Here’s a simple swatch of an unexpectedly cool polish, Whimsical Ideas by Pam’s purple shard-stuffed Fantasia. I say “unexpectedly” because this is one of those polishes that pictures simply do not do proper justice. Photography rarely treats purples very well, come to think of it. So when I purchased Fantasia, I didn’t really know that the flakes were two different shades of metallic purple, lending this glitter topper a kind of colour-shifting, duochrome type of look. Very pretty! Here I’ve layered Fantasia over Nfu Oh’s lavender-hued jelly, JS12. The thought originally was that I’d combine the two polishes in a kind of jelly sandwich, but I liked Fantasia perfectly well enough on its own, flashing delicately between metallic indigo and plum with every shift of my hands.
The one negative to this polish is that unlike, say, last year’s chromatic flakie craze, the metallic shards in Fantasia have some body to them, and the rougher-than-usual edges want to poke up through your topcoat. I used two coats for this manicure, and I probably could have gone for three, just to hedge my rough-edged bets.