A note here... I've seen mixed reviews on these. I can vouch that while they have the potential to be lumpy, if you use a steady hand (and don't dab with the brush) they'll go on smooth and the matte finish will look *awesome*. One coat is best, moving slowly and evenly without going over the same spot twice. They're called flakies, but they're really more shard than flake. I have...well it's not quite a pet hate, but I'm leery of shard glitter. As cool as some of them can look, they can be hard to smooth out. I actually scratched my lip with a piece in Icing Shredded (amusingly old photos), right through the top coat! Luckily, you get the best of both worlds with these two top coats. The glitter looks like chips of colored glass, but is thin enough to lay flat and behave. They're also worth glossing up, since the tiniest of the shards only show up when you apply top coat. I considered using Gelous on these, but three coats of NYC Grand Central Station worked just fine. That's only one more than I generally apply lately. Having said all of that, the rest is mostly photos....
Pink Flakie Topcoat has thin, light colored, iridescent mylar shards in a pink-tinted base.
|over Essie Vested Interest|
Even though they're meant to be worn matte, I had to gloss up just to see. I do mattify glossy polishes a lot, after all.
|over Essie Vested Interest, top coated|
I like Pink as-is, but I really love it glossy. With top coat on, it plays a little trick. The shards become both more and less obvious, depending on the light level. Just look at all of these colors that come out in lower lighting.
Top coating also brings out the super tiny shards I mentioned before and highlights the sheer, iridescent beauty of all of these bits.
Green Flakie Topcoat has a green-tinted base densely packed with thin, iridescent Mylar shards in cool tones.
|over Essie After School Boy Blazer|
Just like Pink's name refers more to the tint of the base than the shards themselves, there isn't a ton of green-ness here. Blue, teal, purple, and fuchsia....but not green so much.
I kinda feel like Green is the more refined sister of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. It doesn't have the round glitter, it's well-behaved and smooth, and it's got more color-play. I love the subtle hints of orangey pink it flashes sometimes.
I glossed Green up too, of course. And...wow...
|over Essie After School Boy Blazer, with top coat|
Everything that's already great about Green just gets boosted when it's top coated.
Green manages to be much denser than Pink without being chaotic, since the colors are much more unified.
Tough not to just keep showing you more and more photos of Green. Is it obvious how smitten I am?
Ok...one more in a lower light that flatters it, but not me. Please focus on all the pretty shards and not my fingers looking odd.
Bottom line: I have a fair number of shards and flakies, but Green and Pink both stand out in my collection. It isn't just their matte finish that sets them apart. They're also easy to apply if you take it slow and they're considerably smoother and less poke-y than other shards. If you're looking for variations on Essie Shine Of The Times, these aren't it...but if you're looking for layering standouts with a lot of character, you'll want both of the Matte FX Flakie Topcoats. It's hard for me to even firmly take sides and pick one. Both. I love both.
Little bit of dazzle for your Monday, and a lot more to come this week! I've been a bit scarce the past couple of weeks, but a few fairly big swatching posts are juuuust about done now. Little bit of everything this week. Creams, shimmers, glitters, foils...Essie, China Glaze, Sally Hansen... Fall is only just getting started and there's already so much great polish!