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Monday
Feb252013

Review: SpaRitual Nail Lacquer

SpaRitual makes vegan nail polish (‘Lacquer’) in a wide variety of colours, as well as other vegan beauty products. More than Mushrooms tested two polishes – ‘Spellbound’ (a glittery red) and ‘Optical Illusion’ (a glittery green) – along with their ‘Tout de Suite, Quick-Dry Topcoat’.

What the company says:

Dedicated to the spa tradition, SpaRitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. We use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wild crafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally coloured and free of synthetic dyes. SpaRitual is constantly monitoring sustainability issues and strives to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness.

Colours:

For this review MTM chose two dark, sparkly, colours – a glittery red (‘Spellbound’) and a glittery green (‘Optical Illusion’). Perhaps as expected, both polishes looked darker in the bottle than on MTM’s nails, but after a few coats of polish the results were still pleasing. Instructions on the bottle advise that two coats of polish are required, but MTM used three coats of the green in order to achieve the finished shade in the photograph below. Two coats of polish were enough to achieve a nice strong shade of red.

The addition of a little sparkle in both of these shades gives a subtle glittery effect, which isn’t too over-the-top, and allows you to show off your nails a bit when the light catches the glitter.

Consistency:

The polish has a relatively thin consistency, and this seemed particularly noticeable with the green shade, but this helped to allow the colour to glide on easily. Both polishes went on smoothly and covered MTM’s nails well – and that’s in spite of an accidental smudge which required the reapplication of one coat of green! There were certainly no blobby/lumpy bits and application was easy.

Brush:

The brushes are thin enough not to get polish all over the ends of your fingers, with each coat of polish taking around three sweeps of the brush.

Smell:

If you’re wondering whether vegan nail polish (or polish which is apparently “DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Toluene Free”) smells any better than ‘normal’ polish, the answer is no! It still stinks! But, if you’re used to using polish on your nails that won’t really matter to you.

Topcoat:

MTM is a fan of topcoats for making your polish last, but sceptical of anything ‘quick-drying’ as it usually results in smudged polish as a consequence of not leaving enough drying time. However, after just one coat of this and a few minutes of waiting time (to be on the safe side!), the polish was shiny, firmly in place and completely dry. It went on smoothly, didn’t make the colours murky and didn’t diminish the sparkly bits in the polish.

Durability:

Even after several days of doing all the things you’re not supposed to do to your nails – including housework and scraping at dirty dishes – this polish was still in place, as sparkly as ever and chip-free!

Price:

A 15ml bottle of ‘lacquer’ is currently priced at £8.50, and a 15ml bottle of ‘Tout de Suite’ topcoat is £8.95 (plus postage & packaging via the SpaRitual website).*

So, it’s not the cheapest nail polish out there, but if you want to be sure that you’re buying creature-free polish it’s probably worth splashing out a little. And judging by the bottles we tested, the quality of the polish is well worth it.

Further information/stockists:

www.sparitual.co.uk

Verdict:

A big, glittery, thumbs-up from More than Mushrooms!

 

*Prices correct at time of publication.

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