After kicking myself metaphorically in the shins for having missed the gorgeous Ciaté 'kitten heels' nail polish as part of the Glossy Box Subscription Service this month, when I saw that Marie Claire was offering free Ciaté nail polishes on purchase of their magazine this month, I didn't want to run the risk of missing out on something potentially special. If you are resident of the UK and purchase the September issue of Marie Claire (£3.60) you can get your hands on 2 free polishes from Ciaté: a nude polish called My Fair Lady and a dark purple called, called 'Wait until Dark'.
I enclose a picture of the magazine to make sure: please do not get confused with another magazine with Jessie James on it, also wearing a dark top with stars on..
This was my first experience with Ciaté polishes and the first thing which caught my eye was the elegance of the packaging. I love the shape of the bottle and the cute bow on it and this is definitely a polish I would want to leave around and display because it's too pretty for words. I first tried 'My Fair Lady'. Well, they really were not kidding when they used the term 'fair' to name this shade. Perhaps they should have called 'sheer blouse' as this polish is extremely sheer.
My photos show 3 generous coats of 'My fair lady' and I am not sure 5 would have given me the opacity I want. The shade is very pretty and delicate but for me this polish is not working as it is unfortunately too sheer. Application was an absolute dream which makes it even more a shame.
'Wait until Dark' is a different kettle of fish altogether and much more my style. Application was again absolutely flawless and I reached opacity after 2 generous coats. The polish applied very smoothly, no hint of streakiness, bubbles, like butter on a toast without the delicious smell (argh, I've just made myself hungry for toast).
Wearing this polish makes me feel elegant, sexy and polished and not too vampirish. However it made me feel a little sad. This is definitely more a autumn/winter shade, and this is something I didn't want to think about since I've just started my 'summer' holidays.
I've enjoyed my first experience with Ciaté. These are definitely high quality polishes. If you like the colours, you won't be disappointed with the application and the finish. I have enjoyed swatching them to share the shades with you, but I now want to reach for a lurid lime green or yellow polish and enjoy the month of August to the full. Long live summer.
Will you be getting your hands on these shades of Ciaté polishes?
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