I’ve been subscribing to the polish-of-the-month (POTM) club called SquareHue since January, and have swatched and reviewed each three-polish box. Several times I’ve said, “Oh, I should try this” or “I should try that” with some of the polishes — either a different look or giving a polish I thought was too streaky another try — and I’m finally going to do it.
If you’d like to see all my original review posts:
March, part 1 and part 2
As you can see, over time you’ll start to build up a varied and interesting collection.
I mean, is this a gorgeous gaggle for spring or what? (One from January, three from April, two from May)
I had no issues at all with the January collection, but don’t feel I showed the sparkly top coat, Arctic Frost, to its best advantage. I took a photo of it over the light blue of Glacier Skies and you could barely see the top coat. Here’s Arctic Frost over a much darker color, February’s Dear John which is a blackened red shimmer:
Speaking of February, I’d found the peachy-nude shade, High School Crush, thin and streaky. I tried it again over a base coat of opaque white, which worked sooooo much better. Also, I was more careful to mix up the bottle before application. Here I have two thin coats of High School Crush over one coat of white. I like this much better than the four coats of HSC I tried originally.
Oops, I didn’t wrap the tip, but otherwise it’s great.
On to March. I had problems with Blond Ale and this time I made sure to mix the bottle more thoroughly since it had been sitting for a long time. Three coats was sufficient instead of four, although the frost finish showed brushstrokes.
Then I tried a matte top coat from Butter London that practically eliminated the brushstrokes. An interesting look, like suede.
April’s box was perfection. Wouldn’t change a thing!
Yesterday when I swatched May’s box I had a hair-pulling fit with the frosty Mother’s Pearl. Today I tried to slow down more in my application, and also I topped three coats of it with the matte top coat.
Whoa, soooo much better, although I got a little sloppy. What can I say; I’m tired.
So when you have a polish of any brand that’s just not working right for you, try these tips. If it’s thin or patchy, use an opaque base coat — white/light for light colors, black/dark for dark colors. If the finish isn’t to your liking, change it with a top coat — clear and shiny, matte, glitter, and so on. If it’s too thick, use nail polish thinner (not polish remover!).
Some readers have asked me what other POTM clubs or subscriptions are available. Here’s a brief roundup that is by no means complete. I haven’t personally tried any of them. Check with all companies regarding features, availability, commitment, prices, and so on. By the way, there are some companies that take your money and then send an old bottle of OPI or whatever. Beware of those! Also beware of ANY company, polish or not, that isn’t up front about cost.
Julep is probably the Big Mama of POTM clubs. You take a style quiz which asks for your email to receive results and then you can either go with whatever style they think fits you or browse all the styles. Some boxes appear to contain two nail polishes plus one other beauty product and some contain three polishes. You know in advance which colors you’ll get, but the polishes are only 0.27 oz/8 ml, which I consider a mini. Some people like the bottle shape, which is tall and skinny, and others don’t. There are many reviews online regarding formula and wear time.
Lacquerous is one where you rent polish. That’s not a typo. Rent. It’s $18 a month and you receive three polishes that you can use up to three times each (yes, appaRENTly they measure it upon return and they reserve the right to charge you for the full bottle price if you use too much) and then send back in prepaid packaging. They have designer brands like Chanel and Dior, plus more quotidian ones like OPI. From the web site it sounds like you get to pick the ones you want to try, and I don’t know if you’re limited to, say, one Chanel a month or whatever.
Sorry, but I don’t want to use polish that’s already been used by strangers, plus how do you know someone didn’t sneak in some cheap dupe? Sharing with friends is one thing, but this is different. If I’m going to spend the money I want keepers, and besides, my luck would be that the last person to use the polish I got was Typhoid Mary. (I kid.)
Color Me Monthly appears to send one polish a month for $7. I’ve read very little about this program but the reviews I have seen are generally favorable.
Are you more into nail art? Nail Art Society has a club that sends one polish plus some nail art supplies. I’m not into feathers and sequins, but if you are, it might be worth finding some reviews of the company.
As for me, I’m very happy with SquareHue, but it’s good to have choices.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Mother’s Day!!