My Picks from Colors by Llarowe Dr Who Flake Collection Part 1: Swatches and Review

Have you jumped aboard the “flakie train” yet? I sure have! And I chose not to discriminate and purchased a few bottles from a few different brands. I’m good like that…spreading my polish budget around! Today I am going to share my picks from Colors by Llarowe Doctor Who Flake Collection Part 1. WARNING: Serious photo spam after the jump! Ready??
Colors by Llarowe Mickey, Colors by Llarowe Ten is Tops, Colors by Llarowe Weeping Angel

There are 16 flake polishes in this collection and I must say I had a hell of a time limiting myself to just 3! Did you notice it says “Part 1” in the collection name above? Somehow Leah Ann has a Part 2 planned for us. My wallet is scared!

My goal with these picks was to find unique formulas that differed from the KBShimmer you’ve already seen and my ILNP purchases that I am saving for another time. Mission accomplished!

Mickey is a teal green/blue flakie in a clear base. I chose this one instead of Jackie or River due to it’s purple to blue to green multichrome and green to purple micro glitters. And I liked it so much I chose to use it in my “Hello 2015!” nail art design. For these photos I applied 1 coat over Vincent, a one coat black creme polish created for this collection, and went without topcoat.This polish is loaded with flakies and glitters and application was a breeze. Capturing all of the magic I saw in person in a photo proved a bit more challenging, but I did my best.
Colors by Llarowe Mickey, teal green/blue flakie polish
Colors by Llarowe Mickey, teal green/blue flakie polish
Colors by Llarowe Mickey, teal green/blue flakie polish
Colors by Llarowe Mickey, teal green/blue flakie polish
Ten is Tops is a multicolored flakie in a clear base with added holographic micro glitters. I am so drawn to these rainbow colored flakies and chose this one over Davros for the micro glitters. I also figured those same glitters would make it look completely different from KBShimmer’s Rainbow Shield (used in “I See Rainbows“) and I was right. I found application to be a little patchy with this one. So I ended up applying 1 heavier coat over Vincent and then going back and dabbing to fill in any bald spots. I also applied a coat of HK Girl Tocpcoat because the clear polish base looked streaky in some places.
Colors by Llarowe Ten is Tops, multicolor holo glitter flakie
Colors by Llarowe Ten is Tops, multicolor holo glitter flakie
Colors by Llarowe Ten is Tops, multicolor holo glitter flakie
Colors by Llarowe Ten is Tops, multicolor holo glitter flakie

Weeping Angels is a multicolored flakie in a clear base with added golden and plum shimmer. See what I mean about me and the multicolor flakies? But you know I had to have it because it looks purple in the bottle, right? Happily there is no commonality at all between this polish and my other 2 multicolors as you’ll soon see.

I tried applying it over Vincent first, but I didn’t feel it did the polish justice. So I pawed through my stash and pulled out the original Purple Rain, a deep grape jelly. I applied 1 coat of Weeping Angels over 2 coats of Purple Rain and the polish came to life. I skipped the topcoat again for these photos. The purple shimmer in this formula becomes very pronounced when you apply it over a purple base, much more than I saw over black, so this was another fun photo shoot trying to capture the flakies while being blinded by the shimmer.
Colors by Llarowe Weepng Angels, multicolor plum shimmer flakie
Colors by Llarowe Weepng Angels, multicolor plum shimmer flakie
Colors by Llarowe Weepng Angels, multicolor plum shimmer flakie
Colors by Llarowe Weepng Angels, multicolor plum shimmer flakie

I am so happy with my choices! I imagine most people will use flakie polishes to change up the look of a full manicure. But from the moment I saw my first flakie preview I knew I would be using them to add flair to my nail art for a long time to come.

At the time of writing, the entire Colors by Llarowe Doctor Who Part 1 Collection was in stock at Llarowe. I haven’t heard any gossip yet about the release date for Part 2.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these flakies, or about your flakie purchases and how you plan to use them! Upload a photo if you’d like. I am fairly certain I have than enabled and I would totally love to see!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.
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  • I'm so glad I was able to help Kristin! Welcome to the wonderful world of stamping. Please feel free to email me if I can help with anything else! <3

  • Kristin

    I am still new to nail stamping and learning new things every day. I recently purchased a squishy stamper head after getting very frustrated with the classic knad stamper. I neglected to to do my research and used acetone to clean the stamper head. My new and wonderful stamper head stopped picking up images after about 2 weeks. That is when I discovered that using acetone was a bad idea. I stumbled upon Karolyn's blog and was very impressed with all the helpful info. I was wondering if there was anything to be done that could salvage my stamper head. I sent Karolyn and email asking her if she had any suggestions to possibly save my new stamper.
    Karolyn suggested the magic eraser to try to re-prime the stamper head. It worked! The magic eraser removed what appeared to be a few layers of gunky film that was not visible to the naked eye. I am not sure, but it made me think the acetone had gooped up the stamper head. The stamper head was salvaged and I now have a lint roller to remove the paint on the stamper head.
    Thank you Karolyn!

  • Awwww, you are welcome Spell Polish! Thank you for taking a minute to comment and let me know it was time well spent! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Spell Polish

    Wow- thank you for sharing all of this information! Lots of work and time went into this video and it's so nice of you to share! =)

  • Thank you so much my dear friend Kim! After pondering this design for 2 weeks I was thrilled to finally see it on my nails AND looking even better than I expected. I'll never tell how much time these took, and I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed them!! <3

  • Flakies, holo, stamping – oh my!! But it's not just all these wonderful things you put together – it's how you put this look together – it's just perfect!!! You really nailed the New Year design – big time!! What a spectacular use of space and your triple stamping is flawless!! (Well worth all your effort!!) I've looked at these over and over, and love them every time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • OMG, you have NO FLAKIES??? Yep, definitely a crime. I'm hoping to have my ILNP picks up soon and I just ordeder 2 of the new releases from Girly Bits today. Hmmm, maybe I have enough flakies for both of us!! <3

  • I seriously need to get some flakies in my life! I don't have any at all and that is just a crime!

  • Lol! I totally forgot to mention the glitterโ€ฆmind blown!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Nail Smith (Millie)

    Yeah, the only reason I've been able to hold off thus far is because they made that announcement that they're not LE polishes ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

  • YAY! A picture! Thanks for sharing Manna! I love your favorite. I see the same colors in Mickey, it just isn't as dense. I must try out my ILNP's!! <3

  • Thanks so much Millie! I knew you wanted Davros but didn't know about Madame Vastra. You can't make a bad choice from this collection! I admire your restraint! I was in the queue as soon as it opened on pre-order day! The good news is that these are part of the core collection and will remain in stock! I look forward to seeing Part 2 and your nails wearing those beauties!! <3

  • Weeping Angels is definitely gorgeous An and different from any other flakie I have tried. The purple shimmer is so intense I had to try to dull it down (position my fingers poorly) to even get photos. <3

  • Thank you very much Monica! I am SO hooked on rainbow flakies like this one! And the added glitter…OH MY! <3

  • Thank you Diana sweetie! You must try one! <3

  • Mickey is gorgeous! I've only purchased flakies from ILNP but here's my fav

  • The Nail Smith (Millie)

    Beautiful swatches! I'm reeeally wanting Davros and Madame Vastra from Part 1 of this collection, although I'm trying to be good and wait to see what Part 2 holds so I can order all the ones I want at once lol

  • Weeping Angels is definitely my favorite in this group!