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Ciate is a British nail polish brand that produces creme, matte, shimmer, glitter, duocrome, holographic and pearlescent polishes. The brand has made a name for itself for it''s range of manicure ''toppers'' that are applied over still damp polish; including loose caviar pearls [tiny beads that you pour onto your nail whilst your polish is wet so they''ll stick to it], sequins, glitter and feathers. Ciate release many gift sets throughout the year so customers can try the various products in mini form, to see what they like before buying the full sizes.
Ciate also offer various base and top coats, polish remover and nail files.
The polish formulas for every Ciate polish I''ve worn so far have all been really smooth and bubble/streak free to apply, and many shade colours are so rich that they are very nearly one-coaters on me; people who are neater then me at applying polish [most people] will probably only need the one coat for the medium/dark shades. The polish dries quickly, and I find that it wears as well as the big named brands on MUA. I also had no issue with the bottle shape [the shape is easy to grip], or with the brush [I class it as standard - neither noticeably big or small].
I''ve also tried a few of the manicure topper options and found them easy to use - and steady hands & patience are two things that I lack. The caviar pearls, sequins and glitter can get a bit messy, so don''t attempt them if you''re in a rush.
Here in the UK Ciate is slightly cheaper than the likes of OPI and Nails INC, so I feel as though I got more then enough quality for my money.
Ciate loses a star/heart/whatever as quite a few of the polish shades aren''t anything new, and the various manicure toppers - whilst different and fun - aren''t very long lasting.
I subscribe to a couple of beauty boxes where I pay however much is asked and in return get a box of beauty products come through my door once a month. In my most recent Glossybox I received a full sized 13.5ml pot of this Nail Varnish by Ciate. To be honest I wasn't desperately thrilled with this product, I'm a real nail biter thus never have any nails to paint and, subsequently I don't use nail varnish. I don't bite my toe nails though (although I will admit the fact I cannot reach them is probably the only reason I don't!) and with the hot weather recently and me practically living in open toed sandals now days I thought I'd give this a try on my toe nails.
Ciate Paint Pots are not quite as readily available to purchase as other similar products. In terms of High Street stores I've personally only ever seen these in Selfridges and a quick Google search is only really returning online shops. In terms of websites I know to be trusted ones these can be purchased from Asos, Amazon, Ebay and, you're best bet if looking for a specific shade, Ciate's own website (www.ciate.co.uk). Typically these 13.5ml pots retail at £9 each.
These Paint Pots come in every shade under the sun from pastel and neutral shades to glittery golds and silvers to really bright summery shades and dark, bold shades too. As I received mine in a beauty box I just got whatever shade was sent to me which turned out to be 'Speed Dial' (one thing that's slightly annoying about these, in my opinion, is that the shade names really tell you nothing about what to expect from the actual shade). Speed Dial is a really bright, bold orange colour. I admit this is a great summer colour although still not a colour I'd have personally chosen; it's just not very 'me'. Regardless I thought I'd be adventurous and give this a try (as a general rule things like this that I receive would be put to one side to give to someone as a stocking filler for Christmas but I didn't really know anyone who would make use of this).
The bottle is very pretty. It's clear glass bottom allows you to easily see the shade of the varnish, in this case bright orange. There's a cream, oval shaped sticker on front displaying the Ciate logo (the I is dotted with a bow which is a nice touch) and a nice, black ribbon bow attached to the front giving it quite and elegant look. The lid is a tall, thin black one which again makes the bottle look nicer but also makes the attached brush very easy to hold.
The lid screws on and off easily and always remains in place meaning there are no spillages here. Attached to the bottom of the lid is a thin black brush typical of a nail varnish. Any excess varnish to easily removed from the brush onto the side of the bottle's opening making a clean, easy application.
The varnish glides onto the nail easily and evenly. The brush is of high quality and doesn't leave bristles stuck to your nail via varnish and one coat is enough for a bold colour although if you like a really solid, pigmented colour you may wish to apply two coats. It has that typical nail varnish smell which usually gives me headache although this one isn't too overbearing and strong so I can live with that.
The varnish dries fairly quickly; it only takes a couple of minutes before you're good to go which is an added bonus. The best thing about this varnish, however, is just how long it lasts.
I dare say if you were painting your finger nails with this there would be plenty more opportunity for it to chip but on the toe nails it lasts forever. I removed it seven days after initial application purely because I was a little bored of it but there was barely a chip to the varnish. It's colour had remained as bold and bright as when first applied, it was still in an even, layer and it just looked pretty freshly applied even after a week. I don't think we can complain about that!
Removing the varnish was easily done with a decent varnish remover, however. Sometimes such products which last so well are a nightmare to get off but this wasn't one of them. I probably spent about five minutes removing this from all ten toes and I experienced no problems during this time.
Whilst I'm not a varnish wearer I will still be keeping this for the occasional summer spruce up for my toes. It certainly is high quality and if I were a regular varnish wearer I'd have no qualms with paying £9 for a bottle of this. Whilst the colour I received wasn't particularly my style for those whose style it is I think it's perfect. A really long lasting, freshly applied, bright and bold colour. I definitely know a few people who would enjoy a pot of this in different shades and I'm making a note of that ready for Christmas shopping. If you like nail varnish I reckon you'll love this.
One of the things I love and enjoy doing are nails. I find it a great way to change and uplift my mood. If I want something daring, I go for a bold colour If I want to be quirky and shout for attention, I go for glitter. If I want something pretty and understated I go for pale and interesting in shade. I haven't tried every brand out there, but managed to get hold of a free bottle when I purchased a magazine afew weeks ago. Size 5ml and the colour name is cookies and cream.
Why did I get my hands on it?
To be honest, Im not much of a magazine reader, because these days I find despite the fact that many of the fashion/entertainment magazines are quite cheap they are full of adverts and rubbish articles that have no relevance to my life nor do they offer any form of inspiration for me ( not all-but most! ). I picked up the magazine containing this offer purely because of the polish, its one I am aware of in regards to brand but never used before. And having the magazine to browse while bored was a bonus.
Who and what are Ciate?
Ive seen them on QVC ( they have recently started to sell their nail products on there ), also read afew articles on them in nail magazines especially focusing on trends and new effects in the nail polish world. They first came to my attention when they released the caviar manicure ( little beads placed on the nail to give a caviar type effect ) but never been in a position where I really wanted to buy it.
Ciate are a British brand. They are a fashion led brand which is expressed through their colours in polish and different nail effects that can be created on the nail. Founded by Charlotte Knight, a celebrity nail session artist, it was important for her to bring out products that were cutting edge, innovative and aspirational.
How is the polish packaged?
I really love the look of this polish. This is a mini size that I have, but pretty much a true smaller version to the usual standard 13.5ml bottle. Black screw top lid with the brush housed on the inside. Bottle is glass, slightly flat and curved in regards to its depth. Almost rectangular in shape. The logo ' Ciate 'is on the front in large lettering with a black bow just above.
On the back it tells you what the polish colour is called.
What is the colour like?
I would call this a neutral colour, very nude and natural in shade. Not quite a cream as it has warm and brown tones to it. Slightly richer than that. A very milky coffee colouring. Doesn't stand out at all, very understated but for me a very pretty colour. Perfect background colour for me if you wanted to create nail art on the nails, especially if using mainly dark colours such as black, as this would highlight the work rather than make the background colour too busy.
How to apply
First place on base coat. Wait till dry. Place one coat of polish onto nails, again wait til dry then another layer on top. Finish with top coat. To complete manicure follow with a good cuticle oil placed around the nail area.
How does it perform?
Ive used minis before and found them quite annoying. Thinking back to using OPI minis, I found it difficult to hold the brush as it felt too small, especially when trying to apply the polish as the brush for me was just too tiny! This was something very different. Not the most comfortable lid to hold as its completely round in regards to its edges but not the hardest. The bursh when applying, despite looking quite small, spread the product out very well and I really thought the brush was a good quality and easy to use.
The big problem I had was the streaking. Ive been told not to apply layers too thickly, especially the first as the second layer will and should provide complete coverage. The first layer I did was streaky and there were bits I could still see my nail underneath. Didn't concern me because this was the first layer. It dried very quickly, so went a head with a slightly thicker second coat. Same streaking. The polish appeared very inconsistent on my nails, and made it look very messy. Not a good look. I tend to find with application of paler/lighter colours it can be very forgiving if your not the best at painting nails, or just a touch messy, but this was obvious for me. I immediately grabbed a deep rich purple colour from my Nails Inc collection, covered all ten nails, popped on top coat and off I went.
Longevity I cant comment on with this polish as I wasn't prepared to leave it on my nails the state it was in. But I found this colour disappointing.I hope its just the colour and not all of the polishes that have poor coverage and look.
Would I buy this in the full size? No, not this colour. I would be prepared to try another colour, probably a darker one, to see if there is a different in look and coverage. I have found in the past particular colours have streaked from a range, but then others haven't, so prepared to give this polish the benefit of the doubt. Such a shame as the colour was pretty, I loved the bottle and how the brush floated across the nail and how fast the polish dried. Shame my nails didn't look good.
Full size versions of this polish cost around £9.00 and can be bought easily online through Asos, QVC, or direct from Ciate themselves.
I got a full sized bottle of this nail varnish free with a magazine earlier this month. There was only one magazine left on the shelf unfortunately and I would definitely have bought a few more if there had been any more left.
Ciate is not a brand that I am too familiar with but I had seen the nail varnishes around on shopping sites like ASOS and eBay lots of times nd I really liked the design of the bottle but the price always put me off - even on eBay it was about a fiver! It usually retails at around £9 and I paid £4 for the magazine so it was a pretty decent freebie!
There is no way that I would pay the full price for this nail varnish and I don't really get why it is so expensive because it is no better than any of my much cheaper nail vanishes other than the bottle been a little more eye catching. It is square shaped and quite bulky with an adorable bow on the front of it which I love and the bottle stands out from all of my other nail varnishes. It is a very unique and girly design, but the cute packaging definitely doesn't justify the price!
Ciate nail varnishes come in lots of different colours and the colour I have is a gorgeous bronze shade which has tones of orange and gold in it. I have no idea what the shade is actually called but if you look up swatches on google I am sure you will see what I mean. It comes out on my nails the exact same colour as it is in the bottle, it looks amazing and it is so much more eye catching than any of the other colours of nail varnish I have - it is an unusual shade and really pretty and it suits my skin tone well (I have a tan at the minute!) I think it'd suit any skin tone really even really pale skin.
I was a bit worried it'd look brown and sludgey on my nails but it is bright and shiny with a kind of foil effect to it without being too over the top, it's a beautiful colour! The varnish is easy to apply as the brush that comes attached to the lid of it is a good size and good quality and it spreads the product over my nails evenly & accurately and the varnish dries really quickly, although I noticed for some reason when I applied it that it took longer to try on one of my nails than the other - no clue why but maybe I applied a br more onto that particular nail and that's why?!
The nail varnish does last for a while but not that much longer than most of my other (cheaper) brands of nail varnishes. I have been wearing it for about eight days now and it is ready to be removed because it is starting to chip. I definitely recommend this varnish as I love how bright, shiny and pretty the shade that I have is and I love the bottle design, but I think that the full price is a bit too much so I am going to knock one star off.
Like most people I was introduced to Ciate when it was given away free on magazine so I now have about three of these polishes and for the purpose of this review I will be looking at Bon Bon (which unfortunately isn't on the website. However they do have a great range of nude shades- looking at the website it is probably closest to cookies and cream) which is a pinky, mauve colour and a perfect nude shade particularly if you have pale skin which I do. I also own Wait Until Dark and another shade which name escapes me all free from magazines.
Doing my research for this review I spent a lot of time on their website and the first thing that I noticed is the range of colours that the company offers. It is also a leader in nail art effects as it is thanks to the Ciate Caviar range that we now have 3D manicures everywhere and we are all trying to stick little beads on our nail (well I do anyway) as well as a velvet effect manicure. So it really is a leader in the nail polish world (although still quite niche but thanks to the Caviar range that is changing).
To be honest despite loving nail polish the packaging very rarely excites me as there is only so much you can do with a little glass bottle but I actually like Ciate's packaging as it looks very Parisian. It comes in a rectangular bottle which is curved so making it easy to grip (always helpful when applying polish). The other thing you notice is the long thin handle which not only looks elegant but makes painting your nails easier as anyone who has tried to paint their nails with a stubby brush will tell you it's far easier to handle and manoeuvre a longer brush (well it is for me anyway).
However, the packaging is not just practical it is also very pretty too as its shape and handle look elegant and sleek. While the bottle comes with a white label on the front with writing in a pretty font but being a sucker for pretty finishing touches it is the fabric bow that they attach to the bottle that gets me. I have too many nail polishes to display on my dressing table but if I did this is one of the few I would be happy to display.
While packaging makes a difference it is how it works that is important to me and this is where Ciate comes into its own.
The long brush is very easy to use (the brush itself is a fairly standard size so you will coat your nails in about three strokes). The consistency of the polish is nice as it is neither too thin nor thick and gloopy. You could get away with one coat of this varnish but to be honest two does look better. Once it is one it has a nice sheen to it but isn't too shiny either (it's not like polishes that are designed to look like a Shellac manicure which is great but not what you want all the time instead it has a subtle sheen ) while after two coats it has good colour coverage which looks good on the nail.
In terms of staying power you do get your money's worth with this as I can usually get between four and five days out of my Ciate polishes (I have now had bon bon on my nails for five days and it is only just starting to chip and look tatty) and that is without a top coat which would obviously extend its durability. It also keeps its sheen very well and the colour pigmentation doesn't fade. However, if the polish does chip it is pretty easy to touch up so it can be really long lasting. I have also had the polish for just over a year and while I did need to give it a good shake but it still applied well unlike my Nails Inc polish which has gone a bit gloopy and claggy.
Priced at £9 and available on the Ciate website, ASOS, Selfridges, QVC, Fortnum and Mason and John Lewis it's not the cheapest polish available nor is it easy to find unless you live in a big city. However, despite getting all my Ciate polishes free I probably would invest in more when these run out. I would be tempted by a good red and some nice nudes as these are the kind of colours that don't go out of fashion (fashion colours I buy as cheap as possible) and the polish lasts well.
I own two bottles of the Ciate Paint Pots nail colour - or at least I did, my second bottle, a purple shade seems to be missing in action at the moment! Both of these polishes were received free from magazines and in both cases I bought the magazine only to get the nail polish and no other reason!
I first became aware of these Ciate Paint Pots when make-up artist Lisa Eldridge was raving about them. I noticed the packaging which is incredibly cute and although it sounds rather silly, they went straight on my wish list based on packaging alone.
The bottles these come presented in are a short, squat rectangular shape which curves outwards at the front. The handle is long and thin which gives an elegant look, as do the vintage style label and pretty satin bow which adorn the front. I have to note, although the bows are pretty on one of my polishes the bow has fallen off, and the other one I have in front of me has got a tiny bit of the polish on it so they're not entirely practical. Still, I think these are the only polishes in my collection which I would actually be happy to leave out on display.
As my purple bottle is missing, I will base this review on the shade I have in front of me, which is called My Fair Lady. This is a very pale pinky-peach shade, which is perfect for French manicures. It's a very subtle colour and quite pretty and sophisticated. There are 89 colours too choose from in total, so hopefully that should cater for everyone's needs - visit www.ciate.co.uk to see the full range.
The brush on this polish is flat which I really like. I have a few nail polishes like this and I think a flat brush aids application so much, I can't understand why all brands don't have them. Apparently the brush has 250 bristles although I can't confess to having counted them! I assume this must have some significance or Ciate wouldn't feel the need to mention it.
Application is easy, the polish goes on smoothly and isn't streaky at all. I find that it dries in around one minute and unusually for such a light colour one coat is normally sufficient. In fact, what is even stranger is that when applying a second coat - with the lighter colour at least - it looks worse with two coats. It's as though the polish does not apply well on top of polish, but thankfully with this colour one coat looks ok on its own.
The polish lasts well once on. I can get probably around three days without chips - longer if I apply a clear top coat. I'm pretty happy with that, I normally get bored after three to four days anyway and prefer a change of colour.
Ciate polishes are available from www.ciate.co.uk at a cost of £9 each, so certainly not the cheapest on the market. They can also be purchased from www.beautybay.com (a genuine website, I use it regularly) for £8.50.
Overall, I am pleased with these nail polishes and would recommend them. They come in a lovely range of colours, are easy to apply and long lasting. The main negative is the price - whilst I do own quite a few OPI polishes and some Nails Inc. which are in the same price bracket, I do feel budget brands like Barry M and MUA are producing products of a similar quality for a fraction of the cost.
I don't read magazines that much now especially since getting my kindle but I do love a good free item and I can't resist buying the magazine when you see an item on the front that would generally cost you a fair bit to buy. Marie Claire magazine and glamour are 2 magazines that you can find really good freebies in from time to time and that's how I originally came across the paint pots. I noticed that Marie Claire had the paint pots for free with an issue and I chose the wait until dark colour as it appeared to be a dark rich purple colour. I loved the polish so next time I got 2 more shades which were mistress and purple sherbet.
The nail enamel comes in a small cardboard box which seems a bit pointless however it does make you feel like you are getting a bit more for your money if you were buying the product. The first thing different about these polishes is the brush as it has a longer top than any other brands I have seen available in stores. It works as any other polish does and you simply turn it and pull to release the brush. The fact that the top is bigger is an added benefit as it makes it easier to hold and makes application a lot simpler too.
The bottles have a lovely satin bow on and advise simply the name and the word paint pots, long lasting and full coverage in a white oval on the front. The back displays the shade of the polish and some information regarding the product. It also advises that the nail polish is 13.5ml.
The first thing I noticed about the polish was the smell as my partner can't stand the smell of nail varnish however this one seems to be quite mild compared to some I have tried in the past. The brush is well made which makes application really easy and precise even for an unsteady hand, the consistency is also a benefit as it isn't gloopy and it doesn't tent to stick to the brush overloading the nail on application.
The nail varnish is indeed long lasting and provides a full shiny coverage of the nail once applied with a second coat. The nails look shiny and even. I chose the colours I mentioned previously due to them being free I picked the best shade from the bunch.
Wait until dark:
This is a rich dark purple colour that actually looks like it has different shades running though to add a bit of depth to the finished nail. For best results I apply this colour twice.
This is a bright fiery red colour that certainly stands out but due to it being so bright I would recommend this on toes rather than fingernails however this is my personal preference and the braver may be happy to wear it on both.
This shade is right up my street and fits in well with the summer months and popular pastel shades that seem to be around at the moment. I wear this on both fingers and toes and with 2 coats its looks lovely. Best way to describe the shade is a pastel lilac.
I am very impressed with this nail varnish and I will certainly be looking out for it again in the future to save some money from purchasing it online. If you do wish to purchase a one of theses you could go to www.ciate.co.uk and expect to pay around £9.00.
Ciate nail polishes go beyond the call of duty as far as a nail polish goes. They're aesthetically appealing and look wonderful at your beauty table, with it's large bottle, chic labelling, long handle and the classic black now. They are without doubt the prettiest product available on the market right now. At £9 for 13ml it's a little pricier than the average nail polish but are lovely to own and make great gifts, I've found.
I own the 'My Fairy Lady' nude shade, a sheer shade that can look more opaque with two to three coats. As a one-coat polish, the product is perfect for a french manicure, it looks fresh as well as clean and reflects light nicely. With two to three coats the shade becomes more opaque and looks professional, you can't see any brush strokes as it dries out. Drying time is slightly better than average, within a minute or so depending on how many coats, but that it something normal with polishes.
In terms of wear, it lasts well. I'd say that on average (I've used this product religiously since purchase) the shade lasts around 5-8 days without chipping and even so, only chips a tiny bit. As it's such a pale shade it's easily touched up and isn't really noticeable to begin with.
To conclude, I'd say that as a treat, Ciate nail polishes tick SO many boxes - it looks beautiful both in bottle on nail, stays true to the colour in the bottle and is long lasting. Application is made so easy by the length of the handle and they really do think of all details, down to the curve of the bottle allowing it to fit snugly within the hand for application. For me, a 10/10 polish and one I'm so eager to stock up on slowly.
Deserves MORE than the five stars!
Ciate Paint Pot Review
I love nail polish, I have tried many different brands from Nails Inc and OPI to rimmel, maybelline, Kiko, Barry M and Natural collection. My favorite nail polish brand so far has to be Kiko due to the longevity of the nail polish - but ciate is my new favorite (for now any way)!
- The brand and about the nail polish ingredients
Ciate is a brand created by celebrity manicurist and salon owner, Charlotte Straughan. The brand is famous for their paint pot nail polish - which in 2009 were reinvented with a improved nail polish formula and new packaging. The brand also makes nail polish gift sets, nail files, foot cream/oil, nail polish remover and lipgloss too. All of the paint pot nail polishes are Formaldehyde, Toluene and Paraben Free, which is great and ciate also does not test their products on animals.
The packaging is so amazing, it is really cute and it is definitely the nicest nail polish bottle/packaging ever! The bottle contains 13.5ml of nail polish which is a bit more than the average 8, 9 and 10ml bottles. The bottle is made out of clear glass and it has a really long handle for the applicator brush. The back of the bottle is concave (it curves in at the back, instead of being straight), which is a bit unusual but I like it. I also like the sleek, simple design of the bottle - along with the adorable black bow on the front of the bottle.
- Consistency and scent of the product
The consistency of this nail polish is quite thick, unlike some nail polishes I have used where they have been really running and watery. Because the nail polish has a thick consistency it seems to make the nail polish really easy to apply and also really opaque (a strong/good colour pay off). The scent of the product is not very nice, as with all nail polishes/varnishes. The scent is fairly strong but it is not as strong as some nail polish I have used and it is undetectable when the nail polish is dry.
The shade of paint pot that I have is "My Fair Lady" which was free with last months Marie Claire magazine. The shade is a gorgeous light pastel pink colour, which looks really natural and girly when it is applied. Due to the light, natural colour of this shade it would be great for work, school or a formal occasion as it looks polished, groomed and effortless. The shade is a plain shade, it has no shimmer or glitter.
- Applying the nail polish
Applying this nail polish is really easy, it is made easier because of the thickness of the polish. It applies thickly and strongly, in terms of colour pay off, to my nails. The brush applicator is a fairly normal size and it is flat at the end, this applicator makes applying the nail polish quite easy. Although I think it would be easier to apply if it have a curved end (like the Bourjois 60 second polish) as then it would be able to fit against the edge of the cuticle very easily and it would also make the nail polish look neater. Before I apply the nail polish I make sure my nails are filed neatly as it is easier to file my nails if they do not have any polish on - at this point you could apply a base coat (such as the Nails Inc caviar base coat, which is really good) but I don't usually apply a base coat if I am using a light coloured polish. I then apply the nail polish starting with one line down the middle on my nail then two either side - I find that apply any nail polish like this is a good way of ensuring that the polish does not look very streaky/patchy as you are not going over the nail polish you have already applied. Once all of my nails have one coat of the polish on I then wait for about three to four minutes and then the first coat will be dry. Then I apply a second coat to my nails and this take a little bit longer to dry - it takes about ten minutes for the second coat to air dry. I apply two coats of this nail polish as with two coats the nail polish lasts longer on my nails and makes the colour a bit strong/more vivid on my nails when compared to just one coat.
I really like the results from this nail polish as it has a really good colour pay off - the colour looks strong/opaque on my nails. The shade is great for formal occasions as it looks natural on but it also looks polished. The polish gives my nails a nice wash of pale pastel pink which is a really nice shade from spring/summer but I don't think it would be great for autumn. The polish also gives my nails a smooth, shiny/glossy finish.
This nail polish lasts for quite a while on my nails, I find that with the two coats that I apply the polish lasts for about six days on my nails but in that six days the tips of my nails start to wear after leaving a thin white line between the tip of my nail and the edge of the polish. The polish can also chips a bit after the polish has been on my nails for about six days. I have had this polish on the past six days and it has chipped on a couple of my nails but the majority have not chipped - just worn at the top.
- Would I buy this nail polish again and would I recommend it to others?
I would definitely buy this nail polish in the future as it works really well, it has a good colour pay off so it does not take long to apply and it also only needs one coat really. I also love the packaging/bottle of this polish, it is really cute and you get a bit more nail polish when compared to other polish. This polish lasts for about 6 to seven days on my nails - without a base coat or top coat! So overall I am very impressed with the polish and I would recommend it to others.
- Price and availability
This shade was a free gift in last months marie claire magazine (I bought two of the magazines as I really like this shade - and the maagzine was only about £3.99) and I don't think it is available at buy. But they do have a wide range of other nail polish shades from neutrals and sheer colours to dark, bright and glittery colours. The nail polishes are priced at £9 each and can be bought from the ciate uk site (link at the end of the review).
*Easy to apply and easy to remove
*Dries really quickly
*Opaque - strong, vivid colour - good colour pay off
*Very cute packaging and you get more nail polish in each bottle than the average
*Lots of shades to choose from
*Lasts on my nails for about 6 days, after which only a few nails have chips
*Does not really need a top coat as it does last and as it is a light shade I find it does not need a base coat as it does not stain my nails
*None for me - well it is a bit expensive at £9 but it is worth it and ciate polishes can be bought a lot cheaper from ebay
For more information: http://www.ciate.co.uk
Thank you for reading my review
I absolutely love it when the shelves of the supermarkets are laden with the latest editions of women's monthly magazines, as more often that not there is a free gift on the cover. I've been buying Marie Claire for the last six months or so, particularly as I am also lured by the free product accompanying the magazine with the latest edition giving a nail polish as well as a Body Shop mascara. The nail polish was by a brand I had never heard of before and I suspected it would be used once or twice and then tossed into the bin due to its' inferior quality. However, I couldn't have been more wrong and this review discusses my experience with using Ciaté Paint Pots in a shade named Wait Until Dark.
A LITTLE ABOUT CIATÉ
Having never previously heard of this brand I was curious to learn a little about them, so I carried out some research and discovered that Ciaté is manufactured in France and is owned by a celebrity manicurist and salon owner by the name of Charlotte Straughan. I cannot admit to ever hearing her name before, but the information provided on the easy to navigate website advised me that they sell a large range of professional and high quality products designed for the hands, nails and feet.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
As my nail polish, which Ciaté class as a Paint Pot was free with Marie Curie it was presented in a box, which was exclusive to the monthly magazine. We are provided with 13.5 ml of nail paint, which is contained within a unique oblong shaped glass bottle with a concave appearance on the reverse. I learned that the shape has been created to allow the user to hold the bottle comfortably in the hand. Over the years I've purchased dozens upon dozens of different brands of nail polishes and this has to be the most attractive bottle I have ever seen. The lid is of a black glossy appearance and is 4½ cm in length, which enables a perfect grasp when applying to the nails. What I adore about this bottle is that located directly above the oval shaped silver label is a pretty black satin bow, which creates a touch of luxury and gives the bottle's appearance a real wow factor.
USING THE PAINT POT
There are no directions for use, but I always ensure my nails are free of any grease or grime and that they are perfectly dry before I begin using any products. A little tip I would offer here is that you should never vigorously shake nail polishes, as this will create tiny bubbles, which will ruin the finished look. Consequently, the bottle of polish should slowly be moved from side to side. I always begin with a base coat and then I am ready to start using my Paint Pot, which gives off the familiar nail polish aroma. A problem I have experienced with many nail polishes in the past is that the bristles of the brush seem to have a mind of their own and when applying the product to my nail they also brush along my skin. Fortunately, the flat brush is perfect and according to the outer box, contains 250 bristles and due to the ergonomically shaped handle I am able to professionally apply the good consistency paint in three strokes where I initially begin at the centre of my nail.
As the name of the colour suggests, it is dark and tends to differ in appearance dependent upon the light where sometimes it looks brown and in other lights it can be described as aubergine. One coat delivers a fairly good coverage and dries within a few minutes, but I always wait a further two minutes to ensure the paint is sufficiently set when a second coat is necessary. Whilst the paint delivers a beautiful shine to my nails I always finish with a top coat to enable the colour to last longer. Unfortunately, my hands are constantly in water where I'm either washing dishes or cleaning the bathroom and some brands of polishes begin to chip within only a couple of hours following application. However, despite me carrying out my normal household chores, which also involves gardening where I frequently fail to use gloves, the polish is resistant to any chips and retains its' professional appearance for a week.
When I see the first signs of wear, which tends to be on the tips of my nails I patch them up with a dab of fresh polish and apply a further layer of top coat and as a result, I can generally achieve beautiful looking nails for a further few days. Removing the paint is an easy task by way of any good quality remover, but I would advise that failure to use a base coat will cause some staining to your nails, particularly as this is a dark colour. I'm sure you don't need me to advise that I highly recommend this product, as it is high quality and delivers first class results. Consequently, it receives 5 stars from me.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Ciaté Paint Pots can be purchased either directly from their website or Amazon for £9.00, but I cannot advise that I have ever seen this brand in any of the high street stores. There is a huge range of colours from which to choose and you can currently obtain either the colour Wait Until Dark or a pinky colour as a free gift with Glamour magazine as well as a free Body Shop mascara as previously advised.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
You might not have heard of Ciate, and if you have it will probably be through some of the freebies they have been giving away (eg Marie Clare magazine, Glossybox). My Ciate nail varnish came from Glossybox and I was immediately struck by how attractive the packaging is. It is very simple, but highly effective and if you are the boudoir kind and love to line your cosmetics up in your bedroom/ bathroom then this will look stunning on your make up table.
As well as attractive, the bottle is also very practical - the long lid serves as the end of the brush which makes application so much easier and your manicure much more precise. But enough of the packaging... let me tell you about the contents! I have 'Kitten Heels' which is a classic red colour. Everyone should have a red nail varnish in their collection, in my opinion! On first coat, it appears slightly jelly like, but it coats evenly with few streaks. The second coat is perfect, giving a strong, even colour, and applying neatly. The colour has a lovely sheen to it and appears ruby coloured when you turn your nails one way, and flame red coloured on the back turn. It has tiny shimmers which appear as a sheen rather than as glitter, which makes the colour very sophisticated and grown up.
The bottle says that it is long lasting. I'm on day number five and I have one chip on the top of my thumbnail and one chip on the side of one of my finger nails (both of them on my dominant hand). I'm pretty impressed by this as I find that most of the time I am redoing my nails after two to three days, and sometimes after one.