It’s very rare when I wear the same nail-polish shade again in less than 2 weeks. I have to really fall hard for the color.
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy was my knight. The shining armor I layered over him was KleanColor Chunky Holo Candy 228!
Unlike Bluebell, which I previously swatched, reviewed, and wanted to marry, Candy was very underwhelming. It’s not to say that this holographic glitter polish is bad, but it was far less impressive than Bluebell’s mind-blowing rainbowy goodness.
As the name would suggest, Candy is a sweet color – mainly yellow, orange, and grass green suspended in a translucent coral-pink polish.
When I first laid eyes on the bottle, the base color instantly reminded me of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. It has that neon brightness that I thought would be a perfect match made in polish heaven.
Sadly, I’m not a huge fan of this combination. I much prefer Flip Flop Fantasy alone than with this glitter top coat. But there are many layering possibilities (try it over black!), so don’t let me put you off this color.
KleanColor Chunky Holo Candy Pictures
KleanColor Chunky Holo Candy Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
- 2 coats of KleanColor Chunky Holo Candy
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Top-quality formula
? Long-lasting & Chip-resistant (I didn’t wear it long enough to test this claim.)
- Name: KleanColor Chunky Holo Candy 228
- 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 Candy Review
Candy doesn’t have nearly as much holographic magic as KleanColor Bluebell, another color in the KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection. While you can see the entire rainbow in Bluebell, you only get to see yellow, orange, and a light green in Candy, which has a neon coral-pink tint.
Most times you just see the orange and yellow glitter, but at certain angles, you get a glimpse of the light green. It’s nothing to write home about…at least when you layer it over a neon coral like I did.
In the bottle, it’s so bright that it looks neon. When worn alone without any base color, it’s extremely sheer. Check out the above collection link to see swatches of it by itself.
If you can only get one color from the KleanColor Chunky Holo Collection, Candy is not it! There are way more mesmerizing shades than this.
Achieving the Bottle Color & Layering Tips
It’s best to use Candy as a layering polish instead of wearing as is. You can create all sorts of looks and transform any of your existing polishes.
I wanted to get the bottle color. By using China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, I was able to get a more opaque and brighter version of Candy. Thought I would like it more than I actually do.
Candy went on very smoothly and evenly. It was very easy to work with, but thick. With 1 coat, you get sparse glitter. I preferred 2 coats because I wanted to notice the glitter more.
This is the second time that I’ve tried a KleanColor polish, and it smelled super strong. Ghastly! I’ve never smelled any other polish that smelled like KleanColor polishes.
Also, I noticed that when I paint my nails, I have a weird habit of holding my breath as I’m painting. Guess I’ve just developed this habit over time, but it came in handy especially with this polish! I think if you breathe normally while applying Candy, you may just pass out! 😛
The glitter pieces are definitely chunky. You’d expect them to be gritty, but they’re not! They lie flat enough so when you run your finger on your nail, it doesn’t feel sharp at all. It doesn’t feel as smooth as a creme polish, of course, but it’s not rough like you’d expect.
For those who are avoiding the Big-3 nasty ingredients, you’ll be pleased to know that KleanColor Candy doesn’t contain any DBP, Formaldehyde, or Toluene.
I found that Candy dried fairly slowly and remained goopy for a while. You’ll want to use a fast-drying top coat with this one for sure.
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
KleanColor 228 Chunky Holo Candy is pretty and summery, but it’s not my favorite in the collection. If you want to spice up your neon polish with a subtle holo-glitter polish, this is the one.
But if you’re looking for a true holo with rainbow colors, this isn’t the best choice. Looks nice over black polish, but when trying to achieve the bottle color, it leaves something to be desired.
What kind of finish do you prefer for your neon polish – glitter, creme, matte, or shimmer? Do you have any favorite holo-glitter polishes? Which is the best KleanColor polish you’ve ever tried?