Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Anise Nail Polish in Cocktails for Teal, $5.50

(Anise Nail Polish in Cocktails for Teal)

Here at Sweet Glow Beauty we are big fans of OPI (Mirna especially, who is much better at painting her nails than I am!). But you know we like to try new things, so I decided to try Anise Nail Polish after falling in love with this gorgeous teal color. I found it at the counter at DSW--I tried looking online and I can't find anywhere selling it, not even Amazon, so I wonder if this is the only way to buy it! Anyway, it's a pretty good price, and they even had a buy-1-get-1-half-off deal, which is always fun.

Ok, it's really difficult to get an accurate picture of its true color, but I did my best! The color is intense (only 2 coats with no topcoat in the picture). It's a bold and summery teal with a good deal of green in it--the photo above is a bit more blue than it actually is. I think it would be awesome on toenails (my friend Ashley agreed, saying it would match a lot of bathing suits). It has a little gold shimmer that's really pretty in the bottle but sadly not noticeable on nails. Besides the shimmer, the teal shows up as you would expect it to.

It went on thick but actually dried pretty quickly. I've had it on about a day and a half and it has started to chip a little on my right hand. But, it might do better with a top coat (and if you are actually careful with your nails, which I definitely am not).

What's cool about Anise is that they don't use harsh chemicals (formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate) that can damage your nails (and body). They also openly support and contribute to groups that promote women's health, oppose animal testing, support women's rights, and protect the environment. Pretty awesome!

Final verdict
$5.50 is a great price and totally worth it. Unfortunately I could only find it at DSW--let me know if you guys find it somewhere else!
Polish: Great and intense color and dries fast. It didn't have as much shimmer as I wanted (for this particular shade) and started chipping after a day, but not too bad. I'd probably use a good top coat next time.
Company philosophy: Anise prides themselves on being nontoxic, both to its users and to the environment, which I can totally stand behind.
Repeat offender: I would try their nail polish again, especially if one catches my eye the way this one did! I wish they were sold at more places, though!


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