Sorry for the silence, work has been CRAZY busy...let's try to get back to your regularly scheduled programming...
Nfu Oh 61...yes, that's right, the elusive Nfu Oh 61. As any polish fanatic knows, this polish is a pain in the butt to get your hands on. It's beloved for its strong linear holographic glitter. (Please ignore my wintry cuticles)
Let's pause to explain the types of holographic polish:
Linear Holographic is when the rainbow reflections show up as lines or U-shapes across your nail like a rainbow
Scattered Holographic is when the individual glitter pieces are holographic, but the effect is holographic speckles on your nail. Examples include Lady of the Lake, Storm, and My Private Jet.
There are a series of linear holographic polishes by this company; while #61 has a metallic silver background, Nfu Oh 62 - 66 have background colors like pink, blue, and green. A Google search is sure to bring up swatches.
How does one get their hands on this puppy? Nfu Oh is a Korean company, so these need to be imported. www.fabuloustreet.com is the only retailer I know of. It looks like Nfu Oh 61 is currently in stock here. When it's not in stock, you can email email@example.com and ask them to let you know when it's back in stock, which they did. I did this quite a while ago - almost two years! So, it could be that since then, they've resolved stocking issues and Nfu Oh 61 is regularly stocked. But, if it's not, try that method.
So, enough about how to get it...once I got it, did I like it? I hate to admit it, but not really. I was disappointed that after all of the hassle and buzz, I didn't even enjoy wearing it. It was so metallic that I felt like I had liquid silver on my nails. Some people like metallic foils, but I realize that I don't anymore. I think I prefer scattered holos in a colorful base, like the ones I linked to above. Or, when I really want silver, I actually prefer the oldie DS Coronation, another scattered. That one is less foil-like and builds up to opacity with lots and lots of glitter flecks.
Application was a pain too. Nfu Oh recommends its aqua base coat to get a smooth application. Many polish fanatics do report problems with other base coats, so I shelled out for it. That was another $12.50, which I was happy to spend because I expected to LOVE #61. Even still, I had to apply four coats of #61 to get rid of bald spots. Unfortunately, my top coat, Poshe, also seemed to dull the effect of the holo.
Overall, I'm disappointed, but will probably keep this in my stash given it was so hard to get and it's kind of a "collectors item" among polish hoarders.
What do you think? Do you have Nfu Oh #61? Do you love it? Am I crazy not to?