I completely acknowledge that most of the colors in the new SH limited edition Beach Paradise collection for the CSM line are kind of old hat. Most of them aren't so special. But part of the appeal of LE CSMs is the thrill of the hunt, and I was delighted when I found Beach Paradise unexpectedly at a CVS nail bar (note: not all CVS stores have nail bars. I didn't think that location would, and BOY, WAS I WRONG). I scooped up five of the polishes -- 20% off beauty coupon, heyoooooo -- and wasn't sure which one to try first until it rained for three days straight last week; a pink creme seemed like a good pick-me-up. Enter Summer Lovin'.
I cannot even make a "Grease" joke because I hate "Grease." Like, what even was the point of the whole thing? I just can't.
Three coats with SV.
SH CSM Summer Lovin': not so special, and yet ... super special to me. As we all know, store lighting is less than ideal when trying to suss out colors, so I'm glad I took a chance on this one. Summer Lovin' is a blue-tinged pink -- I prefer blue-tinged pinks on me, and while this does lean pretty warm, it's definitely got some blue tones. As for the finish, I found it to be a jelly-creme ... it's a little squishy, not a straight up creme finish. Gals, please take that with a grain of salt because describing finishes is not my forte. All I know was that this was squishy, and to me squishy = jelly-creme.
The formula was excellent, and I had no issues. This is opaque in three coats. I don't recommend two coats with this one because it still seemed patchy to me at that point. Dry time was super fast with SV, and I wore this for two days with no chipping or tip wear. I actually can't wait to wear this again. Maybe as a pedi? I don't know. But it's going in rotation.
What do you think? If you feel like taking a gamble on Summer Lovin' (the polish, not the actual thing, but don't let me tell you what to do), then you need to go to CVS and grab this, pronto! While I have no idea which Beach Paradise polish I'm gonna try next, I hope I love it as much as I loved this one. :)
Thank you for reading! This is it for me until Friday's Shopping My Stash post with Steff. Since it's been a while since I last posted, I'll spill one detail: I'll be blogging an old Sally Hansen polish. I have pictures. Now I just need to write the post ...
Oh, and can someone please explain the appeal of "Grease" to me? I've watched the movie. I have the misfortune of having committed a couple songs to memory. I've seen it as a high school play (one of my best friends played piano for our school production). And apart from the film being a vehicle for Olivia Newton-John, I DO NOT GET IT. I think the year I realized this, my favorite musicals were "My Fair Lady" and "Fiddler on the Roof" (which is one of my favorite things EVER), so teenage romance seemed dumb to me in terms of context/subject matter.