It’s that time of year — sunny days of autumn, complete with blue skies and bright leaves, are in the rear view mirror, and winter is saying, “Hey, remember me?” I’m less about light jackets and more about heavy coats. And of course, seasonal polish. The holiday collections are calling to me but I can’t quite say goodbye to my favorite fall colors just yet.
Look here, a new-to-me brand! Mineral Fusion is a brand that, while not exclusive to Ulta, I’ve only seen at that store. Previously I always walked by the display without really seeing it, but a few weeks ago a big “SALE!” tag caught my eye, and I browsed the brand for the first time.
Mineral Fusion polish comes in an ovoid bottle with a tapering oval handle. It’s not what I’d call full-size but neither is it a mini. Each bottle contains 0.33 oz/10 mL, and the SRP is $7.99. With the sale and a coupon, I got mine for about $4.25 each. Mineral Fusion is 100% vegan and is 4-free; that is, free of formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, and toluene. Here’s one of the two colors I bought, Brownstone.
Brownstone looks copper-bronze in the bottle and I got a nice surprise when I found it looks different on my nails! Because after I brought it home I thought, shoot, I have enough coppers. A little buyer’s remorse, doncha know.
The brush stem and brush are good size, the oval handle is surprisingly comfortable, and the brush holds a lot of polish, almost too much for my newly-shortened nails. Polish smell was average as was dry time. The first coat was sheer and patchy and showed obvious tip shrinkage, but the second coat covered well. No visible brushstrokes.
My pleasant surprise was that Brownstone is a lovely shade of dark red-brown on my nails. Under indirect outdoor sunshine and then with the flash, dig it:
I just love this color. Doesn’t make my skin look weirdly colored, although perhaps a bit pale. If you did want more of a copper color, MF has one called Pretty Penny that might fit the bill.
I’d buy more Mineral Fusion polishes but probably not at full SRP, considering the smallish bottle size. But next time they’re on sale, and armed with a handy Ulta coupon, I want to try Azurite and perhaps a berry or pink shade. The other color I bought is the purple Amethyst — want to see it?