Thursday, February 9, 2012

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Hello loves! Today my blog is 5 months old. I'm so glad I'm celebrating it with this post! Where do I start? Here's a pretty bottle shot for you! 

So this is what we are talking about today. This tiny pretty bottle of heaven is supposed to be the new dupe for Clarins 230 (aka unicorn pee). If you don't know what that is, well, it might be the most wanted polish of all time. It is discontinued and runs for crazy (I tell you, you wouldn't even imagine how crazy) prices on ebay. From what I know, the Max Factor is only available in the UK so far. My lovely friend and fellow blogger, Esther from Fab Fingertips kindly sent this to me. Thank you so much, Esther! You are really the best! 

This is a little macro shot of my nail with the polish on (in the sun). This is sheer and the bottle only holds 5 ml, so it's definitely a layering polish. I gave a lot of thought and research in order to decide on a base color. I finally went with purple and I chose China Glaze Grape Pop, a great medium purple creme. Here's a shot of it alone. 

oh look how shiny! (no top coat)
I took a lot of photos of this one. Like really a lot! I was waiting for a sunny day to swatch it and of course that while I got home and painted my nails, the sun decided to fade. I tried my best to use different light settings to capture as many aspects of this as possible. Hope I did a decent job. 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire - light box (indirect light)
Fantasy Fire is a red/copper shimmer in a sheer purple base. The color of the shimmer shifts from red/copper to gold to green. You can really see a lot of colors in this depending on the light. Keep in mind that it also can look a lot different depending on the base you layer it over. Most of my photos are without top coat, so you can see it's really shiny. I did put on some top coat later on and some of the pictures are with top coat, although I can't tell which ones. 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire - natural light
Max Factor Fantasy Fire - artificial direct light
Max Factor Fantasy Fire - artificial light
Max Factor Fantasy Fire - artificial light
I'm not one to comment on how close this is to the Clarins. I don't have that one to compare this to, but rumor has it they are close dupes. I really hope this will be available in more countries so everybody can enjoy it. I'm so grateful to Esther for sending it to me! Hope you liked my pictures and talk to you all soon! 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire - artificial light


  1. Soooo beautiful! You took amazing pictures of it, great job :)

  2. Max Factor is sold here, but I don't know if this gorgeous polish will be too.

    1. We have the regular line too but not this one.


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