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The Rest of my Ciaté Haul – Raspberry Collins, Ivory Queen and Beach Melba

Good evening !

This is gonna be more of a picture-post than a writing post, since I’ve been yawning for about 5 hours now… An early night is needed 😉

So when I (finally) got my Ciaté delivery, obviously I hadn’t just got a couple of polishes. There are 3 that I haven’t shown you yet, and thought I would go for it 🙂

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Ciaté – Chinchilla

Happy Tuesday ! We’ve all survived Monday and are one day closer to the weekend, woot !

Today I’ve got Ciaté‘s Chinchilla for you. This is a pale grey-blue creme that I got in the flash 50% off sale back in June.

Ciaté - Chinchilla

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Swatches – Ciaté – Fairground (Hoopla, Ferris Wheel, Candy Floss)

I finally got my damn Ciaté order from their flash sale!

First of all, I totally get that turn around time is going to be a bit longer after a flash sale; but just a few hours after making my purchase, I was informed that it was ‘dispatching’. Ten days later, the status hadn’t changed. So I wrote a message to ask if someone had actually spent 10 days trying to get a (8 item) order ready, or if it had already been dispatched.

Three days later, I got a message saying that someone would check with the dispatch centre and let me know. I sent an email back to say thanks and ask if there was a stock problem (I was going to offer to let them change items if that made life easier for them…) but no reply. A week later, no news. So I sent another email (the Twitter feed didn’t say anything helpful, either), and no reply.

Another three days, and I sent another message via the contact form to ask what was going on, and explain that I would just like to have an idea of an estimated dispatch date. And all of a sudden they reply & dispatch. So my order was in ‘dispatching’ for well over two weeks… very odd. And I do not appreciate being told that someone will get back to me, then not hearing anything for a week ! Bad customer service.

Then, to make matters worse, it was dispatched via FedEx (no mention of that on their website…). Now, I appreciate that FedEx is super fast, and the people that work there are very nice. But my local depot does not do delivery rounds on a Saturday (although it said I could schedule a Saturday delivery on their website…) and they aren’t even open so that you can pick up a parcel on a Saturday. Not helpful, since I work full time. So the whole bleeding thing was far more hassle than it was worth, IMHO.


Anyway, on to the nail polish 😀


Hoopla is the shade that I really really wanted to try the most. I’m always on the look out for the perfect peach creme. Unfortunately, this isn’t it. First up, I didn’t realise that peach makes my fingers look dirty in the summer ! it brings out odd green tones to my fingers, and I feel like they look grass stained. Still, that’s not the polish’s fault.

Ciaté - Hoopla

As much as I love the Ciaté brush, and long cap, Hoopla isn’t very easy to level. It has a real tendancy to drag if you’re not careful. And since it has a creme texture, I’m a little disappointed to see so much smile line through at the tips… this is at 3 generous coats. It’s okay. I’m sure I’ll wear it. But it’s not the peach creme, not for me anyway.

Ciaté - Hoopla-001


Ferris Wheel has, typically for a blue, a really rubbish formula. It’s like they didn’t even try. I get that it’s likely to bubble, it’s about 30°C (nearly 90°F) where I am right now; so I can live with that. But it is so thick and streaky !

Ciaté - Ferris Wheel

* not Candy Floss, Ferris Wheel… oops !

What a shame, though, because in itself, Ferris Wheel is a lovely blue, very flattering; it’s a very very cold blue, which sets it apart a bit from the more neutral- pale blues out there. Again, this is three generous coats for opacity.

Ciaté - Ferris Wheel-001


Candy Floss, however, is a total gem. It’s not a colour I would necessarily gravitate towards, but it’s super flattering, and the formula is amazing ! very smooth, self-levels perfectly, and didn’t bubble, even in this heat!

Ciaté - Candy Floss

So although I wasn’t expecting it, it really is my favourite of the three. Coverage isn’t 100%, this is three coats. But I can live with a little VNL like this 🙂

Ciaté - Candy Floss-001


After the Chalkboard set (which is frankly, shameful), and the customer service (or lack of), I don’t think I’ll be making an effort to get more Ciaté for my stash. Some are nice, sure, and I’ve tried a few now, so if they happen to have an original shade that I really want, it’s okay quality overall, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth going out of your way for…


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Ciaté – Boudoir, Fade to Greige, Play Date, Headliner & Dangerous Affair

Ciaté is now available in Sephora in France (and all of Europe, I think). The packs (like the Caviar and Chalkboard) have been available for a while, and a small range of the polish is too 🙂

After seeing the (lack of) quality in the Chalkboard Set, the amazing Nail Mail from Sabrina showed me that, actually, Ciaté has a lot to offer, so I ordered up a lot in the flash sale last week, but since I’m very impatient, I also sauntered down to Sephora in my lunch break, armed with a handy 20% off voucher, and went crazy!

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Very Special Nail Mail from the Polish Alcoholic – Ciaté, MaxFactor & Herôme

So this week I have been really spoiled with the nail mail ! 

The first to arrive, and possibly the most special came from Sabrina, who blogs over at the Polish Alcoholic. She’s such a sweetheart!

When I first started blogging I didn’t expect anyone to read it. I just had a huge collection I wanted to swatch. But a huge turning point came when there was a nail art contest run by Polish Alcoholic and Mommy Loves Nail Polish. Then I started to have more contact with other lovely bloggers, and became a total fan girl (I’m gonna put up a list soon to tell you all about these amazing blogs!) – and I’ve been in touch with Sabrina ever since. She’s such a darling, and I squealed with delight when I knew she would send me some nail mail. And you can imagine how happy I was to see this turn up !


I really should have photographed it before I opened it, every polish was individually wrapped with ribbons and everything, so cute ! And the colours… This girl really knows my tastes ! Plus, these are all brands I haven’t already got – how much attention to detail !

So, from left to right, let me introduce you to my new babies 🙂

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Congratulations to the winner of the Brijit’s Digit’s 50 Follower Giveaway !

A big congratulations to Linda Z.S., who was drawn by Rafflecopter to win the Brijit’s Digit’s 50 Follower Giveaway !

Linda won for blogging about the giveaway, and has already replied to my email, so the Ciaté set will be winging her way over soon – well, once the heavy snow has finished, I can’t expect it will get very far until then. Seriously, this snow is incredible, it is rare to snow so late in France at all, and I have never seen so much before! I’m genuinely worried that I may be snowed in tomorrow…

Thank you so much to everyone who participated !

In a couple of weeks (about Easter time), I will be announcing a new giveaway, to celebrate passing the 100 follower mark (well, quite a way past it, already), so watch this space 🙂

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