Monday, September 3, 2012

... Flakie Comparisons ...

Bit of an odd post today for me as I'm not a fan of swatches on nail sticks but I have had a lot of questions lately that need answering ... so here goes!

I'm a self proclaimed flakie lover. They are definitely my favourite things to wear and I ALWAYS get compliments on them.

I've been busy swatching my entire stash and getting organised for once!! I'm trying to sort via colour and into fans of holos, multichromes, glitters and flakies. Now originally I posted this online which I took with my phone so excuse the fact it's not crisp!!
Beautiful Flakie Fan of Rainbow Awesomeness!!!

Unfortunately these are not all my flakies [I have a few missing in action] but it's a good percentage of them. These are all 3 coats and swatched on Ulta3 Black Satin (no double dipping or fishing around for flakies allowed!)

Colours from left to right are ...
Chi Chi - Crystal Top Coat
Finger Paints - Twisted
Australis - Speck-tacular
piCture pOlish - Festival
Glitter Gal - Lightning Ridge
piCture pOlish - Hypnotic
Finger Paints - Asylum
Glitter Gal - Andamooka Blue
Finger Paints - Motley
Glitter Gal - Coober Pedy Green
Finger Paints - Flecked
Inglot - 203
Inglot - 205
Inglot - 202
Essie - Shine of the Times
piCture pOlish - Splendour
Finger Paints - Fleshy
Nubar - 2010

First question I've been asked is regarding the bottle sizes. Now I've said for a LONG time that the Inglot flakies are my favourite polishes EVER and would totally recommend them. They are the smallest bottles out of what I own but they are definitely the most dense in regards to jam packing the flakes in!! 

Glitter Gal and Finger Paints - 15ml, piCture pOlish - 11ml, Australis - 10ml, Inglot 8ml

In regards to price - the Glitter Gals are the most expensive at $16.50AUD but the little Inglots are right on their tail at $16AUD. I'm sure by now the American girls are cringing at the price but welcome to Australia - land of expensive polish!! All except the Finger Paints are still in stock in Aussie stores!

But on the plus side - those little Inglots pack more punch with 1 coat than 3 of the others so in my opinion it's worth the price!!

So let's kick it off with those beautiful gold/orange/green flakes ...
Left to Right ...
Inglot - 202
Essie - Shine of the Time
piCture pOlish - Splendour
Finger Paints - Flashy
Nubar - 2010

While they are all "dupes" of being gold/orange/green flakes ... see how the Essie really gives the Inglot a run for it's money in terms of density!! But check out poor Nubar 2010 at the end. When I first got into blogging the Nubar was the flakie to go too ... but if you want them packed then Inglot or Essie are the ones to grab.
The only difference I can see is that the Essie has slightly smaller "flakes". Honestly from a distance you would be hard pressed to tell them apart.

Now onto the blue/green flakes ...
Left to Right ....
Glitter Gal - Coober Pedy Green
Finger Paints - Flecked
Inglot - 203
Inglot - 205

Again the Inglots clearly stand out in terms of density. I know that 205 isn't a blue/green flake but a green/gold but it's only green/gold I have and it didn't want to feel left out of the photoshoot!!

And finally the multi coloured flakes ...


Left to Right ...
piCture pOlish - Festival
Australis - Speck-tacular
Finger Paints - Twisted
ChiChi - Crystal Top Coat

I wish Inglot made a multicolour flake as while these 4 are pretty and very much the same they aren't very dense with the flakies!
The Australis and Finger Paints have slightly larger flakes which show up a lot more clearer than the other 2 from a distance but I'm sure if you own any of these 4 you will be extremely happy!!

Hope that helps all your flakie questions!!! If you have anymore leave a message and I'll get answering.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

... Island Girl - Surfing Paradise ...

Island Girl - Surfing Paradise
Gifted - I have absolutely no idea on where to buy online *sad*
Spring is finally here and I'm trying to get out of the polish rut by showing some happy vibrant colours on my nails.


I've got this beauty to show you today which was very kindly picked up for me from Hawaii by Peita and it's Island Girl - Surfing Paradise.

It's a beautiful matte purple which is fantastic in real life but a pain to photo the beautiful colour correctly. It looks neon in the bottle but is a dark purple on the tips. I feel slightly better after realising that none of the shots provided by Google images were colour correct either!! Damn you colours that don't appear correctly *waves angry fist*
As close to the actual colour in the bottle as I can get! Such a shame as it's so pretty!

And to continue on the spring theme I've stamped on it using the the Lilic's A04 plate and NYC Color in Casper.
Oh and I'm throwing this blurry shot in as it was the ONLY photo I could get of the nails closer to it's true colour. Note the difference between my nail colour and the bottle colour!!
** Final Verdict **
Extremely pretty polish. I love the fact it's matte and dries quick! Shame that it's camera shy though.

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