So Susan LACQUER LOVE Subscription box – polish review

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are having a nice week so far. I spy a little sunshine out in the garden today so that’s were I’m headed next, but first let me show you the full review of the four polishes I received in my So Susan box.

Firstly let me start by saying that although the bottles themselves are relatively small (24ml polishes) the brushes and bottle necks are ‘normal’ size. I know this makes a big difference for some of you and I also can’t stand trying to paint long nails with a mini bristled brush. They hold such a minuscule amount of polish you can barely make it one full stroke without dipping back in for more polish.

Open bottle and brush

All the swatches shown below have no base or topcoat so you can see the true likeness and finishes of the polishes.

 

The first polish I tried of the four was Ivory – a cool peach-leaning porcelain pink creme.

I am afraid to say I was very disappointed with this one. The formula literally felt like the Ivory paint I’d use on my walls. It was streaky and sheer.

One coat of Ivory

Three coats are essential on this one (four if you count your topcoat) or the uneven finish will drive you nuts. I’m not a fan of light pastel shades at the best of times so would usually save something like this as a base for other things (stamping, nail art, etc.) but this was far too much effort for that.

Two coats of Ivory

I managed to get it fully opaque but it still doesn’t have a glossy finish, and self-leveling effect, I have come to expect of good nail polish brands.

Third coat of Ivory

 

Next, I nervously applied Smurfette – a bright aqua blue.

Thankfully things improved a little. The formula was still a little sheer and streaky but this built up much better after just two coats.

One coat of Smurfette

The biggest surprise with this one was the finish. Instead of a glossy sheen this polish has a matte finish which looks very similar to the leather affect polishes. The colour on the nail is also a lot more muted than it looks in the bottle.

Smurfette streaky

It really is a unique polish, and my favourite of the four polishes in this box.

Final Smurfette shot

Next up is Deep Space – as the name suggests this is a deep purple shimmer polish with large flecks of royal blue and magenta.

Deep Space coat one

 

Again it takes two coats to build up to full effect and cover any streaky patches.

Deep Space coat two

The finished effect is a rich medley of shimmer and textures and colours; this is definitely another original polish. Flakie fans will love it!

Deep Space outdoor pic

Last but not least comes Meteorite – a sandy-bronze shimmer. This one was also surprising.

Meteorite coat one

It is not a colour I would have bought but the finish on this one is stunning. My camera loved it too. The build up of fine glitter gives an almost holographic sheen to the final manicure.

Meteorite shine

Instead of washing me out (as I feared it might) the natural sandy colour complimented my skin tone to give a classic look.

Meteorite Finished mani

Overall – Had I looked online and saw the colours in advance I may not have chosen this box. ‘I’m not a fan of pinks and neutrals, I have plenty of blue polishes’, etc. but actually getting to see the finished look of the polishes I am won over. I hope every box has the variety of this one as it gets me trying out new things. 3/4 of the polishes I will be using again.

Have you tried the So Susan box? Would you be more tempted to try it after this review?

 

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About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

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