American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Dynasty, swatch

Throwback Thursday! American Apparel — Dynasty (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: American Apparel 2009 Winter, Nail Lacquer [Launch]

I’m one of those consumers who tends to boycott companies I find objectionable (though, let’s be honest, you gotta pick your battles!), and sometime around 2010, I added American Apparel to that list. Reports of sexual harassment and questionable behavior from their Canadian founder and former CEO, Dov Charney, overrided the good things the company had going for it. Before my boycott, I’d only purchased some nail polish and a pair of sweatpants from the company, so it was a pretty easy thing to swear off any more of their merchandise.

It’s quite a shame, though, because their nail polish was really nice. (I don’t think it’s sold anymore, as I can’t find it on their website any longer.) Of course, now that over the last few years American Apparel has ousted Charney and recovered from bankruptcy, it seems my personal boycott might be lifted—I’d need to do more research—though I’d only do it for their polish and not for leggings!

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in American Apparel’s original 18-shade collection—of all cream finishes!launched in 2009. In 2010, the polishes were actually voluntarily recalled by the company due to the bottles being easily broken. (The formula itself was fine.) I’m not sure whether mine were bought before or after the recall; either way, none of my bottles have broken, and I think they’re amongst the nicest nail polish bottles I own. They’re sleek and minimal, and they just stack together so well!

American Apparel Nail Lacquer Launch 2009
I feel a bit badly for wishing I’d gotten all of these at the time!
American Apparel Nail Lacquer Launch, 2009.
Rose Bowl, Poppy, Downtown LA, Pinto, Palm Springs, Manila;
Coney Island, Dynasty, Berry, Cotton, Factory Grey, Mouse;
Office, Hunter, Hassid, Mount Royal, Passport Blue, Peacock.
Image: smudgestyle.com

The polish I’m swatching today is Dynasty, a midtoned muted grape cream with a touch of mauve.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Dynasty, bottle

Read More »