Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Ciaté — Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar: Part I (December 1–16)

Apologies for the late post today. Photobucket is having major upload/delete issues, and I am not getting any useful feedback from them! Well, that, and…Christmas!

Collection: Ciaté 2015 Winter, Mini Mani Month

I received the Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar as a gift last month, and I meant to post about it by the week in December, but obviously things have gotten too hectic!

So, now I’m in a rush to get these babies all swatched up before Christmas is actually upon us! It’s just crazy how as a kid, I got so excited for Christmas, and it seemed like a week would go by like a whole year. Now, as an adult and having to prepare Christmas for the family (who can be a little ungrateful at times, or is it just me? Ha! I kid. Mostly it’s just the peanut batting at ornaments when he knows he’s not supposed to…), it seems like Christmas sneaks up and jumps on me before I even realize it’s not November anymore.

Calvin & Hobbes, Hobbes jumping on Calvin

Here we are in the middle of December, nine days from Christmas, and instead of cleaning house, preparing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, buying booze, and enjoying time with the family, I’m furiously swatching Ciatés for the blog!

As an overall note, these are all Ciaté mini bottles (there is one full-sized bottle in the Advent Calendar, but it’s reserved for the 24th), which hold 5 mL. The brush is a proper, full-sized brush: slightly thick and flat, and easy to handle. Ciaté definitely makes one of the nicer mini bottles!

And off we go! Ciaté Mini Manis for Dec. 1–16:

Dec. 1: Heirloom (PPM116)

Stunning in the bottle: a fine glitter with raspberry plum, antique gold, and a splash of deep bottle green iridescence. On the nail, it’s desperately sheer and needs at least three coats to get a bit of color on. This is probably awesome layered over a deeper shade; I’ll have to try it over black!
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Heirloom, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Heirloom, swatch

Dec. 2: Check Mate (PPM204)

This would have been my hands down favorite, but it’s kind of a fail. This top coat consists of black and white confetti squares, and I love the look! But, it’s really too sparse. My first coat for each nail ranged from one or two confetti squares to none at all. Just a sheer coat. I did three or four coats for the swatch, and that’s on top of three coats of Double Bubblegum. No thank you! It’s a total shame, because I really, really dig this one in the bottle. I guess if I had taken my time, I could have spread out the confetti more evenly, and then it would look OK, but I’m in a bit of a rush with my swatches, here!
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Check Mate, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Check Mate, swatch

Dec. 3: Pom Pom (PPM084)

This is a glorious, vivid warm poppy red that can lean a little pink or a little orange, depending on the light. Two coats apply very easily and give full opacity. Top marks for this one.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Pom Pom, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Pom Pom, swatch

Dec. 4: Cutie Pie (PPM002)

This is a sheer baby pink, fairly neutral, touch of milkiness. It applies quite smoothly, though I’ve tried better milky pink sheer before, since this isn’t entirely streak-free. It dries to a nice, glossy shine. I used three coats in the swatch.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Cutie Pie, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Cutie Pie, swatch

Dec. 5: Nail Illuminator Treatment in Bloom Boost (NTM027)

I haven’t had a chance to try any of the nail treatments.
Ciaté Nail Illuminator Treatment in Bloom Boost

Dec. 6: Snow Globe (PPM146)

This is a holo flake topper. The gorgeous, silvery white holographic flakes are super pretty, but there’s really not enough of them in here. I applied something like three or four coats over what was already three coats of Cutie Pie, and still couldn’t get nice coverage. Blaaaaargh. Am I just not using these top coats correctly?!
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Snow Globe, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Snow Globe, swatch

Dec. 7: Ahoy Sailor (PPM262)

Turquoise blue cream, but required three coats for full and even opacity. I’m not liking the more pastel-ish shades in this set; they all seem to need three coats, and even then, they are a little bit streaky. It’s a shame, because the shades are pretty.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Ahoy Sailor, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Ahoy Sailor, swatch

Dec. 8: Nail Topper in Chalet Chic (GLIM013)

I’m so not into this sort of thing. Chalet Chic is a loose, holographic white glitter (very fine and incredibly pretty), but I’m just not experienced enough to apply it correctly. I just kind of sprinkled it over the wet polish, and obviously, it didn’t turn out looking so hot. I’d much rather have loose glitter suspended in a clear polish! I wonder if I can do that? (By the way, I have no patience for this stuff, so please pardon the sprinkles all over my fingers. I just…no.)
Ciaté Nail Topper Mini in Chalet Chic, swatchCiaté Nail Topper Mini in Chalet Chic, swatch

Dec. 9: Glass Nail File Mini

This cute li’l file isn’t going to usurp my trusty Essie Crystal File anytime soon, but it’s a perfectly good travel size! I tried it and I don’t think it’s quite as fine as my Essie, but it’s superior to the Swissco glass file that I also own.
Ciaté Overnight Glass Nail File Mini

Dec. 10: Overnight Nail Mask in Knight in Shining Armour (NTM031)

I haven’t had a chance to try any of the nail treatments.
Ciaté Overnight Nail Mask in Knight in Shining Armour

Dec. 11: Life’s a Peach (PPM257)

Cute pastel peach cream, but required three coats for full and even opacity.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Life's a Peach, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Life's a Peach, swatch

Dec. 12: A List (PPM261)

A List is a deep burgundy shimmer with an old gold iridescence that is a bit sheer, so it requires three coats for full opacity.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in A List, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in A List, swatch

Dec. 13: Double Bubblegum (PPM240)

Pretty pastel lilac cream with a slightly grey undertone, but required three coats for full and even opacity.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Double Bubblegum, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Double Bubblegum, swatch

Dec. 14: Raspberry Collins (PPM137)

Oddly enough, this is one of my favorites from this bunch! It’s a cool, reddish fuchsia. Two coats for full opacity, and it applies very nicely.
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Raspberry Collins, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Raspberry Collins, swatch

Dec. 15: Birthday Blue (PPM260)

This vibrant, deep metallic blue is gorgeous, color-wise, but I found it had similar application problems to Essie’s Bell-Bottom Blues, a vampier metallic blue. Two coats gives full opacity, but application is a bit tricky, and this color does stain the nails easily. I wonder if it’s something to do with a specific metallic blue pigments…
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Birthday Blue, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Birthday Blue, swatch

Dec. 16: Nail Topper in Miracle on 34th (GLIM012)

I swear, when I opened that box today and saw another loose glitter, I cursed under my breath. Same problems as with the Chalet Chic topper. It’s probably just me, though. Pretty, loose gold glitter. The color is spot on for the holidays: this is a perfect shade of gold. I sprinkled it (poorly) over Life’s a Peach. (Again, please pardon the sprinkles all over my fingers. Can’t be bothered. I took this off PDQ!)
Ciaté Nail Topper Mini in Miracle on 34th, swatchCiaté Nail Topper Mini in Miracle on 34th, swatch

Part 2 will be posted sometime around/after Christmas!

Calvin & Hobbes, Snowmen, originality

The Ciaté Mini Mani Month 2015 retails for GBP£49 / CAD$71.

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.

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12 thoughts on “Ciaté — Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar: Part I (December 1–16)

  1. 3 coats for most of them-I don’t own any Ciaté polishes..but now i’m curious if the full sized bottles are the same way!?

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  2. Such dedication for the blog! 😀
    Heirloom is so disappointing – it looks so gorgeous in the bottle – it’d be so nice for layering!
    I hate confetti polishes like Check Mate and Snow Globe! Always so annoying to apply evenly – ALWAYS!
    Cutie Pie and A List ❤
    Is it me or were all the cremes really streaky?

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  3. Oh this is such a lovely calender. And most of them are very pretty making it tricky to choose. I would have loved the black and white squares, if only they had been dispersed better.
    The fine gold glitter looks perfect for the holidays though 🙂
    xx Anne

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