Monday, 22 June 2015

Coloristiq Manicure Box - June - Festival Fever

I'm sure you've all heard of the UK's first nail polish rental service, Coloristiq, by now (if not then I've got the details here). Earlier this month Coloristiq released a brand new box called Manicure Box* which, rather than a rental service, is like a typical beauty box where the contents is unknown until you receive the box and you get to keep the items. The box is aimed at nail polish lovers and contains nail products only.

This month's theme is Festival Fever and contains nail goodies that will have your nails festival and party ready. This means neons! I think I may be the biggest neon nail polish fan around so I was very excited about this theme! I also had the opportunity to work with Coloristiq to create a nail art tutorial that is featured in every box - I really hope you like it!

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Nail Art & Tutorial
As mentioned above, here is the nail art I created for the Festival Fever box along with a glimpse of the tutorial. It looks harder than it actually is so don't be scared to give it a go!

The contents of the box, swatches, and reviews, are shown below although the shades of nail polishes will vary between boxes.

China Glaze - Treble Maker
3.6 mL mini bottle
2 coats, no top coat

I'm in love with this polish and I really didn't expect to be! I'm not usually a fan of green (unless it's mint green of course!) but I love that it's so bright and eye-catching, plus I don't have a colour like this so it's quite special in my eyes. The formula was nice and it dried fairly quickly.

China Glaze - Red-y To Rave
3.6 mL mini bottle
2 coats, no top coat

You receive two mini bottles (3.6 mL) of China Glaze polishes from the fairly new Electric Nights collection, with six different shade possibilities. This is Red-y To Rave, a super bright red-coral that will be catching plenty of eyes! The formula wasn't as good as Treble Maker - it was a bit thick. It'll still dry to give a nice finish if you are patient between layers and make sure the first is dry before applying the second.

Models Own - Pink Wellies
2 coats, no top coat
You get one full sized bottle of one of the recently released Models Own Festival Collection polishes. There are six different polishes available and I got the incredibly vibrant pink, Pink Wellies. The formula great, I very nearly got away with just one coat, and it dries fairly quickly too. I think this is my favourite item in the box - I can't wait to wear it when I go on holiday!

OPI - Serious Sparkle
One thin coat over China Glaze Red-y To Rave
Serious Sparkle contains tiny silver glitter pieces and large bar glitter in a range of colours. I don't really wear glitter polishes anymore (they're such a hassle to remove!), the exception being Christmas time. I like how dense the glitter is within the clear polish, the picture below shows one thin coat and you can see that the full nail is covered - that's what I like to see in a glitter polish!

Sally Hansen - Double Duty Base & Top Coat
I really like Sally Hansen's nail care; it's high quality yet affordable. I hadn't tried this particular item before but I've been wearing it under and over a few manicures over the past week or two and think it's great. It's thicker than I expected it to be but I actually like that because I feel that it protects my nails from staining much more than my usual base coat. It's not overly shiny as a top coat so I'm going to stick to my trusty Seche Vite top coat and continue to use Sally Hansen Double Duty as my base coat.

YRNails - Aztec Nail Foils
A pretty aztec design that fits perfectly with the theme of the box. I haven't tried these yet as I'm saving them for an occasion, I'll make sure I upload a picture when I've got them on though. Having a read of the instructions on the back of the pack I noticed that you apply and remove them with a hairdryer! I've never heard of this before so I'm eager to give it a go - again I'll update you when I've tried it.

I think this box is good value for money and there's more items in there than I expected there to be which is great! The items fit the theme perfectly and are of good quality. I love beauty boxes because you get to try brands you haven't had the chance to try yet. I was particularly made up with the China Glaze neons because I've had my eye on the Electric Nights collection but can't afford to be treating myself at the moment.

The Festival Fever Manicure box is available to buy now on the Coloristiq website until 30th July priced at £15 (contents is worth £33!).

I'd love to know what you think of the Festival Fever Manicure Box so leave me a comment below. And if you've tried out my neon nail art tutorial then send me a link to your pictures because I'd love to see your recreations :)



  1. Love these colours =] so pretty

  2. I really like the look of this box and actually like all of the shades included, which is quite rare as there usually always seems to be a yellow/blue/orange that I don't like! I love your nail art as well. I spotted a similar look on Pinterest a few days ago and was actually just about to try it out! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    1. I think if I'd got the neon yellow I would have been disappointed because I don't really wear yellow unless it is a pale shade. Thank you! x

  3. Really liking this box, just purchased it after seeing your review since those colours you received looked amazing. I cant wait to receive this box and review it for myself - great post!

    Chloe x

    1. Thank you very much :) Aww yay! Hope you like it! x