Collection: The Body Shop 2015 Summer
I recently took advantage of a sale at The Body Shop and got three shades from their relatively new line of nail polish, Colour Crush. I previously tried The Body Shop Green from the initial launch, and liked it quite a lot, so I was happy to plunk down a mere CA$12 for three polishes from the new summer collection: Apricot Kiss, Chocolate Cutie, and A Sunny Affair.
The Body Shop markets itself as an eco-friendly brand, so it’s no surprise that the polish formula is 5-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. It is also enriched with fair trade marula oil from Eudofano Women’s Co-operative in Ondangwa, Northern Namibia. I wouldn’t have thought that oil meant for moisturizing would be a good idea in a product that is supposed to dry to a hard finish on fingernails, but I’m no chemist!
A Sunny Affair (240) is a creamy buttercup yellow with shimmer so subtle and fine that it’s pretty much not even there—”invisible” shimmer!
As with many yellow polishes, it’s fairly tricky to apply. If you’re very careful, two coats will be pretty nice and even. I found that the pigmentation was very good, but the polish had a tendency to pool against my cuticles if I had a tad too much polish loaded on the brush. It’s not even an especially runny formula, so I’m not quite sure how this is the case!
If you’re looking for a fun yellow polish for summer, and don’t want to be too spendy, this is a pretty good option. The Body Shop usually runs multiple purchase sales on these (e.g. 3 for $12, which is what I paid), too.
The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Colour is 0.22 fl oz / 6.8 mL and retails for US$8 / CA$6 / GB£5. The formula is 5-free and vegan. The website does not state what the 5-free ingredients are, but typically the five are: toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), camphor, and formaldehyde resin. The product is made in France. The Body Shop remains a cruelty-free company.
The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick. It is headquartered in Littlehampton, England. In 2006, the company was acquired by L’Oréal.