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(I Got) Floam(ed) by Nail-Venturous

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Floam
"A number of molding substances for children's play were created and sold by the children's television channel Nickelodon and toy company Mattel in the 1990s. Like most molding compounds, they could be kept in their container to retain plasticity, or molded and allowed to harden overnight. They featured a wide variety of compounds with different attributes." - Wikipedia

Guess what, lovelies?Polish Days FloamIt's #FloamDay! Organised by Polish Days, it's been all abuzz on Twitter for a few weeks now, and it's finally happening. Thanks to Polly Polish for her time and effort to get Polish Days up and running with Floam. I'm looking forward to more Polish Days events to come!

THE STORY
Floam is an indie polish creation by Amy of I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous. It is sold on Ninja Polish or her Etsy store, though it constantly sells out within minutes of restock. This is Amy's description of Floam:

"Floam has matte neon blue and yellow-green fine glitter a clear base. It has complete coverage in two to three coats and can be used as a layering polish with one coat. With topcoat or gelous, Floam can have a shiny finish. However, this polish dries with a matte finish, and the glitter itself does not sparkle." - I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous

It's been said to be inspired by a kids' craft toy; Floam, and the resemblence is truly there! Though I've never been a fan of anything neon, Floam's unique qualities drew me.

1. It's a matte glitter. I'm a sucker for any glitter polish. Matte sounds rare. The rarer the better.
2. It's named after and inspired by a toy. I'm a sucker for anything nostalgic.
3. It's a fun vibrant mix that screams summer. I should add more vibrancy and fun into my collection beyond glitter. After all, it wouldn't be a collection without at least one neon polish.

Nail-Venturous Floam

THE POLISH
The formula was slightly on the goopier side, which got goopier as I continued on with the mani. It didn't bother me much because the design I had in mind is goop-inspired.

This is floam upclose:Nail-Venturous Floam UpcloseThe pink in the background is OPI Shorts Story.
Somehow, I imagined that the small matte neon glitters were round (to resemble the micro-beads in Floam, the craft toy), but upon zooming in, they're actually hex glitters.

ON THE NAILS
I imagined the squishy nature of Floam, the micro-beads in its compound over coloured paper (my fond memory of art & craft as a kid --> the coloured paper)...

This was the result:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail ArtIndoor, natural daylight. 2 coats Floam over creme polishes.

 

Nail-VEnturous Floam Nail ArtOutdoor, sunlight.

Close-up shots:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail Art2 coats Floam over a england Galahad

 

Nail-Venturous Floam2 coats Floam over OPI Did It On 'Em

 

Nail-Venturous Floam2 coats Floam over China Glaze Lemon Fizz

 

Nail-Venturous Floam over OPI Shorts Story3 coats Floam over OPI Shorts Story

On the thumb was 2 coats of Floam over OPI Rumple's Wiggin. The application was so messed up that no shot was right. So, let's skip that. The mani was finished by a coat of Poshe Super Fast Drying Top Coat.

Working with the colours was delightful although, personally, I would not have the guts wear them out as skittles. The only issue I had was with the wonky brush. The bristles were too fanned out, and some stuck out like split ends. But it could be just my bottle.

Floam can be purchased from Ninja Polished at USD 9.00 (excluding shipping from the USA), but you'll have to stalk the site, or click "Email When In" to be notified when it's restocked.

Parting shot:

Nail-Venturous Floam Nail ArtIndoor, beneath a ray of natural light

Do also visit these lovely participating polish mavens' blog posts, showcasing their #FloamDay manicures, and be awed!

♥ Hannah - Polly Polish
♥ Sabine - My Polish Stash
♥ Jen - The Nail Polish Project
♥ Jenny Hillerström - Beauty by Jenny
♥ Deborah - Love Varnish
♥ Melissa - The Crimson Petal
♥ 
Esther - Fab Fingertips
♥ Rachel - Claws, Nails & Beauty
♥ Mara - Mara in Polishland
♥ Charlotte - Charlottes Nails
♥ Stephanie - Sincerely Stephanie
♥ Jasmine - Colour Coated
♥ Carolina - Colores de Carol
♥ Salla - OMG! Polish'Em!

To everyone experiencing the beginning of summer, enjoy, and get Floamed, I mean lacquered! (OK, Floamed too.)

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

posted by
5/30/12

i love your design! and it looks pretty 3D too haha!


posted by Carolina Garcia
5/30/12

This is a super cool manicure, I love how Floam looks over different base colors.


5/30/12

I LOVE that look! I love that you took Floam's biggest issue and played it up!


5/30/12

Such an amazing idea, really clever!


posted by
5/30/12

madlynny: Thanks, girl! The formula is pretty thick, and I added 2 - 3 layers for more opacity. So it looks kinda bumpy = 3D. LOL!


posted by
5/30/12

Thank you, Carolina! I couldn't decide, and wanted to experiment with colours. Sadly, I have no proper green polish (Melissa from The Crimson Petal will tell me to mix blue with yellow). The day was sunny, I was having a few days off from work, I was in a jolly mood while doing this ^_^


posted by
5/30/12

Hi Sabrina! Was planning to do a gradient tip, but decided to let it look like it's inspiration - floam as a craft toy :) I'm happy with the result, and thank you for loving it too!


posted by
5/30/12

Thank you Hannah, for the compliment and for organising this event!


posted by
5/30/12

This looks awesome! So creative :)


posted by
5/30/12

Thank you Charlottelxo7! I was very inspired by the fun, child-like floaminess of the theme :)
Thanks for the blog follow too :)


5/30/12

this is so fun - it reminds me of nickelodeon slime with the drips!


posted by
5/30/12

Spot on Missy!! Was going for slimey drips! ^_^


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