Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Going Out of Business (Plus: Song de Chine and Lavender & Espresso)

One of the very first perfumes I ever bought for myself was actually a blind-buy (which, if you know me at all, is hardly surprising!), Crabtree & Evelyn’s Song de Chine. It is long-discontinued, and to be very honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it! The marketing blurb must have sounded very compelling to me, and I have to say that when it arrived in the mail, I was quite excited to give it a try. As luck would have it, I loved Song de Chine very much—it was a soft floral with tea and vaguely aquatic notes—and the thrill of the blind-buy has not left me since.

From Crabtree & Evelyn’s press release in 1997:

CRABTREE & EVELYN SONG DE CHINE SCENTED BATH AND BODY LINE marks the company’s first major launch since it was purchased by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad. The five-SKU range, which Crabtree is promoting as the “essence of tranquillity,” is available now in Crabtree & Evelyn doors in the U.S. Crabtree & Evelyn Song de Chine bowed in the U.K. and Canada in June.

I’m doing some perfume and makeup organizing at the moment and don’t particularly feel like tossing everything up in the air and digging around for my old bottle, but I found this photo online for the same item I had…I feel like I might have thrown out the box, which is sad as it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it?

Image: Sovrana Parfums

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip

Crabtree & Evelyn — Black Tulip (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

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.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

Crabtree & Evelyn — Wisteria (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

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]

Wisteria is a pretty smoked periwinkle-lavender with silver shimmer.

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Crabtree & Evelyn — Black Tulip, Wisteria & Sky (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Crabtree & Evelyn 2013, Nail Lacquer Launch

I chanced upon Crabtree & Evelyn’s newly launched line of nail polish last year, and picked up three colors that have been sitting by my desk for quite some time now! I did give wearings to Black Tulip and Wisteria last year, and was fairly pleased with them, but I haven’t swatched and photographed them until now.

I’ll start with Black Tulip, the color that caught my eye most readily. It is very different from the rest of the C&E lineup. As you would imagine for a brand that specializes in old English style fragrances and bath & body products, most of the line is soft, pretty, wearable shades. And yet, Black Tulip sat there so invitingly among the pastel pinks and pretty peaches! It’s a deep, almost vampy (but not quite) purple microglitter duochrome that flashes olive green. I know, right? Not exactly reminiscent of a dewy rose garden or lilac bush! The formula for Black Tulip is a little on the sheer side, so it reaches full opacity with three coats. The green flash only shows up in the shade; I couldn’t really see it well in sunlight. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty purple and unique in this launch.

Sunlight:
Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip, swatch

Shade:
Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Black Tulip, swatch in shade

Wisteria is the next color I chose, and it is much more in keeping with how you’d imagine a C&E to look. It is a pretty smoked periwinkle-lavender with silver shimmer. Two coats was enough.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Wisteria, swatch

Lastly, Sky is a pastel baby blue cream. It was fairly even and opaque with just two coats, which is pretty good for a very pastel shade.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Sky, swatch

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 $12, so I think that for the price, you get what you pay for. The bottle is actually pretty nice for a $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.

A quick visit to C&E’s website shows me that a year on, the nail polishes are still on the website. What’s more, there is a new collection out, which, unsurprisingly, appears to be nudes (Alabaster, Almond, Mocha and Peaches & Cream).

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $6 US / $6 CA. Happily, the pricing appears to be the same in the US and Canada! These polishes are formulated without camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde or toluene.