Max Factor Fantasy Fire
I’m sure you’ve all seen this before, or at least heard of it. Max Factor Fantasy Fire is a Clarins 230 dupe that really whipped the nail polish community into a frenzy this spring. And with good reason, because it’s a really gorgeous polish. Like its big sister 230, Fantasy Fire has a rainbow of multichrome shimmer in a sheer purpleish base.
Because it’s so sheer, it’s actually more of a topcoat than a polish to wear on its own, especially also since the bottle is so tiny (only 4.5 ml). Obviously, it looks stunning over a dark color like for instance Verity Deep Violet or Sally Hansen Purple Pizzazz, but the other day I saw a picture of FF over a hot pink creme, and I just had to copy that. This is two coats of Fantasy Fire over two coats of OPI Dim Sum Plum.
Applying this wasn’t without problems, maybe mostly because the brush is so tiny. It seems like the polish almost dries out before you have time to cover the entire nail, making it hard to get even. I would have preferred one coat, but I had to use two to avoid the streaks. (I didn’t have this problem when applying it over a dark jelly base, though.)
Even though we have the Max Factor Max Effect line in Norway as well, for some reason Fantasy Fire is only sold in the UK. Luckily, I got a British nail polish friend to send me a bottle, but if you live in the UK, you can buy Fantasy Fire for £3.99.