Friday, July 22, 2011

Clarins 230

I thought I'd start my nail polish blog out with a bang. Why not with the ever-so elusive Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee). Not only elusive, but $$$ on eBay.

The theme for this week on tPF (if we/I chose to partake), was HTF or rare nail polishes. I don't have too many HTF or rare polishes since I have a relatively young collection and missed out on some awesome polishes this past decade. However, I participated in an RAOK (random act of kindness) on the nail care subforum on tPF and was gifted an dazzling set of simply gorgeous and a-maz-ing nail polishes. When I opened the package containing jaw dropped.

Clarins 230

Beautiful, huh? A vial of bottled sparkly rainbow!

By itself, Clarins 230 is a bit sheer with a sheer violet base with a multichromatic shimmer. The formula is thin and easy to control. I chose an untried purple I purchased in Vancouver, BC to layer under - Joe Fresh Orchid. I didn't photograph the base color by itself (doh!) but it is a medium red-based purple. My gripe about the Joe Fresh bottles were the larger diameter bottle cap with a short brush. My small stubby fingers can't grasp and control the polish as well as I'd like though the formula itself was pretty smooth.

Poshe | Joe Fresh - Orchid | Clarins 230 | Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

In sunlight:
Joe Fresh Orchid w/ Clarins 230

With overhead halogen lighting:
Clarins 230 over Joe Fresh - Orchid

I love the rainbow of shimmer particles that change colors with different lighting and angles. I'm definitely going to play more with Unicorn Pee in the future (tee hee).

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