Nfu Oh Flakies & Holo Review and Swatchfest!

Hello Guys and Dolls! Are you ready?  I spent the better part of a day swatching & photographing these ladies, so this post will be drool worthy picture heavy. These polishes are so magnificent, I find myself with the urge to say, “we’re not worthy! we’re not worthy!” Wayne’s World reference anyone?

Just a little background: I have lusted after these for nearly 3 years. I’m not sure where I first saw them, but I do know one of the first blogs I saw with swatches of these was Vampy Varnish.  At that time I was just getting back into nail polish, and Kelly is partially to blame for my ever growing obsession with nail polish.

Anyway, as I said, I’ve wanted these for a long time, but I would always forget about them, or get caught up in other things. As far as I know, they are available from just one website in the US, This last Christmas, Mikey got me a few and today I’m finally sharing them with you!

Let’s talk about the obvious: The bottle is a freaking corset-bodice top with a full skirt bottom! Oui Oui! It really looks like a piece of art rather than just a nail lacquer. The shape of the handle also make it easy to hold and apply the lacquer. It’s worth noting that Nubar Lacquers come in a similarly shaped bottle minus the decoration that makes these so awesome-sauce.

I have 3 “flakie” lacquers, and one “holo”; 2 of the flakies have a jelly-like base color, and one is clear. All 4 are incredible.

Oh-La-La, look at the bottles!

All four sides

Now for a breakdown of each one

Nfu-Oh 40 swatched over a black Wet ‘n’ Wild polish.

Clear base with green/teal/blue/purple reflective flakies.

You may remember a few months back I gushed about the Finger Paints flakies. This is the same type of flakie- a clearish base with flakies. The difference is that the bas eof this one isn’t as milky as the Finger Paints version, and the flakie glitter is a bit denser, and the particles a bit larger. In terms of color it seems to be in between Flecked and Motley.

For these photos I have 40 on my index & ring finger, Flecked on my middle, and motley on my pinky.

Flecked, 40, Motley

Nfu Oh 51

Four photos of one polish? In the words of Napoleon Dynamite: “heck yes I did!” Each photo shows a different nuance of this masterpiece in polish. This has a cool purple jelly-like base with flakie glitter and micro flakies made of the same material/colors. This one flashes gold, copper, red, teal, green, purple…a rainbow in a bottle. The only minor caveat of this polish is that the base is a “jelly” so it takes about 4 coats for me to get opaque coverage. I recommend using another polish as a base and then doing 1 or 2 layers of this as to not waste it. These swatches were the polish alone, 4 coats.

Rainbow perfection

Nfu-Oh 52

Fabulous. I feel as if I could gush about these all day and never fully explain how awesome they are. This one appears much cooler than 51, with a more teal/blurple look. When I really inspect them I feel that the base color is similar, but the different colors of flakies make them appear so different; the base color on this one might be a touch darker/duskier. Again we have flake glitter with mirco shimmer.  Love it.

Nfu-Oh 62

An absolutely gorgeous nude holo, and really perfect for those of us who like the idea of nude nails, but find them a bit boring in practice. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “holo” its short for holographic, meaning it flashes all the colors of the rainbow. This one flashes fantastically in low-light, sunlight, and is interesting enough to not be boring, but “normal” looking enough for conservative situations. Like most holo polishes I have it dries to a semi-matte finish, and had a pretty quick dry-time, though not as fast as the China Glaze OMG collction. Ok, now we get to the bad part- this polish is a drag. What I mean is, while painting your nails you must be super, duper careful about how you paint them or you’ll get “drag” marks where the polish will pick up a bit from the previous layers creating bald spots and an uneven texture. I found I could make it work if I waited really long between coats, and paint the out-sides of the nails first and then smooth it over with the center swipe- the opposite of what I normally do. With all that said, I still think it’s worth the effort.

Nail Brands of the world- PLEASE BRING HOLOS BACK!

I forgot to take a bottle shot of 62, so here’s the bottom of 52 instead.

All in all, I love these. Nfu Oh was one of the first companies to have “flakie” polishes, and they have the largest selection of them. I really wish more brands would take a page from their book and have extensive collections of flakies and holos, that were permanent. A girl can hope.

Price: $12.50 each

Where to get it:

Would I recommend this to a  friend? Absolutely. These are among my favorite nail products hands down.

Just be yourself!


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  1. February 28, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    awesome swatches! I love the bottles!

  2. February 28, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    Love these colors and those bottles are so cute

  3. nickle4apickle
    February 28, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    These are soooo lovely! I might have to get myself #52 – it’s just perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing! 😀

  4. February 28, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    I really like the polish, but I have to admit the packaging is my favorite part.

  5. February 28, 2012 / 7:38 pm

    This is gorgeous!! I love the holo one, but is that the victorian series #61 or #62? i looked on that site and #61 looks more silver and #62 looks like this one. :/

    • February 28, 2012 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, the one I have is 62, not 61. I changed it thanks babe! BTW how are you?

      • February 28, 2012 / 10:03 pm

        You are welcome!! I want that polish badly but looked up 61 and was like waiiiit a minute. lol.
        I’m doing good! 🙂 Just got my nose pierced today and started a blog yesterday.
        How are you?

  6. Olivia
    February 28, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Oh child! I’ve bought so many nailpolishes lately because of you! THANKS! You should check out China Glaze the Hunger Games collection — Went out and bought all of them, but the ones I’m specifically loving right now is 1132 luxe and lush … and also 1123 fast track. I’ll probably be buying Nfu-Oh 62 now, THANKS !

    • JD
      February 28, 2012 / 10:33 pm

      Soooo, I’m a bit of a nail polish junkie! If you’re interested in some nice holos, you should go check out some off-shore options at She stocks out-of-country brands (and definitely check out the A England Mythicals, Hits No Olimpio, and the Ludurana). These polishes don’t drag at all and go on just wonderfully!!

  7. February 28, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    Girl, I know what you mean. I have Nfu-Oh polishes on my bucket list- if I win the lottery or find out I’m dying of a terminal disease, I’m buying a crap-ton of them!

    Also, good news about the holos- Nfu-Oh makes a special base coat for the holo polishes, and from what I’ve heard it makes them MUCH easier to apply. It’s kind of expensive for a base coat, but if it makes application and wear better, then by all means it’s worth it!

    Another tip- if you want your holos to wear longer, try sandwiching them. Try putting on your normal base coat, a coat or two of the holo polish, a coat of Seche Vite (or your favorite top coat, and end up with another coat of the holo. That way you’ve got the protection of your normal manicure, but the finish of the holo. It makes a world of difference!

  8. February 29, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    We don’t have that brand here in France, hope to test it next time I come to USA 🙂

  9. March 11, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    i am absolutely in love with the packaging design!!! i dont even care what color i get…i just want one of the bottles lol

  10. Amanda
    March 12, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    So pretty 🙂

  11. May 26, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    I went and ordered a whole bunch of both! In fact, I ordered all six of the holos, and about twelve flakes. I have them already and adore them!! The holo is REALLY hard to apply, and i have yet to perfect this crap, but I’m loving them!! Get more!!!:-) 🙂

  12. Karen
    September 9, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    Hiya Cora I was really hoping you might be able to help me 🙂 I live in the UK and I know my best friend would love these nail Varnishes! Shes obsessed with all things glittery and the gorgeous design of the corset on the bottle! Its coming up to her birthday in October and I would truley love to buy her these or atleast a couple. The problem I’m having is that the website you have directed to don’t post to the UK andI’m desperate to find them for her. Would you know of anywhere else that may send them? Thanks for taking the time to read this! Big Fan! All the way from Newcastle. UK Karen 🙂 xxx

  13. Kelcey
    August 11, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Quick question about the holographic: Was the consistency SUPER goopy ? I’ve just bought mine a few weeks ago and I haven’t used it until just now, and it’s really bumming me out how goopy and almost slimy it is. Did you have the same problem or did I just get a bad bottle ? 🙁

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