Friday, January 3, 2014

The Best of the Ciaté Mini Mani Month

An apple a day will keep the doctor away. A nail polish a day will keep the shopping away. Phew--I wish. Yet, I can't help but gush that swapping my normal countdown cardboard container from chocolate to nail polish was definitely an upgrade.

Christmas was quite some time ago--can you believe?--but the perks of the Ciaté Mini Mani Month keep on rolling. The result? Twenty four new polishes that have supplemented my stocks (and I had to have a nail polish reorganization session because of it).
Oh boy, were there good benefits. But, nevertheless, some bottles will be passed to my mom--a process in which we now refer to the victims as 'the duds.' So, I'm now here to adulate the winning and most beautiful bunch from the Christmas Eve countdown.

First, in the way way back left, is Fit for a Queen--a silver glitter, but still in a liquidy base for easy accent nail and supplementary talon frills.
Then, there's Amazing Gracie. If you can't tell from the photo, it's a milky pink that is slightly more opaque and white than my other polished rose shades. So far, it's acquired the most worn of the calendar title (quelle surprise).
One bottle that I will be designating for party use is Starlet. Is it black? Is it green? Blue? Purple? The answer is, it's all of them. It's duo quadruple chrome appearance is eye catching yet not over the top; well, maybe just a little (but in a good way).
Chinchilla masters a cloudy baby blue. The added grey undertones make it more neutral that striking; and the same quality goes for Tweed and Tails. This army green has the same grey undertones, yet also has a bit of a khaki feel for a not-too-vibrant, olive approach.

Pillow Fight is a purple (with more grey undertones--I'm certainly not complaining) to execute a more muted finish.
And then, there's Boudoir--a striking red. Classic with no frills; no orange, pink, grey or other additions. It's my next nail adorning casualty....
Last is another glitter: Snow Globe. Cute name, even more romancing appearance. The white tinsel-esque glitter is subtle, but definitely buildable--especially good for an ombré sparkle finish.

So, now that we've summed up the best pigments, it's time to discuss the countdown addition. Is it worth it? Well, in truth, I'm still uncertain. I'd be a nonsense beauty blogger if I told you that opening up a new nail polish in an astonishing shade each day was horrible (and I can't help but admit that Ciaté's graphic/label designer is good). Yet, this is no ninety nine cent advent buy. It's pricy, and some of the shades I'll never wear. Who knows, hopefully I will be able to decide the verdict come twelve months.


  1. ohhh lala! love these types of holiday calendars! i must let you know that i've added Amazing Gracie and Boudoir to my list to polishes to pick up! they're both gorgeous!
    xx stylesista.blogspot.com

  2. I love the grey undertones in Chinchilla, Tweed and Tails, and Pillow Fight. Amazing Gracie is also calling my name -- I'm always looking for a new nude polish!

  3. These little pots look so cute, I love the look of amazing gracie! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  4. I love the idea of this nail polish advent - but I have so much nail polish & tend to reach for the same colours week in week out. You did get some stunning colours & Im looking forward to seeing swatches


  5. I almost caught this on sale but just missed out, I loved the idea of having all these minis!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

  6. Would love to try these; they look lovely. This time of year can be so dangerous on the wallet, huh? But ever notice how certain things are incredibly overpriced no matter where or when you buy them? Case in point: shaving razors. Have you seen how much those refill cartridges cost? We're a shaving company called Dorco and we want to change all that. In fact, our prices are up to 70% lower than leading brands. It doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality to save so much, though. Read what others have to say about the quality of our razors and see our prices for yourself at DorcoUSA.com. Thanks for sharing this polish with us, and letting us share our razors with you!

  7. I was looking at this kit at 50% off a week ago and I ended up not buying it because of those exact same reasons. I might only use half of the bunch and since advent was already over, the fun of discovering a new one each day fell through too. I might purchase it full price next year, but in time to participate in the Christmas fun :-)

  8. Those are my favorites. (; x

  9. I understand where you're coming from; and opening one up for advent was the best part. x

  10. I would agree with your selection here. I was tempted to buy it but one, I have way too many nail polishes already and two, I'm not a fan of many of the shades.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  11. I hear you. (; x


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