Ciaté is one of those brands that’s been on my radar for quite some time. The company name is pronounced “see-ar-tey” (I find the “ar” a bit odd, but I suppose it might be a British thing). It’s actually an acronym standing for “Colour, Innovation, Aspiration, Trend, and Extraordinary”.
I had not tried before Ciaté until this week. Shamefully, I actually already owned two Ciatés (Island Hopping and a mini Talent Scout), and received a third, Brocade Parade, earlier this month in my first Luxe Box.
This week, I received a fourth Ciaté in my latest Topbox, and decided enough was enough—I was going to try it!
Speed Dial (PP008) is described by Ciaté as “an extremely juicy orange”. It’s a fiery tangerine orange cream.
The formula is opaque, but a touch sheer, giving this polish a very slightly jellied finish. I really like this sort of formula, but found I needed three coats to get it to look its best. It works well as a sheer, one or two coat orange, if that’s the look you want: the polish applies very evenly.
The brush is a bit fat and flat, but nothing too serious, and it works just fine. The bottle itself is also fat and flat, but slightly curved as well. Each Ciaté bottle comes with a small black bow; cute but perhaps a bit precious.
I’m quite pleased with the quality of the polish—though perhaps not the pigmentation—and look forward to trying out the other three Ciatés I have waiting in my stash.
Ciaté Paint Pots retail for GB£9 / US$15 / CA$15 and are 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. They are free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. The polish is made in the UK.
Ciaté was founded in 2012 by celebrity manicurist Charlotte Knight. It is based in London, England.