Thursday, October 20, 2011

Silver Holo Review: MUS Greta, Gosh Holo, OMG, Nfu Oh 61

Hello Everyone! On my last post, I had asked you to name the silver holos. Well, there were some really good guesses, but only ONE person got it right!
So now for the moment you've all been waiting for
Here are the answers **Edit** As well as a review!
And the WINNER is miChelle! You really know your silver holos =)
(The answer is Greta, Gosh, OMG, Nfu Oh 61, for those who can't see the video)

I've been wanting to compare Make Up Store Greta, Gosh Holographic, China Glaze OMG, and Nfu Oh 61 for a long time! But there was a problem, I didn't have Gosh Holo. Well, I recently received Gosh Holographic in a swap with my friend Deborah, who's from the UK! She also sent me a gorgeous teal holo franken that's quite similar to DV8! I was actually expecting Gosh to be more holo, but Greta takes the win! 
(Note: As I said in my  last post, my photo and video comparisons are representations of the exact polishes I own, and may not generalize to all polishes of that name and brand. Sometimes there are differences in between batches etc., and in the past we have seen companies reduce the holographic effect of new batches, ex. MPJ, Color Club holos...) 
Hope you enjoyed this comparison game =)

I don't have time to do a separate review post, so I will add this info here!

--- The winner for smooth application w/o any base coat is China Glaze OMG, however, it required 3-4 coats for full opacity and dried slowly like regular polish.

--- The others applied in the usual streaky holo fashion, but they dry quickly so it's easy to build up layers. They also even themselves out, making application easier. The best way to apply these is to load the brush with polish, then use a few quick strokes that don't overlap, to prevent pulling the polish off (like when you use a crackle polish).

--- I don't have MUS's Aqua Fix yet, but I will retest these polishes once I get it. I have Nfu Oh's Aqua Base, but it seems that no matter how long I wait for it to dry, it makes my polish crackle!

--- My only complaint is that my Nfu Oh 61 is lumpy... this is the way it came in the mail. I think I may add thinner to try and fix this. When I take the brush out, the polish is lumpy and stringy like melted cheese...

--- Hands down, Greta wins for the most holographic polish! Not only is it in-you-face-holo in the sun, it shines brightly like a flame in every light source! (Which is good news for me here in rainy, overcast Vancouver!) Under certain warm, artificial lights, it even looks like it is glowing! Greta also has a matte finish, like most holographic polishes.

--- OMG had the glossiest finish and also the smoothest holographic effect. It came in second place, after Greta, for the most holo polish.

--- Nfu oh 61 has a shiny foil finish that I love! I love it enough to put up with the poor quality of the polish. You can see in the video that the holo effect is somewhat subdued because of the light glare on the foil finish. I like this finish because in non-holo-friendly light, the polish still looks interesting. 61 probably has the most scattered holo effect.

--- Gosh Holographic was less holo than Greta and OMG, it was also more scattered. If you look closely, you can see that Gost and Nfu Oh have the same prismatic qualities and show the opposite colours as Greta and OMG, when all the nails are aligned. Gosh is also interesting because in a non-holo-friendly light, you can see some silver micro-glitter embedded in the polish.

--- OMG wins for best wear! I think this may be party due to it's glossy quality. It lasted 3 days without and chips or tip wear! (I took off all the polish after 3 days)

--- Greta came in second, it had minor tip wear after 3 days, followed by Gosh, with a few chips on the second day, then 61, which started chipping a few hours after application!

--- I can't tell you yet how aqua fix will affect the wear, as I do not have it yet. I look forward to trying it out!

--- To increase wear, I recommend using OPI Nail Envy, 2 coats of holo polish, a layer of quick dry top coat, then one last layer of holo polish. Using this sandwiching method, I was able to wear Greta for 5 days with no chips or tip wear!!! This is amazing as I usually get chips within the same day when I wear Nfu Oh holos.

Availability and Cost:
--- Make Up Store Greta is available through Make Up Store outlets around the world. It ranges upwards from $14 USD/8mL depending on location. The ones I got from Singapore cost more... If you live in the US, you can call the Denver location and get them shipped to you!

--- Gosh Holographic is discontinued. As far as I know, it was only released in Europe and did not come to Canadian stores. I received mine in a swap from the UK. The only way to get it is to find someone that has it. At the time of this post, the cheapest ebay bid for it is $21 for 8mL with 2 days left!

--- China Glaze OMG is also discontinued. I believe the collection was out in 2009. I was able to find mine dusty hunting, so you may be able too as well! If you're looking to ebay, the cheapest going bid right now is $15 with 2 days left, and a buy it now of $60 for 14mL If you plan on buying from ebay, MAKE SURE that you are buying OMG, not another polish from the OMG collection... yes, they named a polish the same name as the collection.

--- Nfu Oh 61 is also available online for $12.50 USD/17mL, but it is currently sold out on Note, there have been 2 versions. I have the new version and it is less holo than the old version. I also believe that the old version did not have these application issues.

That's all for now =) Thanks for reading!
Let me know which one is your favourite, or if there are any others I need to get my hands on =)


  1. Thank you so much Kim for introducing me to the Make Up Store's Greta Polish!

    Any tips on how to get maximum impact from this polish? I used an Nfu Oh Aquabase instead of the Make Up Store one. I did not use a topcoat because many gals have said that dulls the holo effect! I don't have much experience with holos! Thanks!

  2. @RoyaFuze (Jen) Hi Jen! I think everyone needs Greta =)

    Regarding maximum impact, I plan on doing a post about this but I've been busy with school lately. What I usually do is Greta x2, top coat, then Greta. I don't have the aqua fix yet, but I ordered it. I know the Nfu Oh Aquabase doesn't work for me. It makes my holos crackle... But yea, with the holo, top coat, holo method, I've been able to wear Greta for 5 days w/o any chipping!

  3. @RoyaFuze (Jen) I added extra review info to the post =)

  4. This Great looks really amazing! But as you said, they all have their nice aspect. I like the different colors that Gosh shows, and the silver finish of Nfu Oh's. And OMG is just stunning!

    It's strange because I also have Nfu Oh 61 and I didn't have any problem with application and its lasting power was not that bad...but everyone complains about it, and has chips in 1 day... I've tried it only once...should try it again!

    Great post!!

  5. ("this Greta" ...not Great! LOL)

  6. @Nailderella Thanks! Yes, they are all amazing in their own ways!

    Regarding Nfu Oh 61, I think it probably has something to do with different batches and quality control... I have 62 + 66 and they are great. Do you have any other Nfu Oh holos? If so, how do they compare to your 61?

  7. greatb review! but you forgot KOH Platinum Silver, which is also a GREAT Holo :)

  8. @goodlacknail I know there are a lot of international brands that I still need to get my hands on! Thanks for the recommendation, I love the way KOH polishes look =) I think I need some!

  9. Thanks for the info! :)

  10. Thanks so much for this detailed review. I've read this 3 times now. LOL


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