My mother gave this cute little set to me for Christmas, and since I regrettably couldn’t get my hands on the Ciaté advent calendar this year, the Haute House set was a perfect little replacement. Overall, I’m very pleased with these polishes, the formulas are very nice, two of them are one coaters (although I’m wearing two coats, no topcoat, of all five in the photos below), and I was really glad to see that these mini bottles have the original wide brush! Now, on to the polishes!
220 For the Frill of it
For the Frill of it is the sheerest out of the bunch, but I still an opaque enough result with just two coats. It has a greyish brown base and minute glass flecks shifting from bronze to a sharp green tinted gold. Easiest cleanup of them all, too, due to the light base.
Can-can is a frosty berry red polish that I was fearing would turn out streaky and miserable, but it turned out alright I think. I would have loved it if the shimmer was slightly warmer in tone, but this is very nice too. Easy cleanup for a red polish.
222 Tickle My Fancy
Tickle My Fancy is a teal-blue super frosty polish, something I was not expecting from looking at the bottle. It turned out that the polish had separated quite a bit, showing off the blue base and making the shimmer look teal. So I went from loving it to disliking it in a single stroke, literally. It’s a good quality polish, super smooth formula and all that, but I don’t like frosty polishes at all. Cleanup and removal was quite a mission since it’s very pigmented.
223 Sass Pot
Sass Pot is a dark purple shimmer polish with a very nice depth to it. I’ve seen other bloggers refer to this kind of depth as a “lit from within” effect, which I think is a very accurate description. This is definitely my favourite out of this set for many reasons (like, being strikingly beautiful) but I just LOVE the name. Sass Pot! Cleanup and removal was a bit more messy than I like it to be, but that’s how it is with heavily pigmented polishes.
224 Knee Highs
Knee Highs is a semi-frosty blue shimmer polish and is a true one coater. It’s also the first blue polish I’ve worn for ages, and I still think blue polish looks crap on my skin tone. Oh well. This polish is ridiculously pigmented, so much that cleanup was a nightmare and I don’t even want to think about the removal. I had one cotton ball per nail for this polish and it was still messy. A very elegant, almost royal blue that would look stunning on someone with a pinker and paler skin tone than mine, but just not my cup of tea.