Around this time last year, I posted a review for three Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquers: Black Tulip, Sky, and Wisteria. Since I’ve been trying to reswatch, I thought I’d start with these, since I feel they’re still a bit under the radar.
Collection: Crabtree & Evelyn 2013, Nail Lacquer [Launch]
Sky is a whitened, pale blue cream. It’s fairly neutral, and doesn’t lean too periwinkle or turquoise.
This formula was a little on the runnier side, and while two coats gave me reasonably good opacity, I had issues with bald spots and required an extra one to two coats for touching up. While the color is pretty, I don’t think it’s unique enough to justify the additional work required. That said, very whitened pastel shades like this one do tend to be annoying to apply evenly.
The brush is standard: slim, slightly flat, and on the longer side.
From my initial review:
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 CA$12, so I think that for the price, you get what you pay for. The bottle is actually pretty nice for a CA$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.
The prices have since gone up by US/CA$2 a bottle, though I feel that purchased on sale (for around $6), these are still worth it.
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP was US/CA$6 at initial launch. Today, they are US$8, with an ongoing deal of Buy 2 Get 1 Free. The polish is formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or camphor. It is made in the USA.
Crabtree & Evelyn was founded in Massachusetts in 1972 by Cyrus Harvey, who was also a prominent American film distributor. Harvey sold the company to Malaysia-based KLK Berhad in 1996; in 2012, the company was acquired by Khuan Choo International Ltd., based in Hong Kong. Crabtree & Evelyn maintains stores worldwide, and its base of operations is in Woodstock, CT, USA.