Friday, March 5, 2010

Lessons From the Looney Bin- Lesson Five.

Lesson five: Partner Polishes.

Flaky polishes are GORGEOUS and great for layering but they look totally different layered over another polish than they do in the bottle.  Mind you, they still look beautiful layered over other polishes whether they look different than the bottle color or not. 

The problem for me is, I LOVE how they look in the bottle!  I buy it for how it looks in the bottle.  So I WANT it to LOOK like it looks in the BOTTLE!  They are just way too sheer to layer coat after coat and build them up to the bottle color, not to mention way too expensive to do 5-6 coats a mani, so that option is OUT. 

My solution was to layer them over other jelly polishes that match the base color of the flaky as CLOSE as possible.  I used Nfu-oh flakies but any flaky will work.  My goal was to achieve the look of the Nfu-oh flakies actual bottle color by using other polishes as base coats.

I tried this out for Nfu-oh polish #50 for my first go round.  I think it turned out pretty well.
 I started out with a nude base coat, then 2 coats of what I decided was nfu-oh 50's partner polish- Zoya Juicy.  This needed to be a TAD lighter but I think after layering it is PERFECT.


To find a partner polish, you want to thinly swatch your flaky on some white paper and look for the base color.  Or, you can hold up your flaky bottle to your stash and find a polish that matches the base color of the flaky.  Ignore the color of the flakes or glitter!  Keep in mind that 2 coats of the flaky will slightly lighten the partner polish.
Then I layered 2 coats of Nfu-oh 50 over Juicy.  This photo is outdoors in the shade.  I think it's pretty close to the bottle color don't you?
Closer.
Here it is outdoors in direct sunlight.  This is what I'm talkin 'bout!  I got this polish because I loved the POLISH, and now I can wear, THE POLISH! Score!

Here is the same method used on Nfu-oh #59.
 I started with 2 coats of Orly Naughty. I thought this was the best partner polish for nfu-oh 59.
Then I added 2 coats of Nfu-oh #59.  Damn this is DEAD ON dudes. This is in direct sunlight.
Shade.
Indirect sunlight.


Obviously this trick is not just for Nfu-oh polishes. It can work for ANY polish that you love but simply can not build it up to the bottle color by layering.  Partner polishes save TIME and money by saving on coats of your precious flakies or glitters or whatever.  Of course it is also nice to layer these over everything under the sun and make your own looks, but being able to wear them exactly how they look in the bottle is a nice option to have.



Love, MM

22 comments:

  1. Nice option, I like the sheerness of the flaky and wearing 4 coats of it if I have to in order to get it's gorgeous jellied goodness, because the depth of it the color layers is worth it to me. But this makes for a different look and it's pretty too.

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  2. That is EXACTLY what I do with my flakies too! I HATE when they don't match. Although I love them over black too

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  3. scandalous- nu uh! I am the creator! ME! lol

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  4. DUDE! I need that last combo in my life.

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  5. This is SO helpful! All these combos are so gorgeous!!

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  6. How could I resist #59 after these?! You took away my only excuse (=wouldn't look the same as in the bottle)...! To know this, to see this... Oh. Must go and order.

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  7. Wow...you just made me NEED #50 and #59!

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  8. Good idea, the #59 swatch looks awesome!

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  9. I have that 50 to! I loooove it :D And your pics are just to die for :D

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  10. AAAHHHHHH!!!!!
    *whacks Manatee Momma over the head and steals her polish!*


    j/k :P

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  11. beeeeaaaaaautiful!!!! I need them all!!!

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  12. . . . I looove you for coming up with this solution. Loooove. Love. So simple, but so obvious! Why had I not thought of this before?

    *fills up a cart with Nfu-Oh* Screw the no-buy.

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  13. Thanks for the tips! these colour combos rock!

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  14. Your overuse of capital letters suggests that you do not have enough command of the language to clearly convey your message. It kind of negates the emphasis that capitals give if every other frigging word is capitalized. Hell, even a RETARDED person knows that.

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  15. Good thing we know what she means then.. why even bother to write a comment like that if its only to criticize? lame...

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  16. THAT IS PRETTY FUNNY ORANGE FACE.

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  17. TAG!!!
    *runs to hide in her blog and waits 4 you to come*

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  18. *sigh* now my excuse for not buying Nfu oh is gone ... why did I read this?! :o)

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  19. Another good reason to afford huge shipping expenses and buy a couple of them!!
    Better find a job soon ;-P I can't keep up with my desires!!

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  20. Holy mcshit! I love you. That 59 combo is so hot!

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