Tag Archives: Flakies

Essie: Lapis of Luxury & Zoya: Maisie

I had a different intent for Lapis of Luxury when I first applied it. I’ve had this polish for years and don’t think I’ve used it enough. We all know I love any blue polish and this one is great. And with blue flakies on top, it’s a winning combination.

Dusty periwinkle blue with blue flakies

Lapis of Luxury is a pretty color on its own. It’s rather unique and interesting in my collection of blues. It’s a slightly dusty, periwinkle blue. It has a touch of purple in it to keep it more in the cornmeal realm of colors, to me. It’s very flattering and easy to wear. Layered with the blue flakies of Maisie, it looks awesome. The two complement each other and are really fun together.

Easy smooth application on both

Lapis of Luxury has an outstanding formula. It’s a half jelly / half creme hybrid formula, which is my favorite to use. It went on smooth as butter. It almost applied itself. Though I did need three coats. As for Maisie, I didn’t want the flakies to be too overbearing, so I did one thin coat and it ended up just as I wanted. I think this manicure looks great and it has been a great combination to admire.

Where to Buy (Lapis of Luxury): Online Retailers / $ 8

Where to Buy (Maisie): Zoya.com / $ 8

What’s your favorite way to layer? Do you like this combination? Do you like to coordinate layering flakies with a matching base? Or do you like to mix and match?

– Liz



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Zoya: Opal (over Zoya: Avery)

I really like how this manicure turned out. I couldn’t decide whether to layer Opal over another polish, and if so, what color. So, the perfect solution seemed to be to layer it over a neutral. Avery is very fleshy on me; almost my skintone. And almost mannequin hands. It was the perfect base to let Opal shine.

Nude base with green and purple flakies. Gorgeous!

Contrary to what the bottle may convey, Opal’s base is actually pretty clear. There isn’t much green so it’s actually really great for layering. It would work over almost any base color. What I really love about Opal is that the flakies are green and also flash purple at extreme angles. It’s so fun to admire and to shift and watch them change like a chameleon. And in combination with Avery they flash and catch the light often, but it’s a soft flash. It’s fun but yet still pretty and subdue. I love it.

Easy application

For this manicure, I used one coat of Avery as a base followed by two coats of Opal. I like how evenly these Zoya Fleck Effect’s disperse  The flakies don’t clump up at the top or base of the nail. And also there’s a ton of them per swipe / layer. They apply really well, look great, and dry quickly. I really have no complaints! I love this manicure, and can’t wait to find other combinations that work just as well with Opal.

Where To Buy (Both polishes): Zoya.com / $ 8

So tell me, did you pick up these Zoya Fleck Effects yet? If so, which ones did you get? Have you worn them? What do you like / dislike about them? Am I tempting you to place an order?!

– Liz


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Zoya: Maisie (over Zoya: Breesi)

I think I ordered the new Zoya flakies the day they were released. I love flakies that are cool toned specifically, however, the pink (Chloe) in the collection also made its way into my basket because it’ll look gorgeous in a summer manicure.

I knew I was going to want to layer Maisie for this manicure, so I picked a complimenting blue. Breesi worked out perfectly. This manicure is stunning and screams “ocean” to me.

Sparkling blue, green, yellow flakies

Maisie, to me, really seems like the flakie version my beloved Zoya Charla. It’s got the same colors going on (blue, green, yellow) just in a different way. I love it. What I also love is the amount of flakies that are dispersed per coat. It’s a ton! They are packed into the polish and the brush so you get a major impact without countless layers. Just look at how fun and pretty this combination is. I like how it’s layered in this manicure because it gives just the slightest jelly / squishy effect. Water-y almost.

Prefect application

I had no formula issues with this polish. As mentioned, it was packed with flakies on every layer and they applied evenly per swipe; they didn’t collect just at the base or top of the nail. I ended up doing two coats over one coat of Bressi as a base. Everything dried quickly and looks great.

I can’t wait to use the rest of these “Fleck Effect” polishes.

PS – Has anyone noticed how Zoya has started to cheap out on their shipping packaging? They used to ship their polishes in polish holders in a box (which I loved), but now they arrive taped and wrapped up in padding in an envelope. Come on, guys!

Where to Buy (Both polishes): Zoya.com / $ 8

Did you pick up these new Zoya Fleck Effects? Do you plan on it? How do you like to wear your flakies? How you feel about so many flakies being released at the same time by different brands?

– Liz


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Orly: Fowl Play

It’s almost Christmas? Where did December go, seriously?! I hope you all are looking forward to relaxing over the holiday. I’m hoping we get some snow in Chicago sometime soon so it feels more like the holidays.

I bet a lot of you have seen this polish on the internet, or maybe even own the OPI original, Merry Midnight. I don’t, so was really interested in this beauty when Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection was released this fall. I didn’t snatch it up then, but did recently, and love it pieces.

Gorgeous plum base filled with micro-glitter and flakies!

Fowl Play is truly gorgeous, even if it is a dupe of another polish. The base is a jelly-ish purple plum and the polish is completely packed with blue and silver micro-glitter and copper and red flakies. The flakies flash green in the bottle (like in my bottle picture above) but that doesn’t seem to translate to the nail. Maybe in the sunlight, but it’s been pretty rainy here recently. I do wish the purple base color was a touch brighter, but overall I really have loved this manicure. There’s a lot going on within the polish, but it somehow works together perfectly.

Easy application

The formula of this polish is a bit sheer and thin, but builds up nicely with three coats. I also had no issues with drying time either. I like how the glitter and flakies don’t end up getting stuck anywhere (like at the base of the nail) and spread out and apply nicely and evenly. I’ve also got good wear time on this manicure!

Where to Buy: Ulta / Online Retailers / Sally’s Beauty  / $ 6 – $ 7

Do you own Fowl Play? Or Merry Midnight? Did you snatch this unique polish up right away? Do you want to add it to your collection? It’s gorgeous and very festive for the holidays! 

– Liz


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OPI: Houston We Have a Purple & Sally Hansen: Hidden Treasure

I was looking at some Nfu Oh swatches last night. Now, I know this may sound a little crazy to some of you, but I haven’t ever been super interested in getting my hands on any. One thing for me is that the bottles are a major turn off, and it’s always a pain when I can’t get my hands on polishes without ordering online.

But Nfu Of 51 gave me an idea. I know lots of polish heads love flakies and jellies. I thought I should use Hidden Treasure, which I don’t use that often, and try it layered with a Texas OPI sorbet. Not put Hidden Treasure over, but under!!

Houston We Have a Purple OVER Hidden Treasure. Flakies!

I don’t layer polishes all that much, but last night did a little experiment to see how this would turn out. I used HT as the base and did two coats, which made this easier because HT is a complete salon manicure polish so I cut out using a base coat. Then I applied two coats of OPI Houston We Have a Purple.

Flakes coming through

I was SO surprised that I liked this outcome as much as I do. I was just going to do 4 fingers for a swatch to blog, but ended up doing all my fingers! This manicure is also pretty flexible, meaning that you could do 3 coats of HT as the base for even more flakies coming through. More or less for your taste. I used 2 coats, and it’s a subtle, yet still noticeable look. If you use a lighter color than this over HT, it would shine through even more.


I picked Houston We Have a Purple because I didn’t love this polish on my first go around (this polish is basically a fushica pink NOT purple!), but thought the warm red-based purple work really well with the warm toned flakes that are in HT. Any sorbet, or jelly, would work really easily with this combo, but I didn’t feel like a big contrast between warm and cool tones. Just a preference.

I like that instead of putting HT on top of Houston We Have a Purple, the fact that it’s underneath the polish makes it look like the flakes are IN the polish. It gives it so much more depth rather than just sitting on top. This manicure did take a while to dry for some reason. And I noticed that my HT smelled really strong and gave me the worst headache!

Where to Buy: Houston We Have a Purple / Ulta / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Trade Secret $ 8. 50

Hidden Treasure / Good luck! You could look for some other flakie top coats that look just like HT. Same thing.

What do you guys think? It’s a winner, am I right?! I feel so proud of this manicure, haha!

– Liz


Filed under OPI, Sally Hansen