Here is my third polish from the Color Club Winter Affair collection – their ‘holiday’ collection of 2012. You can now buy Color Club polishes from £5 at colorclubuk.com, their now official UK stockist! Their website sells the new Halo Hues holographics as well as the Ruby Wing colour change polishes.
I have Snow-Flakes to show you today, and as of these photos I am officially a flakie-fanatic!
The base colours used, from thumb to pinkie, are: Revlon Fashionista, Illamasqua Vice, Barry M Indigo, Barry M Black, Barry M Blood Orange Gelly.
Snow-Flakes is essentially a dupe of Nubar 2010, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, Essie Shine of the Times, GOSH Rainbow etc, see this flakie comparison from polishinsomniac.net for reference, but a lot more accessible for those of us in the UK and cheaper, too. I have been lusting after all three of the aforementioned flakies, so I was super excited to learn that this was a dupe! It’s essentially a mylar flakie polish which shifts from firey orangey-red, to yellow and to green, and the duochrome shift seems to vary from polish to polish. For example, over the black, the green shows up a lot more than on the other polishes, while on the red, the flakies appear to be orange nearly all of the time.
It took me a while to think of the colour combinations – as soon as I saw Snow-Flakes I knew it would look amazing over Indigo and Black, and Vice was a base I was dying to try. I’m not so sure about Fashionista or Blood Orange though, they work well but I don’t think the combinations are anything like as stunning as Vice, Indigo and Black. I’d like to try it over a deep purple shimmer like Illamasqua Baptiste, too.What’s your favourite base for this type of flakie?
Snow-Flakes is a topcoat polish, so not designed to ever be opaque. I personally like it best at 2 coats, but at 1 coat you get a more subtle, gentle fleck-effect. The polish dries relatively quickly, it stays tacky for a good 5 minutes but then dries very quickly after that, to a high-shine, smooth finish. I don’t think the polish needs a topcoat but it does add extra shine.
I’m going a bit flakie-crazy now, I know I’m a good couple of years late on the bandwagon(!), but it’s spurred me to pull out some other flakies which I haven’t given much attention before so you might see them sometime soon!
What do you think of flakies? Hot or not? Snow-Flakes can be bought from colorclubuk.com for a mere £5… I’ll say no more!
Snow-Flakes was sent to me by Color Club UK for unbiased review consideration.