Under stress and with tiredness affecting my brain I have however ordered a brand new pretty shiny white one which will hopefully be delivered on Friday and I can finally get the layout of this blog finished! Anyway, back to the point of this post.
I was wandering around a shop called B&M (imagine half pound shop half furniture store if you can) and stumbled upon these. Now before I go into it, these were 99p each so I'm not even going to bother discussing the packaging, for 99p I'm just glad they didn't pour it directly into my hand and ask me to carry it home myself!
These sets consist of two small bottles, one being a base colour and the other a flaky top coat in a colour to compliment. Being so cheap I picked up all 4 colour combinations that they had.
The first was a black base and a top coat of holographic and white flakes.
Before the negatives with this one I have an amazing positive, the consistency and application of the black base colour was amazing, so smooth and PERFECTLY opaque in one coat. The pictures below are just one coat of this stuff, I was pleasantly surprised as for this price I was expecting a runny 3-coater of a formula. Now the negatives, the flaky top coat is so ridiculously thick that even as someone used to glitter polishes with tricky applications I found this a nightmare to apply. Don't think I have ever come across a formula as thick as this one, it's so bad and so unlike the others I'm actually wondering if I picked up a dodgy batch. So here's the outcome after some painstaking placement attempts with these flakes!
If the formula of this top coat was better and I was able to get a better placement with the flakes I'd quite like this for winter, almost reminds me of snowfall at night.
Next they had a deep red/berry base colour with a gold holographic flaky top coat in an orange jelly.
Once again super impressed with the base colour, opaque in one coat and alone it's quite the lovely shade for Autumn. Then we have the flaky top coat, application on this one is loads better than the first one. Applied fairly evenly and very little fiddling with the placement. Once again the base colour in the following picture is just one coat.
I kinda love this one and I'm not sure why. I couldn't pick up the multiple colours from the holographic flakes but they are seriously pretty. I think this is a good little party and, dare I say, maybe even Christmas polish.
The next is a cornflower blue base colour with a bright blue holographic flaky top coat in blue jelly.
I'm repeating myself I know but once again the base colour is easily a one coater and is also a very very pretty shade for Autumn. I love blues and with the hundreds of polishes I have this colour is nothing like any of the others I have. The application on the top coat for this isn't quite as bad as the first black and white one but it's also not as easy as the berry shade, the flakes in this seem to be a lot denser than the berry shade and so messing around with the placement does get more than a bit annoying and if I'm honest it's not really worth the time.
Slightly disappointed with the top coat on this one but glad I bought it for the base colour alone. The problem with the top coat is that they look holographic in the bottle but once on the nail you really can't see it and it left me feeling very, for want of a better word, blah.
Finally we've got an olive coloured base with gold flakes. No holographic flakes in this one just pure gold.
£5 to the person who can guess what's coming next... the base colour is once again an amazing one-coater. Perfectly opaque on the first try with a smooth application. The flaky top coat on this has the best formula for me, goes on evenly and leaves quite a lot of smaller flakes of gold on the nail.
Another one that part of me loved, something about the gold flakes in this just leave it looking almost luxurious and expensive! Sure it's not the OPI 18kt top coat but it's 99p!
So the base coats are all seriously impressive especially for the price and the top coats add a little bit of fun. Nothing amazing but for 99p each I'd say I was pleasantly surprised.
That's all for now, hopefully I'll have a new laptop within a day or two as I'm off shopping tomorrow and have a feeling there'll be a few purchases I want to share with you all.