Nailbox – the new nail polish subscription box
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The beauty world has been full of new beauty boxes for the past couple of years, some are really popular and some sink without a trace after a few months. It’s becoming quite a saturated market, but in April the first nail polish subscription beauty box, Nailbox, launched in the UK with fantastic results.
I think a subscription box based around one particular aspect of beauty is a great idea, the majority of other beauty boxes contain a selection of skincare and make-up and it’s really nice to see something a bit different launching. I was lucky enough to be sent May’s Nailbox* to review.
The products arrive in a rather ordinary brown corrugated cardboard box with the Nailbox logo on the side. It doesn’t look as glamorous as some of the other beauty boxes that are around (many have individually styled boxes, padded with tissue paper and ribbons) but actually as the contents are all that really matter I don’t think this is a problem. By saving money on the packaging Nailbox are ensuring that they can spend extra on the products that you find inside the box.
So, what was inside the May 2015 Nailbox? Well, there were 4 full size nail polishes and a professional nail tool. You’re usually lucky to receive 2 or 3 full size products in a subscription box so this is great value for money. All of the products are from well known brands too. The nail polishes are as follows (from left to right):
Nicole by OPI ‘Alex on the Books’ – This is from the Modern Family collection and it’s a pale mint green colour. I wasn’t actually too keen on this shade until I tried it on my nails and I really love it now, it’s perfect for Spring and Summer and would be great for painting tiny leaves on flowery nail art too.
Here’s what it looks like on the nails:
The bottle is a bit of a strange irregular shape and the brush is long and thin so you have to carefully paint thin stripes down the length of the nail until it’s covered. You need to paint quite thick coats too otherwise the natural colour of the nail shows through, in the image above I have used 2 thick coats but I think it would benefit from one more coat.
The colour does paint on quite smoothly with no bubbles and it’s fairly long-lasting. It has quite a matt finish so if you want more of a glossy effect I’d recommend finishing it off with a coat of clear gloss top coat.
Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Lucky Lilac’ – In my opinion you can’t go wrong with a Rimmel nail polish, they seem to have been around for years and they’re great value for money. Lucky Lilac is a bright purple shade with a good gloss, great for any time of year (I’m thinking it would look great in the Winter with a top coat of silver glitter).
The bottle has a great wide brush that makes it easy to paint each nail quickly. I haven’t tried this on my nails yet (it’s next on my list to try) but you can see a swatch towards the bottom of this post.
Essie ‘Status Symbol’ – This was the first of the polishes that I tried on my nails as the bright raspberry pink really caught my eye. It’s the perfect colour for warm sunny weather and it looks great on toes too. I love the simple square Essie bottle with rounded edges and the brush is wide which, like the Rimmel polish, makes it quick and easy to paint each nail.
Here’s what it looks like on the nails:
Two coats is all you need and it’s already quite glossy so you don’t really need a top coat. I do find that you sometimes get tiny bubbles in Essie polishes though, so it’s best to apply them quite carefully and slowly so you get time to smooth out any rough patches.
Status Symbol would look great with little white flowers or dots painted over the top, when I get a bit more time I’m going to try this.
Orly Color Blast ‘Fiery Orange’ – This is a bright glitter polish and being orange I think it would be perfectly suited to Halloween! It’s a translucent shimmery orange shade with holographic silver hexagons and strips suspended inside. The glitter had settled a lot during transit so it needs a really good shake before using to evenly distribute the glitter particles.
Unlike some other glitter polishes the base colour is quite strong (I hate applying a coloured glitter polish only to find my natural nail colour showing through) and the orange colour is quite dense after just 2 coats. I haven’t tried this on my nails yet, but you can see a swatch of the colour below.
Above is a swatch of each colour on a nail wheel, from left to right it’s Nicole by OPI ‘Alex on the Books’ , Rimmel 60 Seconds Lucky Lilac, Essie Status Symbol then Orly Color Blast ‘Fiery Orange’. I think the left-hand three shades work really well together and would look great combined together as nail art. The orange glitter shade is a bit different from the other three, but still a nice polish.
Last but not least the Nailbox contained a Professional Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner from Elegant Touch, it’s really important to keep cuticles maintained and pushed down so this will be really useful, plus it’s a really good quality one.
I’ve been really impressed with the Nailbox, if you paint your nails a lot or you’re into nail art then it’s a great cost-effective way of treating yourself to new colours and keeping up to date with new trends. I’d really like to see Nailbox incorporate nail treatment products too, such as cuticle cream and nail strengthener.
If you’re interested in subscribing to Nailbox then prices start at £13.50 per box for a 12-month subscription or you can treat yourself to a one-off box for £15 (prices include delivery to the UK). When you consider an Orly nail polish can cost up to £10 and an Essie nail polish can cost up to £8 I think these prices are really reasonable.
Each Nailbox will be dispatched around 21st of each month and contains 3 or 4 nail colours and 1 or 2 tools.
For more information, or to subscribe please visit the Nailbox website.
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