It can be really hard for me to resist a deal, especially when it’s on a product that I can’t typically get at such a good discount, so naturally, All Cosmetics Wholesale (hereafter, “ACW”) is a site I haul from once or twice a year! I’m not affiliated with the site in any way; I’ve just had good experiences with them and wanted to share my latest haul.
OK, it’s not actually my latest haul, because I ordered it in May. The problem is that ACW is based in the US and does not ship materials like nail polish internationally. What’s a nail-polish-deal-seeking girl gonna do? Have the US-based relatives bring it up, of course!
At the time ACW was offering 20% off an order, and I noticed a ton of butter LONDON and Essie nail polishes listed, so I hauled.
Bonus: at the time that I ordered, the Canadian dollar hadn’t dropped as badly yet, so overall I got some pretty sweet deals!
Back in the early 2000s, and possibly the late 90s, as well, Maybelline nail polishes came in these cute, squat little bottles. No matter what line it was (Express Finish, Wet Shine, Wet Shine Diamonds, and so on), this was the bottle. The exception was, if I recall correctly, Colorama polishes, which came in teeny and hilarious looking bottles with little dunce caps. And you know what? Maybelline nail polishes totally rocked back then. They were some of the best nail polishes in the drugstore, for my money. Apart from Express Finish—those were kind of crap, albeit with some awesome colors.
One of these days, I’m going to have to round up all my retro Maybellines and take some pics. (If you have any of these oldies, I’d love to know which ones!) But for now, here’s a swatch of my favorite Maybelline, and one of my favorite polishes of all time.
I wore this one over the last few days, and it held up reasonably well with Poshé top coat over it. However, my gripe with this polish is that it applies very streakily and it is so easy to make a big mess with it! I didn’t like the brush and formula of the first Salon Expert polish I tried (Midnight Red), and Bitten Plum doesn’t change things.
I picked this one up in the US, where the Salon Expert bottles are squarish. The Canadian bottles are slimmer and kind of “eye” shaped from an aerial view.
Bitten Plum caught my eye because it’s a deep, vampy red but with a plum tone, and no brown. However, after getting it as even as I could with 3-4 coats, it was just like any other blackened red. Kind of boring, actually. It’s really not worth the trouble, especially since there are better colours like this to be found at the drugstore, Revlon’s Vixen in particular. Rating: 2/5.