This mani was inspired by one that Siobhan posted over at The Nailphile. When I saw her flakies over an aqua shimmer polish I had to try it.
This is 2-3 coats of Orly Haley's Comet. It's a bright aqua shimmer with tiny aqua glitter particles. The pictures don't really do it justice - its a very vibrant aqua that sparkles when it catches the light. The application was very smooth and dried fast and bubble free. I do like the rubberized brush a lot on the Orly polishes - it makes it easy to hold on to.
After it was dry I added a coat of Studio M Covered in Diamonds. Covered in Diamonds is a multicolored flakie with fairly large particles. You have to be mindful of any flakes that might be overhanging the free edge of your nail while the polish is wet. I just push them back with an orange stick.
I think the finished product is reminiscent of a mermaid's tail the way the flakes simulate scales. Incidentally - has anyone seen Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides? Those mermaids are definately NOT warm and fuzzy.