After I put together my base colors yesterday, I decided to get to some of the ingredients that I bought to have fun with. TKB Trading recently started carrying loose flakies, so I ordered samples of them all to give them a test. I tried them on their own in a suspension base and used them as a top coat over black, but I wasn't too impressed with the colors. They're not as bright as what you find in premixed polishes, like the Finger Paints Special Effects collection for example and I probably wouldn't reach for it over them. I decided to do some other experiments with them.
I wanted to experiment with black based shimmery colors, so I tinted my flaky base and added my pigments. This is the almost finished, unnamed product.
It comes off with a little bit of a rubbery finish. On my index and ring fingers, I added top coat to compare. my middle and pinky fingers have no top coat. I want to try to shine it up a little when I get my last shipment.
In the bottle, you can see a lot of flakies, but they don't all get translated to the nail very well. I think that I need to add more because of the vibrancy issue.
The color is something that I really liked in this one. The pigment has a color shifting quality to it, blue to purple, that really shows through the black base.
It kind of makes me want to mix it into a top coat and give that a little try as well, but that's on the agenda for another day.
Overall, an interesting experiment and a better use for those flakies than a top coat.
This is the second color I mixed with some of the flakies and it turned out to be a bit of a waste for them, but a really pretty color nonetheless.
You can see the flakies in the bottle, but they get completely lost on the nail. If I mix this up again in the future, I won't bother with them.
The black I used is turning out to be a little green based so it took the gold pigment and made it look greenish, which I have no problem with.
The finish is a little more shiny in general in this bottle, though I did the same top coat and no top coat nail combination to compare. My camera couldn't seem to pick up a good shot to show you the difference.
So happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!