In the bottle, this shade looks beautiful! It’s a very warm toned dark purple (this is hard to describe but in the light it looks like a browny purple). The formula of these Ciaté polishes is questionable – I don’t think it’s fair to say that ALL of their polishes are like this because I don’t actually think that. These ones aren’t very good to be honest – they are very watery and sometimes when I’ve used these ones they take even FOUR FLIPPIN COATS to get a decent opacity (big word, right) 😉
Two years ago I actually bought myself the Ciaté Christmas Advent Calendarand the formula of these ones was amazing! But this range with Olivia Palermo I’m not as convinced because you have to work way too hard to get a normal standard of colour on your nails!
I really tried with this polish to get the opacity to the level it is in the picture above and don’t be fooled – that shine has come from my Trusty Seche Vite, not this polish. Lol, a real pity as it’s a lovely shade it just performs like a poo. P.S Three days on and it’s already chipped. Like. Fo’ real.
Anyway, I’m going to carry on listening to Arcade Fire now.
I’ve always loved Ciaté nail polishes since last year when I had one of their advent calendars. They have a great range of shades and really pretty glitters aswell. This set that I’m reviewing for you today is from the collaboration between Ciaté and Olivia Palermo, called the ‘Fashion Edit’. (Quick note, she’s also developed a make up range with them too!)
This pretty little collection has shades that wouldn’t go amiss around Fashion Week, and it has four shades to see you through any special occasion. The shades included are:
The polishes themselves take around 2 – 3 coats to get them quite opaque (particularly the nude one) but that’s not too excessive when you compare it to most other nail polishes. My only criticism of these polishes is that on their own they are BLOODY expensive. £17 for a nail polish?!?!? For one?!? The set isn’t too badly priced at £25.
I know Olivia Palermo is the person they have collaborated with for this but what has she put in them…caviar?!
What do you think of these? Have you tried any of this range?
I hope you are having a lovely Saturday morning eating a crummy breakfast or enjoying a lazy lie in :). I have a few nail polishes to show you that are perfect for wearing in the hazy spring sunshine that we have been lucky enough to have in the UK. It doesn’t necessarily have to be pastel colours that you opt for in Spring/Summer, so I’ve grabbed a mix of brights and pales to show you that are my personal favourites.
I think the two Essie shades are my favourite from this pentagonal array. The formulae (?) for them is beautiful, a practical wide brush deposits just the right amount of glass like polish onto your nail and it’s so easily buildable (how is that not a word spell checker).
Here I’ll show you what each looks like on!
ESSIE ARUBA BLUE (with Ciaté Celestial glitter coat over the top):
BARRY M GREENBERRY:
ESSIE CUTE AS A BUTTON:
CIATÉ FERRIS WHEEL:
BARRY M QUICK DRY KISS ME QUICK:
What are your favourite spring/summer time polishes?
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I have a very simple, but VERY bright nail look to bring to you today. I’m really looking forward to spring, being able to come home from work in the light and seeing flowers and blossom around in the world (could I be any more of a stereotype right now).
I got about a million and one Ciaté nail polishes at Christmas in the Advent Calendar, and the only nail polish I haven’t tried was ‘Sherbet Fizz’. It didn’t seem right to crack this one out at Christmas as it is quite a corally, pinky red which reminds me of tulips and sticks of rock!
As with the rest of the Ciaté nail polishes, it works best if you apply a very thin first coat, then build up the opacity in the second or maybe third coats :).
The name ‘Sherbet Fizz’ is really fitting for this polish, not sure if you can see some of the shimmer in the bottle but there are some little golden flecks running through out it.
Compared to the rest of the Ciaté polishes, I think this one doesn’t tend to last as long without fading (even with a layer of Seche Vite over the top). In spite of that, it is a really beautiful colour and makes me look forward to sun and barbecues and…MORE SUN.
I really like how this looks on a ‘squ-oval’ shaped nail, it’s a really pretty shade and because it’s quite corally it is bang on trend.
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This week I had one of those weeks where I just really couldn’t be bothered with doing my nails. I left them bare for most of the week partly because I am lazy and partly because I remember reading about this crazy lady who had nail varnish on her nails ALL the time and they went weird and then she didn’t have any left 🙁 🙁 :(.(I think that story has frightened me a little).
When sifting through my nail polish collection (at the moment it’s in a large square Ikea box), I decided to revisit an old favourite. A while ago my eldest sister bought me a French Connection nail varnish set that contained some pretty random shades. Of all the shades, there was a brilliant electric shimmery blue, that was still quite dark but bright at the same time.
I remember when I opened the pack and turned the little nail polishes with matte bottle tops upside down I was DISMAYED to find out that they have no names. Not even a little number to identify them. In spite of this, I really do love this colour. The formula isn’t great to be honest, I have used a much paler pink shade from this range before and it needs a good 2 – 3 coats for it to start to build up the colour.
On top of this I have used Ciaté’s Celestial, once again, as you guys know I love this. This glitter top coat just goes so beautifully over other blues due to the teeny little blue flecks in the polish.
Have any of you tried the French Connection nail polishes? Also, does anyone have any good tips for nail polish storage? I definitely will be having a cheeky look on Muji very soon from what I can tell…
This is becoming a bit of a weekly thing now (a nail look post), so just to introduce the schedule from here on out I will be posting at least 3 times a week, with a nail look on Sunday at the beginning of the week. Then I will also be posting on Wednesday and Saturday! (P.S There may be some bonus posts on some weeks so keep your mascara’d eyes peeled).
The nail polish I have tried this week is one of the mini’s from the Ciaté Christmas Advent Calendar, which is called ‘Silhouette’. I think the name is very fitting for a polish of this colour as it is very chic, understated and glamorous. The colour itself is a burgundy, browny red, with a touch of glitter throughout it. When it catches the light, the red that shows up is much more of a true red and this makes it pretty special for me.
This polish does need a good two coats in order to build up the colour and opacity. When you apply the first thin coat, it looks like a really light pink. Once you let that dry for a few seconds and apply the second coat it takes on a whole new dark, moody colour which I LOVE <3.
What are your favourite colours to start the new year with?
Ciaté have done it again! As you lot know, I have a lot of new mini’s to try out and this week I gave ‘Mineral Clarity’ a go as it looked really cool in the bottle.
The formula is REALLY thick and there are no gaps between the glitter as you apply it first coat. This means it would be a great polish to use when you want to look like you’ve made a lot of effort when you have very little time.
This looks completely different in the bottle to how it looks on. When applied, it actually takes on a cool toned lilac/blue colour, which is really unique and very on trend. (The lilac doesn’t show at all in the photos but it does in real life). The glitter is quite coarse, but when it catches the light it is really pretty.
I can imagine that I will end up using this polish up really quick, as 1. I LOVE IT and 2. it is really thick so the brush gets pretty loaded up with polish.
In the bottle it looks like the sheen you get when you see a puddle that has drops of petrol in it (some people somewhere will know what I mean and not think I’m a psycho). But like I said on the nail it is a really pale lilaccy blue, it has quite a frosty look about it.
Have you guys got a favourite Ciaté polish?
I’d never really tried them before until I got my advent calendar, but I have to say I’m now a massive fan 🙂
This post rounds off the final instalments in the Ciaté Christmas Advent Calendar…I’m a bit miffed that I won’t be opening those tiny little doors from now on! It ran up to December 24th, with a lovely LARGE reward for Christmas Eve.
Here are the final *weep* polishes:
If you ever get one of these advent calendars for next year, BE WARNED, some of these polishes are actually loose glitters.
My sister learned this the hard way with ‘Let It Snow’ from a previous week, cue horrified looks and a small pile of glitter on her lap – haha!
‘Sand Dune’ is a lovely pearly gold, and ‘Cupcake Queen’ is the most saccharine pink you will ever see.
‘Celestial’ is a surprising polish, it has tiny light blue particles in it which makes it really unusual.
‘Sherbert Fizz’ is a great coral red, with touches of tiny gold glitter. Finishing off, ‘Slumber Party’ is a GORGEOUS iridescent loose glitter (iridescent is the perfect word for these glitters).
I will be slowly doing more nail looks with these, and overall I am really pleased with the calendar. (In fact the only polish I didn’t like was the lurid, bright yellow one!)