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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Motives Nail Lacquer Tahiti Surf - Swatch and Review

Hello Lovelies,

Today, I'll be reviewing for you a nail polish that was sent to me by Motives Cosmetics for review.

What Motives say about their nail polishes
  • Long-lasting color
  • Brilliant, chip-resistant finish
  • Easy, smooth application
  • Sexy, trend-setting colors for every look
  • Free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate

Tahiti Surf is a beautiful teal blue with fine green shimmers. When I first saw it I thought oh wow this is nice! It looks very ocean-ish/tropical and that hint of green shimmers just adds more interest to the color. I felt like my nails were on vacation, ahah.

This polish comes with a small round brush, which I find worked well for me, especially since I have narrow nails. The formula was also really nice to work with. It was slightly on the thin side yet nicely pigmented and spread easily and smoothly on my nails without pooling. I was able to get opacity with just two coats. I love how shiny and glossy it looked upon application without the help of a top coat.

I wore it for 5 days, without base coat or top coat, and I noticed some minor tip wear and a couple small chips on some of my nails. It probably would have lasted a bit longer if I used a base and top coat.

As far as drying time, I would say about average. It was very hard for my camera to capture an accurate color on the nail swatches. For some reason, it makes the color look much brighter. The true color actually looks more like what you see on the bottle shot.

Overall, gorgeous color and wonderful formula to work with. Lasted fairly well, considering that I did not use a base or top coat.

My rating: 9.5/10

Price: $6.95
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  1. This colour is so stunning woah!

    1. It is indeed beautiful. As many polishes as I have, I don't even think I have a dupe for this one.

  2. Replies
    1. It's gorgeous. Perfect for summer I think.


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