I don’t own many flakie polishes yet, but you’ll find them from several brands this year if you haven’t already! Zoya is releasing three special effect nail polishes of their own on 1/10/12, the Fleck Effects Collection. These are pretty blingin’ when placed over dark base shades, but I don’t know if I’d personally recommend wearing them solo. They might seem a little washed out when you do, but that’s not to say that you can’t wear them alone!
What makes these pretty different from traditional glitters, is that they contain a special mylar flect glitter—suspended in a slightly tinted base. These make PHENOMENAL top coats over deep shades; like black, dark blues, purples, and burgundies. Even though I’ve swatched them over black in the photos below, you’ll have fun experimenting with different base shades. Each one will give them a new life.
I found that two of the shades were somewhat similar—Maisie and Opal—while the third shade, Chloe really stood out on its own. You may also find that when placed over your own base shade, your tint will slightly differ than what I’ve shown you with my swatches, since I can really only hold them in one angle in the swatches (and I’ve swatched them over a basic black polish). They really dance around when the light reflects on them, so with each movement, you’ll see subtle differences on your own nails than what I’ve shown here.
More photos and swatches…
Opal contains blue and green flakie mylar glitter, suspended in a green glaze. I really like the glaze formula of all three, I thought they were all super easy to apply. Zoya seems to consistently wow me with the flow of their polishes, they lay down like a dream. I pretty much find that the brand beats out most other prestige polish brands in that area. [Read more…]