Last year, Clinique finally reintroduced nail polish to their cosmetic lineup (they used to have a line of polish years ago, and I’ve posted my old swatches at the end of this post). I’m happy to report that although you get less bang for your buck, the new polish formula is pretty nice! The color selection, while on trend, typifies Clinique as a brand: clean, wearable and on the safe side.
I selected Splish Splash, a strong, happy azure blue cream. It applied very smoothly, and covered perfectly with two coats. The drying time was also surprisingly fast considering the easy application. I didn’t need a speed-dry top coat at all.
The new polish has a somewhat wide brush, which makes application very easy (unless you have tiny pinkies). The packaging is what you would expect from Clinique: sleek, silver, and a little boring. I admittedly have a soft spot for their old polish packaging, which was adorably chubby. Overall, it’s a little overpriced, but I like this formula and I’d definitely buy more if I see any colors that interest me—especially at Clinique bonus time. Sometimes you just need to tack on an extra product!
Clinique A Different Nail Enamel, 0.3 fl. oz. / 9 mL. MSRP $12.50 US / $14 CA. Clinique advertises this product for sensitive skins, and it is opthamologist tested.
Here are some older swatches of Clinique’s discontinued nail polish line from, oh, maybe ten years ago? (Not the most diverse bunch of colors, I know!)
Clinique (old nail enamel) — Black Cherry
Clinique (old nail enamel) — Garnet Ice
Clinique (old nail enamel) — Hotsytotsy
Clinique (old nail enamel) — Pure Luxe
Clinique (old nail enamel) — Sugarplum