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]
Black Tulip is not the kind of color you’d associate with Crabtree & Evelyn! (You know, you’d expect pastels and sheer shimmers, right?) It’s a deep purple shimmer with golden olive iridescence, and, at the right angles, even a glint of turquoise in the bottle.
On the nail, you really can’t see much of the iridescence apart from a subtle turn to olive when you angle your nails the right way. Disappointing, but it’s still quite a nice-looking color. It’s vampy, but definitely still purple even in dim light.
The first coat of this applies very thinly, and I was pretty skeptical. However, surprisingly, a second coat gets it so much more opaque! I did end up using three coats, anyway, just to smooth out any unevenness, but overall, this was quite easy to apply.
The polish dries to a slightly dull finish, so I’d recommend using a shiny top coat over this.
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.