There are so many pretty, pint-sized bottles of nail polish in the utterly adorable Ciaté London Mani Mini Month set, and they’re all leading me to completely fail at my attempt to NOT hoard things.
There’s a long-running joke among my Filipino friends and I that Filipinos are hoarders, and, well…at least in my family, it’s totally true. Seriously, my folks never get rid of anything! On a trip home a few months ago, I found this one cheesy poster that hung in my room when I was a teenager. Came to find that it had been living in my parents’ garage for more than 20 years!
I tend to hold on to things a long time, too, but I’ve been working on it. I recently read Marie Kondon’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which has a lot of great tips, but it’s hard to resist the urge to hoard everything under the sun.
Especially when faced with something as hoard-worthy as this 24-piece set…
Originally, I planned break up the Ciaté London Mani Mini Month set, which is arranged like an advent calendar, with 24 little products hidden behind closed “doors,” and give them to the ladies in my life as Christmas stocking stuffers.
It comes with 19 mini 0.17-oz. nail polishes in…
- Heirloom, a duochrome with purple and gold
- Check Mate, a monochrome with square glitter
- Pom Pom, a coral
- Cutie Pie, a sheer pink
- Snow Globe, a holographic glitter
- Ahoy Sailor, a turquoise
- Life’s a Peach, a peach
- A List, a duochrome purple
- Double Bubblegum, a lilac
- Raspberry Collins, a fuchsia
- Birthday Blue, a chrome blue
- Miracle on 34th, a golden glitter nail topper
- Shady Lady, a gunmetal chrome
- Purple Rain-bow, a purple holographic glitter
- Dangerous Affair, a deep red
- Prima Ballerina, a greige
- Hutch, a classic red and
- Cookies & Cream, a cream nude
- (2) bottles of Chalet Chic, a holographic white loose glitter nail topper
As well as…
- A 0.42-oz. full-size bottle of Rom Com Rouge (a red glitter)
- A 0.17-oz. mini bottle of Nail Gym Nail Strengthener Treatment
- A 0.17-oz. mini bottle of Bloom Boost Nail Illuminator Treatment
- A 0.17-oz. mini bottle of Knight in Shining Armour Overnight Nail Mask Treatment
- A mini Glass Nail File
But the thing is just so darned cute that I don’t want to break it apart, and whoops! — a few of the shades accidentally ended up on my nails. How the heck did that happen?!
These are some of my favorites…
Other than the colors, I also like the wide brush and the shiny finishes. And the formula, which dries fairly quickly (only takes about five minutes), holds up reasonably well. I wore Ahoy Sailor, the creamy light blue shade, with a base coat for a couple days earlier this week, and it did OK. I saw a small chip on one of my nails at the end of the second day, which isn’t a great sign, but I spaced out and forgot to apply a top coat, so that may have contributed.
I haven’ used Ciaté London polishes before, but I anticipate mediocre wear time without the help of a base and top coat. The brand is based out of London, and their formula is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.
Have you used Ciaté London polishes before? What do you think about the brand?
If you frequently find yourself fighting the temptation to resist hoarding gigantic beauty product sets, be careful around this one. It’s available now at Sephora and online for $59, which is $2.46 per item. Not bad at all considering that Ciaté London’s minis usually go for $8 each.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,