Boy, has this been one heck of a week! One main cheery factor amidst this work-laden period and feeling mildly under the weather would be my nails for it's bubbly, fun color. Not even kidding here.
I've received this jovial looking bottle from Mei Mei Signatures before Chinese New Year and had to put off swatching it due to my nail stickers. Now that those are off (they didn't look bad but were just starting to catch my hair when I am shampoo-ing), I can finally swatch away!
Megan Miller is not a nail polish brand I am familiar to and when I first saw images of it the very first thing that came to mind was that I loved the packaging. The typical 'plastic' top has been replaced with natural cork and a little raffia string knot to give it that woody, au naturale, feel. Though a simple change in design, it's still adorable and embodies what the brand wants to promote: a very rustic, natural elegance.
For those conscious about polish ingredients, you would like to know that Megan Miller refrains from using Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde. If you wish to find out more about this 3 FREE initiative, do read the detailed break down from Megan Miller's Production Information page.
Upon receiving the bottle in person, it is all that much cuter!
Overly cheesy, maybe, but The Police's Message in A Bottle started looping in my mind as I sat taking photos of this adorable bottle.
Megan Miller's logo, the peacock feather, sits atop the light (weight-wise) cork cap.
Enough of me gushing about the exterior, how does this polish apply?
The first coat left me feeling a little bummed probably because I have become accustomed to 'straight-out pigmented' cream and shimmer finishes that this initial coat seemed a little lacking.
Though I can't entirely fault this because Caribbean, the shade I have here, is more of a jelly-finish polish instead of a solid cream. Thus I would have to give it it's fair chance of doing well in its own genre instead of trying to compare it to something else.
2 coats give it a good finish with the nail bed still mildly visible but I found myself satisfied only after 3 coats.
No in-picture caption but 3 coats:
Random note: Those little itty black bits you see are from the nail stickers, resilient little things... but I'd rather them to glitter polishes any day.
While I wasn't feeling it initially, I've grown to like that jelly-base appeal of the polish, it reminds me of that one time when I had a french tip done at a nail store and my nails looked super 3D, as if I had a gel coat over.
The jelly finish of it also prevents that light teal from being too stark on, giving the color it's own opaque yet translucent flare.
Kicking myself for not taking comparison photos but bottle-wise it looks similar to China Glaze's For Audrey however because of it's jelly finish nature, the color has a softer tone when applied, compared to For Audrey. No swatch comparisons but I can say this because I have For Audrey on my toes and no, my toes will not make their appearance on here.
The polish itself has a very glossy finish and probably wouldn't call for a topcoat. However, in these swatch pictures (save for 1 coat & 2 coats) I did slick on a thin layer of Seche Vite Fast Dry over, purely for the 'fast dry' effect. Gloss-wise it looks the same before and after Seche Vite.
I wouldn't say it takes eons to dry but perhaps I have been spoilt by much quicker drying nail formulas and the fact that I wanted to get to bed probably attributed to my impatience.
In all, I love this particular color though if teals and bright shades aren't for you the collection has some lovely reds and earthy shades too.
They are going for S$18 a bottle on Mei Mei Signatures, shop here.
Alternatively if you are outside of Singapore you can purchase them from the
Megan Miller website at USD12 per bottle.
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