KL Polish Review
I love it when influencers in the beauty community, or in any other niche, start out by doing what they love and follow it through by creating a brand of their own. I mean, I think collabs with bigger brands are nice and all but those tend to be limited edition, the quality isn’t always 100%, and it’s not something that completely belongs to the influencer you trust. I’ve watched Kathleen Lights on Youtube for years and was so happy when she announced her own nail polish brand, KL Polish. I wanted to get my hands on it asap and a year later, I finally have three!
Obviously, I wanted to get my hands on these polishes as soon as the brand was announced, but I decided to be patient. So not only was I waiting for more polishes to be released, I was also waiting for a sale. That sale finally happened and I was able to grab all three of these polishes for $15! They typically retail for $8.50 a piece, which is much more than I’m willing to spend on a polish. Y’all know I love my $1.99 Sinful Colors and Essence nail polishes! But to support Kathleen, I didn’t think $5 for each polish was too much to ask.
These were sold in bundles for the holidays, which unfortunately aren’t available anymore. I really liked that concept and wish they would bring it back permanently (or at least frequently) because it’s a great way to try a few products from the brand at a discount. They do charge shipping, no matter the cost of the order. Normally, I’d take some points off for that but I’ll deal with it this time because it wasn’t too crazy - $4.95 per order. They processed and shipped my order pretty quickly considering it was during the holidays, but after they sent it off it took forever to get to me.
Each bottle comes with .41 fl oz, which is about average compared to most other brands. I really like that the brush is more wide to cover more of the nail at one time. It does take a little getting used to because it’s slightly bigger than other brands that have the same type of concept, but it’s nothing that’s too much to handle. And speaking of handle, I also really enjoy that the handle of the brush has a slight grip to it. That makes it a lot easier to open and allows for better control.
The polishes that came in the Work Wife Bundle are Coconut Milk, Lumiere, and Aquarius. I took a picture immediately after painting my nails and an update picture exactly seven days later for comparison. The first polish shown below is Aquarius, which is described as soft pinky nude. For the most part, I would agree with that description.
You can see in the second picture below that after seven days, it had gone through quite a week. It was chipping pretty significantly on three nails, even my thumb had a little bit of wear at the bottom. My pinky was the only one still going strong!
Coconut Milk is such a perfect name for this nail polish color. It’s not too white, but it’s not too dull either. It literally looks just like coconut milk! This one was the most difficult of the three to apply. Due to its light color, it wasn’t as thick as the others. I was able to get away with two thick coats, but probably could have even gone to three coats for completely full coverage.
After a week, this one had chipped a lot less than Aquarius did. I’m not sure if that’s because of its thinner consistency or a change in my actions throughout the week. I used the same base (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardener) and top coats (Seche Vite) on all three of these wear tests. They’re all supposed to have the same creme finish and the same formula, so I’m not exactly sure what would cause such a difference in how each of them wore down.
The last polish, Lumiere, looks extremely similar to Aquarius and is actually one of the aspects of this trio that I wasn’t too excited about. I wish they would’ve included something completely different. Either way, it’s still a beautiful color. This one is described as a dusty mauve pink. It is slightly more noticeably pink than Aquarius. This one seemed to hold up the best out of all three nail polishes. Again, I have no idea what could have been different each week other than how active I was.
KL Polish does have more finishes in their line other than cream, but those are my favorite so that’s what I chose to order. All of their polishes are also vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, and 5/7/9 free which means they are made without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene, as well as parabens and acetone.
Overall, I did enjoy these polishes but I don’t think I will purchasing more anytime soon. Although I did really enjoy the packaging and the brush, I wasn’t super impressed with the formula’s wear time. For the price, plus shipping and waiting I’d rather just stick with some of my other favorites. However, that’s not to say that I wouldn’t recommend this line at all. If there’s a color that is so unique and I can’t find it anywhere, I’d definitely place an order for it. These three colors just seem a little standard to me.
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I wanted a more nude nail this week, and that’s exactly what I got! I actually got a little more than I bargained for. I saw this Ulta nail polish in the shade Parlez Vous Francais sitting in the back of my collection and I realized I had only worn it once in the many years that I’ve had it. I remember not being very happy with it the last time I wore it, which is probably why I ended up pushing it to the back. When I bought this, I was wanting something a little more opaque. I love the color of it, I just need it to show up more than it does. This is what two coats looks like. I probably could have gone to three coats, but that’s when I start worrying about it peeling off. I like it a little better this time than I did before because I know what to expect, I just wish it were a little more obvious on the nails.
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