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23 Mar 2013

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL nail polish haul

I am always a bit concerned when ordering online. It's not the process that worries me but more the fact that packages tend to go walkies in Dubai and either never turn up or turn up very late - *cough cough* ASOS. 

So I was a bit nervous about this beauty haul. It was my first order with Cult Beauty, a site I had seen other bloggers talk about, and I did go a bit mad so thank God, it arrived on time and in tact. 

In my parcel was some Aesop skincare (love...and it's so nice to be using a face oil again), Ellis Faas eye pen (incredible) and a weird perfume (also love) but the star of the show has to be the STRANGEBEAUTIFUL "library of colour". 

The name of this "library" is Inept Laundress, so called as the creator wanted to mimic the effect of a white wash gone wrong. So what you have is a spectrum of creamy off-white hues that look absolutely beautiful together.

I like every single colour - even the slightly murky/bogey green one.

I applied a colour on each nail 4 days ago. I didn't bother with base coat (not intentional - I actually forgot) but I did apply an Essie topcoat. As of right now there are a couple of tiny chips but the staying power is impressive.


What I also noticed, when applying, was the pigmentation. Almost all of them were opaque in one coat. This was a bit of a relief as I know we have all struggled with bitchy sheer colours that refuse to play nice. I have since read that STRANGEBEAUTIFUL  have higher pigment levels than most brands (40-60% more) which would explain the perfect, un-Essie like rich finish. What you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails.

The only things I don't like are the fact that the colours themselves do not have a name. This makes me sad as I am a huge fan of cutesy/stupid polish names.

The biggest downer though is the brush. I am not a great nail polish applier and because my nails are short at the moment (welcome to Gelish rehab) I did find it difficult to work with a long brush. I prefer something shorter and fatter but that may be a personal thing.


Would I recommend it? Yes. It's a great gift for nail polish addicts. It's not "cheap" but this is how I justified it in my head: Each bottle has the same quantity (thereabouts) as Essie + And you get 10 of them + Which makes it about £6 a bottle + And that doesn't sound too bad = girly maths

You can get it here - Link!

55 comments

  1. These colours are absolutely stunning! Can't get enough of nude creamy hues on the nails right now. Clever name too!

    x

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  2. I think I would buy these just to have as ornaments all lined up together! haha they look gorgeous and the fact they last so long on the nail makes it even better.
    xo

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  3. I adoooore those muted colors! Very different from all the bright ones popping here and there. & I prefer fat brushes, too! x

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  4. Extremely tempting. Ombre nails with muted/nude shades sounds very tempting right now.

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  5. These are stunning shades! Great math ;)

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  6. I really love all these muted shades! I think they're perfect for spring :)

    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  7. I like the idea of a nail polish wardrobe :)Sounds fab! I think you'd get 10 complete applications per bottle (at least) so that's about 7 days wear (with base coat and double top coat?) = 70 days per bottle x 10 = about 2 years of polish in that kit. (So at £6 per bottle for 70 days of wear that works out at about 8.5p per day. Dirt cheap ;) Love girl maths xx

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  8. These look SO beautiful! I forsee a purchase very soon...
    http://izzisaur.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Very nice nail polish, will last for ages too

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  10. oh my goodness this is the most beautiful little thing, even the acrylic presentation made me swoon! I want/need every colour, naturally. The lack of names is upsetting though, I find that with the Rimmel lipsticks too...

    Rachel x
    http://rachelkellis.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. These colours are beautiful, this would definitely be a bit of a luxury buy but totally worth it :) x

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  12. Oooohhh. Such pretty colors! I love them. That does stink that they have no names, I am a huge fan of labels. But very pretty nonetheless!

    http://vscupcakecouture.blogspot.com

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  13. these colours are amazing|! definitely going to look into the brand - perfect size too!
    Abigail x

    http://www.flawsandceilings.blogspot.com

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  14. These polishes look amazing and are colours I love. They aren't too bright which is a plus. I love my nudes/ neutrals.
    Great post x

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  15. They look so pretty ! I'm tempted to buy, but with my skin colour ... Polish colours are very tricky and some ( many) can make my knuckles look dark and dry ... A brown girl problem ... Sighhhh lol still tempted though

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  16. I love this set! I've been so into painting my nails again- after a short hiatus when my baby was first born. The spring colors are my favorite!
    http://thegrassskirtblog.com

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  17. These are SO pretty... majorly drooling right now.

    xo, alison*elle

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  18. The colours look amazing x

    www.hannahheartss.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Ahh they look so amazing, you've really made me want them. The perfect muted shades! x

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  20. Ah my favourite neutral shades, tempted to order this :)

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  21. I can hardly tell them apart but they are gorgeous!

    xx
    xuvious.com

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  22. I'm still thinking if I should buy it.

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  23. love the nude one!xx

    paandoraa.blogspot.com

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  24. wow these colors are adorable!!love them all:)
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it/

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  25. A rather unique set ! I'm liking the long lean bottles vs the round 'takes up space' bottles.

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  27. Love your girly maths! I do that all the time! Although some colours are really similar, we wouldn't want to break apart such a beautiful collection :D

    Would you please review the Ellis Faas at some point? I've been hearing people talking about this brand, but haven't tried anything from them.

    Thanks!!

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  28. The colors in this set are absolutely beautiful!!

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  29. Such a stunning set, the colours are all gorgeous!
    And totally worth it at £6 a bottle. I always justify my spends vs how much use they'll get!
    Have a fab Sunday xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  30. Love girly maths!
    www.buttonsandlipstick.blogspot.com

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  31. ahh i love the colour of these polishes
    girly maths are great :)

    www.hanging-in-my-closet.blogspot.com

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  32. I saw these on you Instagram and I've been lusting over them ever since. Maybe one day....
    Xx

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  33. That inept laundress colour pallette is astounding!!!

    thetextiler.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. These polishes all look beautiful! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. These look so pretty, but I could not cope with that brush!

    P.xx
    greywalls94.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. So beautiful! Colourful yet understated.

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  37. WOW this pack looks so pretty all together

    à la foliee

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  38. Love the polishes!! I will check if Cult Beauty ships worldwide.
    xxx from Spain

    http://susibup.blogspot.com.es

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  39. All of the polishes look great and I love how you justify buying them...really good reasoning :-). However, I wouldn't buy them for the simple of reason of not knowing which one to use because they're all so pretty!

    http://colourfulkiya.blogspot.cz/

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  40. Lovely. Looking forward to a post about the rest of the haul, particularly the weird fragrance. As a fellow perfume addict I have been trying to guess what it is since I first read the post! :-) X

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  41. we're a bit weary about online shopping too. but we love these polishes :)

    www.mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au

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  42. lovely colour and lovely blog following since 2011

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  43. Amazing colours for spring!
    Please visit my blog and follow if you like it :)
    I'm just starting out!
    www.withlovekw.blogspot.com

    thanks!

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  44. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,
    Wengie
    http://www.wengie.com

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  45. Those colours!!!

    http://seedsofdesire.blogspot.com.au.

    Check out my fashion blog!

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  46. these look amazing and the colours are right up my street! i think they're all gorgeous! i love how they're called 'libraries' as well! i think i'm definitely going to have to treat myself to some as they're just look too good to resist! X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. oh my gosh, these are beautiful! I've never heard of these before...might need to do a lil' online shopping myself...

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  48. im in love ! nail polish love.

    www.morebeautytalk.blogspot.com

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  49. i need an interview of nail polish creators help!!!!!!!!!

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