Saturday, June 18, 2011

Something New

I just got some new SpaRitual polishes - the Evolve collection for summer.  I think these are really lovely, soft colors, so different from all the other summer collections.  I was most excited about Moss and Driftwood, and I started with Moss:

SpaRitual Moss, Evolve collection, summer 2011

This green isn't really what I was expecting.  I thought it would be a little darker, but I like it. I don't think these colors look so great on me though!  Especially in photos!  Once it was on my nails, I thought it might be a dupe for OPI Mermaid's Tears, but a side-by-side comparison in the bottle shows Mermaid's Tears to be slightly bluer.

I've never used SpaRitual polishes before.  I found this a little tricky to apply, but not any more so than other pastel polishes.  I only needed two coats.  The brush was nice and the cap is rubberized, making it easy to hold on to.  

After I did my nails, I sat down and knitted on my new project, Capri, and watched Netflix.  Then I decided the green could use a little something.  So I got out my China Glazes and stamping plates:

stamped with China Glaze Poetic and
Bundle Monster plate BM07

Just a subtle little scroll design; I didn't want to cover up the green too much.  I actually did a better job with the placement of the stamps on my right hand:

Has anybody else used SpaRitual polishes?  I'm really curious why they market their polishes as 'vegan.'  Does nail polish have animal products in it?


  1. Very nice! I thought you had Essie Sew Psyched on when I saw the link on my page, but Sew Psyched is a shade darker and dustier. I lemming'd that polish for ages!

    If I'm not mistaken, doesn't Zoya market polishes as vegan too? Curious...

  2. Yes, it's quite different from Sew Psyched! I was head-over-heels on that one too! Wore it a lot last fall.

    You're right - Zoya does say Vegan. What can it all mean?

  3. I like that color and thought of Mermaid's Tears too! I've never used SpaRitual, but they're owned by the same folks as Orly, and sometimes the colors are similar.

    I think that some pigments can be derived from animal products--I remember a type of red comes from beetle shells--but I don't know if those pigments are used in polish in particular. I've read about fish scales being used for shimmer before, but I don't know if they still are. Anyway, vegan polish brands don't use any of those types of things, and of course they don't test on animals.

  4. I am catching up on my blog reading and happy to see that you are still finding new colors to tempt me! I saw the stamping demonstrated at a farmer's market in France, so now I get how it's done!

  5. SoKnitPicky: Ahh . . . the animal testing didn't occur to me! Duh! You're a fount of information! I didn't know any of that stuff!

  6. Kristen:

    Welcome home! Hope you had a great trip and that we'll get to see some pix on your blog! Did you succumb to the stamping fever?!


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