Max Factor Fantasy Fire is a multichromatic nail polish that’s very hard to get hold of because word has spread that it’s similar to the very-hard-to-find lacquer, Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee).
It’s a sheer, shimmery polish that’s a rainbow in a bottle. It’s meant to be layered over other polishes instead of worn solo.
Well, I never thought that I’d ever see this in person. But a very generous and thoughtful Swatch And Learn reader offered to send me her bottle.
It was my lucky day! I was squealing, jumping up and down, and acting like a complete and utter fool!
If you’re reading this, Beth, thank you again for sending this to me as well as one of the cutest cards I’ve ever received. I fell in lust with it, and you made this dream a reality. Your random act of kindness is immensely appreciated!
Warning: This post is verrrrrry picture heavy! (My polish reviews usually have lots of photos, but, haha, when you see how many are in this post, you’ll agree that it’s pretty ridiculous. I had to include so many to show off its many personalities.)
Max Factor Fantasy Fire Pictures
Max Factor Fantasy Fire Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather
- 2 coats of Max Factor Fantasy Fire
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Nail polish (Haha, I didn’t see any claims on the bottle & I’ve never seen any press releases or official information about this particular polish…)
- Name: Max Factor Max Effect Fantasy Fire Mini Nail Polish
- Amount: 4.5 mL
- What I Paid: Nothing! (One of my generous & thoughtful readers sent it to me!)
- Where to Buy: Some stores in the UK. Other than that vague source, I’m not sure where you can get it other than eBay maybe (for no doubt jacked-up prices). Listen, if you ever find this in a store for a reasonable price, don’t think! Buy it immediately!
Max Factor Fantasy Fire Review
When you look at the bottle, you’ll see a rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The center is mainly red and orange, and then at the edges, you see the other colours.
On the nail, Fantasy Fire by Max Factor has multiple personalities! In sunlight or flash straight on, you’ll see the ‘fire’ because of the red, orange, and bronze that comes through loud and proud.
Tilt your nails a bit, and the orange and bronze dominate. Tilt them more, and that’s when you’ll see it go from a swampy green to a full-on forest green!
Mind you, this is what I saw when I layered the polish over China Glaze Liquid Leather, a black jelly polish.
I chose to layer it over black because I’ve seen lots of swatches of this over purple, and I was curious to see it over black instead.
If you layer over a purple that’s similar to the base of Fantasy Fire, you may be able to see blue.
This is a very shimmery multichromatic nail polish. The shimmer is fierce – it’s the kind that twinkles and dances on your nails like pixie dust…or like how snow in the sunlight sparkles as I like to say.
Application & Formula
The formula is thin, watery, and sheer, but it’s very easy to control, and it applies extremely smoothly.
Since Fantasy Fire by Max Factor is so sheer, it’s meant to be layered over another polish to achieve the best results. Also, I wouldn’t waste it by using it solo for a manicure because you’d need 2-4 coats to achieve full opacity, and this bottle is extremely small, so I feel like it would be a waste.
In fact, I’m such a Scrooge when it comes to this polish. I’m so sorry, but I just couldn’t bring myself to layer it over several colours on a nail wheel for swatches. I felt like that would be sacrilegious! (When I did that with Clarins 230, it was different because the bottle was bigger.)
Is Max Factor Fantasy Fire a Dupe of Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee)?
Even though I now own both, I can’t say for certain because it’s been quite some time since I last wore Clarins 230. They do look similar to each other because they both have that intense shimmery finish and multichromatic nature. But I think that Fantasy Fire looks more purple and Clarins 230 looks more red.
(Please take a look at my review and swatches of it in the above link to compare. Although, in that post, I layered it over a dusty teal/blue and not a black like I did here. Still, it may be helpful.)
What Does Max Factor Fantasy Fire Look Solo?
Here’s what it looks like on its own. I painted 2 coats over a white nail-wheel tip.
Final Verdict: 10/10
You knew that I’d give Fantasy Fire by Max Factor a perfect score, right? Duh, it was a no-brainer!
As you can probably tell, I’m completely smitten by it. Just look at how many photos of it that I posted! Wearing this polish made me as vain as a peacock! I couldn’t help but look at my nails all the time to see the colours shifting and shimmering. (I’m not even exaggerating. Seriously! I would look at my nails in the elevator, on the bus, in the subway, walking on the street, at the office, etc.)
And one of my co-workers was intrigued by it because she noticed that the colour kept shifting. Haha, this polish is like a rattlesnake. Its rattle is multichromatic.
It’s too late for me. I’ve already been bitten. You still have time to save yourself! Hahahahahah!
Do you have any multichromes in your collection? Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? Do you think I included enough photos? (Haha!)
P.S. I want to take this opportunity to apologize about not posting a review yesterday. I feel badly about it because, in over a year, Swatch And Learn has never skipped a day. It feels so wrong. Hopefully that won’t happen again…
— Mary (@SwatchAndLearn) June 16, 2012