Squarehue: The 1920s – March 2015

I’m going to be honest, half of the reason I was so enthralled with Squarehue’s decades collection was because I wanted the 1920s. I’ve been obsessed with the decade since I can remember, so this box had a ton to live up to.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

1920s BOX

Box
As usual our cute tiny mystery box.
Open Box 1
Open Box 2 Card
Inside our perfectly packaged polishes along with a handy dandy swatch card.

Cocktails Swatch
Cocktails & Cigarettes 1920 (Sheer)

Description: Peach/Teal Sheer Shimmer
Verdict: Love
This is such a cool and unique polish. It’s hard to see in my picture but it has a teal shimmer to it. According to Squarehue you can layer it over black polish to get a teal color, and over white to get a peach chiffon shimmer. I’m really getting into using funky polish toppers so this is perfect.

Style Swatch
Style & Speed 1921 (Micro-glitter)

Description: Silver Metallic Micro-glitter (glossy mirror like finish)
Verdict: Miss
In general I’m not crazy about silver polishes, but this didn’t feel 1920s to me or seasonally appropriate. (Silver just doesn’t’ scream out “spring” to me). I associate the 1920s more with gold and black and of course flapper red. This one was a disappointment.

Art Swatch
Art & Deco 1925 (Shimmer)

Description: Copper Shimmer
Verdict: Love
It’s funny to me that this shade reminds me more of Art Nouveau than Art Deco but still lovely and decade appropriate. This is a unique shade and works well for spring.
Full Swatch

OVERALL
Squarehue 1920s

Like

I’ll admit it, I’m super sad this didn’t have a flapper red in it. If I’d loved all the shades it might have been enough to offset my sadness, but the silver was a big miss for me. The other colors did make up for it so I still gave this box a “like” verdict. I paid $19.99 (with shipping and handling) and I got two unique generously sized polishes that I love and one polish that isn’t quite my style. I still think that’s a lot of bang for my buck, so I’m quite happy with this and hoping to see something that’s not a metallic for the 1930s box.

What did you think of the collection? Is this what you’d expect from a 1920s theme?

THE BACKSTORY

SquareHue is a monthly nail polish subscription box. SquareHue delivers a unique, curated collection of premium nail polish colors to its style aware members.

Cost: $14.99 plus shipping (Shipping is $5 for US destinations and $9 for Canada.)

Polishes are:
“5-Free” Clean formula – Do not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin
Not tested on animals
Proudly Made in the USA

 Automatically, a portion of your monthly subscription is donated to keep us accountable to what really matters. Currently a portion of all monthly subscription proceeds are being donated for prevention awareness, the protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers.

Squarehue: The 1910s – February 2015

Because hundreds of bottles of polish aren’t apparently enough, I decided to try out a Squarehue subscription this year. Squarehue is a polish sub that sends you 3 exclusive limited edition colors each month for $14.99 (plus shipping). Making something awesome infinitely more awesome, Squarehue automatically gives a portion of your monthly box to their HueGive campaign which supports organizations helping others. Currently their focus is “Human Trafficking” and their theme is “Color Your Nails. Change the World.” How frick’n awesome is that?

Each year Squarehue sets an overall theme that each monthly box falls under. This year is “the decades” with January kicking off the 1900s and February highlighting the 1910s. I only joined as of February so I missed out on the January box. Because I’m obsessed with collecting all the decades, I contacted Squarehue’s super nice customer service and they  let me make a separate purchase for January, so if you suddenly start a subscription but want one of the previous sets, shoot Squarehue an email and see if they have leftover boxes they can hook you up with.

Okay now enough talk, let’s get to the polish.

I used a coupon code that gave me a “3 set freebie” so I got two cute little boxes instead of just one.
Boxes

1910s BOX
Open Box

The boxes come with these adorable cards that give you info on the collection, allow you to swatch the polishes and have a cute little story on the back about the time period.
Swatch Card
Open Box 2
Tunic Swatch
Tunic 1910 (High Gloss Crème)

Description: Peachy, Cantalope Creme
Verdict: Love
I’m all about these peachy orangey shades for spring and this formula has just the right amount of sheerness. I know I’ll be using this one soon.

Kewpie Swatch
Kewpies 1912 (High Gloss Crème)

Description: Sweet Baby Doll Pink Creme
Verdict: Like
I’m really digging Squarehue’s crème formula. It’s got coverage but is a bit sheer and not remotely goopy. I probably wouldn’t choose this shade on my own since it’s a little basic, but it’s a lovely subtle pink that I think appeals to a lot of subscribers.

Crinolines Swatch
War Crinoline 1915 (High Gloss Crème)

Description: Army green Crème
Verdict: Love
Greens are one of the shades that I don’t own a ton of.  I’m in love with color. It’s an unexpected neutral and I think it’s a great winter to spring transition shade.
Polishes with Swatches

FREEBIE
As I mentioned earlier, I used a coupon code that scored me a freebie set.

Ah the suspense…
Freebie Box
THE PRAGUE BOX
(November 2014 – the Passport Collection)

Freebie All
Parizska
Description: Grey Microglitter
Na Prikope
Description: Wine Shimmer
Vaclavske Namesti
Description: Faded Green Crème

Free is always good, so this of course is a win. I didn’t swatch these because I thought I might gift them (but you know, I’ll probably give up and keep them for myself, because I am greedy and have no willpower). The shades feel very fall and are all colors I would use. The green seems a bit close to War Crinoline but I can’t really tell until I swatch them.

OVERALL
Full 1910s

Verdict: Love!

I paid $19.99 (with shipping and handling) for this sub and with my freebie polishes, I got SIX generously sized, limited edition shades. So far I’m enamored with the polish formula on these and super excited to see what shows up for the 1920s (my favorite decade). I’m crossing my fingers for a flapper red crème.

Have you tried Squarehue? What did you think?

THE BACKSTORY

SquareHue is a monthly nail polish subscription box. SquareHue delivers a unique, curated collection of premium nail polish colors to its style aware members.

Cost: $14.99 plus shipping (Shipping is $5 for US destinations and $9 for Canada.)

Polishes are:
“5-Free” Clean formula – Do not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin
Not tested on animals
Proudly Made in the USA

“Automatically, a portion of your monthly subscription is donated to keep us accountable to what really matters.” Currently a portion of all monthly subscription proceeds are being donated for prevention awareness, the protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers.

 

 

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