|Finger Paints Special Effects Flashy|
Sorry for the bad photo but I had to use a flash to show the effects to their fullest advantage (plus it was a bear to clean up the black around the cuticles!) Even then, it doesn't do the flashes justice — with the light hitting one way you get these awesome amber-gold flashes, but in another direction they will be blue-green. Really lovely. I have to be careful while driving because the color shifts as the light changes and it really catches the eye.
|A close-up to show how the colors shift to the green range|
at the curve of the nail toward the cuticle.
I use Orly Bonder as a base coat, one coat of Finger Paints Black Expressionism, two coats of Flashy, and one coat of Seche Vite. I actually prefer Sinful Colors Black on Black but it's a bit thicker and I knew I wanted to use two coats of Flashy, so I went with the thinner Black Expressionism. It wasn't until I looked at the photo that I saw how thin the coverage was along the tips but I can assure you it doesn't show up in person. I'll have to see what the tip wear is like in a day or so. One of the reasons I don't really like Black Expressionism is because it's so runny, so there was a lot of clean up afterward along the cuticles. I know it will look better after the polish has hardened enough to really clean up without disturbing the polish, though.
The Flashy goes on really easily but I quickly learned that you get the best distribution of flakes if you let a glob of it fall on the middle of your nail and then spread it around with the brush. One coat covered nicely and I'm almost wondering if two coats was overkill. (Naaaah...) With two coats, in the right light it almost makes it look as if my nails are burning coals — if I had a matte black it certainly would.
I managed to get four of the five Special Effects — Asylum (red & blue flashes), Flashy (amber-gold flashes), Flecked (green flashes), and Motley (sapphire blue flashes) — only lacking Twisted (all the colors) which was apparently the most popular one, but I read that you can get the same effect by layering the others. I played around with them a bit, putting Flecked over a green metallic but it kind of got lost, although Motley over Essie's Midnight Cami was pretty cool so I will swatch that later on. I also tried them over some whites and grays, but they don't seem to show off as well over lighter colors. Asylum on top of Essie Fishnet Stockings is also lovely, with the reddish flakes adding a subtle sparkle and the bluish ones an accent. So many options!
These flakies are really fun, but since they were a one-time special only available at Sally's Beauty Supplies last month they are getting hard to find. We did manage to snag some extras, so stay tuned for our first give-away!