Although the Colour Prevails display also contained all kinds of makeup, I'd been looking forward to trying the polishes the most. Seeing as Nonie Creme is the former founding creative director of butter LONDON, I figured it was safe to assume that the woman knows a thing or two about nail polish. And while I was drawn to more than few colors, I picked out this pistachio green pastel because after many years of
Either I'm easy to please or I have low standards, but I LOVED this one. And the name, ha.
--BTW, I forgot that Nouveau Cheap (one of my favorite blogs) also reviewed this polish a while back, so definitely make sure you get her take on it, too.
Three coats with SV. These bottles are as fun to hold/pose with as NOPI bottles (translation: they suck for those purposes).
I don't have Essie Chillato (yet), so I have no idea if Socially Awkward is close enough to Chillato to be considered a near-dupe. They're definitely cousins. My guess is that Socially Awkward is a little more dusty and less of an in-your-face yellow/chartreuse than Chillato. Based on everything I've read about Chillato, the formula is streaky AF, a total PITA, and needs a minimum of three careful coats to achieve opacity.
I also needed three coats for Socially Awkward. BUT! It wasn't bad! I will say (1) it really is not a polish you should attempt using before sleepytimes and (2) it does help me to use a ridge filler or a nice thick base coat like Gelous so you can polish as smoothly as possible. To go back to the Nouveau Cheap review, I also was delighted to find that the formula wasn't watery, thick, goopy, or chalky. Sure, it was a little bit fluffy, and I had a little streakage after two coats, but I got opacity on the third (I used a thick final coat). I waited a couple minutes between coats and didn't notice any odd self-leveling issues before using SV. It was dry to the touch within five or so minutes, but still a little fluffy, so I wouldn't recommend trying to tie up your hair or pee or do anything that might dent your nails for at least a good half hour. I wore this for four days without any chips and minimal tip wear -- I might be wearing it again right now, it's THAT good. (Or maybe I'm not? Apparently I don't even know my life.)
I'm sure this has been covered on other blogs, but it's worth pointing out again here:
- For $8 (maybe less if you buy online or if there's a promo sale in store), you get 0.32 fl oz. Not going to lie, you might not be into that. Some of you might feel that you'd rather pony up the extra fifty cents and get a bottle of another brand of polish like Essie, which contains 0.46 fl oz. (ETA: I just re-read Nouveau Cheap's post and she also mentioned the Essie bottle size in comparison -- didn't mean to echo her there. Just thinking about other polish brands you can buy at Wags ... heck, the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears are 0.40 fl oz.!)
- The plastic butterfly part of the cap does come apart from the regular cap, like a Chanel's or butter LONDON's would, so should you find the cap too distracting to paint with or too difficult to grip, you'll be okay. I think it does stay on pretty securely as long as you don't drop the bottle or do anything that might seriously dislodge or compromise the top.
However, my only worry was that I might accidentally knock the bottle over and spill polish because I don't screw the cap all the way down while polishing.
- Going back to my comments on the formula, I have to stress that it was quite excellent for a pastel, but (1) I generally take my sweet ass time polishing, and (2) I've gone through much more cumbersome and PITA formulas since 2009. If Chanel Riva and Chanel Mimosa's formulas were even half this good, I wouldn't dither so much about keeping them. I'll take fluffy and slightly streaky over watery, chalky, and goopy ANY day.
Hope this post helped you out a little! If you are even remotely into these pistachio colors, GET THIS ONE. I know I'll be picking up a few more Colour Prevails once I get a job again -- I'd love to try Cry Baby, Shy Guy, and Girls Club. Let me know if you own some Colour Prevails polishes, if you've tried them, or are interested in getting any of them (JESS, I'M TALKIN' TO YOU, WOMAN). And although I don't see myself buying any, if you've bought a CP eye, face, or lip product, I'd love to hear what you thought about it!
Thanks for reading. I've got 2 more scheduled posts coming while I'm gone, so don't forget to check back. :)