When most people think of Flakies, they think of Nfu Oh. Well, they are leaders in the market, but other brands are quickly catching up. I received some great polishes along with my Silver Holo today (read previous post) and they needed the spotlight as well!
I started out all nails with OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black (with two drops of thinner). After that I did two coats of Urban Outfitter’s Sparkle Purple 4 on the thumb, two coats Urban Outfitters Sparkle Green 8 on my index finger, one coat of (a NON flakie, hey I only have four) Jesse’s Girl Confetti which is a cool blue and purple tinsel on the middle finger, two coats of Nfu Oh 60 on my ring finger and two coats Nfu Oh 49 on my pinkie. I topped off with one coat Seche Vite Top Coat, though I should have used two.
Sinful Colors Black on Black is a straight up black after thinner is added. Like the white I featured earlier, its goopy even when new, but with thinner, its my go- to base for flakies.
Urban Outfitters Sparkle Purple 4: I never knew Urban Outfitters had nail polish until I received my swap package today. A very generous swapper added four extra polishes, with this being one of them. Its a great flakie polish with a purple base and purple flakies- a new color for me and I really love it. Some red flakes are mixed in which gives it a multidimensional look. Note about this polish, if you don’t use topcoat, it never dries.
Urban Outfitters Sparkle Green 8: Again, received in my swap. This is SUCH a cool color. Like the previous polish, its a very reliable flakie with flakies in green, baby blue, and seafoam green in a jade green base. I love this color- again a new one for me as I’ve never had flakies in green before. Reminds me of fish scales. Doesn’t dry without topcoat, though.
Jesse’s Girl in Confetti: This is a new experience for me, tinsel polish. It was another of the extras I received in my swap, and being that this is one coat, I’m impressed. It dried a little bumpy and needs more topcoat (but that’s to be expected).
Nfu Oh #060: This was my first flakie polish and I have always favored this one. Its orange/yellow/green flakies in a translucent black base. You can’t see the beauty in this picture, so I’ll do a different entry for this one at a later date.
Nfu Oh #049: This was my second flakie, and I love it more than the first! While it photograhed terribly here (random bald spot??? didn’t see that until after pictures were taken) its a great color. In the bottle it looks like an orange and pink flakie, because that’s the color of the base. But in reality, its the same color flakies as in 60, but with more color because the base doesn’t subdue them. On the nail it looks like someone shaved a copper penny and you painted the shavings into your manicure. Its really spectacular in person. Also, tilt to the side and, BAM, its green, not orange. Another I’ll do a full swatch of it soon.
Overall, my love for flakies is getting stronger. If you would like to see any of these fully swatched on my entire hand, let me know and I will ask Kazaam to fulfill your wish (remember the 90’s movie with Shaq? Yeah, he’ll make me paint my nails for you :-))
And a bonus!
The last polish I received as an extra was out of the ordinary for me, but a very pleasant experience overall. But let me ask you…. when You go into the bathroom, you’re Dutch, when you come out, you’re Italian, but what are you when you’re IN the bathroom?
European (Get it? haha? funny? I think so, I giggled)
For this manicure I started with my OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and followed it with two coats of No. 7 Rendevous. Topped off with two coats Seche Vite and badabing, you’re done.
I’ve never tried polishes from the UK before, and I was pleasantly surprised. Pink is NOT my color, but this one had a GREAT copper/golden shimmer to it that made it appealing to me. It’d be a great color for a more conservative day than my vampy colors. The formula was silky smooth and completely maneuverable, so much so that this picture is WITHOUT brush cleanup. I don’t like to publish my sloppy pictures, and I could have cleaned this up more, but its really neat considering I didn’t do anything to it. Also, its a fast dry so its great for a day when you’re running late. It retails for almost 7 pounds, and it is worth it!
So, which would you like to see a full swatch of?