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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Nfu Oh 570 & 52

By on May 14, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Blue, Nfu Oh
nfu-oh-570-52-nail-polish-bottles-365-untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Yesterday a reader posted on my Facebook wall raving about how amazing the famed holo Nfu Oh 61 is and blaming me for finally caving on a bottle. A blame I happily accept.

Naturally that had me revisiting my Nfu Oh stash which contains at least 5 untried colors. What started out as a simple creme manicure with Nfu Oh 570 ended up becoming a full on sparkle-gasm involving Nfu Oh 52. Keep reading to find out why.

Formula & Application: The Nfu Oh bottle doesn’t list ingredients so other than the FabulouStreet website saying it’s 3-Free I have nothing to go on. The brushes are short, round and firm. For me a firm brush means a light touch so you don’t end up with cuticle drag when applying multiple coats. The brush hasn’t been a hindrance in the past but today it made for a very awkward application.

Combine the stiff brush with a streaky, jelly formula and you have one mess of a manicure. I haven’t had this much trouble applying a polish in a long time. Even Chanel Mimosa went on smoother and that’s saying a LOT. I applied three coats and gave up. A flawless manicure just wasn’t going to happen which is where Nfu Oh 52 fits in.

Application Tip: Make sure you wrap your tips/cap your edges. Darker jellies like this one will appear lighter at the tip otherwise.

Nfu Oh 570 looks like a murky navy blue creme in the bottle but once the first coat goes down, you see its vibrant teal base. It would probably take at least four coats to get it close to bottle color so I left it looking more blackened teal than navy. I took this shot before applying a third coat to my pinkie nail so you can see how blue-green the base is.


Given what a streak-tastic mess 570 turned out to be and that I was pressed for time this morning, I couldn’t start from scratch. I ended up bringing Nfu Oh 52 to to the party and it saved the day.

The Nfu Oh “flakies,” as they’re called, are a magical creation. They are chock full of multi-shaped glitter and foil that float in the jelly base. While 52 isn’t a duo-chrome in the true metallic sense it does create a dual-color finish. Even though 52 looks like it has a lot of purple in the bottle, layered over 570 it flashes both emerald green and sapphire blue.


The boyfriend and I attended the International Beer Fest this afternoon and while I was giving my palate a break in between tastings, I snapped this pic on my cell phone that shows off the blue in Nfu Oh 52. Later I stopped by ULTA, since I’m rarely in that part of town, and two of the employees flipped over this combo, remarking that it looks three dimensional. The way the flakes are trapped in the jelly base, it really does look somewhat 3-D.


Bottom Line: The color of Nfu Oh 570 is a win but the formula is a giant fail. Though I’m curious if a different base coat (I used Gelous) would make a difference so I’m not ready to give up on it just yet. It’s not something I would recommend though as I know there are plenty of dark blue cremes on the market. Nfu Oh 52 however deserves its own holiday. It’s beyond fantastic and an all-caps MUST HAVE.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I’m STASHing both for now but 570 will be put out to pasture if I can’t get it to apply better.

Nfu Oh nail polishes are available online at Polishes retail for $12.50/ea for a 17ml (approx .55oz) bottle. US residents receive FREE SHIPPING.

Thoughts on today’s manicure? Have any of you experienced the same application issues with 570? Do you have any tricks to share? If you don’t own any Nfu Oh nail polishes WHAT are you waiting for?

Disclosure: I purchased these nail polishes. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Tams says:

    Annndddd have just reminded me I’ve never worn this flakie either! I need to fix that!!

  2. Ofelia says:

    im dying to get my hands on nfuoh flake polishes!

  3. Sabrina says:

    Love it! :)

  4. Rie says:

    I ordered my first two Nfu-Oh polishes earlier this week and I cannot wait until they arrive so I can try them out! This brand has three of my favorite finishes: flakies, holos, and jelly. What more could I ask for?

    Maybe for #61 or #62 to be back in stock…

  5. This is another brand I can’t believe I haven’t ordered yet. When I wanted to recently most of the ones I wanted were out of stock. I NEED the flakies!

  6. Serena says:

    I think I am going to order these. I haven’t tried Nfu Oh yet. Are there any Nfu Ohs that you consider must haves?

  7. Diana says:

    This is going to be on my shopping list! I have on #46 right now, and 2 more on it’s way.

  8. Susan says:

    So that’s what it is! I’ve been waiting all day to find out since I saw your pictures on Twitter! I’ve never even heard of this brand. And I call myself a fanatic… jeesh!

  9. Rachel says:

    I went to the beer fest tonight :)

  10. Chris says:

    Now I know. I totally need the flakies polishes!

  11. Meg says:

    This looks kinda similar to DL’s Across The Universe! It kinda looks three dimensional, too. I think a lot of the reason why it reminds me of it is because the navy jelly base with different layers of glitter/flakies! I love it!

  12. Laura says:

    Oh my god, this combination looks amazing. I already saw it at your tumblr and I was hoping you’d post more HQ pictures of your nails.

  13. Tiger says:

    Oh. My. God. So beautiful.

  14. Vik says:

    To me Nfu Oh flakies are just pure magic!

  15. Pamela says:

    Love the glittery one. And would buy it, but the other one…not so much. And thanks again for reviewing all these polishes!

  16. Ice Queen says:

    That is a beautiful manicure.

    If you love 570, perhaps it would be worth your while to decant it into a bottle with a brush better suited to applying a jelly polish. Then you could clean out the pretty Nfu-Oh bottle and use it for a franken or or cuticle oil or decant a polish that would work with that brush into it. :)

  17. meme says:

    OK. I now must get a couple bottles of Nfu to try. But thanks for the heads up that some of the base shades might be iffy on their formula. I will think carefully about what I end up ordering from this brand. LOVE the final look you came up with. BTW I like the idea Ice Queen has. Thanks so much for reviewing these. I learn so much and soooo look forward to reading your blog each day. Don’t stop posting daily if at all possible once you have reached the end of this wonderful 365.

  18. Jennifer says:

    The 365 unknowns is really a great idea! I honestly look forward to reading each morning just to see what you did. Thanks so much for the time and energy you’re putting into this….I don’t want you to think it’s not appreciated.

  19. Leann says:

    On my computer, it looks like a dupe for Deborah Lippman Across the Universe. Is that how it looks in person? I really like that manicure!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It doesn’t have the hexagonal glitter like AtU and it has much more depth. As much as I love AtU the Nfu Oh flakies blow it out of the water.

  20. Veronica says:

    I tried buying hologfram and the “aqua base” for the hologram nails yesterday and the base was all sold OUT! I bought some flakies after seeing your reviews. Thank you for great indoor/outdoor pics!

  21. ReaderRita says:

    I LOVE Nfu-Oh’s flakies! They are so special- they put all other glitter/flake polishes to shame, imho. I wonder if Nfu-Oh’s “Aqua Base” that’s so good with the flakies would work similar wonders with their jellies?
    Just a thought.

  22. Tisha says:

    Gah – I just love those bottles. I don’t have any Nfu Oh polish yet. I’m pretty sure I will have to remedy that sometime soon.

  23. Apriltini says:

    I’d love to get my paws on a couple of their polishes, but am waiting for a good sale. Money’s tight, and I can’t justify $12.50 per bottle, plus shipping.

  24. Renee says:

    When I tried Gelous base coat this was the effect I got too – a lot of yucky brush marks with a polish that is usually fool-proof for me. Definitely try 570 with another BC.

  25. Olivia says:

    gorgeous! love flakies

  26. Jo says:

    Definitely a beautiful combination :)

  27. Anna says:

    Such a beautiful combination :)
    I have a nail polish from We Care Icon (Magic Sapphire) that is dark blue with tiny turquoise glitter in it… it reminds me a bit of this.. its like watching the stars or fireworks on your nails :D
    take care
    Hugs :)

  28. MissDoll says:

    The first shade does nothing to me but flakies are magical ;)

  29. Elaine says:

    I’d really like to get my hands on a bottle of Nfu Oh #52. Where would I go to see if anyone would sell or swap? I’ve checked eBay, no dice.