Clarins 230 nail polish is a page out of a makeup fanatic’s fairy tale. Heck, it’s even known as Unicorn Pee!
This shimmery rainbow in a bottle is so unique that people are willing to pay an obscene amount of money to own. And others lucky enough to have nail buddies are swapping for it.
Clarins 230 is highly sought after and is quite possibly the hardest to find nail polish because it’s been discontinued for several years.
Is Clarins out of its mind? The story goes that the sparkly multichrome pigment used for Unicorn Pee doesn’t exist anymore and can’t be recreated yet. No pigment? No polish!
My bottle photos turned out decent – I was able to capture the rainbow and shimmery goodness. But I was really disappointed with how my Clarins 230 swatches turned out. This polish really didn’t want to show its true beauty in the swatches even though I literally took hundreds of photos in all different lighting!
Most bloggers show Unicorn Pee swatches where they layered Clarins 230 over a purple polish. While it’s truly a mesmerizing combination, I took a different route and experimented with a dusty-blue base color – Orly Sapphire Silk (from the Spring 2011 Collection).
Despite my lackluster swatches, I hope that you can still get a glimpse into the wonder that is this polish. I tried to show you, but really, Clarins 230 is a polish you really have to see in person to experience the magic (as cheesy as that sounds).
Warning: This post is picture heavy!
Clarins 230 Pictures
Clarins 230 Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 2 coats of Orly Sapphire Silk (dusty blue)
- 1 coat of Clarins 230
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Claims: Couldn’t find any, but Product: TRUSTED
- Name: Clarins 230
- Amount: 12 mL (0.4 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $52.68 CAD (Yes, it’s obscene!)
- Where to Buy: eBay
Clarins 230 Review
Unicorn Pee has acute Dissociative Identity Disorder (aka Multiple Personality Disorder)! I had to take a bazillion photos because with every slight different angle, the color changes. You may think that all the above photos are of different polishes but, nope, they’re all of Clarins 230!
Unicorn Pee polish is meant to be worn over a base color. Sure, you could wear it by itself, but it’s extremely sheer, and to build up opacity, you’d probably have to wear 4-5 coats! Who wants to waste this liquid gold by doing that? Plus, when you layer it over another color, it adds depth.
Most times (and by itself), Clarins 230 looks like a sheer purple with red-ruby shimmer. In sunlight, the red shimmer is the most dominant. But in artificial light, the shimmer shifts from red to green to orange to yellow to pink to purple.
Each time you move your nails, you see different colors. It’s like wearing several different nail polishes all at once! So fun to wear!
Clarins 230 polish is incredibly sparkly! Even in dim light, the shimmer looks fiery and gives it that ‘lit from within’ look.
Picture fluffy white snow with strong sunlight blazing on it. Y’know how it glitters so much that the sparkles seem to ‘dance’ or twinkle? That’s exactly Unicorn Pee’s personality. The shimmer catches the light (even in low light) and is so bright and sharp!
It’s very thin and easy to work with – goes exactly where you want it to. No clumps. No stringiness. No streakiness. Flows like absolute perfection. And it dried in the same time as a typical polish.
I can’t talk about Clarins 230 without complaining about the price. Just last year on eBay, it was going for even $100 (and upward) per bottle! And, yes, people were buying it.
Then this year I took a look and found the prices were around the $50-70 CAD mark. Still astronomically expensive, but it was a price that a nailphile like me was willing to drop. I see this as history in a bottle since the pigment isn’t around anymore. This is by far my most coveted polish. And I doubt that I’d ever drop this kind of cash on any other color. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of splurge for me.
Not everyone wants to pay the hefty price no matter how beautiful Unicorn Pee is. Some people have swapped with other nail-polish lovers on forums for it. And some others are even luckier and have found it in discount polish lots or even garage sales!
Most people like to layer this over a purple to bring out the purple shimmer more and so the red shimmer will really pop. But I chose a dusty blue base because I wanted to coax more blue and green shimmer.
I’ll definitely wear this again over another base color. Can’t wait to experiment with purples, greens, and reds!
After doing extensive research, I found that the only spot-on dupe is Liquid Euphoria Bliss (which totally sounds like a drug…haha!). But that’s as elusive as Clarins 230.
Some people have also said that the Nfu-Oh flakie polish #51 is a dupe. It’s not. Clarins 230 doesn’t have any flakies. It has shimmer. You get a completely different effect. The only similarity that these two have is that they’re both rainbows in a bottle with the same base purple. So if you’re lemming Unicorn Pee, Nfu-Oh is your more affordable bet (although it can be difficult to get hold of, too!).
Final Verdict: 10/10
Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee) is the most stunning and chameleon-like polish I have ever seen, and I’m very grateful to have it in my collection.
If you are willing to part with a small fortune for this, do it! This is a purchase you won’t regret – it looks waaaaay better in person!
Do you think I’ve lost control of my faculties by purchasing this? What’s the most you would ever pay for a single bottle of polish?