Very recently I was lucky to received two Ciate Paint Pot nail varnishes for review considerations. I hadn’t tried any of their products before but have always been meaning to, because I had heard great things about them and they look just so unique and cute!
For those of you who don’t know what or who Ciate is – it’s a company that was founded by celebrity manicurist and salon owner, Charlotte Straughan for both customers and professional nail technicians. Ciate does not only do nail polishes, they also do care products for hands and feet. With over 10 years of experience in the nail industry, Straughn wanted to bridge the gap between what was offered in professional salons and retail. In 2009 Ciaté was introduced new and improved result driven formulations within exquisite packaging, which is why it caught a lot more press attention in recent years.
I got ‘Fun Fair’ from Ciate’s Festival collection and ‘Knickerbockerglory’ from their Passionista range.
Here is my review :-)
Product: Nail Polishes
Product Name: Paint Pots
Available: Online and various stockists
Size: 13.5ml / .45 fl oz
Description: “Flawless painting made easier with optimum 250 bristle flat brush. Ergonomically designed to enable maximum control with a long handle and curved bottle to sit comfortably in your hand.“
I love Ciate’s unusual packaging. It comes in a clear glass bottle, but in a concave shape and a thin black long screw-on lid. It has the cutest black bow glued to its front side and an oval shaped label. I love the fact that when you store them you can see the color from above looking down on the bottle. Some nail polishes (like Illamasqua) you have to see it from below or the side, because the lid is as wide as the bottle itself. And the idea with the bow is just lovely! 5 out of 5
Ciate offer 53 different colors from pastels to nudes to vibrant colors. LOVE IT! I can’t tell however if they also do matte finishes, which would be nice. They do glitter, cream and shimmer nail polishes, which is a good variety of finishes. They also offer 8 nail care products including a fast drying top coat, which is said to be great! However, £9 for 13.5ml is quite a lot, if you get the same amount for a fiver with other brands. 3 out of 5
I’ve been wearing both nail polishes on alternating fingers with a coat of OPI’s nail envy as base coat. However, I didnt wear a top/finishing coat. The product itself is slightly of thicker consistency which I prefer as it helps with getting the coat more accurate, but it also can make it difficult to work with, if you want to fix a little nick. I barely needed a 2nd coat, which is awesome because it cut down on the drying time. After a week of wearing the polishes without top coat, only the edges of the nails have come undone and faded, but absolutely no chipping! So you get a fantastic wear out of them, imagine it just with a top coat! I’m very impressed. 4.5 out of 5
|OPI Nail Envy + 2x Ciate Paint Pots. Day 1|
|After 5 days of wear! AMAZING :)|
Sooo, would I buy it? Well I’m not sure. I like the nail polishes’ performance. They really are long lasting and give great coverage even just one coat and you can get them in so many, many colors. However, I’m not sure I would pay £9 for a nail polish. I said it before, I’m stingy. There’s other brands that do just as many colors with the same amount of product that are cheaper. They might not perform like these, but for the lesser price I’m happy to accept that. That’s not to say, if you are willing to spend £9 on a nail polish, I can DEFINITELY recommend these! 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Product: 3 out of 5
Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Total: 17.5 out of 20
Have you tried Ciate’s nail polishes? What do you think? Let me know in the comments
Miss drifted Snow White