Hey Y’All! Long time no post!
I know I promised a tutorial post today, but there are some technical difficulties posting it. To compensate, I will give you a review of package I just picked up in the mail from Nail Polish Canada.
Then I will post an OOTD from exam to interview, what an awesome day that is eh? I just finished two midterms this weekend, explaining my two week MIA. After these two posts, I may be MIA for another week to finish off my midterms. Sorry for the long wait and I hope you will continue to support me!
With the recent outbursts of new nail polish collections from OPI, ESSIE and ZOYA, I thought I should try some of these new collectibles and add more colours to my growing “salon”! I recently discovered a Canadian nail polish site and thought it would be great to try out these new collections. From my last haul post from ShoeDazzle, you know that I am pretty concerned about extra hidden shipping fees and taxes, so buying from Canadian sites is optimal. What’s great is this company ships from Downtown Toronto, so if you live within a 250km radius of Toronto, you should be able to get your package within a day or two!
Although it’s website isn’t the prettiest and most practical layout, it’s prices are pretty low and has a huge collection of all the possible nail polish brands (from OPI, Essie, Deborah Lippmann, Butter London, China Glaze, ZOYA, Orly, you name it). I wouldn’t say they have the lowest prices, but they are reasonable and better than you will find at Shoppers Drug Mart, a dollar cheaper than WalMart/Target and definitely has more colours and stock than the aforementioned stores.
My only issue is that some of their most popular polishes are out of stock and you will have to wait (indeterminately) for them to re-stock. Thus, I couldn’t buy any of the Deborah Lippmann polishes I was falling head over heels for, like this Across the Universe polish.
For each polish, the site also gives you a run-down on the collection, size, product details, product reviews, and my favourite – pictures for you to click on so you can see how the polish really looks like on the nails.
Overall, I would give this a 8/10, they can improve with a better website, more stock of popular polishes and better packaging. I would definitely repurchase if they continue to have lower prices and more stock than my local stores.
Let’s move on to the polishes I bought.
First, the package came in a small plain cardboard box, with some white foam nibblets in the box. I would have taken a picture, but it wasn’t pretty enough and I was at the post office, too awkward. The polishes were wrapped in pairs in the ever fun bubble wrap. The bubble wrap packages were stapled, so be careful not to make those staples a projectile while you break open the packages. The polishes were not damaged, so I assume the packaging was safe enough. You can be the judge for this:
I bought one colour from the following collections: Zoya Pixie Dust, OPI Skyfall, OPI Liquid Sand, Essie Summer 2013. They ended up being an array of the rainbow and all have sparkles, but they are perfect for this season’s bright colours! The gold one is by far my favourite as it comes off as true gold colour and it makes you nails look like they are foiled with liquid gold, simply stunning!
Prices for each of the nail polishes are as follows:
TIFFANY CASE (TEXTURED MATTE GLITTER) BY OPI $8.95 (like the name says)
GOLDEN EYE BY OPI $8.95 (liquid gold)
MIRANDA (TEXTURED MATTE GLITTER) BY ZOYA $9.75 (bright red)
NAUGHTY NAUTICAL BY ESSIE $7.95 (turquoise)
The liquid sand by OPI goes on really smoothly and I only needed one coat. It’s one of those polishes that you can just leave it plain and it still looks as stellar as any design. The Zoya and Essie polishes I have yet to try, but the Essie looked very smooth and thick enough for one coat only. Here’s how I did my nails with the Golden Eye and Tiffany Case polishes and a touch of “Where’s my Chauffeur”. I think I need to learn how to colour WITHIN the lines…
All in all I love my purchases and would repurchase with Nail Polish Canada.
A quick tip when buying nail polishes, obviously you don’t want anyone to have used your polish before, but to check, try to open the bottle in the store. If it’s very hard for you to open or after you open it, you see a bit of dried polish on the rim of the opening, then you should put that bottle down and try another one.
Also, if you don’t know what the latest nail colours and collections are the site has a page dedicated for this: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/new-and-upcoming-collections/Let me know what your experience with Nail Polish Canada is, what colours you would get from these collections and what you thought of my purchase. As for me, I already have my eye on the Butter London Summer Holiday Collection!