Color Club — Poetic Hues (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club 2013 Winter, Harlem Lights

After revamping the Swatch Gallery over the weekend, I came to the realization that I hadn’t reviewed brands like Color Club, Misa, and Orly in a long while! I’m rectifying the problem starting today.

Early last year, I found a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$9.99 at Winners. At about $1.43 a bottle, that’s kind of a no-brainer!

For some reason, some of the Color Club packs sold at Winners are unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in the previous season’s Color Club collection, Winter 2013’s Harlem Lights. I’ve had to label the bottles myself:

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Poetic Hues, homemade label

Poetic Hues actually looks peachier on Color Club’s website than it actually is. It’s a whitened cream, in a cream finish, with a peach tone.

I didn’t enjoy the formula of this one. It has a slightly thinner consistency, and was difficult to get nicely even and opaque. I used four coats for the swatch. I wouldn’t recommend it as a sheer wash, either, as it’s too pigmented and uneven for that purpose. It’s kind of a shame, because I quite like the color: it doesn’t scream white! and definitely reads more like a tinted neutral.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Poetic Hues, swatch

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer retails for US$8.50 (I’ve rarely seen it in Canada outside of Winners, but never checked the pricing) and is 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL. It is cruelty-free and made in USA.

Color Club is one of the lines produced by Forsythe Cosmetics Group, which was founded in 1979 by husband and wife team Buddy & Harriet Rose. Along with Color Club, the company also makes Art Club, Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish, and private label polishes for distributors and nail salons. The company is based in Freeport, NY, USA.


7 thoughts on “Color Club — Poetic Hues (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. I have to write my own labels on those 6 pack Color Cubs too – sooo annoying. And sometimes I have self doubt about whether the shade I got is really part of the collection because the colours look a little off. I dislike unlabelled polishes very much! I love LOVE how Illamasqua’s polishes have the names stamped right on, not just a sticker – so good.

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    • Yeah, I worry about the CCs not being the right ones, too! But I guess when the whole collection looks about right, it helps to make it more certain. YES! Stamped names are brilliant. I also like it if the name is on the really sticky label that goes on the side of the bottle – the bottom stickers have a greater tendency to fall off. I refuse to buy OPI minis b/c they’re unlabeled. (Also, so damn tiny.)

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