Squarehue: The 1950s – June 2015

As you may have noticed it’s been a little quite over here at Subscription Therapy. I had wonderful plans to get tons of posts and home projects done over the July 4th holiday and guess what happened? I got sick. Yesterday, I stayed home from work and unless getting obsessed with the Covet fashion app counts as an accomplishment, I did diddly squat. (Although I did learn that I am highly skilled at styling outfits for French movie premieres, who knew?) In any case, I’m starting to recover from my latest plague and trying to catch up with my June stragglers plus all the fun new boxes popping up at my doorstep.

I thought I’d kick off my recovery with some retro fun and review the June Squarehue featuring the 1950s.

Our Itty bitty box:
Box
1950s BOX
Open Box 1

Perfectly packaged inside are our three lovely square bottles with a handy dandy swatch card.
Open Box 2 Card

Bottles

Palm Springs
Palm Springs 1950 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Neon Palm Green Creme
Verdict: Like, but maybe a different year
I like this because I have no other polish remotely like it (even in my 300+ bottle collection) but I’m not feeling it for the 1950s. I get Palm Springs was a thing back then, but this color screams out 1960s to me rather than 1950s. But, again I don’t have anything like it so it’s a nice addition to my polish hoard.

Bel Air
Bel Air 1957 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Powder Blue Crème
Verdict: Miss
I’m just not feeling this shade. I find it boring and just not quite 1950s either. I feel like the shade should be more aqua rather than blue.

Sock Hop
Sock Hop 1958 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Saturated Pink Crème
Verdict: Hit!
We’ve had a lot of pinks in this collection so far, but I think this one is my favorite. Personally I would have called it “Poodle Skirt” instead of Sock Hop, but since you wear a poodle skirt to a sock hop, it’s all just semantics. I thought this shade fit the decade the best.

Swatches

OVERALL
SquareHue 1950s
Verdict: What does SquareHue have against red?
I know, I know I’ve been asking for a red for a while now, but it’s a hugely important color in most of the the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s and the closest we’ve come is “rust”. I don’t see how you could put this box together without a bright cherry red crème. I also don’t like that all three shades were the same finish. Variety is always more fun. I do like the pink polish but I feel like this one was a lost opportunity.

I paid $19.99 for the box, and while I’m disappointed that the shades don’t live up to the decade, the polishes are good quality and the green and pink will be nice additions to my collection.

When you think of the 1950s, what colors spring to your mind?

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 1940s – May 2015

So it’s that time again for some retro fun with our decades collection from Squarehue. May is offering the 1940s and I was crossing my fingers we’d see some influence from film noir in this box.
Box

Drumroll please…
1940s BOX

Open Box 1 Open Box 2
Perfectly packaged inside are the three lovely square bottles with a handy dandy swatch card.
Polishes

Sorceror's Hat
Sorcerer’s Hat 1940 (Shimmer)

Description: Dark Blue Shimmer
Verdict: Love!
This shade is an obvious nod to Disney’s Fantasia and a perfect shade for the season. It’s a great color for patriotic nail art and I think this will be my go to pedicure color for July 4th. I love the shimmer in this and how it fits not only the decade, but the season. We’re off to a great start.

War Hero
War Hero 1945 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Sunflower Yellow Gloss Crème
Verdict: Hit!
As a pale girl with pink undertones I need to be careful with yellows. In fact, until I joined nail subscriptions I’d never even tried one out. Now, I have a bunch in my collection and these types of sunflower shades are my favorites. Personally, I love the Van Gogh feel to this polish but I’m not sure how it ties into a “War Hero”.  But this color feels like a nice fit for summer and will transition well into Fall.

Mambo
Mambo 1948 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Rust High Gloss Crème
Verdict: More like a Rhumba
I love the name. Mambo! That sounds like a bright, fun cheerful polish and then we get.…rust. What? This should have been something bright and happy. I’m not one to adhere strictly to seasons, but this color feels incredibly Autumn-esque and I just can’t see reaching for it over the plethora of more cheerful colors. This one was a wasted opportunity.
Swatches

OVERALL
Squarehue 1940s
Verdict: Like!

Two of the polishes felt seasonally and thematically appropriate, and the third one (while nice) just didn’t seem to jive with the collection.

I paid $19.99 (with shipping and handling) and I received two polishes that I would easily pick out for myself if I were out shopping. The 1950s better have a cherry red, you hear me Squarehue?  I’d also love to see a fabulous mint. (In case you’re taking suggestions).

What did you think of the collection? What do you think a polish called “Mambo” should look like?

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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