Even with Halloween over (and the subsequent letdown I always feel come the month of November), I still am hankering for something decorative and over-the-top, even in a small way.
Revlon’s Nail Polish Duos in their Moon Candy Collection (launched a few months ago, I know I’m late to the bandwagon) supply that perfect blend of decorative nail art with ease-of-use. (I have some loose holographic flakies to add to nail art designs in my nail art kit…but having a vial of tinted sparkly chips attached to a perfectly-coordinating basecoat color is a such a time-saver. I just love the blues of Orbit and Galactic – and the gold flakes in the Universe shade is so reminiscent of the beautiful falling Autimnal leaves.
The perfect, chic, and affordable way to do some easy nail art – and bling out your tips for the holidays!
They’ve sold out at my local Fred Meyer and Target, but you can still buy a few colors on Amazon.com (about $12.99 for a duo), or search at your local Walgreens, Target, or other beauty supply store.
P.S.: You can also see a review + swatch photos on nails here.
I’ve been on the search for a true-to-form holographic nail polish like a reincarnation straight out of the 80’s… just like those shiny Rainbow Brite stickers or a heavy-duty Trapper Keeper and its accompanying folders. (Are any other children of the 80’s with me on this??!)
But most nail polishes straight out of the bottle fail to perform and look disappointingly monochrome, with none of the oodles of rainbow shimmer that holograms have.
However, I’ve just discovered Nfu Oh!, from a post from awhile ago by Stylorectic.
This is Nfu Oh Victorian Polish Number 061, ordered off the Fabulous Street website. (Yes, the website look is a bit of a deterrent and I for a moment worried that I was forking over my money to something extremely shady
and perhaps even related to some sort of adult-video-rental-business…however, everything was on the level and I received an emailed order confirmation, shipping confirmation, and my ordered items at my door in just over a week.) As per Stylorectic’s recommendations, I also ordered the Aqua Base, a base coat that’s apparently necessary for the adhesion of these special holographic polishes. And boy did it make a difference in wear! These polishes are not exactly cheap at $12.50 a bottle (so a $25 investment if you want to get started with holographic polishes), but this color is just so amazing, I almost don’t have the words. Almost;-)
The Number 061 looks like thick granulated silver coming out of the bottle…nothing to get excited about yet, and goes on pretty much the same. However, even with one coat as it dried the rainbows began to form, and once completely dry the perfect shimmer of purple, green, yellow, and orange appeared. It’s gorgeous.
In bright sun.
Indoors, no strong direct light.
I would recommend 2 coats here, and even though I put on a topcoat for extended wear I found the topcoat dulled the holographic effect slightly (not so many obvious rainbow ribbons; they became thinner and subtler-colored). However without the topcoat it chips super-quick, so you might have to constantly redo this mani to keep it perfect.
But oh, my is it breathtaking!
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In honor of Halloween, I tried out my new Mia Secret Crackle Nail Polish in black, over a coat of a light baby blue (Sally Hansen). The effect reminds me of a turquoise snakeskin…or black spiderweb netting over my nails. MIA Secret is a lot cheaper than OPI, too – at around $4 for the polish + shipping from Amazon.com. I think the crackle effect would be different if I stroked the polish from side-to-side over the nail too!
I totally love this effect!
Happy Halloween to everyone! Hope it’s a great one~
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I was messing around at the Ulta store yesterday (with a long list stuffed in my greasy paw that I made after reading the spectacular nail polish blog All Lacquered Up– an hour of so of browsing fueled my desire for some new nail polish). I tried on this color, I tried on that color – and by the time I was done I had a multi-hued hand in a pleasing variety of sorbet tones. So rather than take it all off I just painted the other hand to match.
The grey nailpolish I DIY’d last year smells like a chemical explosion when I take off the lid, and the colors continue to separate. Not to self: next time, only mix the same BRANDS of nail polish! (I mixed Sally Hansen and Rimmel, which probably accounts for the reeking toxic smell.) So I had to find a new gray nail polish – and couldn’t decide between Chinchilly and Wet Cement!
Multi-hued nails are in (at least in my corner of the universe) for Summer!