Lime Crime “Milky Ways” Nail Polish Swatch & Review
Guess what I have for you, lovelies!
A little blurb from their website:
7 pastel shades, inspired by confectionery delights from Marie Antoinette’s table.
Recklessly pigmented crème formula is rich, smooth and opaque in just two coats. Each bottle comes equipped with a flat, wide brush for superb control and flawless application.
Never tested on animals. 3-Free.
I originally intended to purchase the entire Lime Crime debut nail polish line titled “Les Desserts d’Antoinette”. Unfortunately I was only able to pick up “Milky Ways” and “Pastelchio”. I know many of you have said you are waiting for swatches before purchasing, so here are two to start.
The Lime Crime website describes “Milky Ways” as: cream off-white french tip nail polish. Opaque cream. Great for doing accents, half-moon and french tip manicures!
See Swatches, Review, and picture-overload after the jump!!
When I caught a glimpse of the very first sneaka-peaka of the colors, this is one of the ones I was most excited for. Then I read “french tip” in their description once added to the website. Blech. Total disappointment! Then I saw a few swatches that made it look like a flesh color. Double blech. What was the point? I’ve never been a fan or felt the need to add those types of colors to my collection.
But, I took a chance. I didn’t want to let go of my initial expectations for this color.
Within the hour of going live on the website, I ordered “Milky Ways” and “Pastelchio”. (The next day I then ordered a chartreuse liquid eyeliner and “Styletto”, a black lipstick also photographed here)
(Oh wow, I just noticed the pun in that one! STYLE-tto!)
While it felt like forever for them to ship out (us online shoppers wallow in our impatience), my boxes of goodies arrived within the week.
All photographs were taken as I opened the boxes. Everything you see here is what I saw for the first time, as I saw it and how they arrived.
Amongst pillows of purple tissue paper and tons of cool inclusions like LC stickers and pamphlets, were my precious(es).
I believe I may have actually “squeed” when seeing the packaging. I don’t care who you are, or what your feelings are on this line, that is damn adorable and well thought out packaging. Whoever chose that font needs a promotion and/or deserves kudos.
This packaging detail extends to the back, and also aligning to other boxes. If one wanted to line them all up in a row and create a never-ending nail polish-drip parade, they could. But why would I, er uh I mean “anyone”, want to do that… Moving on.
When I ordered, I did not see how many ounces these bottles were. When I heard of how “small” the Uniliners were, I suddenly felt concern regarding the sizes of the polish. As you can see, and I won’t be the first to mention, they are small. Smaller than your average bottle (of 15ml/0.5 fl oz) at 9ml/0.3 fl oz.
This information is not listed on bottle, but on the box and main nail polish section of the website.
But let’s think about it for a moment. I recently saw THIS blog breakdown the Uni-liners in $/oz and they ended up being much more economical than I was lead to believe and cheaper than most brands such as Illamasqua, being equal to the cost of MAC. Well giddy up, cowboy. So how do these fare when given the same consideration?
As tweeted (are we twitter friends yet?) the prices are now only $5.99, dropped from the original $8.99/bottle. (good move, LC)
$5.99/9ml/0.3 fl oz. = .67 per ml (rounded up)
Hard Candy (at Walmart) is $4.00/10.3ml/.35 fl oz. = .39 per ml
Orly (through Ulta) is $8.00/18ml/.6 fl oz = .45 per ml
China Glaze (through Ulta) is $7.00/14ml/.5 fl oz = .50 per ml
The average Indie polish found on websites such as Etsy and Harlow is $9.50/15ml/.05 fl oz = .64 per ml
Illamasqua (through Sephora) is $14.00/15ml/0.5 fl oz. = .94 per ml
Deborah Lippmann is $20.00/15ml/.05 fl oz. = 1.34 per ml
So from this number crunching, that would put the cost of this polish above China Glaze by .17/fl oz, below Illamasqua by .27/fl oz and about equal to the cost of the average Indie line.
If the Lime Crime polishes were “average” sized, they would cost about $10.00.
For those that prefer a visual perspective:
(though the LC bottles are bigger, which I appreciate)
This bottle of Glitter Gal cost me $14. All of this considered, I feel very content in the $5.99 I paid per polish.
On to the polish!
Similar to yellow, white polish can have a tendency to streak and be painful to apply. I was pleasantly surprised with “MW”!
I achieved full, streak-free opacity with three coats. (and remember, I have horribly stained nails)
The formula was impressive! It was very self-leveling (I adore that) and smooth. It dries thin, so peels and ridges could be an issue, but not one that is not easily corrected with a good topcoat (or an additional coat of polish). It also dries fast and glossy, which I know several of you appreciate.
and the Lime Crime signature emblem is embossed in purple right on the bottle. I approve!
Zero issue with the brush. Easily the same manufacturer as OPI/Sephora.
All swatches below are of three coats “MW” with Seche Vite topcoat, shown in both full, direct sun and shade.
Now in shade:
The color is not what I would describe as flesh nor would I use “french tip” in the same sentence. It is a wonderful creme color; white with a drop of peachy vanilla. Perfectly suited to be included amongst the confectionery delights at Antoinette’s table!