Back in late 2011/early 2012, Finger Paints came out with some flakie toppers that were über-popular. They were a limited edition set of five called Special Effects, and I was only ever able to get one called Twisted. It was multicolored and here’s what it looked like over black.
Now Finger Paints — a Sally Beauty Supply exclusive — has come out with a new five-polish set called Kaleidoscope. It’s not on Sally’s web site yet, but Nouveau Cheap alerted me to its appearance in stores. Sure enough, when I went out this morning I stopped by Sally and there they were. The clerks didn’t know what they were (typical for this place, sadly) and they all look pretty much alike in the bottle. If you’re interested I’d recommend looking at swatches and taking a list to your Sally store of the color(s) you want.
The Special Effects set sold out asap and got scalped for ridiculous prices on eBay. I looked at the swatches on The Polished Mommy and decided to get four: Abstract Attraction, Colorful Dream, Psychedelic Hue, and Vivid Reflection. The one I passed on was Symmetrical Symphony.
Here’s what my four look like on a nail wheel, one coat each over a black creme polish. First photo is under indirect outdoor light and the second is with the flash. For some reason the colors didn’t show up well in direct sunshine. Left to right: Abstract Attraction, Colorful Dream, Psychedelic Hue, and Vivid Reflection. Click on each photo for an enlarged view.
Abstract Attraction has shades of blue and purple. Colorful Dream is the most diverse and is a rather even mix of many colors. Psychedelic Hue is green, teal, blue, and purple, mostly green I think. Vivid Reflection is pink, orange, and purple, kind of Halloween or Mardi Gras looking.
The flakes were very thick in the bottle, no fishing required at all. I only showed one coat over the black and I’m sure you could intensify the look with more coats. The Kaleidoscope Collection is more subtle than the Special Effects Collection.
Overall I think these will be fun to play with and I’m looking forward to trying them over some of the new spring pastels from Zoya. Each Finger Paints polish was $5.99 at Sally, or $4.49 with a member card, and each bottle is full-sized, 0.5 oz/15 ml.