I have all three, and two of them are nail polishes. Actually I could have all three in polishes but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Several months ago I first heard of the new cosmetics company Colour Prevails via one of my favorite bloggers, Nouveau Cheap. A month later she reviewed one of the company’s eye shadow palettes and I thought the swatches looked great but for some reason thought the look of the packaging was too gimmicky. All that butterfly stuff, the weird handles.
Well, I have changed my mind. Big time. Several reasons, the main one being I am so sick of the same ol’ same ol’ that I could scream. Gimme something new and different. The second reason is that I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Colour Prevails founder Nonie Creme by Karen Falcon at BeautyGeeks. I’ve read so many interviews with makeup company owners or makeup artists that are nothing but “I’m the greatest ever, buy all my products,” that this was an irreverent breath of fresh air.
Look at that Mohawk! Look at the silver in her hair! Since my own Mohawk experience at age 53, I love seeing other older women with one (and by older I mean over the age of 25 or so). Nonie looks and sounds a little bit diva and a whole lot badass. Divass? Is that a word? It is now.
So I decided that I was ready to seek out some of the Colour Prevails products and took myself to the local Walgreens. Hot dog, a whole big display, right by the cosmetics check-out counter. I fondled almost everything — which is not as perverted as it sounds — and picked out two nail polishes and one eye shadow palette.
I was only going to get one polish, the Mr. Wrong that I saw in the BeautyGeeks post, but when I saw Mr. Right Now I just had to get it as well. There is a Mr. Right polish in the line, a gold glitter in a clear base and I will probably get it too, but for now I’ll be content with my real Mr. Right aka Mr. Silver Nail.
The first thing you may notice about the Colour Prevails polishes is the outré bottle shape, or should I say the handle. It’s got a butterfly on its winged ergonomic shape. The second thing I noticed is that all the bottles (and all the other products in the line) are shrink-wrapped. Let me repeat that: shrink-wrapped. No getting home with your new polish only to discover that some bratty tweener with communicable diseases opened it and ruined the polish, plus the brush for good measure.
I saw so many tempting colors. Half the fun is the cheeky names: Frenemy, No Regrets, Glamazon, Boss Lady, Troublemaker, Wine o’Clock. Oh yeah. The polishes are $8 for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL and are Walgreens exclusives, although e-tailer Drugstore.com has them too. Currently U.S. only.
Does the price seem a bit high for a drugstore brand? It depends. While I often promote $1.99 Sinful Colors, if a polish is something you’d gladly pay $8 for because of the quality, why does it matter if it’s in Walgreens or in Sephora? Several mid-range brands such as OPI, Butter London, and China Glaze have increased their prices lately, so I’m fine with the drugstore habitat.
The two top coats I bought are the cool (in more ways than one) Mr. Wrong, which has different sizes of blue,purple, and silver glitter in a very pale blue base, and the warm Mr. Right Now, a sweet copper, bronze, and silver glitter mix in a clear base.
With the shrink-wrap removed:
I’ve read you can pull the butterfly handle off if you want but I couldn’t seem to do it with a light tug, and didn’t want to pull too hard.
How does the full handle feel? I like it. Gives me a place to rest the curve of my index finger while I apply the polish and feels very stable. Could be a godsend for people whose fingers can’t grip as strongly as they used to, or whose hands shake a little.
The polish had almost no noticeable smell. First I used two coats of the black shimmer called Raven from Zoya for a base. With one coat of Mr. Wrong:
And with two coats of Mr. Wrong to intensify the look:
Wow. I hardly ever wear black polish but that’s gonna change. Can’t wait to try Mr. Wrong over dark blue, purple, silver, gray.
For a base for Mr. Right Now, I pulled out the new China Glaze polish What’s She Dune? which I’d thought was rather blah on its own. One coat of Mr. Right Now was only so-so, but two coats look good. Under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:
I still think What’s She Dune? is meh but love Mr. Right Now. I think the new top coat would look better over, say, a dark brown creme or shimmer.
Bottom line, I’m wild about both these polishes and plan to buy more. One thing to watch out for when you’re shopping for Colour Prevails: As with many makeup displays, a few items were out of place, and the nail polish bottles are the exact same size and shape as the bottles for the liquid eye liners and the eye shimmer powder, both of which look intriguing. But you don’t want to get them mixed up. The butterfly wing on the handle of the polishes is mostly red, and it’s mostly blue and yellow on the eye products.
I have one of the three eye shadow palettes to review for you soon, and did I mention there’s a colored ombre mascara that looks like fun?
P.S. I’ll leave you with a Mr. Right/Wrong/Whatever sound bite that changed my life. Literally changed my life. Many, many years ago I read the phrase, “Mr. Right doesn’t have to be Mr. Perfect” and it hit me hard, making me realize I’d been looking for Mr. Perfect all along. Ain’t no such thang. Shortly thereafter I found Mr. Right!
EDIT: Per a request, I wanted to add some photos to show more about the unusual handle of these polishes and how I hold it. Sorry I didn’t explain that well to begin with!
Here’s the bottle and handle from the front and from the side.
The acrylic handle tapers down slightly, sort of a rounded wedge shape.
You can pull the “wing” handle off too, if you prefer, and hold the inner handle.
Personally I love this new shape of a handle. I found it very comfortable and steady, no more having to use a “pincer grip” on a small handle.
Hold it with your index finger resting lightly along the entire convex upper curve (side) of the handle. This finger rests there kind of like it does when you hold a pencil or pen.
(Ugh, naked nails and big wrinkled knuckles. Oh well. I don’t care.)
As mentioned, you don’t have to use this handle. Also, if you like the handle but have several of the bottles and find them awkward to store, you could pull off the handles and keep just one, then put it on whatever bottle you’re actively using.
Hope that helps!