Collection: Missha 2015, Wonder Woman
Missha recently released a Wonder Woman makeup collection in conjunction with DC Comics. The collection includes 18 shades of nail polish in the Style Lucid line, which come in adorable little heart-shaped bottles. (Swirly hearts don’t seem terribly Wonder Woman-y, but there it is.)
Also, Wonder Woman reminds me that I recently tried to watch the pilot episode of the new ABC series, Supergirl. I couldn’t get through the first ten minutes. Poor acting, worse writing, and they couldn’t make me care about anything. Yawn. Bring on the Wonder Woman movie. I’ll just keep watching Gotham and Ash vs Evil Dead, for now.
Since I’d never tried Missha nail polish before, and they were on sale, I ordered three shades from my favorite online Korean makeup store, Cosmetic Love (referral link): BL11, GPK05, and VL12. I also currently have four more on order (GBR01, GGR02, GPP02, and PP10). Is Missha always on sale, or what?!
Here are the 18 shades of The Style Lucid Nail Polish released in this collection:
VL12 is the shade I’m reviewing today. It’s a midtoned (perhaps on the deeper side of that spectrum), slightly dusty, amethyst purple cream. The dustiness comes through differently depending on the lighting; sometimes it doesn’t look especially dusty at all, and other times it looks greyed. It’s an odd quality! In my swatch, it looks a little less dusty than it can.
I didn’t know this going in, but this line of nail polish is temporarily scented! Now, I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m not a fan of scented nail polish, but this one, I like.
The scent is a bit strong out of the bottle, and it first struck me as being minty. Eventually I realized it is actually rosemary, but it’s a very effervescent sort of rosemary—not the kind that wafts off a rosemary & lemon roasted chicken (best way to make one!). I kind of love it! Yes, it’s still got a bit of that nail polish smell to it, but this is definitely the nicest nail polish I’ve sniffed. And, as I mentioned, it’s not permanent: I noticed that the scent disappeared about ten minutes or so after the polish dried. Perfect, to me.
On to the polish. It is close to being a one-coat wonder, but isn’t quite. The formula has a nice, not-too-thin-nor-too-thick consistency and the pigmentation is good. Two coats are needed for full opacity. The polish applied quite smoothly and evenly; I was overall quite pleased with the performance. It also dried to a reasonably glossy shine, considering how quickly it dried.
The brush is flat and on the thicker side, which is a pretty common shape these days. The bottle is really cute, as we’re accustomed to with many Asian beauty products: from the top, it’s in the shape of a swirly heart:
Despite the bottle’s smaller volume of 8 mL, the bottle still looks deceptively large due to its design. The cap is oversized (nice to handle; my only complaint is it could use some grip) and the bottle has a lot of height and width, at least from the front. It really looks around the same size as a typical 15 mL bottle!
In any case, for just under $5 at full-price, I think these are a really nice deal and I can’t wait to receive my second haul!
* I ordered my polishes from a Korean online store, as mentioned above, where they retail for just under US$5, but shipping is free for all orders, I did not have to pay sales tax and duties (keeping my order under ~$30), and they sell plenty of other brands. At Missha Canada, the polishes are cheaper, but sales tax is 13%, shipping is only free with a $59 purchase, and only Missha products are available.
I was unable to load the Missha US site to check US prices.
Missha Cosmetics was launched in 2000 by its parent company, Seoul, Korea-based Able C&C Co. Ltd. It has since grown into an international brand with stores all over the world.