Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

Eve Snow — Alter Ego (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Eve Snow

I first heard of British nail polish brand Eve Snow a year or two ago, and promptly added one of my favorite of their nail colors off the website to my Pinterest wishlist, just so I wouldn’t forget about them.

Fast forward to this last October, when found two Eve Snow bottles at Winners! It was my first time seeing the brand in person, so like a proper nail polish nut, I suppressed a squeal and moseyed over to pick them up. Turned out one was a dud (some kind of nail strengthener or something, whatever, amirite?) but the other was the exact shade I had pinned earlier. What are the odds of that?

So, fate conspired to add Alter Ego (008) to my collection. It’s a periwinkle blue iridescent shimmer. Pretty, right? It even has pink and green flashes in the bottle.

Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

Periwinkle flowers
Periwinkle flowers. Image: playbuzz.com

Unfortunately, on the nail, it’s a little less inspiring. Alter ego, indeed. On the nail, it’s just a shimmery periwinkle blue, no flashes except perhaps a bit of baby blue. The most disappointing thing about it is the sheerness: I needed three coats to get it to look like this:

Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

Even then, I feel like application is a little patchy. I’m glad I only paid $5 for it. This shade is also no longer available from Eve Snow.

Eve Snow has since revamped their nail polish lineup (I think the new bottles are kind of odd-looking—at first I thought the bottom segment was a mirror reflection of the upper part!), so that’s probably how Alter Ego ended up at Winners. I don’t know if it’s just this particular shade that’s so sheer and uneven, but it makes me less keen on trying more from this boutique brand that claims to have a highly pigmented formula.

Eve Snow polishes are advertised as being “3 Added”—the formula contains argan oil, ginkgo biloba, and vitamin E (the new formula contains an entirely different three: marula oil, equisetum [horsetail] extract, and vitamin B12). The polishes are also “free from several toxins including” formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Eve Snow Nail Lacquer in Alter Ego, swatch

The new Eve Snow Nail Lacquer retails for GBP£14 / US$16 (I don’t know what my older bottle retailed at) and contains 0.33 US fl oz / 10 mL. It is made in the UK. The company is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

The polishes can be ordered online at Eve Snow’s official site (though everything seems sold out at the moment), Net-a-Porter US, and on Sephora US.

Eve Snow was founded by entrepreneur Yvette Snowden. The company is based in London, England.


15 thoughts on “Eve Snow — Alter Ego (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Never heard of this brand. Fate made it possible for you to snag this colour – but too bad it’s not as impressive on the nails as in the bottle. I fall for these kinds of colours ALL the time. And I think, ok I’ll just use this as topper but I never do! 😛
    “3-added” huh?! How does argan oil affect the wear-time of the polish, I wonder?

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    • I sometimes see fancy oils being added to nail polish, and I seriously doubt they do anything. I mean, they’ll have to harden along with the rest of the polish; they’re not likely to remain in their normal oily state, are they? But IANAChemist!


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