Happy Holidays everyone!! I'm getting back into the swing of things now that the holidays are pretty much over, and today I have a post to share with you that I've been excited about for a while!
This post took way longer to get going than I expected but I can say that I am finally here to share with you the first round of swatches from the 2016 Ciaté London Advent Calendar! I'm going to do these in bursts of 8 swatches at a time so it should only take me 3 posts to share all of them with you. :)
I'm opening them as I'm swatching them so I haven't actually opened the whole calendar yet, but so far from what I can see I'm already more pleased with the selection in the calendar this year than I was the last time I swatched it from 2014. So much variety, and the shades are really lovely.
And just for reference: all polishes are swatched with one coat of Ciaté London Gelology Top Coat for extra gloss. :)
Enough chit chat! Let's dig in!
To start with let's take a quick look at what the packaging looks like, just so you can see more of the theme that Ciaté London decided to go with this year.
Very elegant! I love the purple + gold theme, and that drawing is too cute.
Now let's get to the polish!
Ciaté London Goal Digger
Goal Digger is a lovely rose gold metallic polish that applies wonderfully despite a name I'm not crazy about. Haha. It took two coats to build up to full opacity! I feel this one will be awesome for stamping, too!
Ciaté London Boudoir
Ouu yes! A squishy cherry red jelly, Boudoir took three coats to build up to this level of opacity and still has a little bit of visible nail line left. But that's pretty much exactly what I expected with a jelly and the colour is lovely enough for me not to mind.
Ciaté London Seas the Day
Third up we have Seas the Day which is a basic turquoise creme. Very pretty, but also the 10th polish in this shade that I own so I don't know how much use this specific polish will get from me.. It applied really well with two coats, though!
Ciaté London Iced Frappe
Iced Frappe is the next shade we have and it's a nice and neutral dusty pink creme. It makes me think of bridesmaid dresses and spring, and while I like it I also think it blends a bit too much with my skin tone. Hmmm. Thoughts?
Ciaté London Gelology Top Coat
Next up we have the first non-polish of this box... This is Ciaté London's Gelology Top Coat which is their glossy gel-wear top coat that dries without use of a light or lamp.
For this swatch I used it on my ring and pinky finger and left my pointer and middle finger bare so you could see the difference between the polish with and without top coat - not much of a difference in my opinion! Ciaté London polishes are pretty glossy on their own. Still, I'll never say no to another top coat. :) You can never have enough!
For those who are wondering about the polish, the top coat is used over Ciaté London Apple & Custard (which was from my 2014 Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar).
Ciaté London Lucky 7
Lucky 7 is a bright pink coral polish that leans ever-so-slightly more orange in real life. It's a gorgeously bright shade and it applied really well with two coats.
Ciaté London All That Jazz (Topper)
I don't use much loose glitter in my nail art looks but this one is making me rethink that decision! This is All That Jazz and it's a loose rainbow glitter topper. I applied it here over one coat of top coat (I just sprinkled it on while the polish was wet and then gently patted it down) and even though clean-up was a bit messy I really love it! Party time on my nails!
Ciaté London Pool Party
Last up for the first week of swatches is Pool Party which is a deep blue jelly.
As much as I loved this one in the bottle, I'm not in love with it on my nails. :( It's quite streaky even for a jelly polish, and it took three coats to build up this much. It might be better with some white undies but even then I feel there would be streaking issues. Sad!
This one also dried semi-matte so you're going to want to use a glossy top coat to finish it off.
I wanted to give you a quick look of what the inside of the box looked like too, because it's so different from the last one I opened.
This one has each polish in it's own tiny box which is cute. BUT it also means that when you close it (especially if you put it down on it's side) it is VERY DIFFICULT to open again without all of the little boxes falling out. Argghhh. So that's a fail in my opinion. I wish they were anchored to the back somehow... Maybe with a bit of sticky tape?
Aside from that little factor I think the packaging is cute, and I really like the colour scheme. But you know what I like the most? THE POLISHES! Even if not all of them were winners I still think the variety is awesome, and I'm looking forward to opening the next 8 days and sharing them with you soon!
So three cremes, two jellies, one metallic, one glitter and a top coat! Pretty good variety for the first week in my opinion, I'm definitely pleased so far. :) Which do you like best?
Let me know what you think! And Happy Holidays, again! xx