"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?It'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!
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.
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:The 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:
Indoor, natural daylight. 2 coats Floam over creme polishes.
2 coats Floam over a england Galahad
2 coats Floam over OPI Did It On 'Em
2 coats Floam over China Glaze Lemon Fizz
3 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.
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.