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).


My name is Manda and I'm obsessed with nail enamel.

Whew. Got that off my chest.

After a 12 year hiatus from all things manicure-related, my passion for polish became reignited on the Nail Care subforum on tPF (The Purse Forum) back in February 2011.

Reignited? More like a firestorm.

I've managed to expand my collection from 5 in mid-February to 284 in mid-July. Yup, acquiring 279 polishes in 5 months would be considered by many as obsessive. Or crazy.

Or as I like to say, I'm just making up for lost time.