Crabtree & Evelyn — Black Tulip, Wisteria & Sky (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Crabtree & Evelyn 2013, Nail Lacquer Launch

I chanced upon Crabtree & Evelyn’s newly launched line of nail polish last year, and picked up three colors that have been sitting by my desk for quite some time now! I did give wearings to Black Tulip and Wisteria last year, and was fairly pleased with them, but I haven’t swatched and photographed them until now.

I’ll start with Black Tulip, the color that caught my eye most readily. It is very different from the rest of the C&E lineup. As you would imagine for a brand that specializes in old English style fragrances and bath & body products, most of the line is soft, pretty, wearable shades. And yet, Black Tulip sat there so invitingly among the pastel pinks and pretty peaches! It’s a deep, almost vampy (but not quite) purple microglitter duochrome that flashes olive green. I know, right? Not exactly reminiscent of a dewy rose garden or lilac bush! The formula for Black Tulip is a little on the sheer side, so it reaches full opacity with three coats. The green flash only shows up in the shade; I couldn’t really see it well in sunlight. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty purple and unique in this launch.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip, swatch

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip, swatch in shade

Wisteria is the next color I chose, and it is much more in keeping with how you’d imagine a C&E to look. It is a pretty smoked periwinkle-lavender with silver shimmer. Two coats was enough.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Wisteria, swatch

Lastly, Sky is a pastel baby blue cream. It was fairly even and opaque with just two coats, which is pretty good for a very pastel shade.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Sky, swatch

Overall, the quality of these polishes is average: the sparkle isn’t amazing, the cream finish isn’t super smooth, the polish can feel a little watery or goopy. The lasting power is just all right. But, they were on sale, 3 for $12, so I think that for the price, you get what you pay for. The bottle is actually pretty nice for a $4-$6 polish, though. I think these polishes are pretty average, but if C&E ever released some unique shades, I’d certainly pick them up.

A quick visit to C&E’s website shows me that a year on, the nail polishes are still on the website. What’s more, there is a new collection out, which, unsurprisingly, appears to be nudes (Alabaster, Almond, Mocha and Peaches & Cream).

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $6 US / $6 CA. Happily, the pricing appears to be the same in the US and Canada! These polishes are formulated without camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde or toluene.


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