Yes, I just swatched and reviewed the SquareHue December box. It was a late review — my fault, not SquareHue’s. They’re really on the ball with shipping this year because I received the January box on December 31st, what a nice surprise!
As I say every time because there could be new readers, SquareHue is a monthly polish subscription box service. You get three full-sized 0.5 oz/15 ml polishes, but you don’t know in advance what they’ll be. It’s $14.99 plus $5.00 s&h to the U.S. and Canada and you can suspend or cancel your account any time with no penalty.
Let’s jump right in to the January box which is “London” in the company’s new Passport Collection theme.
Left to right:
- Buckingham — an oxblood red creme
- Westminster — an ultra-pale yellow or vanilla creme
- West End (misprinted West Elm on the box’s card) — an ink-dark blue shimmer
I was surprised that we got a red and a pale yellow in this box, because we got ones in the last box, although last month’s red was a bright cherry color and the pale yellow was a sheer top coat with a duochrome sheen. Still, I hope for more variety from month to month.
Buckingham is a dark red, slightly brownish creme, or what’s often called oxblood. I wanted this color so badly last fall and couldn’t find exactly the right shade. This is it! Really love it and will wear it a lot in the fall or winter. Application was good and two coats were almost but not quite enough, so I used three. With no top coat under indirect outdoor light:
Westminster is either an ultra-pale yellow or a yellow-toned white, and I’m not a huge fan. It was streaky and getting good coverage was difficult. Three coats:
I thought I also detected a very, very slight greenish tone. After I had this on, I went around the house holding up my hand against various objects and colors. The couch. A blanket. The dog. I thought it looked best against a dark green houseplant, so maybe I’ll wear it with something green one of these days. I also think it might look better on someone with darker skin.
I tried it with a top coat of last month’s Broadway and couldn’t see a huge difference, which was disappointing.
Even turning my hand at various angles plus trying a second coat of Broadway, the duochrome pinkish shimmer was almost impossible to see.
Moving on, the third color in this month’s box, West End, is lovely. It’s a navy blue shimmer and again I used three coats although you might be able to get away with two:
Dark and stylish, the shimmer is more apparent in the bottle than on the nail. I think it’d show up more if I had some sunshine for my photos.
Overall, I love Buckingham and West End. Westminster isn’t my cup of tea right now but I might like it more at Easter time or when I get a little more color in my skin.
The February box will be The Passport Collection: Tokyo, with the tagline “Nails ablaze, Harajuku Style.” Intriguing!
Edit: For some different photos in much brighter light — check out the shimmer of West End! — see blogger Nail of a Tale’s post here. The off-white Westminster is her favorite, and it’s fun to see how we all have different tastes.