NOTD: Max Factor Fantasy Fire

So I’m sure you’ve all seen it on the rounds of various blog posts the past few months as did I, but eventually I gave in and purchased Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire, an apparent dupe for a Clarins polish.

I can’t comment on how much of a dupe it is because I haven’t seen the Clarins one, but I was drawn to the amazing effects it has.

I will warn you now, this is a very photo heavy post as it’s so lovely/hard to photograph that I took way too many!

The polish itself is a purple jelly type polish with a metallic effect, its not quite glittery but has a gorgeous shimmer all the way through it.

It is shown above without flash, and below with a flash to give you an idea of the colour.

It was hard to photograph accurately as even though the colour is a purple jelly, the metallic effect is produced by a number of different coloured particles ranging from gold, orange, red and pink, hence the name ‘Fantasy Fire’

I am such a sucker for a good name and this one hits all the right spots!

Fantasy and dream world plus dangerous fire?! All wrapped up to produce a beautifully shimmery lacquer?! What’s not to love!

You can see a whole load of shimmer in the photo above and below, I am in love with this colour!

Click for an enlarged version of the photo below and you can see it even better.

The only problems I have found with this is firstly you need a good 3/4 coats to get an even and vivid enough colour which as we all know is arduous and eventually costs more.

Secondly, the pot (whilst only £3.99 normally, £2.99 in superdrug right now!) is tiny, and although it’s cheap you don’t get a lot of product and it can be harder to paint your nails with the smaller pot in your hand.

That being said, for a night when I have the time to do 6 coats of polish and somewhere to wear it to, this baby will be coming out a lot!

If the bottle finishes as quickly as I imagine it would I would still buy this again, although I would rather a larger version (in an ideal world eh?)

Have you bought Fantasy Fire? What did you think of it? Have you found a similar colour elsewhere?

Any other Max Factor varnishes you’ve used and loved?

L xxx


  1. Dragon Mommy
    May 17, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    I love Fantasy Fire, its so beautiful.Holli

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      May 20, 2012 / 3:23 pm

      I really love it, so different to anything else I've bought before! 🙂

  2. Sophie
    May 18, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    Lovely colour! Sucks that you need loads of coats, but it's worth it cos it's so pretty 😀

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      May 20, 2012 / 3:23 pm

      It's definitely worth it, the photos barely do it justice!

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