The we heart this Green Monday review of the breakout brand
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the easiest, quickest and least expensive way to stay current in the world of fashion can be achieved with the stroke of a brush. A nail polish brush, that is. So allow me to introduce you to a new line of nail lacquer that is not only beautiful and playful, but stylish and green at the same time.
Sheswai Lacquer just might win my award for cutest nail polish bottle ever. Do you see the adorable graphics? And that beautiful wooden handle is a great example of their eco-chic style and is made from “sustainably harvested wood, grown on family owned tree farms”.
As if that weren’t enough Green Monday goodness, Sheswai’s non-toxic formula is big three-free (made without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene). Additionally, a portion of all Sheswai sales are donated to “organizations that help educate, and sustain our beautiful planet”. A company that gives back to people while working to protect the environments is always a plus in my book.
But perhaps the coolest thing about this new line is its founder, Debbie Leavitt. Talk about a dream-career! After several years of working as a manicurist in some of the top salons and spas in Los Angeles, Ms. Leavitt moved on to international fashion campaigns, magazine editorials, film, television, and red carpet events. And not just any ol’ magazine editorials: try Jennifer Hudson’s famous “Got Milk” ad, Lindsey Lohan’s chartreuse nails for Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia, Kate Moss for Donna Karan, Jennifer Lopez for Elle and the list goes on.
So it makes complete sense that someone with this experience, background, and eye for nail color would want to create her own line of lacquers. And my, what lovely lacquers they are! For Sheswai’s introductory collection, Ms. Leavitt “got back to basics” and created 7 colors to “suit any location…or dress.” There are sheers, brights and darks in this collection and the shade I received for review, Totally ($16) is a sophisticated fuchsia crème. In my opinion, it is a rich, deep combination of wine, plum, berry and purple. It’s a stunner.
The formula of Totally is a breeze to apply. It’s smooth, it glides on the nails easily (not too thick, not too thin) and I can achieve almost 100% opacity with just one coat. And two coats is just perfect. I was able to get about four days of wear from this polish before I started to see tip-wear, which is great considering that I’m very rough on my nails.
As for the brush, I think I’m so used to those huge, flat brushes that everyone seems to be using these days that I forgot how lovely a small, round, traditional brush can be. And that is exactly what Sheswai has.
The price tag is a bit steep, but not outrageous. Considering the green formula, eco-chic packaging, charitable donations, great shades and quality formula, I think it is worth the price. I wonder if the review team will agree with me? Don’t forget to check in the comments to hear their thoughts on shades like Honeyfox (a true bright red ), So Cute (a soft peachy coral ), and Perfecto (a natural light beige). I think Sheswai Lacquer is definitely a brand to watch and I cannot wait to see their next collection.
Readers, testers and honeyfoxes, do you agree Sheswai Lacquers are just perfecto?
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Gianna is our expert on drugstore and budget beauty. She is the writer/editor of Nouveau Cheap, a blog that’s devoted to finding quality products that don’t break the bank.
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