Saturday, February 14, 2015

ILNP UltraChrome Flakies | Swatches & Review

Every year, there's that one thing that everybody goes crazy for. When I first started getting into Indie Polishes, it was holos. Then it was chunky glitters. The chunky glitters shifted specifically to neon chunky glitters. And then it was thermal nail polishes. And in-between there was a huge boom for multichromatic polishes and shimmers. And now, this year we've got flakies. Specifically, densely packed, very shiny flakies. 
Like a few months ago, a few brands started releasing really reflective, mirror like flakies. The effect was a super mirrored, crazy sparkly manicure that I LOVED. I finally picked one of those up, a few weeks ago. It's amazing. 
Slowly I started to notice duochrome flakies as well. And then they were everywhere. And people were raving about them. I had to know what the fuss was about, so I decided to pick up the ILNP ones because they had a whole set that you could buy, with 13 different colors within the collection.
The ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are all flakies in a clear base, that color shift and have an "ultra chrome" finish to them. Unlike the flakies that were popular a few years ago, these are not the white, iridescent flakies that require a base color to really pop. These flakies are mega vibrant and can be worn alone or as a top coat. The formula of the base the flakies are suspended in is easy to layer - so you can wear one or two coats with the look of a flaky manicure, or with 3 coats so you get a fully opaque metallic look on the nail. They're really quite cool.
The 13 colors available are:
  • Atlantis - colors shift from blue, orange, purple, red, magenta. Main color you see initially is a royal blue/purple.
  • Brilliance - colors shift from blue, gold, green to pink. Main color you see initially is a gold, with a vibrant pink center.
  • Cold Fusion - colors shift from a blueish purple to a teal. Main color you see initially is a blue with a vibrant teal center. One of my favorites!
  • Electric Carnival - colors shift from a green, gold, pink, red. This one looks the most like a traditional rainbow in the bottle. Main color you see initially on the nail is a gold with a vibrant reddish orange in the center.
  • Gaia -  colors shift from blue to green. Main color you see is a midtoned blue with a vibrant Crayola green in the center.
  • Luna - colors shift from blue, pink, purple to magenta, then at extreme angles, a bright teal. Main color you see initially is a purple with a magenta center and little flecks of teal.
  • Metropolis - colors shift from a green and gold to a pink, purple, orange, and fuchsia. This one is initially sort of green and gold on the edges but mostly the warm pinks, oranges in the center with purple flecks. 
  • Neon Rosebud - colors shift from a green, gold to a fuchsia. This one is similar to Metropolis but is much more fuchsia in the center;
  • Open Fields - colors shift from a blue to a green then a bright gold in the center. Perfect for green lovers. The flaky version of Chanel Peridot.
  • Phoenix - colors shift from a dark purple to a pink, red, orange to almost a gold but not quite. The colors of the flecks against the purple look like burning coals. One of my favorites :)
  • Rapture - colors shift from gold to almost a slate blue, "silver". Their site says "silver" but to me it looks more like a dark gunmetal, almost blue tint. One of my other favorites.
  • Success - colors shift from a green, to pink, to silver. Main color you see is green, but the pink and silver pop very brightly in the center.
  • Supernova - colors shift from a blue to a teal, green and purple. The color you see initially is a turquoise green with purple on the edges, and then brighter teal flecks in the center.
Each polish retails for $12.50 individually, which you can purchase here. Or you can get the whole set of 13 for $162.50, here, which doesn't give you a price break, it's just convenient if you're purchasing the entire collection.
I'm going to definitely say you should pick and choose the ones you like. Yes, each polish is different - there are nuances to the color shifts that aren't the same in each individual polish. But you definitely don't need all of them, if you're not polish obsessed (like me).. I purchased them because I wanted to, lol, and I also wanted to provide a thorough review for all of you. If you really narrow down the color patterns in the polishes though there are 4 basic categories: purples, blues, golds, greens. If you're unsure of whether you want the whole collection, then I'd start with those categories and pick from there. If you're a polish collector though, it definitely is a unique set of polishes though.
I love these. I really do. I think it's a cool trend to see within all the brands, and it provides a really cool look on the nail. Again, these can be worn alone and still look vibrant. They still look great over colored bases as well though. For more of my thoughts, check out my video :)


For swatches, they're all in alphabetical order, and within the caption, I've noted the type of lighting and the number of coats.
Enjoy!

Atlantis

Atlantis, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Atlantis, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Atlantis, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Atlantis, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Brilliance

Brilliance, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Brilliance, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Brilliance, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Brilliance, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Brilliance, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Cold Fusion

Cold Fusion, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Cold Fusion, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Cold Fusion, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Cold Fusion, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Electric Carnival

Electric Carnival, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Electric Carnival, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Electric Carnival, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Electric Carnival, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Gaia

Gaia, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Gaia, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Gaia, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Gaia, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Luna

Luna, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Luna, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Luna, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Luna, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Luna, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Metropolis

Metropolis, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Metropolis, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Metropolis, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Metropolis, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Neon Rosebud

Neon Rosebud, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Neon Rosebud, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Neon Rosebud, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats, with flash

Neon Rosebud, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Open Fields

Open Fields, Indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Open Fields, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Open Fields, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Open Fields, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Open Fields, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Phoenix

Phoenix, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Phoenix, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Phoenix, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Phoenix, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Rapture

Rapture, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Rapture, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/pinky, two coats on middle/pinky

Rapture, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Rapture, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Rapture, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Success

Success, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Success, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Success, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Success, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

Supernova

Supernova, indoor fluorescent lighting, two coats

Supernova, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats on index/ring, two coats on middle/pinky

Supernova, indoor fluorescent lighting, three coats, with flash

Supernova, outdoor natural lighting, two coats

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