Today I have another Layla Ceramic Effect Flakie to share with you. This one is called Killing Red and it's a red jelly packed full of flakies that shift from red to orange and gold. It's a really beautiful polish, however I had one hek of a time photographing it. The orange and gold in the flakies tends to overwhelm the red base in photos. IRL the red is deeper...more of a true cherry red.
I also feel the need to beg forgiveness for posting photos with the lovely gash on my index finger. I was attempting to fix the stupid automatic seat belt in my car and managed to slip and slice myself with a screwdriver. Oops! Everyone point and laugh now! ;)But let's get to the polish!
This is 2 coats of Killing Red topped with HK Girl Top Coat:
I was so happy when I found this at Ulta the other day. I had been dying for a Red Flakie and this was the lone bottle of Killing Red. However, although I do like this polish, It's hasn't entirely killed my need for a good red flakie. I was hoping for a more evident color shift IRL, and more vibrance from the flakies.
Killing Red's formula was lovely, albeit a little on the thin side. Very easy to work with, not thickening during use and no clumps of flakies.
The polish itself applied nicely, gliding onto the nail with no issues. The brush on my bottle was ultra wonky, so I had to really work at getting this where I wanted it as opposed to all over my fingers. It was like trying to apply a flakie polish with a large, fluffy, janitorial grade mop! Thankfully it really is just a wonky brush - none of my other CE's have brush issues.
Layla Ceramic Effect Polishes are formulated to be used without top or base coat. I still use base coat, but always try these without top coat just to see if they really are as shiny and durable as they're supposed to be. I ended up adding topcoat over Killing Red since the surface was a touch textured and it just didn't have the depth I was looking for sans top coat.
This is such a gorgeous polish, however I don't think my search for the perfect red flakie is over. Actually, my search for flakies of all kinds and colors is nowhere near finished!
What's your take on Killing Red? Do you have a fave Flakie polish?
Be sure to check out Susan's awesome Up Colors Flakie! ( and don't forget to check out her shop, Star Trinkets, while you're there!) Man, I swear Susan has the best flakie polishes ever. She has me lemming every single one she has posted so far!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!