Give me anything that’s blue or teal and is packed with glitter and I am a happy girly. So when I picked up some Max Factor mini effects polishes a few weeks ago I was ecstatic. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it but now I’m tempted to stock up (even more) on them just in case they’re discontinued. Today I will show you Fantasy Fire both on its own and with a really simple bit of gradient nail art and there’s a little give away too.
Let’s start with the colour. It’s a really pretty royal blue come indigo with holographic glitter running through. In the sun the glitter changes from red to orange to gold to green – something that is really hard to capture on camera. It’s a beautiful colour and it’s understandable that people are going crazy for it.
It’s a teeny tiny bottle so with that in mind, the brush is teeny tiny too. But don’t worry. The jelly polish is very thin and goes on pretty much evenly so the brush has no impact on the application.
If you’re planning on wearing this polish on it’s own you’re going to need at least three coats for any form of opacity. I have applied four and I’m really happy with the result. Don’t let this deter you though as the polish is really thin and dries ridiculously quickly so you won’t be using that much extra polish or losing time. But if you are worried about using too much, use it as a glitter overcoat and get the same beautiful effect.
I’ve worn the polish for about five days now and on day four it started chipping. Considering that I didn’t put a topcoat on and I did a lot of housework, I’m really happy with how long it lasted (and I can’t bring myself to take it off).
Now onto that gradient nail art. It’s ridiculously simple and this sort of polish is ideal for it.
All I did was paint a thin coat of polish like I usually would as a base and let it dry.
I then painted a second coat but left about 2-3mm space from the cuticle so the first layer was still visible. Then let it dry.
I then repeated the process with a third layer, again leaving about 2-3mm of space.
And then a fourth layer just covering the last couple of millimetres at the tips of the nail.
This effect definitely made the polish look more dynamic and made my nails look longer. The great thing is that the polish dries pretty much instantly so it took about 10 minutes to do. And the glitter is so dense that even the thinner layers get the full holo effect.
Apparently this polish is really hard to get hold of. It’s sold out online and from some of the blogs I’ve read, no one can find it. It’s even being sold on eBay for £20. So I marched down to my local Boots that had some in stock and I bought them… all. I’m keeping one for myself but I have TWO to give away (don’t worry, I know which ones haven’t been used).
I will give one bottle to two lucky winners if you do the following:
- Subscribe to my blog and/or follow on Bloglovin’
- Follow @woshixiongmao on Twitter
- Retweet the giveaway: “I just entered @woshixiongmao’s giveaway to win a bottle of Fantasy Fire http://wp.me/p209jk-n4”
- And lastly… comment below and tell me your Twitter handle and why you should win.
Give away closes on March 23rd and there are just a couple rules I need to go through:
- I will only accept genuine entries from genuine Twitter accounts/blogs i.e. no accounts set up purely for competitions.
- I will only accept entries that have answered the question. That means no “Enter ME” comments will count unless there’s a creature mentioned – sorry.
- This is a UK competition only – sorry but due to the nature of the prize I’m afraid to ship abroad.
- I will contact the winners on Twitter so please leave your Twitter handle in your comment.
I’m really looking forward to seeing your entries and I hope to meet a lot of you on Twitter.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!