For 2015, nail polish subscription company SquareHue is going with a new theme, Decades. January is the 1900s, February will be the 1910s, and so on through December which will be the 2010s. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I bet the 1920s will be jazzy and the 1960s will be groovy.
I really had no idea what to expect from this month’s box, and to be honest, I had my subscription suspended (you can do that at any time and with no penalty, something I love about SquareHue) and didn’t get the box as part of my regular sub. But when I saw the colors that others posted, I went e-groveling to SquareHue and begged them to please let me buy the box. They were very gracious and did.
At first I didn’t know how they were going to do this whole “decades” thing. Would it be polishes that were popular in that decade? Nah, that couldn’t be it because then we’d get nothing but pinks and reds for ages. Turns out it’s a bit of a history lesson. Meet the 1900s box:
Something else new they’re doing this year is that on the info card there’s a little spot to actually swatch the polishes. I like that!
On the back of the card is a fictional account from someone named “Siren” that I presume will be a running part of the year’s boxes. Here she is writing from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.
The polishes are:
- Gibson Girl, a glossy warm pink creme
- First Flight, a shimmery silver-gray
- Victorian End, a shimmery purple
A very minor quibble is that all three polishes are listed on the card as cremes, but only Gibson Girl is. Also, the nitpicker in me knows that the literal end of the Victorian era came in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria, which then ushered in the Edwardian era (King Edward VII reigned from 1901-1910). But perhaps the company means something else, and isn’t as maddeningly literal as I am.
All three polishes had a good formula. Gibson Girl and Victorian End needed two coats each, but First Flight was a little thinner and required three. I also had a very slight problem with brushstrokes with First Flight, but nothing terrible. Under indirect outdoor light:
I love all three colors and think this 1900s box is one of my favorites ever from SquareHue. It’ll be interesting to see what February/the 1910s brings. I think we have a hint in “Siren’s” letter — she says “Laura” was talking about women getting the right to vote, so I think one of the colors will be named for and have something to do with women’s suffrage. We’ll see!