A Tale of Four Flakies

Hello gentle readers.

As you are no doubt aware, one can't go anywhere without hearing about and seeing them. Flakies. Shiny, shifting, dancing, flashing. Flakies. Flakies. Flakies. Flakies in jelly, flakies mattified, flakies on top, flakies sandwiched. Flakies in clear, flakies in colours. Flakies that flash gold and green, flakies that fire the colours of opals and the sea. Ahhh... Flakies.

Today I am going to show you four flakies. These are the copper/gold/green flakies. The elusive and coveted Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, the lovely Finger Paints Flashy, the luscious and luxe Essie Shine of the Times and the ever beautiful Nubar 2010.

I decided to do this comparison on a nail wheel, as it was easier to get the angles I wanted to show the full play of the colour shift and the nails on the wheel were nice and long. These are all one coat of flaky polish over one coat of Wet-N-Wild Black Creme and topped with two coats of top coat. I shot these photographs under my OttLight in my lightbox.

As you can see, while these all look largely alike, there are differences. Hidden treasure has the larger flakes and distributes lots of flakes onto the nail in one coat. The flakies in Flashy are smaller and less densely packed, giving a more scattered effect. 2010 seems to be about the middle of the two and Shine of the times has small flakies that are, to my eye the most dense.

Colour wise, these are nearly perfectly identical. They all are copper/gold/green shifters that swim in slightly milky jelly bases that apply and dry clear. They all dry slightly satin and benefit from top coat. These flakies also look fabulous with a matte top coat. Any one or all four are definitely worth owning and adding to your collection. Of the four, Essie Shine of the Times and Nubar 2010 are the most easily acquired. Both run about $8.00 US. Flashy is still available in some Sally Beauty Supply stores and I imagine that it is floating around on E-Bay, as well. Flashy is about six dollars at Sally's. Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure is rare and very hard to find. I have no clue where one could even find a bottle of it, now. I can't even imagine what one would cost, if you could find it.

I hope that this was helpful. If you have any questions or would like to share your feelings about these polishes, please do. :)

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.