reached 50 kilos, which was the amount they distributed, for example, in total this Aste Nagusia from 2019.” We know that there are people who don’t come to our txosna so as not to get dirty, but there are many more people who ask us. In fact, we have to dose it a little. We could spend more, because people are very ‘junkie’ sequins, but we think it’s enough for all Bilbao to shine, “jokes this comparsero. Of course, let it be clear that they are not “brilli-terrorists”. “We don’t attack with glitter, we give it to those who ask for it, but some people go very crazy.”

In fact, there is an “Association of People Affected by Pinpilinpauxa Glitter” on Facebook which has over 4,600 followers. On this page, they shared a “scandal” years ago that made them very outraged. The administrators of this group assure that in the pinpitxosna a glitter scrub was sold for only 9.95 euros that promises to remove 99.99% of glitter from your body and hair. “It’s a shame! First they give us free glitter all week to put all over our parts and then they sell us cosmetics! ENOUGH YA!!!”, they joke with a photo advertising this miraculous product “This year they added extra glue (cement glue) to the glitter and ohh coincidence they’re releasing this product, what a coincidence…” or “how many cans are we going to need? These are some of the ironic comments the fake ad received.

The sick who have suffered it in their own flesh have found on this page a platform where they can share their ordeal. They know that with their testimonies, they can help other people who are in the same situation. “One more pass of the scourer and I’m left with the bone,” said Leire sadly. Zaloa regrets that the clothes “come out with glitter from the washing machine” and actress Gurutze Beitia, another of those affected, assures that “not even the dry cleaners” managed to remove it. Other cases are more worrying. Martina was about to go to the doctor because she was scared thinking that “she was urinating on fireflies” and Iker only found a drastic way to get rid of it: “burn the house down”.

Duct tape, a nit box…

The truth is, it takes sweat — plus lots of showers and washing machines — to get rid of glitter. For those who want to go to Easter without sequins, there are some infallible tips on the Internet: the classic adhesive tape is recommended to remove it from the skin. In the case of hair, the solution is to take a paper towel and spray it with hairspray until it’s damp. Then the paper is passed over the head and the adhesion of the fixing spray will ensure that no traces remain. And on clothes it is better to pass a roller, one of the typical ones used to remove lint.

The people concerned also have their tips. Pilar assures that to remove it from the skin, the best thing is to put on “a horsehair glove”. Marta, meanwhile, got it in the second shower. “In the first it didn’t come out and the most difficult thing is to get it out of the hair,” explains this young woman from Bilbao. The comparseros are aware of the difficulty of removing the sequins and assure that the only remedy that works “is the passage of time”. “What you need to do is scrub a few times and use a lice comb to get it out of the hair. Although we are in favor of not removing it, we will remember the festivities for a long time,” says Javi.


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