SquareHue is quickly becoming one of my favorite beauty subscriptions. This is only my second month, but I’ve yet to be disappointed. I was really pumped last month when I found out that SquareHue’s theme for their February polishes was going to be Vintage Love. When I received this month’s polishes, I was very happy to find that their execution of the theme exceeded my expectations.
The first color I swatched is called “High School Crush.” It’s a delicate, peachy, pink polish that I never would have thought to select for myself. I don’t normally go for light pinks like this one, but this opaque crème looks so classic and elegant that it surprisingly became my favorite of the trio. It reminds me of tea sets, cursive writing, floral motifs, and lace doilies. I needed three coats to get full, non-streaky coverage, as is often the case with crème polishes. The dry time for this one is also the longest of the polishes because of the extra coat, but it’s still pretty reasonable.
The second color is a beautiful dusty rose that, at first glance, ooked like a boring old mauve. Once I had it on my nails, it was exciting, deep, and nostalgic. The name for this one is “Wartime Romance,” which I find incredibly appropriate. Every time I looked down at my nails I wanted to put on my dancing shoes and go down to the swing hall for one last dance with some Navy recruits. Then I’d fall in love with one, which would be just my luck since he’d ship off to war the next day. I’d occupy my time in the following months by taking a job at the factory and writing love letters, until he finally came home with a bum leg and sad, sexy, scar. We’d get married and live happily every after.
Finally, we have “Dear John,” an incredibly vampy, shimmering burgundy that would be perfect for a recent divorcee looking for a night on the town. I would venture to guess that Mae West would have been a big fan of this color.
Once again, I’m very please with SquareHue’s offering. At $21/month, it’s priced similarly to Julep’s Maven subscription, but the polishes are much larger, and so far, I’ve been happier with the colors. Next month they’re offering the O’Hue Collection in honor of St.Patrick’s Day. If you want to get in on that month, you can subscribe at the SquareHue website.
Skin & Tonics Rating :
Performance: 5/5 – Colors are true, coverage is long lasting,
Quality: 4/5 – Sturdy, stylish bottles and good formulas that dry quickly, though the crème polish require an extra coat or two
Value: 5/5 – Priced like similar services, but offers more polish for the money
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