In my Haul of Shame post, you’ll remember that I bragged about snatching up the entire KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection.
I showed you bottle pictures and swatched them all by themselves, but also over black polish.
Now it’s time to give an individual thorough review on KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell 235.
Since this holographic glitter polish is supposed to be used as a top coat rather than solo, I layered it over China Glaze Midnight Mission (a rich fine-glittery deep blue).
If you have any doubts surrounding whether or not to get KleanColor Bluebell, let me help you decide: Get it! Seriously, it’s a beauty!
KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell Pictures
KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Midnight Mission
- 2 coats of KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell (235)
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Note: All of the below swatches are in natural light unless stated otherwise.
√ Top-quality formula
√ Long-lasting & Chip-resistant
- Name: KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell 235
- Collection: KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection
- Colors in the KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection: Bluebell, Candy, Poppy, Fuschia, Scarlet, Clover, Teal, Purple & Black
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.49 USD
- Where to Buy: KleanColor website, eBay & select retailers
KleanColor Chunky Holo Bluebell Review
KleanColor Bluebell 235 has large holographic glitter (hence the name “Chunky”) suspended in a dark-blue translucent base.
To see swatches of what it looks like by itself and over a creme-black polish, please refer to my Haul of Shame post featuring the entire KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection.
The holographic glitter itself is arresting! I like it best in indirect natural light because you can really see the green, orange, yellow, and red vividly. Every time you move your hands even slightly, it’s dramatic! What I especially like is that a lot of the time, you can see all the colors at the same time. But when you tilt your fingers, you’ll get to see some colors dominate others. Very cool!
In the sunlight, mainly the red and orange shows up, which is still pretty, but it doesn’t have the rainbowy goodness like in indirect natural light.
Achieving the Bottle Color & Layering Tips
To get the bottle color, you’ll need to lay down a dark-blue polish prior to slicking on Bluebell. I used China Glaze Midnight Mission and, when layered, I think it achieved a more opaque version of the bottle color.
If you still want the blue to show through (and not just the holo glitter), your best bet is to layer Bluebell over a medium-dark blue polish. If, however, you just want the glitter to show up and none of the blue base, put this over a plain black polish. You could also try layering this over light blues to see what neat combinations and effects you can come up with.
Bluebell by KleanColor flowed onto the nail very easily, even though in the bottle, it looked pretty thick. I noticed that there was more of the sheer base polish and with one coat, you only get a light scattering of glitter.
Although the holographic effect is definitely noticeable, it becomes stronger as you apply more coats, which is why I opted for a second. You could add a third, but be careful because each layer you add makes your manicure thicker, which will be more prone to chipping.
I paint my nails pretty often, so I’m well aware of the nasty fumes that come with the polish territory. This is my first experience with KleanColor nail polish, and let me just say this: it smells awful! I don’t think I’ve ever complained about the smell of a particular polish before, so this is really saying something!
It’s hard to describe exactly what it smells like because I don’t go around sniffing toxic things consciously. It’s like nail polish, but amped up. If regular polish is like beer, KleanColor is like tequila – strong!
When it dries, it’s just the same as any other polish…which is good, or I’d probably faint.
You’d expect that with chunky glitter, it’d be super rough, but surprisingly it isn’t. It’s not as smooth as the finish you’d get from a creme polish, but it’s nowhere near as chunky as most glitter polishes. Plus once you add top coat to seal it all in, it gets even smoother.
According to the ingredients I posted above, Bluebell by KleanColor doesn’t contain any Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP.
Final Verdict: 9/10
KleanColor Bluebell 235 is a gorgeous holo-glitter layering polish. It quickly adds spice to any manicure, and thankfully you don’t have to pay a hefty price for it.
Are you a fan of holographic-glitter polishes? What would you layer Bluebell over? Have you ever smelled a polish that stunk so much that you would never wear it again?