Hey everyone! 🙂 Jacava London is a brand that I really love, I think they tend to fall slightly below the radar at the moment as they’re still a fairly new brand, but they are brilliant. Their colours are all really luxurious and beautiful, as are their bottles, which are printed in 22 carat gold! My favourite thing about them though is that they are cruelty-free, vegan, and 8-free (free from DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin/Tosylamide, Parabens, Phthalates and Animal Ingredients). They are passionate about providing a safe nail polish that doesn’t harm furries and that is something that’s very close to my heart.
At the beginning of the New Year, Jacava released a massive 2014 collection, and I was asked to review a couple. Of course I leapt at the opportunity!
You may have noticed I’ve shortened my nails! Before today they were the longest I think they’ve ever been, which was pretty awesome but I am still a fan of shorter nails, so when my index nail broke I wasn’t sad to say goodbye!
This is two coats of Regent Street over one coat of Barry M Berry Cosmo. Regent Street is a rich plum jelly polish, filled with silver holographic hexagonal glitter. This is a really unique idea to me… it’s so simple, and yet so pretty! Sometimes it’s nice to have a change from the glitter-stuffed jellies of the last 2 years, and this certainly doesn’t compromise on the aesthetics front! The glitter is actually very reflective, which my camera doesn’t really show, but it gives a lovely glowing jelly-sandwich effect. Applying a second coat really gives it some depth. I love it!
I have to admit, this is a tricky polish to work with. It’s thick, and it’s also very streaky, which makes it really quite difficult to apply neatly. And to get even coverage you need at least 3 coats, which gets quite tricky when the lacquer is thick. This is easily solved by layering it over a dark colour, such as Berry Cosmo. You have the guidelines of the base colour to keep within (not that I did a great job of this…!) and any unevenness is hidden by the rich base. And the jelly effect isn’t much compromised because when you add a second coat of Regent Street it gives you all the depth. It dries at average speed, a little dull, so I’d recommend using a quick-dry topcoat to speed up dry time and to give the polish a nice shiny finish.
Despite the slightly tricky application, this is a really really pretty polish and I still love it. I really like how unique it is and the finished look makes it all worth it. Whilst Regent Street normally retails at £14.50, Jacava have recently hit 180 thousand likes on the Jacava Facebook page, so they are currently having a 50% off sale! You just need to enter the code “JACAVASALE” in the basket before you hit checkout. The minimum spend after discount is £22.
For your perusal, here is the press release from the 2014 collection – there’s some pretty fabulous colours in there!
Which is your favourite? I’ve got my eye on Strawberry Miroir, it looks amazing!! I have a good few more polishes from Jacava to review so keep an eye out on here :).