CND Urban Oasis and Nfu Oh 051 – Flakie!

CND Urban Oasis
CND Urban Oasis

These are some pictures of last weekend’s mani-something I could never wear to work!  I have a few of the Nfu Oh flakie glitter polishes, but I hadn’t yet used 051, the dark, rainbow-purple one.  I decided to try it over CND Urban Oasis to see if I could accentuate the greenish-blue flash that it has.  Keep reading for swatches.

CND Urban Oasis was part of the Night Factory duo that was released this fall-it came with a sparkle effect topcoat called Teal Sparkle.  By itself it’s a deeply pigmented greenish teal creme.  It’s close to Essie’s Going Incognito, but Urban Oasis falls more on the blue side.  It applies beautifully and is opaque in just one coat, really!  I don’t think that about many polishes, it’s very rare that I think one coat is enough to show the true color of a polish, even when other people report they’ve only used one coat.  But this one really only needs one, and it dries quickly to a glossy finish:

CND Urban Oasis
CND Urban Oasis - one coat

Next I added two layers of Nfu Oh 051.  The base of this color is a dark, bluish purple, and it has red flakie glitter.  The prettiest thing about this polish is the way that it turns to a greenish blue in spots where it’s in indirect light, like at the sides of the bottle.  I kind of wish this effect came out just a bit more when it’s on the nail.  To try to help it along, I thought the CND Urban Oasis would accentuate that color.  But I’m not sure it really did much.  The picture below shows two coats of Nfu Oh 051, and I think it mostly covers up the Urban Oasis base, so that it just looks like its own purple-blue base color.  Maybe next time I’ll try 051 over a more red polish, so that the undertones will have more of a contrast with the base?  It’s really pretty and sparkly anyway, though.

CND Urban Oasis
Nfu Oh 051 w/ CND Urban Oasis

And a shot in the shade to show the iridescence of the flakies:

Nfu Oh 051 with CND Urban Oasis shade
Nfu Oh 051 with CND Urban Oasis shade

The CND Night Factory duo was a limited edition release, but I think it’s still available online at this point.  The Teal Sparkle topcoat is really pretty too!

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