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?

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