Sunday, 26 April 2015

'nailbox' Unboxing April 2015


Subscription boxes are a great way to discover and try new brands, so I was incredibly excited to hear a new box was launching that contained products exclusively for your nails! Read on to learn a bit more about the 'nailbox', see the products I received and take a look at some swatches!
P.S. I've also uploaded a video on this box: here




The April 2015 box is the very first of the new 'nailbox' subscription. It's £15 a month, but if you choose an up-front subscription e.g. 6 months, 1 year etc. then the price gets discounted further. In each box you'll receive 5 products which will be made up of 3/4 nail polishes and 1/2 nail tools/treatments. At the most expensive price, you're looking at £3 a product - which, as you'll see from the contents of my box, is a great deal. The products can be from O.P.I, China Glaze, Essie, Revlon and Rimmel and you'll never receive the same polish twice. This gives you the perfect opportunity to experiment with colours throughout the year.

The April 2015 box contained 4 polishes and the colours were picked especially for Spring. Let me show you what I received...

'Peachy Keen' by China Glaze

 

First of all, I received this gorgeous muted orange shade from China Glaze. I was over the moon to see this in the box as I've heard so many people talk about it on YouTube. For me, 'Peachy Keen' is the perfect shade for the Spring and Summer and is so easy to wear. A lot of people are scared of orange nail polish, but this shade is almost pastel in nature and gives a much softer look. In terms of the formula, China Glaze polishes have never let me down and this one is no different. They apply smoothly and don't take long to dry. This shade took two coats to give complete opacity, as would be expected from a lighter shade, and this resulted in a gorgeous finish. I really can't wait to wear this in the summer with a tan! 

'Kiss Me on my Tulips' by O.P.I

 

This next polish has one of the cutest names I've seen - 'Kiss Me on my Tulips'. Well done to whoever came up with that! This is a beautiful O.P.I polish in a true, deep pink. The first thing that I noticed when applying this shade was just how pigmented the lacquer itself was. It only required one coat to give me even, opaque coverage -  which is practically unheard of most of the time! The colour itself is just such a fun shade, but, importantly, isn't so bright that it's hard to pull off. I could imagine myself wearing this shade all year around, not just in the Spring or Summer. 

'Buttercup' by Revlon

 

I've had great experiences with Revlon polishes previously, but have never tried their 'Colorstay' range. What intrigued me even further, was that this polish was yellow. For years I've tried to be able to pull of yelow polish, but I've always found it looks a bit garish and just doesn't suit my skintone. However, this shade is more of a pastel yellow - very light, and so I couldn't wait to give it a try. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how it looked - I think it looks like a great every-day colour and doesn't look scary with my pale skin. In terms of how it applied, the formula is spot on. This required two coats which is, again, to be expected with such a pale colour, but honestly was immensely pigmented. From previous experience, Revlon polishes are really long-lasting and chip a lot less than other polishes from the drug-store, so I have high hopes for 'Buttercup'! 

'muchi, muchi' by essie

 

The last polish is from essie and is a beautiful pale, pastel pink. This is a shade that will suit all skin tones and look both sophisticated and elegant, whilst still girly. This is also a great shade to use underneath nail art. From the bottle, it looks like quite a transparent shade, but once you've applied two coats you get a solid, opaque finish. 


The box included an added extra from essie - a nail file. This is an essential for anyone who loves both painting and taking care of their nails.


Overall, I think this is a fantastic subscription box and it's clear that a lot of thought has gone into the colour-choices to make them appropriate for this time of year. I honestly feel like I will use every single one of the products in this box time and time again - something you don't often find with subscription boxes! Financially, I think it's definitely worth the price. These nail polishes are all full-size and are from some of the best brands on the market. You're getting great quality polishes at a price you wouldn't find anywhere else! The April box has now finished, but if you're interested in trying out 'nailbox' you can sign up for the May box now!

Be sure to check them out at:

www.nailbox.co.uk
@nailboxuk

I've also posted a YouTube 'unboxing' video on this box. If you're interested, check it out here.