Archive for category Duochrome
Sometimes I feel like nothing fazes me anymore – lately I seem to spend my time equally loving and hating the products I’m coming across. Particularly in the nail polish world, I’m especially fussy, and haven’t come across too many nail polish that WOW me in the past months. However, when I heard that Nfu-Oh polish were coming to Nail Polish Canada, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out one of the famed brand’s polishes. After much debating, I snagged the Aqua Base – in hopes of making GOSH’s Holographic last longer – and the rich-looking purple-based flakie, #51.ZOMG.
There, my review is finished. That pretty much sums up how I feel about this polish! As soon as I painted one nail with it, I was hooked; it was game over. Even looking over my swatch photos now, I’m completely mesmerized. I can’t even deal with it, I have this on RIGHT NOW and I just want to stop writing and gaze lovingly at my nails for hours. It is SICK how stunning and gorgeous and captivating and…yea, I could go on – don’t MAKE me look up more words in a Thesaurus!
Ok, gotta slowwww down…First of all, Nfu-Oh bottles are insanely cute! I didn’t realize that they are actually shaped like a Victorian dress, with a faux bustle and a lace-up back – pretty much the sexiest bottle of nail polish ever. They’re also larger than average, at 0.6 oz (the norm is 0.5 oz), and you can really notice the difference.I happened to have OPI’s Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI? on earlier in the week, which was a perfect base to use for this with it’s dark grape-y tones. I haven’t tried it out on a bare nail, but I suspect it is a sheer polish that’s really meant for layering, as I have done here. One coat is sufficient to get a magnificent depth, but I opted for two because I wanted to ensure maximum flakie-ness. The polish has a deep yet luminous violet base, with orange-red microshimmer and small flakies that turn orange, pink, blue and green depending on the light. Oh yea. The formula is of medium thickness but with a great flow to it that makes it supremely easy to use. Dry time is OK – not super speedy but just average.
I am SO enamoured with this polish. It reminds me of Milani’s Totally Cool, but even more spectacular, and with a great duochrome effect that I’m helpless against. I was never a huge fan of flakies, until now! If this is what I’m in for, sign me up – I’d like a dozen more of these, please!
Stock of Nfu-Oh’s polishes are limited on Nail Polish Canada, so head on over and snag a bottle of your own while you can! They retail between $9.50-$12.50CAD.
So…what do you think? Are you hooked now too?
This is going to be a photo-heavy post, so get comfy!
I bought Color Club’s Alias last month from Nail Polish Canada, but am just getting around to trying it out now (I was in a major holiday nail phase, and this wasn’t part of it). It’s a stunning violet shade packed with shimmer that looks lovely on it’s own, but has a hiddle duochrome effect that turns it’s edges golden-green. Duochromes, like some holos or polishes with ‘secret shimmer,’ are notoriously difficult to photograph, as you need just the right light in order for it to appear. Unlike those polishes though, duochromes actually are better seen in the shade, rather than sunlight. I tried my best in the shots below, and I think I captured it just about as well as you can see it in real life (which is to say, not a whole lot).
Under both natural and indoor light, straight-on you can’t see the duochrome. Shown below on my thumb, is four coats (!) of just Alias (it’s quite sheer):At the right angle however, you can see the greenish tinge at the edges of the polish.
I thought I would play around with the polish a bit, and try to bring out the greenish cast. Initially I tried Illamasqua’s Baptiste, but it merely made the purple tones more intense. Then I thought perhaps Zoya’s Edyta – a sparkling deep olive – would pull out the green in Alias, and I was right. Below, two coats of Alias is painted over one coat of Edyta (with my middle finger painted in just one coat of Edyta):The green is pretty similar, no?
Here are some shots with all nails painted with the Edyta/Alias combo, with the last shots highlighting the duochrome effect:
Despite the fact that I find the unique nuances of Alias hard to catch, I still think it’s a beauty of a shade, and the duochrome, however minimal, gives is a depth it would otherwise lack. The sheerness of the polish is a bit annoying, as I don’t fancy having to apply 3+ coats to get to full opacity, but it dries fairly quickly, and is great for layering. It is often sold out online, so it must be doing it for some people, anyway!
Are polishes with effects (such as holographic/prismatic, secret shimmer, and duochrome) worth the trouble? What kind of polish formulations are your favorite?