Monday, January 16, 2012

Subtle, Flakie Style

I was in the mood for something a lot more subdued than usual so I pulled out my Essie Sand Tropez .  While I don't wear it often I do love it.  I wore it as is for a day and then came across the new Finger Paints Special Effects Flakies Topcoats.  Hello, must have all of them!!

Not being the patient type, the moment I got in the car I pulled one randomly out of the bag to try (yes, I painted in the parking lot.)

Turned out that I grabbed Asylum which consists of orange and purple/blue flakies.  Oh be still my heart!  I quickly topped off my Sand Tropez and while the pictures here do it very little justice, you will have to trust me that these top coats are as amazing over the more pale colors of polish as they are over the dark ones.

Asylum tended to show up more in shade or indoor lighting situations when what light was available would hit it just right and cause a flash of color.  I can't begin to tell you how many people noticed and loved my mani, which NEVER happens when I'm wearing a pale polish. 
These pictures are of one coat Asylum over my base color.  I was amazed at the density of the flakies first and then at how smooth the surface was after it dried.  There isn't really any need to get fiddly and press down pointy bits or add a secondary top coat to smooth the surface like you do with some flakie polishes (Color Club, I'm looking at you)

I know that most of the swatches you've seen of the Flakie top coats have been over darker colors, but I hope you'll give them a try over your lighter polishes too.  The are amazing and add a subtle bit of zing to an otherwise simple manicure. 

Enter my GIVEAWAY .

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading, I do so enjoy it when you comment to let me know you were here, until next time, take care!


  1. Very pretty... I can imagine why you got so many comments about it :)

  2. I love how this looks over the pale polish! thanks for showing me what flash can peek out over the nudes...

  3. KimsKie Nails, Thanks, I was really surprised how many notices it got, goes to show that subtle can be an effective attention getter too.
    Gottwinkies, You're welcome, I'm glad you like it. I saw a really pretty use of flakies over a pale green that was just gorgeous, I can't remember who's blog it was though, I'll have to go hunting for it.
    Nail Reflections, Thank you.


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