Coloristiq first hit the scene launching their innovative nail polish rental service – a bit like a library, you borrow three polishes a month then return them – great for those who never get through a full bottle or just like to try before they buy. They’ve since launched their monthly subscription box* service (which is what I’m trying out today) where you pay £15 (+ £2.80 p&p) and are sent four gorgeous polishes all fitting with a monthly theme which you get to keep. September’s theme is Nails in the City which being a London girl, and polishaholic speaks straight to my heart.
My parcel arrived packaged as a neat little cardboard pouch tied with ribbon and included a little note card about the theme and included polishes. I was really excited to find three very well known brands inside (Nails Inc, OPI and my new fave Essie) and also one from a UK indie brand, Danglefoot. I’ve never tried hand mixed polish from an independent maker before so was excited to try it out! It also came with a 10% off code for any future Danglefoot purchases which I thought was a nice touch. So let’s have a look at the polishes I received…
Essie Fifth Avenue (RRP £7.99) – New York polish
I am fast becoming obsessed with Essie polishes! This is the third in my collection (I also own Lapiz of Luxury and Status Symbol) and they’re both such gorgeous colours and really good quality. Fifth Avenue is no exception – it’s a beautiful oranged toned red which I think would suit every skin tone. It gives a really good coverage in just one layer and has a super shiny finish. Gorgeous!
Nails Inc The Mall (RRP £11) – London polish
I was really surprised with how The Mall came out on the nail – it’s a really pretty purple with navy blue undertones, despite looking totally blue in the bottle. It has a very fine blue shimmer running through it and I think this colour would be gorgeous for Halloween.
OPI – Venice polish
OPI nail polishes are some of the best available in my opinion. This vampy red is such a stunning colour and a staple which everyone needs in their collection. It’s a shame not to get a full sized bottle in the box but look how adorable this mini one is!
Danglefoot Budapest (RRP £6.50) – Budapest polish
Budapest is so pretty and unlike about other in my collection – a light turquoise with gold shimmer running through – it’s a bit like having the sea splashed on your nails (perfect for my inner mermaid!) Danglefoot polishes retail at £6.50 and apparently contains the best 5-free non-toxic ingredients.
The overall RRP of the Coloristiq monthly box is £28 (not including the sample sized OPI polish). Although you are still getting practically double the worth of your £15 subscription fee, this is not as good value as the Nailbox monthly subscription box I tried earlier in the year, though this may fluctuate of course depending on which products you receive each month.
Overall I was really pleased with the Coloristiq monthly subscription box. I loved the mix of high profile and independent brands and the colour range was really nice and broad, and it’s really fun to have a different theme each month.
Have you tried any nail polish subscription boxes before?
*Thanks so much to Coloristiq for inviting me to try out their monthly subscription box. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.