Ten weeks. I’ve been salivating over the thought of the Becca Halcyon Days Nail Colours ($15 each) for roughly ten weeks.
From those first PR pics back in March — the warm, summery pink, peach and coral — I couldn’t wait to get these on my claws, and I’ve been drooling like Pavlov’s dog ever since.
As far as I know, this is Becca’s first foray into nails, but it seems like everything the boutique-y Aussie brand does is pretty much on like Donkey Kong, and, in this case, fast!
Manis and pedis with the three creamy shades take almost no time (well, very little) because the polishes apply and dry wicked fast. Not as fast as it takes to get my attention with shirtless pictures of Channing Tatum, but still. Fast.
The brush is one of the reasons for the speed. It’s wide and covers a large portion of the nail, so it only takes two swipes to thoroughly coat the nail in color; on top of that, each coat dries in a little over two minutes.
The little touches take these up a notch for me. One of them, the square shape and rubbery matte texture of the brush handle, makes the bottles super easy to open. My mom would probably kill me if she know how many times I opened smooth nail polish bottles with my teeth. “Do you know how much I paid for that smile?” she’d surely rail. “Braces aren’t cheap, young lady!” Well, it looks like I won’t ever have to go there with these.
From left to right: Dancing Barefoot, Summerdaze and Tangerine Dream
Swatches from left to right: Dancing Barefoot, Summerdaze and Tangerine Dream
What can you tell me about the way they feel?
The polishes themselves are thick (like Essie polishes), so you do have to be cool about wiping excess polish from the brush. They’re also apt to minor streaking, but the severity varies among the shades. It’s not too bad with any of them, but the lightest color, Dancing Barefoot, seems to be the one that streaks the most. Even after three coats, the color looks a little uneven.
Three coasts with the middle and darker shades, Summerdaze and Tangerine Dream, yield almost imperceptible streaks, and I really have to stare at my nails to see them at all. That said, it might bug hard-core polish paramours striving for perfection.
I only put these on a few hours ago, so I can’t gauge their durability, but for now I give them a tentative “go.” I can forgive the minimal streaking because I love the way these warm colors look against my skin.
I’ll update you in a few days to let you know how they hold up. Gotta run them through their paces, you know — typing, dishes and opening a few cans of gravy for Edward Scissorpaws.
PRICE: $15 each
AVAILABILITY: Available at Becca counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Can I ask you a question?
How old is too old to be shopping in the juniors department? I ask because I’ve been finding a LOT of great deals lately in the Juniors sale section of the Nordstrom website.
Like these 3/4 sleeve cardigans for just $12…
I love a good bargain, but I don’t want to be the granny in a miniskirt, ya know?
Seriously, how old is too old to shop in the juniors section?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,