Hey, all you hep kittens! Cast your eyeballs on these niftic shades — wear them and you’ll be ginned up and togged to the bricks!
OK, that’s my attempt at some 1940s slang to introduce SquareHue‘s February subscription box called Vintage Love. The three colors are vintage, they’re retro, they’re killer-diller. (Someone stop me before I start singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”)
In case you haven’t seen my previous posts on SquareHue, it’s a company that started a polish-of-the-month subscription by mail in December. I didn’t sign up in time for the first box, but reviewed January’s Arctic Collection here. You can read details of membership in that post or at SquareHue’s site. The polishes are 4-Free (no DBP, formaldehyde, toluene, or camphor), are not tested on animals, and are made in the USA. You get three full-sized bottles, not just one and not minis.
[Note: If you haven't received your February box yet and want to be surprised when you open it, stop reading now! Back away from the web page.]
I was so excited to get Vintage Love. You know the name of collection ahead of time but not the specific colors, and I was guessing a pink, a red, and a black. Darn close! The polishes are:
- High School Crush — a light peach-pink creme
- Wartime Romance — a medium mauve or rose creme
- Dear John — a blackened red shimmer
High School Crush is more of a nude shade than what I usually like to wear, but I found it surprisingly flattering. This would be a great office-safe color or one to try along with your daughter or granddaughter. The formula was a bit thin and streaky, it took a long time to dry, and I needed four coats. Using it over an opaque white might reduce the number of coats needed.
Under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:
Wartime Romance strikes me as the most retro of the set. I love rose shades. It seemed more opaque than High School Crush and two coats were enough. Dry time was average. Looks more mauve under reflected outdoor light and much more pink with the flash:
Dear John is edgy. It’s a vampy ultra-dark shimmery red that looks black or brown at some angles. Guess you could call it dark maroon. I used two coats, dry time was average, and it was very glossy. This was a hard color to capture! I turned the bottle sideways so you could see more of the shimmer.
Finally, just because the polishes are so different doesn’t mean you can’t wear them together. I’m not very good at nail art, but I tried High School Romance with thin Dear John tips. Sorry the lines aren’t more straight but I was rushing.
Hey, didn’t our mothers have kitchens decorated in these colors???
Overall I love this set. It truly has a vintage look. My favorite is probably shimmery Dear John yet I feel like I’ll wear Wartime Romance more — it’s just more “me.”
The name of SquareHue’s March Collection will be the O’Hue Collection. ‘Tis a grand Irish idea, to be sure! From the hint picture at SquareHue’s site, I see amber and green beer bottles. At least I think they’re beer bottles. I’m already looking forward to my next box.