Product Type: Ciate makeup
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Ciate Paint Pots Nail Enamel
Member Name: pink_glitter
Ciate Paint Pots Nail Enamel
Advantages: pretty packaging, long lasting, good range of colours
Disadvantages: expensive, sometimes the polish does not take kindly to more than one coat
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.
Summary: Pretty but pricey!