I went into a Five Below store. That’s a rarity, because well, I’m a solid 20 years older than their target demographic. I had been in a Five Below a year or so ago, and I had a vague recollection of seeing nail polish there, so when my path crossed a Five Below a few weeks ago, I figured that it might be worth checking out. Was it ever!
Five Below is a chain of stores that specialize in trendy gadgets and accessories and whatnot that appeal to the teen and tween crowd, so not surprisingly, the nail polish they carry is all very young and trendy. They carry two lines of nail polish: Funky Fingers and Fresh Paint. They were all $2 each or 3 for $5, which you could mix and match between the two lines. I ended up with 6 polishes. My little sis was kind enough to let me use her nails for swatching. Here they are:
Fresh Paint: Guava
This is a beautiful neon peach. Although the middle and pinky fingers have a white base underneath, you don’t need it for it to be amazingly bright. The formula is really great and it’s also a dupe for China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy! I had been itching for Flip Flop Fantasy for a few months, but I didn’t want to spend $7. I actually went into a Sally Beauty Supply right after I picked this up and did a little comparison, and yep, they’re identical.
Fresh Paint: Sugar Crush
This is an iridescent topper that pulls primarily orange, but also green, blue and yellow. It’s not really a glitter, but little flakes. We tried it over Guava, white and black. It looked great over Guava! It sort of took Guava from just neon to classy neon. It was not that amazing over white, but it was really fun over black! I’m definitely going to be wearing it over black in the cooler months.
Funky Fingers: Glowstick
This is a neon yellow that leans a little toward the green side of things with a subtle iridescent sheen. Again, the middle and pinky fingers have a white base, which did make this polish a little brighter.
Funky Fingers: Pep Rally
This is a really fun neon glitter with matte blue and pink hexes in different sizes, big green iridescent hexes, small metallic purple hexes, and small orange and purple bar glitter. We swatched this glitter over Glowstick, white and black. It really looked cool over all of those colors! There are a few drawbacks with this polish. The clear base is really thick and a little hard to work with. I think I will end up using the makeup sponge method to apply this glitter. Also, the glitters themselves were pretty thick, so it may take 2 or three layers of a thick top coat like Seche Vite to make the nails smooth.
Funky Fingers: Unicorn Farts
This polish is all medium size metallic hex glitters in pretty much every color. The glitter gives off light is a linear sort of way that gives the glitter the appearance of being curved, but it actually does lay flat on the nail. The clear base is similar to that of Pep Rally, so I think I’m going to end up using the makeup sponge method with this one as well. We tested it over white, black, nude, and green. Actually, with the green I attempted a jelly sandwich, but it got a little thick and goopy because of the thick clear base. This polish is just really fun and shiny and versatile, so I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.
Funky Fingers: Sand & Stilettos
This polish should be called The Most Sparkly Polish In The World. these pictures just aren’t doing it justice. This is a light purple -almost gray- holographic micro glitter. In the picture, I believe we have 3 coats on bare nail on the first, two coats over white on the middle finger, and two coats over black on the ring finger. The glitter is so dense, that it’s opaque in 3 coats, which is pretty amazing. There are two kinds of holographic glitters: scattered and linear. Scattered reflect all different colors all over the place. Linear reflects a more defined rainbow so that you can actually see bands of color. I really feel this polish is both scattered and linear. You definitely get different colored sparkles all over the nail, but when sunlight hits the bottle of polish, I can see a rainbow, too. I have this color on my toes now and I just feel like my toenails are covered in tiny diamonds. Seriously, it’s the kind of polish that you just can’t stop staring at.
The polishes from this haul are so fun and I feel like they go together really well! I think I could do a ton of different looks only using these 6 polishes. If you follow me in instagram, you may have seen my current doticure using Guava and Sand & Stilettos. They’re so fun together!
Thus concludeth my Five Below haul. I highly recommend that you check out the polishes at Five Below, and if you do, please let me know what you think and what polishes you get!