March 6, 2015

ILNP Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies [Swatch][Review][Comparison]

Hey nail people, it's Friday!

It's also the first day that you can pre-order the new ILNP Spring 2015 collection as well as the new Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies, which I am going to show you RIGHT NOW! These are pretty exciting- I'm not gonna lie! If you enjoy rainbows at all, well, you're going to love this post!

If you're looking for more standard, non-macro bottle shots of these babies, you can visit my mail-time post.

Today I'll be showing you mostly macros so you can see how the flakies and the holographic particles look together close-up. All of the nail macros show just one coat layered over Illamasqua- Boosh. Let's get to it!

ILNP- Rapture (H):

Rapture (H) has the most yellow-gold-green shift. Straight-on, it looks like mostly a bronzed yellow, and I really love this one!

ILNP- Open Fields (H):

Open Fields (H) has flakies that shift all throughout the green range, and into the aquas and blues, but the starting shade is a very yellow-toned grassy green. Beautiful!

ILNP- Gaia (H):

Gaia (H) is a lot like Open Fields, except a little more of a blue-toned green, overall, and the shift verges into aqua and teal territory. It's really beautiful too! (I'm going to start sounding like a broken record...)

ILNP- Supernova (H):

Supernova (H) is still very green, but it also has a lot of noticeable pink and purple shift! My nail photo doesn't do this one justice, unfortunately. (That pinkie finger was in a lot of shadow from the rest of my hand.)

Here's a quick comparison of those four:

L to R (Pinkie to Index):  Supernova (H), Gaia (H), Open Fields (H), Rapture (H)

Sorry for hardly anything being in focus there- I wasn't sure if I was going to share the comparisons or not, but I think it'll be helpful and you can still get an idea about the color/ shift!

ILNP- Success (H):

Success (H) has an overall cooler-toned green shift happening, but also shows yellow/ gold, and pink/ slight purple shift!

ILNP- Brilliance (H):

Brilliance (H) is like the warmer or more yellow-toned version of Electric Carnival (H), which you can see below. It's one of the more rainbow-y holo flakies here, and a favorite of mine!

ILNP- Electric Carnival (H):

Ah, the holo version of the famous Electric Carnival! The flakies in this one show very rainbow shifting, but are predominantly a warm fuchsia-orange, straight on.

ILNP- Neon Rosebud (H):

Neon Rosebud (H) is also a lot like Electric Carnival (H), except it's the cooler-toned version, showing more fuchsia and purple! If I had to pick just one from this entire collection, I am pretty sure it would be Neon Rosebud (H)! :gasp:

Comparison of those previous four:

L to R (Pinkie to Index):  Neon Rosebud (H), Electric Carnival (H), Brilliance (H), Success (H)

ILNP- Phoenix (H):

Phoenix is one of my favorite (that I've tried) original Ultra Chrome Flakies, so of course I like this one a lot too! Its shift is also very multicolored, but starts to tread a lot into the purple and blue range. Orange and red around the edges!

ILNP- Metropolis (H):

Metropolis (H) is overall cooler-toned than Phoenix (H) and warmer-toned than Atlantis (H), seen below. It shows more aqua, teal, and especially fuchsia shift than Atlantis (H).

ILNP- Atlantis (H):

Atlantis (H) is the most purple of all the Holo Ultra Chrome Flakies, and shifts royal blue-purple-fuchsia-orange, to name a few!

Comparison of those three:

L to R (Ring to Index):  Atlantis (H), Metropolis (H), Phoenix (H)

ILNP- Luna (H):

Luna (H) is like a slightly teal-er version of Metropolis (H), and show less fuchsia and more teal and blue shift. Pretty!

ILNP- Paradox (H):

Paradox (H) is one of the new ones, and it's an even teal-er version of Luna (H). It's also one of the more rainbow-y shifting HUCFs, and displays pretty much ALL THE COLORS. I'd say the predominate colors, though, are green-leaning teal and fuchsia.

ILNP- Cold Fusion (H):

With Cold Fusion (H), we're getting into true blue territory! This one shifts green-teal-aqua-blue. Very beautiful, especially for blue-lovers!

ILNP- Ice House (H):

Ice House (H) is the other new [holographic] addition to the Ultra Chrome Flakie line, and it is the bluest out of all of them! It shifts from teal-aqua-blue- and sometimes into purple range at oblique angles. It's vibrant, but probably one of the least shifty HUCFs, along with Rapture (H).

Comparison of those last four:

L to R (Ring to Index):  Ice House (H), Cold Fusion (H), Paradox (H), Luna (H)

I also wanted to show you my favorite way (that I've yet discovered) of wearing these holo flakies: over other non-holo multichromes:

L to R (counter-clockwise):
  1. Ice House (H) over Birefringence
  2. Electric Carnival (H) over Birefringence
  3. Phoenix (H) over Cygnus Loop
  4. Open Fields (H) over Cygnus Loop
  5. Electric Carnival (H) over Masquerade
  6. Rapture (H) over Masquerade
  7. Brilliance (H) over Cygnus Loop
  8. Atlantis (H) over Cygnus Loop
  9. Neon Rosebud (H) over Sirene
  10. Paradox (H) over Birefringence

This nail wheel was a bit of an experiment, and I just kept adding combinations as I got more and more excited about the layering options (lol!), so they aren't in any logical order. Hope it's not too confusing. I stuck with ILNP multichrome shades to keep this simple, but you could use any multichrome finish you already have.

The combinations are endless, and I think this is the most fun way to layer these, IMO! You can go for a tone-on-tone look where the shift correlates, or you can go for something contrasty where the shift in the flakies is opposite of the shift in the base multichrome...

I decided to show you one of my favorite layering combinations, swatched:

This is one coat of ILNP- Neon Rosbud (H) layered on top of ILNP- Sirene, which is #9 above, and this is more of a contrasty look than a tone-on-tone one!

(Straight-on, Sirene is very green. This angled shot shows more of the purple shift)

Artificial light:

Outside, shade:

Up close:

I just love how it looks totally different at every moment and angle!

Overall, Wow! I have to admit that I love these more than I was expecting! I like them more than the original non-holo Ultra Chrome Flakies...because how can holographic particles not make anything better?! The formulas on all of these are exactly the same in my experience: they are meant for layering, so are sheerer, but can be built to complete opacity in four coats or near-opacity in three coats. You can wear them over any base color since the flakies themselves are opaque. They go on smoothly and dry down pretty quickly.

There are a few in which I think the holographic particles are more pronounced:  Atlantis (H), Neon Rosebud (H), Electric Carnival (H), Phoenix (H), Paradox (H), Supernova (H), Cold Fusion (H), and Luna (H). Of all of those, Atlantis (H) is the most noticeable to me. Whether this is a trick of the eye- that I'm imagining it- I'm not sure. It could have to do with how the particles contrast with the color in the flakies, or maybe those polishes actually have more holographic particles. I'm just telling you what I see!

I also love how versatile these are: you can wear them over any base color or other nail art, you can build them up to full coverage, and I have seen some lovely manicures with them sponged onto the nail as gradients and such!

I do have my favorites, of course! They are: Supernova (H), Neon Rosebud (H), Atlantis (H), Brilliance (H), Metropolis (H), and Paradox (H)!

These are available starting TODAY, 3/6 on a pre-order basis from!

I'd love to know which of these are your favorites!

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own. 

March 4, 2015

ILNP Spring 2015 Polishes Pt.2 [Swatch] [Review]

Hey guys! How is everyone? Today I've got the other half of the upcoming ILNP Spring 2015 collection to share with you! If you missed Part 1, and the other six polishes, you can find it here!

Of these six polishes, there are two new Ultra Chrome Flakies, as well as a new version of Mega, a new mutltichrome and its holo version, and a new holographic version of another multichrome from the Fall 2014 set.

Let's get started!

First, here's one that I think will be pretty popular, ILNP- Mega (S):

Mega (S) is a new version of Mega (spectraflair pigment), which was released in the Spring 2014 collection. I believe the (S) in this one stands for "scattered," but could be wrong. This version of Mega has the largest holo particles available at the moment, and the holo effect is supposed to be more in-your-face than either the original Mega or Mega (L)!

Artificial light, three coats:

It's super pretty! Rainbows!!

Outside, sun:

Formula: It's sheer, but goes on easily with no problems like pulling or dragging. I think if you weren't photographing this, you could stop at two coats, but I was concerned with the strobe and lights exposing sheerness at the tips, so I used three for swatches. Overall, really nice!

Next, one of my favorites of the entire Spring collection, ILNP- Abundance (H):

Abundance (H) is a multichrome that shifts burgundy-orange-bronze-copper, and also has holographic shimmer. You also occasionally see green around the edges. The overall color, I'd say, is bronze, and it's GORGEOUS!

The original Abundance, a multichrome without holographic particles, was released with the Fall 2014 Ultra Chromes.

Artificial light, two coats:

I did smudge my middle nail and didn't notice until I saw the photos in Lightroom- sorry!

Outside, shade:

I still have this on my right (Cinderella) hand because I can't bear to take it off!


The holo effect is pretty strong!

Formula: It seems on the sheerer side, but the viscosity is nice and it builds well- opaque in two coats after all! I will say that brushstrokes on this one are a little less forgiving than some of the other holo multichromes I've tried.

Next, here is the new multichrome, ILNP- Hush:

Hush is a multichrome finish that shifts from a jewel-toned teal to red-violet/ magenta/ and orange at the edges. And sometimes, the teal part of the shift can look quite green! ILNP- Sirene is one of my favorites, and Hush is pretty much the less-green, more-teal version of Sirene!

And, ILNP- Hush (H):

Hush (H) is the holographic version of Hush. The holo particles are scattered (but dense), though, which I love!

Since these two have the exact same color shift, I decided to show them together in one manicure!

Artificial light, three coats of Hush & Hush (H) (one coat of Hush (H) on accent nails):

^Above is the best representation of the predominant teal color when you look straight-on, and below is when it shifts a bit!

I used skinny chevron NailVinyls sideways on the index and middle nails to create the mask, and then just painted one coat of Hush (H) on top!

Outside, shade:


Formula: They're both on the sheerer side, but go on evenly and self-level. The second coat clings well to the first, and builds well, but I still needed three coats for complete opacity at the tips of my nails. Both have very forgiving and easy formulas, though.

Next, here is one of the new Ultra Chrome Flakies, ILNP- Ice House:

Ice House is a new Ultra Chrome Flakie that shifts at the very end of the blue spectrum without treading too much in purple territory. It's very, very blue (and Ice House is a great name for it!).

I don't have the original Cold Fusion to compare it to, but going by the Holo Ultra Chrome Flakies, Ice House is the bluer and less-teal version of Cold Fusion!

Artificial light, four coats over black:

At very oblique angles, you can see some shifting happening, but in general this Chrome Flakie seems to shift less than others I've seen.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

So, so blue! This would look great worn at one coat over so many base colors...

Up close!

You can see that it's mostly blue, but there is some purple and teal shift here!

Formula: The flakies are smooth, lay flat, and the base suspends them well.

These flakies, I think, are really meant for layering, but you can build them up for full coverage if you want. I needed four coats for that, which is what I've shown you here (over black). That's sheer, but I don't think full coverage is really the point of these! It just goes to show, though, the versatility of these flakie polishes!

Finally, ILNP- Paradox:

Paradox is the other new Ultra Chrome Flakie in this collection, and the flakies in it shift teal-blue-magenta-fuchsia-purple, and sometimes you can see gold and yellow at the edges.

Artificial light, three coats over black:

Window-filtered daylight:

This one is super shifty- lots of colors all the time!

Outside, shade:

Up close:

Formula: It's basically the same as Ice House and every other Ultra Chrome Flakie that I've tried! Applies easily, dries down quickly, and can be built up to full coverage if desired. Shown is three coats over Illamasqua- Boosh.

I should mention that the actual flakies are opaque, so you can wear them over any color without affecting the shift!

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about these! Abundance H is a strangely surprising color to release in Spring but I absolutely love it! Hush and Hush (H) are slightly sheerer, but they are totally worth the extra coat- very beautiful, and no complaints about their formulas other than the sheerness. If you like Sirene, or any of the greener or bluer multichromes, you probably need Hush!

Mega is incredible! What can I possibly say about that one?! It probably has one of the nicest formulas for a strong silver holo that I've ever tried.  I like both of the new Ultra Chrome Flakies, but Paradox is definitely my favorite!

These will be available for pre-order this Friday, the 6th, on

What do you think?
Which of these appeals to you the most?

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.