Thanks to the vagaries of the U.S. Postal Service, it took over a week for my May subscription box from SquareHue to arrive. But finally it’s here — The Madonna Collection.
From this teaser photo, I’d guessed the trio of polishes would be heavy on pinks. No kidding, it’s all pinks! Now, I love pink and I love cool-toned shades, so I’m fine with three cool-toned pinks, but there’s some grumbling in the ranks (more on that later). I really thought the box would contain two pinks and then a white or a peach. Let’s meet the trio:
Happy Creme is a bubblegum pink creme, Mother’s Pearl is a medium-light carnation pink frost, and Day Glow is a hot pink creme. The latter two look similar at first glance in the bottle but they’re very different.
Happy Creme’s formula was fair, a little streaky. I used three coats and since it wasn’t super-glossy on its own I added a clear shiny top coat, which really improved the look. One thing I’ve found with the SquareHue polishes is that I need to use a light hand with the brush. Don’t press down hard. I don’t know if the bristles themselves in the brush are slightly stiffer or harder than other brands, but they seem to dig into the polish more, if that makes sense.
Here’s Happy Creme under indirect light:
In this light it appears to have a faint orchid tint. I like it a lot.
Mother’s Pearl, being a pearl/frost, showed brushstrokes terribly. A top coat didn’t help and actually seemed to make things worse. Three coats:
Eek. I like the color but not the finish. It’s way too frosty and streaky and I can see where most younger women would call it a “grandma color.” But if you wanted a retro look, hey. A matte top coat instead of a clear one might look better.
Day Glow is super bright! It’s a dark geranium pink that dries semi-matte. The formula was smooth and perfect. Three coats without and then with a clear top coat:
This one’s my favorite. Would look great on toes, and would probably really pop over a base coat of opaque white.
Now, just because you have a pink creme, that doesn’t have to mean plain. I tried three different top coats over Happy Creme.
Left to right:
- Lavender Sparks, a lavender and holographic glitter (micro and small hex) from Maybelline
- Hefesto, a holographic shimmer from Hits
- White Veil, white small hex glitter and gold medium hex glitter from Sally Hansen
I like the middle look best. You could get something similar with Fairy Dust from China Glaze.
About the colors being all pink, I gather from Facebook that some people were unhappy with that. It goes with the Mother’s Day/Madonna theme, though, just like I won’t be surprised if the July colors are red, white, and blue. There’s no guarantee that the three polishes in any one SquareHue box will be from different color families; they’re surprises. Over time, you’ll see a variety of colors from the boxes. If you must know what the colors are going to be in advance, SquareHue’s not for you. There are other polish-of-the-month clubs, but none I’ve been tempted to join (price, quality, number of polishes).
The preview picture for the June box is sure vibrant. It’s called The SoBe Collection. South Beach, right? I’ll guess a teal blue, a bright orange, and then I don’t know what else. Maybe black? Khaki or sand?