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With hues like glistening sand, glimmering water, and a shimmering sunset, all the best parts of summer (and, thankfully, none of the hair-wilting humidity) make an appearance in Ruffian's new polish collection, available exclusively through Birchbox. This set includes three beach-inspired shades: Blue Lagoon, a metallic blue; Endless Love, a metallic pink; and Sahara, a metallic nude. The high-quality polishes swipe on streak-free and opaque in a single coatso you can spend less time on your mani and more time outside.
I recieved the neutral polish in my box and I like the color but the polish is very thick and hard to put on evenly, I had to put on 4 coats before I felt like the color looked even.3
I got these in the Modern Mermaid box. I haven't tried the tan one yet, but the blue and pink ones go on in ONE COAT! I don't think I have any other nail polish that I'm satisfied with doing one coat of, and I have a huge collection.5
I got this set because I got a sample of another color, and loved the way that the nail polish looked. But I was disappointed with this set. The purple color was the best of the bunch. The beige color was a little boring, and the blue nail polish was clumpy. Almost as if it had already been opened and left out and then closed. Parts of the brush got stuck in the polish as I was putting it on because the bristles were loose. So I was a little disappointed.2
The pinkish purple is my favorite out of this set. What I really like about this brand of nail polish is that it is super easy to apply (I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to paining my nails) and drys faster then my other polishes like O.P.I or ESSIE. This comes in the mermaid limited edition set.5
First, let me just say how beautiful the samples of RUFFIAN Endless Love (pink) and Blue Lagoon (blue) are. The Sahara (tan) is pretty, but it's so close to my skin tone when it's dry that it makes my fingernail almost disappear oddly into the rest of my finger. It's a lovely shade, but I think I'd need to be more Summer-tanned so there's more of a contrast between my skin and the actual nail polish. It's not a great Winter shade for me. The pink and blue are gorgeous no matter what, though. They look great against pale skin, and they'll look jewel-toned against a darker or tanned skin tone.
The metallic shimmer is subtle; it looks mature, not childish. When I first took them out of the box, I commented that they looked nearly separated, but that may have been a result of my not shaking them enough. With a solid, extended mixing, I'm not seeing the same problem today.
The polish goes on thick, covers completely in one coat, and dries so quickly it's almost frightening. I was honestly shocked at how little I had to use. There were no streaks, no smears, the coverage was even, and there weren't any of those annoying clumps and ridges that you see so often in metallic or 'shiny' polish.
My only complaint is that the brush in the bottle of Sahara is bent at the tip. Where the Endless Love and Blue Lagoon brushes are a smooth and square, the Sahara brush looks more like a used broom. Lots of bent bristles and flare. If I had a way to replace it - say, a brush from another bottle of RUFFIAN, I'd go for it, but as it stands, I'm thinking I'll end up using manicure scissors to trim the wayward strands.
I got this collection in the mermaid box and it was totally the right color mix for the theme. The polish is great, chip-resistant (and I type all day), and the colors are nicely opaque. I expected my favorite to be the sea-blue, but I am quite taken with the neutral. I am very fair and many neutrals are too brown or have green undertones that don't suit my blue ones. This one is perfect. I love it.5
This little trio is among the best nail polish I've ever owned. The purpley pink color and the blue go on opaque in one coat... and are dry within a minute. I've been wearing my one-coat of the pink.purple for 5 days without a single chip! The flesh color is a little off putting, but actually looks fairly classy. When I wore it it lasted nearly 2 weeks.5
I got these polishes in my modern mermaid box. I had never tried Ruffian brand nail polish before, but I was instantly in love. The purply-pink one is my favorite. It's the perfect girly color, so shiny, and it dries so quickly! Normally I can't sit still long enough for my nails to dry, so these polishes are perfect! I can't get enough! I will definitely purchase more Ruffian products in the future!5
I love all the colors in this collection. It stayed on for a couple of days before starting to chip, which always makes me happy! These were one of the products that drew my attention to the mermaid box.4
I love these nail polishes! They are so colorful and go on really easy! Sometimes it chips kind of easily but I find it dry quicks so reapply is not an issue.4