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??
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.
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.
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.
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.