If you are into nail polish and keep even a side-eye on Instagram, you have no doubt heard about the new color shifting metallic flakies that have caused a huge splash. Many brands are releasing them, but I ordered the two I have from ILNP.com. I was enticed by the beautiful swatches and my love for color-shifting polish so I logged into their site as soon as the pre-sale went live and picked out Open Fields and Electric Carnival. I specifically tried to pick out colors that were very different from each other.
The polishes arrived after a bit of delay, in these adorable little boxes. I really like the new ILNP bottle design and packaging!
These little bottles are absolutely loaded to the brim with flakies. No fishing needed! Your brush will be loaded with flakie goodness after ever dip into the bottle. The formulas are 3-free (they contain no Formaldehyde, Toluene or Dibutyl Pthalate) and 100% cruelty free. Both of these polishes were easy to apply and I used only one coat over my undies. You do need to be a bit careful with application because the flakies stick to one another once applied, so it is easy to get uneven coverage – some dabbing or placement may be necessary.
The first up is called Open Fields which is primarily green, but has a slight gold shift and a medium peacock blue shift.
Pictured above is 1 coat of Open Fields over Butter London – Jack the Lad, which is a dark, glittery green polish with one coat of Seche Vite on top. As you can see in my pictures, the green comes out the most and the blue is shy and harder to capture. I think I would like to try this one over a blue undie to see if that brings the blue out more.
Next up is Electric Carnival, which is a perfect name for this as it runs from a bright magenta color to yellow, green and blue. This polish has the shift I was looking for! It is dramatic and easy to catch and notice even in dim lighting.
Pictured above is one coat of Electric Carnival over Color Clob – Tribe and True, with one coat of Seche Vite on top. This one is such a super star! It really jumps out, the shift is brilliant and the colors are so varied that it would work with a wide variety or undies or by itself.
One last shot, here it is covered with a matte polish, because I strongly believe in matting all the flakies! The matte softens the colors just a hair, but you still get the shift!
Overall, I am pleased with these. Unlike transparent flakies which look good over any color (because they take on the color) – these flakies need a bit more color consideration. I think my choice of color under Open Fields was too glittery and detracted from the flakies a bit. Pure black, or a lighter green/blue would have been ideal. I tried carnival over a number of creme colors, including light pink, blue, beige and a number of others and really didn’t like it against lighter shades.
I found the formula to be a tiny bit tricky to work with. The flakies tend to clump, so it is easy to get uneven patches if you aren’t careful.
When applied over the right polish combinations, these are truly stunning and enough to make you stop and stare at your nails to catch the shift. Definitely worth investing in a bottle or two!