Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Adorned Nails: KOH Blue Universe


I bought this months back but, sadly, never got round to wearing it. I just needed a little nudge really and that came a few days ago after an email conversation with a lovely reader. I'd like to refer to her by name, but perhaps it is not her wish to be named here. Well, this one's for you.


KOH Blue Universe comes from the same family as KOH Bronzation. It looks foil-like from a distance and even though the blue doesn't look half bad in the sun, this polish is not something you should admire in direct sunlight. Its real beauty is drowned out by all that metallic shine.

Blue Universe is a polish best viewed in the shade.


Like Bronzation, Blue Universe has randomly-shaped flakies. However, Bronzation also has small uniform-sized round flakies which are absent in Blue Universe. Instead, the latter is just dense with silver micro-glitters.


It applied well and was almost opaque in two coats (three would be better). I however did four on the ring finger (image above) just to get more flakies on. The flakies are dark pink/copper when seen upfront, and yellow and green when viewed at an angle.

Cosmic blue universe on nails is what you could call this.





Further reading:
My feature on KOH Bronzation
All my posts on KOH
KOH Cosmetics website

38 comments:

The Student's Guide To Nail Polish said...

WOW! You know, up close that looks like a semi-precious gemstone...like the kind that comes out of volcanos - similar to granite. VERY pretty. What a generous reader!

Toesthattwinkle! said...

This is really pretty!

Anonymous said...

Sooooooo beautiful!! It's so intriguing to see all those pretty little flakies. Love, love, loving it. "KTee"xx

Paulina said...

it looks very pretty :)

Anutka said...

WOW. What a gorgeous color with all the flakes in it! I have not seen anything like this one before!

Nikki said...

Heel erg mooi! Geweldige foto's!
Ik ga maar eens gauw kijken of ik deze bij Douglas kan kopen.

Witoxicity said...

@Student's Guide To Nail Polish
Haha, yes, a kind of blue granite, I suppose. Umm, I have a feeling you may have misread the first paragraph. This bottle was simply my own purchase. :)

@Toesthattwinkle
Thanks! :)

@KTee
Yes, yes, I totally know what you mean about them flakies flaunting their cosmic prettiness. Hee hee!

@Paulina
I'm glad you like this one, Paulina. :)

@Anutka
It's quite fascinating to look at all those flakies juxtaposed against the dizzying blue, isn't it? :)

sugar sugar said...

whoa! this is super pretty! i love the specks. it makes the nail polish pop out and so pretty! :)

Witoxicity said...

@Nikki
Hoi Nikki! Bedankt! Eerlijk gezegd, is het wel wat makkelijker om een mooie foto te maken van een nagellak, als die van zichzelf al zo mooi is hoor. :D Ja, leuk idee! Ga maar eens kijken of je er één kan aanschaffen. Er zijn ook nog een paar andere kleuren met flakies. Ik heb ze thuis, maar ik heb ze nog niet laten zien in een artikel. :)

@sugar sugar
I agree. This is a pretty one. I'm slapping myself for having waited so long to wear this. :P

Michelle said...

Ohmygoodness!!!! The effect is sooo pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

STUNNING!! The flakies are sooo fascinating, look at it from different angles and you will see different colors. Have to google more flakie images right now. Take care, Nicole x

Witoxicity said...

@Michelle
I'm pleased you like Blue Universe. Thanks, Michelle. :)

@Nicole
Yeah, those darned flakies seem to be getting us all mesmerised! Oh, I'm sure if you googled this, you will find many other polishes with pretty flakies. Too many! :D

Skulda said...

I think I just died. This polish is beyond amazing and I wish I could get my hands on it!!!!!!!

Witoxicity said...

@Skulda
No, no, a nail polish is certainly not worth dying for, no matter how funky it is. Breathe, Skulda, breathe! :)

Appu said...

Whoa! I love this shade. Looks stunning on your nails! Your've photographed it so well :D

MartianDelights said...

Totally amazing colour !

Witoxicity said...

@Appu
Thanks so much, Appu! Well, with good enough lighting, a polish this beautiful would photograph nicely any which way. :D

@MartianDelights
Yay, I'm glad this is to your taste! :)

Natalie Nguyen said...

Wow. That polish is SUPER pretty.

Adis said...

8B Om van te watertanden! Holy boomsticks, that's a pretty polish! It makes me wish for ubercurvy nails so regardless of which angle you look at, all the colours in the flakies come out as pretty as it does in the bottle pictures :x.
I really need to stop looking at swatches, they make me want too many polishes and I only have ten nails to paint :p.

Witoxicity said...

@Natalie
That's great! I'm glad you like it, Natalie. :)

@Adis
Twenty, if you count your toes (I mean, we're talking about nail polish here, not nail art). Fyi, there are a few more that I haven't shown yet. Hmmm, you had better not look when I post them later (goodness knows when!). Anyway, I would think that you can re-create such looks with your Golden Rose flakies, no? After all, it's about layering those flakies on your choice of colour. Endless possibilities! :D

PolishSis said...

Lovely polish! The closeup really looks like a picture of the universe. The only thing missing is a little spaceship ;-)

Witoxicity said...

@PolishSis
Yes, yes, a spaceship would have completed the picture. It doesn't have to be little. Something along the lines of Battlestar Galactica would do. :D

Vonvon said...

That's a lovely shade!

Adis said...

I could layer, but I'm lazy at heart :D! Why layer when you can just get it straight from the bottle :D?
But I accept your challenge :p! I'll try to figure a way to recreate this :p. (But it has to wait for now, my poor nails have been in blegh condition and I'm trying to grow out a part where I accidentally scooped out a chunk of nail O_o;... Sorry for the disturbing mental images 8D;;;!)

Witoxicity said...

@Vonvon
It's an intriguing polish for sure. :)

@Adis
Haha, it wasn't meant to be a challenge, but all right, go for it. I'm curious to see the results and I'm pretty sure it's achievable. :D OK, I just cringed reading that last part. That must have been quite a trauma (for your finger). Ouch!

Kanisha said...

*pouting* i'm gonna stop reading your blog! You make my crave for nail polishes (and nails) i'll never have :( :(

Kanisha said...

ps: loved ur nails and the teeez green nail polish :)

Witoxicity said...

@Kanisha
Thanks for your kind words, Kanisha! :) Frankly, I get tempted the same way too when I read other ladies' blogs. It does get a bit too much sometimes - too many brands, too many products, too many cool nail polish colours. Where and when does it end? At the rate things are going, probably never. Hmph!

crazyjkix said...

I have no words. WOW that's gorgeous!

Witoxicity said...

@crazyjkix
I'm glad this one has wowed you. :)

DalaLuz said...

It's gorgeous! Wow. Now I want it... But perhaps I'll try some flakie recreation first....

Witoxicity said...

@DalaLuz
Yeah, you could try replicating this with the layering method. I'm sure it's possible. :)

BellasUnhaseCia said...

Lindo e Perfeito!!!
Adorei a cor...
Beijos
http://bellasunhasecia.blogspot.com/

Witoxicity said...

@BellasUnhaseCia
I'm so pleased you like this one, Cris. :)

To {Polish} or Not said...

Beautiful! How does one get KOH polishes?

Witoxicity said...

@To {Polish} or Not
Hi! I have written a post on how you can get hold of KOH polishes. KOH Cosmetics does offer international shipping now. You can read the post here. I think you will find it useful. :)

To {Polish} or Not said...

Thanks!

Witoxicity said...

@To {Polish} or Not
You're most welcome. :)