Sunday, September 09, 2012

Swatches & Review: Manhattan Blogger Edition Styleproofed - Green Chai (07S)

Happy Sunday everyone,

I hope you're all having a great weekend so far. Over here it seems like summer is back because it is close to 30°C outside with lots of Sunshine. The perfect Sunday weather :)
Nevertheless I've decided to stay inside and type this blogpost about a polish I felt I needed to show you as soon as possible.
Recently a German cosmetics brand called Manhattan teamed up with four fashion bloggers from Styleproofed and Modepilot and together they have created 20 limited edition polishes that were released in August. I was really excited about this collection because I thought that if bloggers created a nail polish line, it would surely be something extravagant. When I finally found the display I was a bit disappointed. First, the colors weren't as extraordinary as I had hoped. There were lots of your usual (Fall) colors - dark plum, dark navy blue, reds, brown or mustard yellow. Secondly, the finishes weren't exciting either. Most of them were creme polishes, the other half were shimmers.
Yet, two of them caught my eye and went home with me: 08M Rodeo Drive, a green that is somehwere between mint and olive with a subtle gold shimmer, and 07S Green Chai, a light mint green with multicolor glitter. The latter definitely stands out from the whole collection and I don't have anything like this in my stash, so I had to try it immediately. For a full review and more photos of Green Chai read on after the jump * little warning: this might be a wordy post, so better grab a cup of coffee and a snack ;) *

manhattan blogger edition green chai styleproofed
manhattan limited edition blogger green chai

manhattan styleproofed green chai

As mentioned before, Green Chai is a very light mint green creme loaded with all sorts of glitter. There is small round silver, gold, red and purple glitter and lots of tiny dark green microglitter. I like how the base does not obscure the glitter too much so it has some depth one the nail. I used three coats here, but you can surely get it opaque with two. The reason why I had to go with three coats was the texture of the polish. Maybe it is just my bottle, but it was super thick and really hard to work with. I felt like it already dried on the brush so it was hard to get an even coat and it also did not level out on itself on the nail. So after the first coat I added about 6 drops of my P2 Nail Polish Thinner, which made working with Green Chai a little easier. What I really liked is that despite all the glitter it did not dry to a gritty finish. One coat of INM Out The Door was enough to get a smooth surface. It also wore pretty well, after three days there were no chips or cracks. 
I have to admit that I liked Green Chai better in the bottle than on my nails, though :( That is mainly because I feel it does not go well with my pale skin. Maybe it'll look better with a little tan or on people with darker skin. Yet it is my favorite of the Manhattan Blogger Edition because it is so unique. I wish there would have been more polishes like this in the collection.
If you want to check out the Styleproofed and Modepilot collection in person, you better hurry up, because they are out now, limited edition and sell out quickly! Manhattan products are sold in most German drugstores and department stores. One bottle with 11ml of polish retails for 3,45€. On the official Manhattan Facebook Page there is a voting for which of the Blogger Edition polishes they shall add to their standard range, which is a brilliant idea. I hope we see more polishes like Green Chai from Manhattan in the future.

OK, wordy post over :) I hope this wasn't too long and somewhat helpful. How do you like this polish? Do you go for the "unusual colors" in a collection? 

Thanks for reading, enjoy your Sunday!
<3 Sabine
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