Flakie polishes are mesmerizing, yet aren’t easy to find and can be quite expensive.
The ever-popular Nfu-Oh flakie polishes cost a small fortune and can only be found at etailers or on eBay.
I was really lucky to get hold of the limited-edition Nubar 2010 (love it!), but searched for Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure to no avail.
When I heard about the Joe Twilight flakie nail polish, I automatically assumed that I’d never find it.
One day, while grocery shopping, I casually browsed through the shelf of Joe Fresh nail polishes. They have some pretty colors, but I never bought any to try.
Then my heart stopped when I picked up the Joe Fresh Twilight flakie polish! Could this be? Did I actually find it? Yes! The nail-polish gods smiled down on me!
Joe Twilight Pictures
Since I wasn’t able to take a picture that showed all the Joe Twilight ingredients, I’m typing them out. Take a deep breath. It’s long!
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose Adipic acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Trphenyl Phosphate, Propyl Acetate, N-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium, Hectorite, Ethyl Tosylamide, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone.
May contain: Mica, Polyacrylate-4, Barium Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides CI 15880:1, CI 77266, CI 77510, CI 19140, CI 15850, CI 15850:1.
Joe Twilight Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 1 coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather (black)
- 2 coats of Joe Twilight
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Fabulous color (Funny how this is the only ‘claim’)
- Name: Joe Fresh Style Twilight
- Amount: 6 mL
- What I Paid: $3.33 CAD with the 3 for $10 CAD special (If you buy 1 bottle, it’s $4 each)
- Joe Fresh Nail Polish Colors Available: Twilight, Moss, Seashell, Marshmallow, Latte, Mocha, Eggplant, Papaya, Tin, Apple, Crush, Pineapple, Mallard, Cobalt, Navy, Iris, Bloom, Cement, Hula, Lagoon, Wave, Cloud, Mist, Oyster, Wine, Sun Kissed, Fig, Nude, Pink, Coral, Tomato, Cherry, Fuschia, Berry, Petal, Ballet Slipper, Buff, White, Gun Metal, Jet, Prune, Storm, Fog, Brick, Caramel, Persian Blue, Jade & Orchid
- Where to Buy: Loblaws & The Superstore
Joe Twilight Review
Whenever I hear something called Twilight these days, I always think that they’re trying to piggyback on the success of the vampire frenzy, which makes me roll my eyes because I’m not a fan.
Since I haven’t read the books and have only watched one of the movies (because my sister-in-law wanted to see it when I was over), I can’t say if Twilight by Joe Fresh Style bears any relevance to the Twilight series.
Twilight by Joe Fresh Style is a dark and foreboding shade. It has large, irregular-shaped flakies suspended in a menacing black base.
The flakies aren’t overpowered by the deep base – in fact, they shine through brilliantly with a pop of green and orange (which leans more on the yellow side rather than the red side).
Prior to painting my nails, I swatched it on a color wheel that was lying around because I wanted to see the opacity. It’s definitely not a 1-coater. You’ll need about 3 coats if you want to achieve the bottle color.
Since Joe Fresh Twilight only comes in a tiny 6 mL bottle, I didn’t want to waste too much of it with several coats. That’s why I layered 1 coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather (a black jelly polish) underneath. This allowed me to use only 2 coats of Twilight but still get the bottle color.
The consistency was easy to work with – not too thick and not too thin. It glided on my nails easily and took as much time to dry as any typical polish.
Without a top coat, Joe Fresh Style Twilight doesn’t feel gritty like a glittery polish, but it also doesn’t feel as smooth as a creme polish. When I ran my finger along my nails, I could feel some slight texture, but nothing that would snag on your pantyhose.
Twilight also had a jelly-ish finish that really has depth. You can’t get this look by just layering a flakie top coat over a dark polish. So I really appreciated the uniqueness of this finish.
I really dislike the short, stubby brush and the wide handle. (My favorites are by Orly because the handles are long and rubberized. And their brushes apply the polish on your nails like a dream.) But, surprisingly, I had no issues applying Joe Fresh Twilight with this disappointing brush. So…it works, but it can definitely be improved.
Flakie Polish Application
Applying a flakie polish is different than a regular polish. Because the flakes are large, they may not lie flat on your nails, or they may stick out beyond the tips of your nails when you brush them on. Sometimes you’ll have to use the brush to push the flakies down.
Also, it’s a good idea to wait several minutes in between coats because you want the new layer of flakies to go on without dragging the previous layer(s) of flakies with it.
Joe Twilight Swatches without Layering China Glaze Liquid Leather Underneath
Joe Twilight vs. Nubar 2010
- Nubar 2010: Iridescent flakie polish that’s typically used over dark, light, sheer & any other colors
- Joe Fresh Twilight: Duochrome flakie polish best layered over black and vampy colors (Result will be black or near-black)
Colors of Flakies
- Nubar 2010: Flakies have gradients with green, yellow, orange & red
- Joe Fresh Twilight: Flakies show up as green & yellowy orange
Density of Flakies
- Nubar 2010: Dense flakies that lie on top
- Joe Fresh Twilight: Not-as-dense flakies (but also not sparse) that have depth – it’s like you’re seeing them underwater
Click here to see my Nubar 2010 swatches & review so you can compare for yourself!
Layering Experiment Over Green Nail Polish
Since one of our readers, Kee, was disappointed that the base was blackish and not more green, I decided to experiment by layering Joe Twilight over 2 different greens to see if it would add a green tinge.
Sorry, Kee, but looks like it’s a streaky mess. It looks worse in photos when it’s blown up, but even on the nail wheel, I thought it looked terrible! And the green doesn’t really show up too much. Looks like it’s a pass if you’re craving a green jelly instead of a black jelly.
- Rare flakie nail polish
- Can be found at Loblaws & The Superstore (Canadian grocery stores)
- Easy-to-worth-with formula
- Available only in Canada
- Small 6 mL bottle
- Short & stubby brush
Final Verdict: 9/10
If you’ve had a hard time finding flakie polishes or if you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for one, Joe Fresh Twilight is perfect. It’s a vampy polish with some zing to it.
Have you tried Joe Fresh nail polishes? Are you a fan of flakie polishes? What color do you like layering under your flakie polishes?