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Nail Polish Swatches & Comparisons: Flakies & Duochromes

Nail Polish Swatch Sticks: Kleancolor Chunky Holos, Flakies, and Duochromes

Nail Polish Swatch Sticks: Kleancolor Chunky Holos, Flakies, and Duochromes

It’s time for part five of my nail polish series! Today is fun ones – my Kleancolor Chunky Holos, all my flakies, and all my duochromes. If you’d like to see the previous ones, I’m collecting all the links from the nail polish swatch series on my Project Swatch Roundup page (scroll to the bottom).

As before, I’ve included pictures that have the handle of the swatch stick, so you can more easily see the name of the polish. I also have a close-up of the polished tips only. In every set, the close-up of the tips is more color accurate. The number at the end of the stick is the number of coats, and no number means two coats. A couple of these have topcoat, and the swatch stick then says “+ TC.” As you’ll see, many of these have a half-black base; I wanted to use one swatch stick and be able to see what the polish looked like over black & alone.

Again, I’ve left these pictures larger than usual – click to enlarge.

First – Kleancolor Chunky Holos. I bought all of these as a set of mini-polishes for around $4 (for the set) at Ross. They’re all the same, except for the tinted base, and Black has larger hex glitters.

 

Kleancolor Chunky Holo swatches: Purple, Teal, Fchsia, Candy, Clover, Black

Kleancolor Chunky Holos: Purple, Teal, Fchsia, Candy, Clover, Black

Next, Finger Paints flakies – these were released as a collection several months ago. I bought Motley at full price, and was lucky to find the rest on clearance!  Motley and Twisted are my favorites.

Finger Paints Flakies swatches: Flecked, Flashy, Motley, Asylum, Twisted

Finger Paints Flakies: Flecked, Flashy, Motley, Asylum, Twisted

More flakies! These are most of the other (non-Finger Paints) flakies I have. I love them all!

swatches - Nails, Inc. The Old Vic, Nubar 2010, Sinful Colors Green Ocean, China Glaze Luxe and Lush, Sally Hanson Glass Slipper

Nails, Inc. The Old Vic, Nubar 2010, Sinful Colors Green Ocean,
China Glaze Luxe and Lush, Sally Hanson Glass Slipper

And finishing the flakies, here are the Revlon Moon Candy duos I own, plus Orly Fowl Play.  The Moon Candy duos are quite pretty, but I’m not thrilled with the quality – I reviewed them here.

swatches - Revlon Moon Candy duo Orbit, Revlon Moon Candy Duo Milky Way, Revlon Moon Candy Duo Galactic, Orly Fowl Play

Revlon Moon Candy duo Orbit, Revlon Moon Candy Duo Milky Way,
Revlon Moon Candy Duo Galactic, Orly Fowl Play

Duochromes / multichromes are my favorite nail polish finish, I think, though my very favorite polishes are in the last set of swatches below.  The following polishes are definitely duochrome, but the duochrome is not very strong.

swatches - Butter London Knackered, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Gray's Anatomy, Sally Hansen Nail Prism Star Opal, Essence Where is the Party?, Orly Mysterious Curse, Chamelon Waltz

Butter London Knackered, Wet n Wild Fast Dry Gray’s Anatomy,
Sally Hansen Nail Prism Star Opal, Essence Where is the Party?,
Orly Mysterious Curse, Chamelon Waltz

Here are some more not-super-strong duochromes – L’oreal The Temptress’s Power is my favorite of this set.

duochrome swatches 2

swatches - L'Oreal The Temptress's Power, Forever 21 Light Grey / Multi, Model's Own Purple Blue, Maybelline Downtown Brown

L’Oreal The Temptress’s Power, Forever 21 Light Grey / Multi,
Model’s Own Purple Blue, Maybelline Downtown Brown

And now, some stronger duochromes! Maybelline Pink Cosmo and China Glaze Swanky Silk look almost identical applied – except that the Maybelline takes many more coats to be opaque.  OPI Just Spotted the Lizard and Hits Mari Moon Trendy are quite close, but not identical.

swatches - Maybelline Pink Cosmo, China Glaze Swanky Silk, Maybelline Boho Gold, OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, Hits Mari Moon Trendy, Hits Mari Moon Cool

Maybelline Pink Cosmo, China Glaze Swanky Silk, Maybelline Boho Gold,
OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, Hits Mari Moon Trendy, Hits Mari Moon Cool

And now, some of my very very favorite polishes in my collection – my multichromes!  Ludurana Show and Hits Mari Moon Cutie Pie are close, but Show is more intensely colored.  Hits Mari Moon Dreamer and Ludurana Emocionante are dupes, and they are my favorite polishes that I own, I think.  I took photographs from several different angles for these, but didn’t capture all the beauty of the polishes.

swatches - Model's Own Aqua Violet Beetle Juice, Hits Mari Moon Cutie Pie, Ludurana Show, Hits Mari Moon Dreamer, Ludurana Emocionante

Model’s Own Aqua Violet Beetle Juice, Hits Mari Moon Cutie Pie,
Ludurana Show, Hits Mari Moon Dreamer, Ludurana Emocionante

Thanks for looking! Any questions, just ask.