Duochrome Flakie Nail Polish Swatches: Born Pretty Store Multicolored Shell Glitter Nail Polish

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I love my duochromes, and I love my flakie glitter, and recently, I found a source of awesome nail polish that is a duochrome flakie! And the best part is? It's not overly expensive, either.

Born Pretty Store duochrome flakie nail polishes!

These little bottles of awesome are the Born Pretty Store Dazzling Starry Magical Multicolored Shell Glitter Nail Art Polish, (and, by the way, you can use code MCAW10 for 10% off your order). I had two colours, #4 and #11, so I figured I'll show you guys how they fared on me. These are fairly sheer, and I think they perform best over a base, although you can certainly layer them at 2-3 coats for opacity.

First, we have #4. This is a nice flakie polish with pink flakie glitter and blue small round glitter in a sheer pink base. Here, I've worn it one coat over Nails Inc Victoria, which is a deep red burgundy creme. I figure layering it over a fairly basic colour like burgundy would help. If you want to, you can layer 2-3 coats (depending on coat thickness) to get full opacity. At 2 thinner layers, you get a nice squishy jelly look, too.

Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakies 4
Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie Shell Glitter #4 over Nails Inc Victoria

I found that one coat gave me a nice amount of flakie polishes, and the polish consistency was on the slightly thick side, but manageable. I don't think this polish is B3F though, it has a smell that is quite characteristic of non Big 3 Free polishes - in other words, it has a pretty strong smell. It doesn't bother me too much, but if it bothers you, it's something to take note of. For me, flakies are worth the smell.

Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie 4
Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie Shell Glitter #4 over Nails Inc Victoria: The overall effect is a little duochrome-y.

Next, is Born Pretty Store Multicolored Shell Glitter Nail Polish in #11. Now this one is absolutely going through any amount of stinky smells for. It's not only a gorgeous flakie, but it has a very obvious and visible duochrome, too, that runs from orange to green. Below, the photos are over plain ol' black. I used Wet n' Wild Black, my favourite black nail polish of all time. Sorry for the shiny skin in the photo below, by the way - that's cuticle oil you're seeing.

Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakies 11
Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie Shell Glitter #11 over black

#11 is the bomb, seriously. Just look at that duochrome! It runs from green to yellow to orange, all the while retaining its great flakie goodness. I'm seriously impressed by this. If you want to wear it on its own, it also builds up very nicely in 2 coats to full opacity. I wore it over black, though, because I thought it made the glitter pop a bit more.

Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie 11
Born Pretty Store Duochrome Flakie Shell Glitter #11 over black: the duochrome runs from green to orange.

So there you go, what can I say? I love these. My only gripe is with the smell (for me it's not really a real issue since I'm pretty alright with B3F formulas but you may hold a different view), and the slightly tiny brush, which is more of the size of Essie's brushes, rather than my preferred huge OPI brush type. But otherwise, you have a lovely colour with awesome duochrome flakies, and good opacity that allows you to build them over another colour or be built up to full opacity, making them very versatile. I love these, and I totally intend to give them full rotation in my stash! Don't forget,= you can use code MCAW10 for 10% off your order if you do make a purchase.

Recommended? Coverage Application Brush Colour Lasting Power
Yes, if you love the colour 8/10 7.5/10 6.5/10 10/108/10
The Bottom Line: Gorgeous duochrome flakie colours at an affordable price, that more than make up for the smell or brush.

(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)


  1. Wow! They are so pretty! This will sound weird but I want to bite your nails! This colors look like some spicy,sour and sweet candies from my country that I'm craving badly!

    I will look around for this nail polish :)

  2. Awww...they are so pretty. I super like the colors for they perfectly match with my pastel nail colors and even the nude ones. I will def check on them...


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