So Susan LACQUER LOVE Subscription box – polish review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It really is a unique polish, and my favourite of the four polishes in this box.
Next up is Deep Space – as the name suggests this is a deep purple shimmer polish with large flecks of royal blue and magenta.
Again it takes two coats to build up to full effect and cover any streaky patches.
The finished effect is a rich medley of shimmer and textures and colours; this is definitely another original polish. Flakie fans will love it!
Last but not least comes Meteorite – a sandy-bronze shimmer. This one was also surprising.
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.
Instead of washing me out (as I feared it might) the natural sandy colour complimented my skin tone to give a classic look.
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?