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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

UP Colors - Beijo na Boca (flakey topcoat)

After wearing a neutral base colour for a day (Oh My Gosh "Nude Champagne"), I decided to add a flakey topcoat to it to add some interest. I also find that layering a topcoat over an existing mani is a great way to extend wear time by an extra day or two. 


I decided to try "Beijo na Boca" by UP Colors. Beijo na Boca is a mixture of green, orange, and tiny blue flake glitter in a pink tinted base. While the pink tint shows up in the bottle, it's non-existent on the nail.


This is my first time trying a polish by UP Colors (I believe it's a Brazilian brand), and I'm pretty smitten with the bottle. It's like a little ice cube! Do keep in mind that it's not a full sized polish, though- this is only 10ml, instead of the usual 15ml.


I know it's pretty common to layer flakey glitter polishes over a black or other dark coloured polish in order to get the most impact, but I really like how subtle this looks over a neutral polish. It's very understated, but still quite interesting to look at.


Unfortunately, the brush on this was a little wonky. Not near as bad as the last Brazilian lacquer I tried, and easily fixed with some trimming, but still a bit of a let down.


I purchased this lacquer via Llarowe, and since I ordered this one they have expanded their stock to include a whole bunch of intriguing UP Colors shades (including a whole bunch of holographic polishes).

Do you like layering flakey topcoats over neutral colours? Or do you prefer layering them over something darker to create a more dramatic effect?

28 comments:

  1. This looks nice over the neutral, but I would love to see it's full effect as well!!

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    1. I'll add it to my ever expanding list of "things to try over black" requests! I really need to get on that. ;)

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  2. Such a cute name, means "kiss on the mouth". I like layering over neutral if I have an interview (flakes over Essie's Playa del Platinum- amazing!) or over something darker as well. This post makes me want to swatch my Hits Flocado collection! While I'm in total love with Brazilian brands, the brushes are such a gamble!

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    1. Aww, that is a cute name! I didn't know what it meant, so thank you for enlightening me! And the Brazilian polishes I've tried have been pretty outstanding, so I'm willing to live with the occasional wonky brush, haha.

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  3. Wonky brushes are always annoying!
    But Beijo na Boca is very interesting to look at!

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    1. It is- I like the mixture of different flakies. And I loooove the bottle shape. So neat to look at!

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  4. i used to think flakies only looked good over dark colors but you have changed my mind! this is gorgeous! i might have to break out my flakies and try them over some neutrals!

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    1. Definitely do experiment with flakies + neutrals. I'd love to see that on your blog!

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  5. So pretty! I love flakies! Haven't tried UP colors yet though. I usually put flakies over black, but I love how you paired this with a neutral. It looks so summery!

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    1. Thanks! I do think having a pale base colours lightens it up nicely for warm weather.

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  6. This is soo pretty! It looks like an opal!

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it definitely does have than opal sparkle to it. Lovely!

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  7. Your nails look beautiful! I've never even thought of layering a flakie over a neutral! I'm actually wearing a neutral right now, so I think I'll have to try this!

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    1. Thank you so much! And definitely do give it a try- and post about it on your blog!

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  8. I love the look of flakies over neutrals!!! Nice and sparkly, but not too in your face.
    Sorry about the wonky brush.

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    1. Haha, in the scheme of things, it wasn't as wonky as it could have been! Easily fixed unlike the last wonky brush I encountered.

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  9. Just wanted to thank you for suggesting the foil technique for taking off glitter polish. I wrote about it on my latest post. Please check it out if you have time. The post also included a HUGE shout out to you.

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    1. I'm really glad the foil technique worked out for you! I'll definitely check that post out- thanks for the shout out!

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  10. Hey sweetie,

    There is no such thing as a "full sized" 15 ml polish bottle in Brazil, Most brands have their full size at 9ml :)

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    1. I didn't know that! Thanks for the heads up! In the future I'll know what to expect. :)

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  11. I usually like flakies over dark colours too, but you're right--the subtle effect over this neutral is really pretty!

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  12. I love how you layered a flakie over a neutral. It really perks it up into something interesting! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. I agree- it adds a nice bit of flare to an otherwise somewhat bland mani.

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