ProcrastiNails: Swatch-It Sunday: Chapters Indigo Coco & Lulu by Cake Polish in City of Lights and Riviera

Chapters Indigo is carrying a new line of nail polishes called Coco & Lulu by Cake! They only have a handful of colours so far and they’re all pretty basic colours, but I picked up a couple last time I was there to try them out. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised! I’ll totally be picking more of these up next time I’m at Chapters Indigo.

From their website:

We collaborated with Canadian beauty brand Cake to bring you our new exclusive collection of 3-free nail lacquers in the season’s most-wanted hues. It’s specially formulated for a long-lasting, high gloss finish and free of bibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde. 0.5ml/0.5 fl.oz.


The first colour I picked up was Riviera, which is a gorgeous teal blue creme. It went on smoothly and was fully opaque after two coats (though in a rush you could totally get away with one coat). I love how bold and bright this colour is. And look how shiny it is without topcoat!!!

City of Lights

The second polish I got was called City of Lights and I don’t like it quite as much as I like Riviera. City of Lights is a topcoat with large, medium and small silver hex glitter scattered throughout. I did one coat on the majority of my nails, and four coats on my ring finger (in hopes of getting full coverage). The base holding the glitter was a bit thick, but I think a bit of thinner will fix that right up. I sealed everything you see here with a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out.

The single coats of City of Lights went on wonderfully, the brush picked up a TON of glitter and what you see is literally a single sweep across the nail. The glittery accent nail I did was frustrating. Maybe I didn’t let it dry long enough between coats, but the polish got rather goopy on the nail after the second coat. I had to actually press the glitter down with my thumb occasionally because it would pile up in a goopy lump. It all smoothed with a topcoat, but it was still a bit annoying.

As you can see, the largest glitters in City of Lights were also prone to going a bit taco-y. It wasn’t enough to feel after a layer of topcoat to seal everything, but I still wanted to note it.

Overall I like this brand, and I’m hoping to try some of the other colours they’re carrying. Also I love the branding, and in my opinion you can never go wrong with square polish bottles! (They store so nicely in my bins, lol.)

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