January 9, 2013 | Beauty Boxes, Misc., Nails, Reviews
Do I need more nail polish? I totally don’t, if I’m being honest with myself. However, my self-discipline is severely lacking when it comes to nail polish, so last month I signed up for SquareHue, a nail polish subscription service that was just announced in November. Each month, SquareHue sends subscribers three half-ounce bottles of polish in unique colors that are fresh made, high quality, and free of toxins. At the time I subscribed they were running a special introductory price, and though I tried, I just couldn’t pass it up. I got my first polishes this month, and I’ve never been so happy to be so weak willed.
I love the icy theme for the January colors, which is appropriately named the “Arctic Collection.” I am also excited about how big each bottle is! At .5 oz. each, these bottles offer a very generous amount of polish. The colors for January are:
Arctic Frost: A frosty shimmer that can be worn alone or used as a topcoat over another color
Glacier Skies: A creamy, pastel, blue
Midnight Flurries: An icy, sparkling, medium blue
I’ve been painting the Arctic Frost over pretty much everything since it arrived. It provides a really beautiful sparkle over any color. It also looks lovely and understated on its own, but unfortunately my oft-painted nails are too yellow for that sort of thing.
Tar Heel fans will go bananas for Glacier Skies. It’s a really perfect Carolina Blue. The formula for this one is more of a cream than your standard polish, so it takes a couple of coats to get it smoothed out, but two coats is all it takes for full, smooth coverage.
My favorite of the bunch is Midnight Flurries. It’s a wonderful shade with just enough sparkle to be noticed without being over-the-top.
The price of a SquareHue subscription is $21 and offers free shipping. If you think that sounds like a lot, consider that a Julep Maven subscription is $20, but here you’re getting three polishes (as opposed to two polishes and a mystery product) that are each double the size of a Julep polish. I should also mention that the formula for these polishes are outstanding – they’re smooth, easy to work with, and the pigments are spectacular. They also dry relatively quickly – faster than your standard polish, but not quite as quickly as a speed dry polish.
With SquareHue, you don’t have the option to preview or select colors like you would with a Julep Maven box, but you do have the option to put your subscription on hold and start it again whenever you choose. This is an especially nice option if you happen to sign up when they’re offering a special– it gives you the opportunity to lock in the price and still take a break when your polish collection is bulging at the seams.
Speaking of which, my collection is bulging at the seams right now, actually. I even considered pausing my SquareHue subscription, until I saw that next month their color theme is “Vintage Love.” Uh, vintage romance themed colors? There’s no way I’m missing out on that. If you don’t want to miss out either, you’ll probably want to go ahead and sign up. February boxes ship at the end of January.
Skin & Tonics Rating: A
I am now nail polish obsessed. I really want to try a nail polish box… but I all ready do the Ipsy box so I can’t decide if I can shell out the cash for a nail polish box too.
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. If you do decide to get a nail polish box, I’d recommend SquareHue over Julep at this point (although I really do love them both). You get so much more polish with SquareHue and the colors really are great!
Oo thank you for the heads up. I will do SquareHue if I do it. 😀 I switched to the Ipsy box from Birchbox, and I really like the Ipsy better. You are right, the product size and selection is better. I don’t want tea in my beauty box, it’s boring. And, I can’t really use it on my face. Well, I can. But in a boring way. I probably wouldn’t have known about the Ipsy box without your post, so thank you.