Monday, July 22, 2013

Nfu Oh #40 Flakie Nail Polish: Review and Swatches

A while ago when I was at the pinnacle of my flakie obsession, I ordered one of the apparently very well known flakies from Nfu Oh, a Korean nail polish brand that is manufactured in France. I did a lot of research online to see which one of their flakies I wanted, since each cost $11.50 CAD on Nail Polish Canada. Finally I settled on #40, a green/blue/violet flakie suspended in a clear base. So was the money well spent? Click "read more" to find out......

Unfortunately, the formula of this is horrible. I know it is absolutely breathtaking and there aren't many green/blue/violet flakies out there which makes Nfu Oh #40 extra special, but for $11.50, I did not expect such terrible formulation.
The main problem I have with this is the drying time. The only other flakie I have tried, "Shine of the Times" from Essie, dried in less than ten minutes after application, but with this one, the drying time is around two hours, after which it can still be easily dented. I have no idea what is wrong with the clear base the flakie is suspended in! It doesn't even feel like a normal polish; it is a gloopy mess and instead of hardening like a normal lacquer should, it simply sets, kind of like jelly, and will not harden completely unless you wait for at least three or four hours!
Here I paired it with "Lucy", a vampy burgandy from Julep. I have cumulated a few tricks to possibly make this polish work:
1. Apply the base color the day ahead so that the base color is completely dried and hardened.
2. When applying, get as much of the excess polish off of the brush as possible and then apply a very very thin coat on to the base color.
3. If there are bald spots left over, go over those areas and those areas only with another thin layer.

So in conclusion, I was pretty bummed about this polish, for something so gorgeous and pricy, I cannot believe that the quality is so horrible. I would only recommend this if you are a hardcore flakie fiend with a lot of patience.

P.S. I was pretty shocked that no reviews online mention how terrible the formula is, but I know I am not alone as Lizzy from Lizzy's Place recently purchased this and had the same experience (check out her review here).
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