I’ve been meaning to get to this review for some time now, but my first quick swatching session with this polish left something to be desired. Finally, I brought myself to try it again, with more success – though I’ll warn you first off that flakie polishes aren’t my favorite to begin with. So take that knowledge into consideration while reading the review, because it’ll mean a bias toward the product.
It sounds silly that I bought a polish that I may not have liked from the get-go, doesn’t it? I do have a method to the madness though – despite my ambivalent feelings about flakies, I’m smart enough to know how much other people love them, and I figured for $4 I could afford to pick this up so I could showcase it on the blog. Unfortunately, Joe Fresh polish seems to be a bit of a hard find, even for those of us in Canada, but if you get an opportunity to try them somehow, I’d say check them out because they do have some neat shades (some in which I’ve reviewed, here and here).
‘Twilight’ has a sheer black jelly base with primarily green-flashing flakies encapsulated within the polish. In the right light you can also see red, yellow and orange as well, which makes it pretty neat to look at. This polish makes me think of Halloween in a big way, though it’s wearable all year round. If you have a black or near black polish on hand, I recommend applying a coat of that first before moving forward with ‘Twilight’ – for two reasons. One, this polish is relatively sheer, and while I only used two coats for the swatches you see here, I could have used a third. Using a dark polish first will help give a deeper, darker look. Second, these flakies were the absolute WORST to remove, and an extra coat of polish after the base coat would have probably helped with the removal process. And, it stained my nails, so there’s that too. Lastly, another thing to keep in mind is that even though $4 seems like a bit of a steal, these bottles are only 0.2 oz, which means you’re paying $20 per ounce, which is greater than Zoya, OPI and Orly polishes (on average). So it’s not as great a deal as it seems. Sound like a polish you wanna have, right??I took this shot next to the kleenex box in my room – bizarre, yes, but the colors reminded me so much of Twilight! Don’t you think?
Despite the irritation aspect of ‘Twilight,’ if you’re a flakie fan then I think you’ll be willing to put up with the downsides. As you can see, the effect is really noticeable in all lighting, and quite striking. The jelly finish of the base gives it a really murky look and allows the flakes to shine through rather than dull them at all. I’m still not a fan of these Joe Fresh bottles – being so short and stubby with a rather large top makes it tricky to see where you’re applying the polish, though it wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Overall, I like the uniqueness of this polish but that’s pretty much it. I’m tempted to put it up for swap because it’s unlikely to get much play in my world (except for maybe near Halloween). I feel like I need to give flakies a real chance, but so far I’ve really not been into the effect all that much. How do you feel about flakie polishes, yay or nay?