I really enjoyed my mini mani month calendar despite there being some polishes I wasn’t all that impressed with, but that’s inevitable right? I don’t think I’ve had many nail polish sets where I’ve loved every polish and half the fun of this was getting a little surprise each day.
So we’ll start with my favourites…
These are the ones I can see myself using a lot and would even consider replacing in the future. I especially loved Pillow Fight and Tweed and Tails.
As I was opening the doors I felt that a high proportion of the polishes were pinks or reds, which I know have always been the most classic nail polish shades with the widest appeal, but I’ve always thought of Ciaté as modern and innovative rather than classic. Still, there were some beautiful shades of pink and I even learned to love one (maybe two) of the reds!
(Seeing all the photos next to each other like this really shows me I need to work on the lighting in some of the photos and try to be more consistent with it!)
Next up I have the non polishes. The calendar contained 4 bottles of caviar beads, 1 loose glitter and a pot of sequins. I’d never played with loose glitter or sequins like this before and I really enjoyed the ease and impact of the loose glitter so I’ll be experimenting with this technique more in the New Year.
Finally here are four polishes which didn’t quite fit into any of the categories above. I really liked Starlet but it wasn’t quite in my top 6. Chinchilla was a lovely colour with horrible application. Snowglobe was a fun flaky holo glitter which I might get some use out of in future and I already owned Fit for a Queen which I love but didn’t think it was right to stick in the favourites list as I already knew I loved it!
So that’s it for the Ciaté Mini Mani Calendar. In case you’re wondering it cost me €42,50 and I think I got a pretty nice selection of polish for my money. I would have appreciated a wider range of colours but I think I’ll get a lot of use out of several of these polishes over the next year. What do you think of the selection in the calendar?
Here’s the last of the mini mani month swatches. The calendar finished on a classic looking red called Play Date which needed three coats to look good. It’s a bold and beautiful red but I have to say I as a non-red-nails-loving girl I’d probably choose the darker, less classic looking red Boudoir which I got on the second day of this calendar if I was going to have a red nails day. This is a still a lovely shade which might be more exciting for those who love red nails!
This is a combination of the two things I’ve been working on recently. First I swatched Blueberry Muffin by Models Own but somehow the photos got deleted off the camera… By the point we realised that I’d already got the Cupid’s Arrow caviar pearls that came on day 23 of the calendar out and so this post has to show both!
The blue is nicer than I thought and the formula was better than I thought! I’d bought this polish back in the summer when I came to the UK and had used it then and decided it had the most horrible texture I’d ever tried! Now I’m not so sure – it really didn’t seem that bad when I used it to do this swatch. It didn’t dry all that fast but went on well and looked smooth after two coats so I have no idea what I was complaining about last time!
Cupid’s Arrow caviar pearls were pretty with a nice combination of colours and are seen here without topcoat as I didn’t intend to wear them for any length of time.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I had a lovely day with my family and am getting very excited about my wedding which is one week today! Anyway, I must finish off posting my Mini Mani Month swatches. I have to admit the last ones were a bit rushed as I’ve been so busy and are maybe not as tidy as I’d like…
This one is Hopscotch an orangey red which had slightly streaky application but looked quite nice in three coats. Orangey reds are not a shade I wear very often as I’m not sure they really suit my skin tone all that well. This one is a nice shade though and I’m sure it would look great on someone who does suit these kind of colours!
This was the only polish from the advent calendar that I already owned. It’s a beautiful polish which is my go to silver and I use quite frequently. The picture shows two coats, it applies really well and is very pretty and festive.
I was really excited when I opened the door of my polish calendar back on Friday (yes, I’ve got really behind with my posts what with packing, travelling back to the UK and then an epic day of shopping yesterday!) Starlet is a predominantly dark blue/purple duochrome which is just so different to everything else in the calendar. The first coat was a bit streaky but the second made it look great and third even better! It caught the light nicely and has a lovely green/gold shimmer. It was really difficult to photograph but hopefully this gives you an idea of what it’s like.
I got a pot of sequins on day 19. It was another first for me as I’ve never tried a loose sequin mani like this before. I have used sequins and painstakingly positioned each one with a dotting tool but never just showered my nails in sequins! It was fun to do and no messier than a caviar mani. The colours in Dallas Dolly are perfect for Christmas with red and green hex glitters and little pearly/holo bar glitters. The kids in my classes loved them for the last day of term and thought I’d done them specially for Christmas. I topcoated them when I finished as most blogs had advised doing this and said that sequin manis are quite long lasting. I can’t say I really tested the durability but 24 hours after I’d applied them they still looked perfect.
I’m not sure it’s a look I’d go for very often – although I did go totally over the top by doing it on every nail – it might be more wearable as an accent nail!
For day 18 I found Tweed and Tails behind the door of my nail polish advent calendar. It’s a beautiful khaki green that has a perfect formula and looks stunning in 2 coats. It’s a very flattering and wearable shade and I think I’m going to get lots of use out of it. This is definitely one of my favourite polishes so far from the Mini Mani Month.
When I opened the door of my advent calendar on December 17th I was a little puzzled. Have they given me two of the same polish? Surely this is a mistake! The polish looked almost identical to Ivory Queen which I had opened just a few days before. On closer inspection I noticed the polishes did look subtly different in the bootle and this polish, Members Only, was similar but not the same as Ivory Queen. Once I opened the bottle I also saw the big difference. Ivory Queen in a creme and Members Only is a very sheer polish. Due to its sheer formula it needed quite a few coats. I’d say three as an absolute minimum but I used five for the picture you can see here. With all the little flecks of gold and red in it, it came out looking quite different to Ivory Queen once it was on the nail.
I like the result and it’s a pretty, subtle colour that would be nice for the right occassion. Five coats is a lot though and I’m not sure I’d often have the patience to wait for all those coats to dry! I don’t own a lot of sheer polishes and should probably experiment more with them and try layering this shade over other colours.
I love the colour of Chinchillla, day 16’s polish from the advent calendar. It’s a shame I can’t say I feel the same about its formula, which is horrible. It drags and sticks and streaks and is incredibly difficult to get an even finish with. The photo is with three coats and a topcoat and I really needed the topcoat to make this look good. Having tried various blue polishes over the last few weeks trying to find the perfect pale blue for my wedding I can honestly say this has the worst formula of them all. Still, I really like the colour and if I’m feeling patient I might use this polish in future.