Sunday, March 3, 2013

My quest for unicorn pee

Ah, Clarins 230 aka the infamous unicorn pee. Extremely hard to find and sells for $50 - $200 on Ebay. I'm not sure when it was released but it is definitely the number one wishlist item for most nail addicts.  If you are unaware, Clarin's 230 is a multichrome shimmer that shifted to red to gold to green in a purple base.  Very beautiful and highly sought after in the nail world.

Luckily, there's a few substitutes (not dupes) out there to satiate anyone's lemming for unicorn pee.

Ninja Polish Divinity, Max Factor Fantasy Fire and I included Kleancolor's Chunk Holo Fuchsia 230, it's not a close dupe but it's a glitter with the same color shift. It's rumored to be Kleancolor's homage to Clarin's 230.

First up Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Revlon Royal

(Lightbox shot) 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire first appeared in the blogosphere around spring of last year.  It was highly sought after due to it being rumored as a Clarin's 230 dupe.  It's not an exact dupe.  When swatched by itself, it has a more purple base. Layering it over Revlon Royal really brings out the chromatic effect.  It has the same color shift burgundy to gold to green as extreme angles.  You can see the green shift at the top corner of my nail.  This combination has a lot of depth and sparkle that my camera could not pick up.  I couldn't stop staring at my nails today!  

This is not sold in the US but sold out of the UK.  I bought this off of Ebay UK before Royal Mail put a stop on nail polish being shipped internationally. 

(Extreme angle shot under artificial lamp) 

(Outside direct sun shot) 

Up next, the new limited edition release from Ninja Polish: 

(Lightbox shot) 

Ninja Polish Divinity is from their Enigma limited edition collection.  This is also layered over Revlon Royal.  Actually, it's pigmented enough to not require an under color.  This was 2-coats and the blue base is nearly covered.  The base color is burgundy and shifts from gold to green to blue at extreme angles.  It does dry a tad matte, seen here with topcoat. 

Now, here's some weird angle shots to show the color shifts: 

(Backlit window shot) 

(Outside lowlight shot)

(Outside lowlight shot)

(Outside lowlight shot)

(Direct sun shot) 

This photo shows the color shifts the best on all nails.  You can see the color shift green to gold to burgundy. 

Up next, Kleancolor Chunky Holo Fuchsia 230: 

(Lightbox shot)

Kleancolor's Chunky Holo Fuchsia 230. Actually, not holo at all but rather a glitter duochrome. It shifts from orange to green to blue. This is swatched over OPI's Every Month is Oktoberfest. All the polishes from the Kleancolor Chunky holo collection were essentially the same glitter but the jelly base is different. I bought this off of Ebay. Definitely, get this and Chucky Holo Black (chromatic hex glitter).

Final thoughts?

Max Factor's Fantasy Fire is a good layering jelly if you want a close dupe to Clarin's 230. I didn't swatch it by self because it is a mini polish which is the only downside to this polish. I enjoyed Ninja Polish's Divinity but I felt the color was a bit too dense to see the color shifts. Don't get me wrong, it's still a VERY pretty color and it's probably the closest to Clarin's 230.

Kleancolor's Chunky Holo Fuchsia is the cheapest of the three and it still has the chromatic color shifts even though it's a glitter not a shimmer.


I bought Max Factor Fantasy Fire off of Ebay, it goes for $16 - $20.  Ninja Polish Divinity is sold off their site for $11 (currently out of stock).  

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Fuchsia can be found on Ebay or at weird nickel and dime stores for $2. 

Do these type of colors interest you? 

Or are they over-hyped? 

Thanks for reading!


  1. Thanks for the comparison post! It was great to see all the differences. :)

  2. Do they all have to be layered over something?

    1. No they can be painted to full opacity. Fantasy Fire just takes more coats and I didn't want to waste it for swatching purposes.


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