Friday, January 18, 2013

POLISHED: Fanchromatic Nails Nail Polishes

wahoo!! it's been a crazy week and i have some fantastic news that i wanted to share with everybody:
1) i have reached 100 followers on my blog (January 16)!! thank you so much to all my lovely readers. i felt like there was a curse of the 99 or something since i was stuck for a week or so. you are all amazing!
2) happy 7 years to my lovely boyfriend. i less than three you!
3) i'm starting a new job next week. things are changing and i am very excited (and scared at the same time, but excited nonetheless)!
4) i picked up the camera i ordered on Boxing Day so here's to better pictures in the future.

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after i received a number of nail polishes from my Cyber Monday haul, i had a bit of trouble deciding which ones to use first. i was also extra excited since these were my first indie nail polish purchase ever!

i picked a color from Fanchromatic Nails' Seven Kingdoms Collection: "Dire Wolf". i got this polish partly because of the name (i am very excited for Game of Thrones Season 3!). the glitters in the polish are also very gorgeous. i see a mix of black, white, gray and maroon glitters of different shapes and sizes in a light gray base. the polish was reformulated and re-released on November the 23rd and is now slightly sheerer than before.

next, i decided to wear "Wowsville" which is from the Quality Cafe Collection that is inspired by Ghost World. i had no idea what that was but a quick Google search tells me that it's a comic book that became a movie. "Wowsville" looks like a peachy pink with plenty of white and pink micro-glitters and some larger dark purple glitters. this was also released on November 23rd last year.
i really liked the base colors of these glitter polishes so i tried to find a similar color to wear underneath. for "Dire Wolf", the closest one i could find in my collection was Rimmel's "805 Grey Matter" (love the brush for this - one sweep provides great coverage of the entire nail). with "Wowsville", i chose Essie's "Eternal Optimist" (which i actually reviewed and swatched here). 

here is 1 coat of Rimmel's "Grey Matter" and 3 coats of Fanchromatic Nails' "Dire Wolf":
there was no need to fish for any glitters with "Dire Wolf". i really love the different shapes and the maroon glitters.

and here's 1 coat of Essie's "Eternal Optimist" and 3 coats of Fanchromatic Nails' "Wowsville":
with flash

the larger purple glitters are not as common so when there's just one on my nail it sort of looks like a mole. haha still i really like this. the formula was slightly thicker than "Dire Wolf".

here's the two side-by-side:
and now let me show you what the polishes look like on their own - busting out some nail wheels!

there were no issues with the application for either polishes. you can tell how big of a difference there is between 1 and 3 coats of each polish. removing the polish did take some time though - i really need to try the glue method!

both bottles are mini sizes - they each hold 5 mL. i am actually afraid of running out of these since i love them so much!

i purchased 3 minis for $10.80 US and shipping was $4.50. a full size polish (15 mL) is $8.25 US. Lynae is actually having a flash sale right now (until midnight PST Sunday) and you can get 10% off your entire purchase with the code "JANFLASH".

you can purchase Fanchromatic Nails nail polish from her Etsy shop here (the listing for "Wowsville" can be found here but it seems that "Dire Wolf" is sold out at the moment). you can also see all of her nail polishes and swatches on her Facebook page.


  1. CONGRATS Helen! The polishes look so fun... I made an order from a similar etsy store for glitter polishes.. Glitzology.. that had a 50% off sale.. I'm excited!

    1. oh yes i heard about that sale too! but the nail polish display thing i have is overflowing with polishes right now.. so until i get another one i shouldn't really buy any more polishes.
      i hope you do some swatches after you get them!

  2. Aww congratulations on your 100 followers.. think I'm about to become your 101st :-)
    Ohmygosh I'm so embarrassed that it took me a good few minutes to figure out what you meant by "I less than three you".... I was like wtf?? maybe it's a private joke or something... gosh.. I do impress myself sometimes... congrats on your anniversary, I pray you both have many happy and loving years together

    1. yayyyyy number 101! :)
      hahaha don't worry about it - it was actually my boyfriend who pointed it out when i did <3 in an email and he didn't understand it.
      and thanks so much!!

  3. Ah these are both so pretty!
    Congrats on your 100! And good luck with your new job!!!!!!
    150 follower giveaway

    1. thanks Nat! whooohooo!! i'll probably let everyone know how it goes next week!

  4. Congrats!!!! Exciting times :) I'm getting more into indie polishes and these are gorge - I think I'm more partial to Wowsville.

    1. yaaaaaaaaah! let me know if you come across any you highly recommend :)

  5. I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! I just finished watching the show and now I am reading the books, so so good!

    1. hehe i want to read the books but im not sure if i really want to know ahead of time what is going to happen... are both seasons released in the UK?


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