An unexpected perk of Writing Whimsy is when I get the chance to test something out and share it before it is even in stores. Today I’m starting off my first post of a four-part sneak peek of the brand new The Body Shop polishes. There are 23 shades, plus a top coat, and they will retail for $6.00 each. The polishes are vegan, and 4-free and will be available in store and online in October 2014. I’ve grouped the polishes I have by shade family, starting with the first four shared on the press photo above.
The first four shades of the The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish I have to share go from the reds into the more orange family, starting with Crimson Kiss*, Relish The Moment*, Red My Mind*, and Just Peachy*. As far as I can tell, all of the shades in this collection are creams at the moment, but give that this is The Body Shop’s first time releasing nail polish it doesn’t surprise me they’d start with the basics. Hopefully they add some other finishes if these initial polishes do well.
The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish bottles are actually more of a mini size than the traditional full size as each one contains 6.8 mL compared to 12 to 15 mL as many brands do. However the brush itself is still a good size, wide but a bit shorter than average, and I didn’t have any of the issues that sometimes plague minis such as the brush being hard to hold and apply with. The first shade I tried out is a dark, vampy red perfect for fall, which is The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish in Crimson Kiss. It had pretty good coverage with one coat, but it needed two to be perfectly opaque. The polish has a great glossy finish and even though I have too many red polishes, I am definitely tempted to keep this one!
The second shade of red in the collection is The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish Relish The Moment, which is a poppy red shade that was also nearly opaque with one coat. You could probably get away with one thick one if you wanted to, or had short nails or didn’t mind slight VNL. I would be careful with this shade though as it can stain, especially the cuticles. I have a lot of very similar polishes, but this one is pretty and applies well.
The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish Red My Mind starts to veer more into the orange-y shades, and it also looks good with just one coat. Although it is sheer, it is even and shiny, so although I went with two coats and it wasn’t entirely opaque, it has such a glossy, squishy look to it I don’t mind.
Like I said, there are three more parts to come, but the fourth and final polish I have to share from this collection today is the The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish Just Peachy, a shade that honestly looks just orange to me. It is a great bright orange and has me thinking of Halloween already, not that I need any added encouragement. The polish looks great with two coats although there’s still a slight touch of visible nail line.
Overall, I’d say The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polishes aren’t the most exciting shades you’ll find (though there are some I love, and out of this batch my favourite is Crimson Kiss), but they are reliable, have decent wear, are affordable, vegan and apply nicely. Definitely interested to see what other shades the brand might release next!