I'm sure most of you have heard of and seen Max Factor's Max Effect Fantasy Fire 45 by now. It's a newly released potential dupe to the elusive, HTF, Clarins 230 aka Unicorn Pee.
I have to say straight up that I don't have Clarins 230. I've toyed with those ebay auctions but always managed to talk myself down from paying £50+ for a single polish. So this won't be a comparison post, I'm just gonna bombard you with pics of Fantasy Fire because whether it's a dupe or not (and it's certainly similar) it's still totally gorgeous.
I picked up Fantasy Fire in in a tiny branch of Boots a couple of days ago. There were several new colours including some interesting metallics. This afternoon the sun came out long enough for me to grab the following pics. As the weather was pretty variable I didn't know how long the sunlight would stick around I just popped a couple of coats over my existing manicure, a-England's Elaine. As it turned out it was a pretty excellent base coat for FF. I'd already seen swatches of the polish alone on BeneBelles blog and knew it was super sheer and that layering was the way to go
So first up a couple of bottle shots
The bottle is tiny, just 5ml and they cost £3.99, pretty expensive for such a weeny amount of polish but in this case totally worth it!
All the following swatch shots are 2 coats of Fantasy Fire over my existing mani of a-England Elaine, a dusky purple. Looking at the swatches now I wished I'd added a topcoat to really make the shimmer sing but never mind....
With all of these pics you can click for bigger versions.
I hope you can see the range of the duochrome in these shots which starts as a sheer purple with a red shimmer and then switches between gold shimmer and a strong green with a green/gold shimmer.
Out of the sunlight the shimmer is much redder and there's no hint of the duochrome.
These are both under electric light and IRL the shimmer is redder still.
It is totally gorgeous and to be honest it's close enough to 230 for me!
There doesn't seem to be any information about the new colours on the Max Factor site, they still only have the old colours up so I can't tell you if this is part of a collection or just a new release of colours.
So, what do you think? Totally stunning or what?!