Saturday, 6 August 2011

My fair lady after dark - nails of the day and night

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'.


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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.


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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.


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'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).


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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.



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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?

16 comments:

CherrySue said...

Hey L,

They really are beautiful colours!

Hope I'm not being too cheeky but I posted a handy tip for easy opacity with these kinds of colours.
http://cherrysuedointhedo.blogspot.com/2011/07/nail-tip-for-summer-pastels-crazy-neons.html

Have a looksie and see if it helps, seems an awful shame to let My Fair Lady gather dust x

Strawberry Blonde said...

Love lOve lOve the purple!
Xx

Jenny said...

The nude is so pretty but the purple has me doing grabby hands at the screen.

LilyLipstick said...

I originally had my eyes on the nude shade but I don't like sheer polishes, two coats are all I have the patience for. The dark purple looks gorgeous. I have the Ciate polish from last year's Marie Claire and I love how easy it is to apply. x

Jude said...

OOh I love 'wait until dark' I'm really into dark nails colours at the moments xx

Yu said...

Oh gosh I can't choose which one I want! The nude is gorgeous but I feel like I have so many colours like that but it's just too pretty and I'd wear it more than the other :( In fact, your post just made me want both, I'm glad to hear they apply well!

missy_ellie_uk said...

Shame the nude is so sheer because it's a really gorgeous colour in the end. The purple looks much more your thing though! I agree about how easy Ciate polishes are to apply, I have the red from one of their past magazine freebies and it's great. x

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

My Fair Lady looks like the perfect nude for you - shame it was so sheer!

jaljen said...

I like Lady better. Can't be doing with colour atm.

Oh! Panda (Rebecca) said...

The purple is gorgeous. I am a huge fan of Ciate's nail varnishes. Every one I have ever tried has been of such awesome quality :)
Rebecca x

MissMathful said...

the dark purple looks amazing, i cant wait to wear all my autumn shades again :D

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benebelle said...

I picked up the purple one too. Have yet to try it out as still rocking my recent daisy nails but will probably post when I do. Prolly should post about something that isn't a nail polish... lol

Daisy said...

Ohh I really like the purple one !

Tanja said...

I adore the nude shade, sucks that it's so sheer though. Still on the hunt for my perfect (opaque) nude shade...

sasdothat said...

they are both so pretty....i don't know what one to pick :o x

Carly said...

I usually like peach nude shades. To be honest, if its sheer it'll annoy me. The dark colour looks so nice though :)

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