I’m not usually a fan of blue nail polish or glittery nail polish.
To me, blue and glitter just scream “I’m a tween!” or, maybe more accurately, based on some of the more interesting folks I’ve seen sporting blue glitter polish, “I’m forty but I think I’m a tween!,” but when I saw “Galaxy” by Mineral Fusion in Whole Foods, something came over me and I had to have it!
I’ve known about Mineral Fusion for some time and have a few of their body washes and lotions. I’d been wanting to try their nail polishes, specifically, because they’re vegan, cruelty-free and are formulated without formaldehyde, toulene, camphor, dibutyl pthalate and some other hard-to-pronouce nasties. That’s hard to find in a nail polish, and especially hard to find in mainstream store offerings.
That particular day, bottles of Mineral Fusion nail polish were on sale for $5.99 at Whole Foods — a decent price, I thought — and I was debating between “Galaxy” and”Royal Rubble,” a dark plum. Then, I spotted a three piece mini set in the holiday gifts section for $9.99 and screamed a little silent scream, out of excitement. The mini set made up my mind for me. It included both “Galaxy” and “Royal Rubble” as well as a third cranberry color, “Berried Gem.”
As soon as I got home (after unpacking groceries, actually), I busted open that baby and treated myself to a DIY mani with the “Galaxy” shade. It’s a dark blue base, with fine blue shimmer and chunks of iridescent glitter. The name is definitely fitting — it’s reminiscent of a bright, starry night sky, but the green and silvery iridescence in the glitter also reminds me a bit of a mermaid’s tail, as well. It’s really beautiful and surprisingly subtle. Anyone can wear this polish with sophistication without the risk of coming off as “tweeny.” Photographs really don’t do it justice. You have to see it in person to appreciate it, but here’s a shot of my hand after application of two coats:
I skipped top coat but quickly realized that that was a mistake. Although the polish claims to be chip-resistant, it started chipping the next day. I wasn’t surprised, though — I’m tough on my nails. I’ve had salon manicures chip the very next day. On day two, I applied top coat to just one thumb to see if made a difference, and it definitely did. After a week, this is how my nails looked:
So, obviously, top coat is a very smart idea (Mineral Fusion makes one, as well as a base coat and a cuticle treatment)!
After about a week, I said goodbye to my “Galaxy” nails and decided to try out the other shades. They’re pretty, but “Galaxy” is definitely my fave of the bunch.
If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, a gift for a beauty product junkie or a little something for yourself this holiday, pick up a bottle of this polish or try out a few shades with a mini kit. “Galaxy” would be stunning for a New Year’s Eve celebration, but there are 60 other color choices, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find something for all the nail polish lovers on your list!
So… Get shopping! There are only 11 more shopping days ’til Christmas! :)
Have any of you tried out Mineral Fusion’s products? What’s your favorite cruelty-free nail polish brand?