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NailBox June 2015 – UK Monthly Nail Polish Subscription

Hi everyone! Do you remember a little while back when I reviewed the new nailbox in April? Well they’ve been super kind, and sent me the new June box to review! If you read my previous review you’d know that I’m quite a fan of this box, and the June instalment does not disappoint 🙂

So if you haven’t heard of it yet, nailbox is a monthly nail polish subscription that includes three or four nail colours, and one or two nail tools or treatments. It’s currently the only mainstream monthly nail polish subscription box in the UK, and so far they’ve been doing great with the selections included (in my books anyway!)

This box will be dispatched on 21st June, so you still have a little time to order but stocks are limited, apparently!

Nailbox June 2015

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NailBox – UK Monthly Nail Polish Subscription

Hello everyone! Apologies again – I’ve been neglecting the blog a little this week. The job hunt, ya know, blah blah etc etc fill in the blanks :). I hope you’ve all been having a good few days. I am pretty excited about the subject of today’s post, which feels like the product we’ve been waiting for for a good couple of years in the nail polish community!

This week, “nailbox” kindly sent me a preview box to review ahead of this month’s box going out to review for you all. What is nailbox? It’s only a monthly nail polish subscription box! Yay! As far as I know, this is the only mainstream nail polish subscription box in the UK (with the exception of Coloristiq, which is a nail polish rental service – you get to keep the polishes you receive in nailbox).

In this review I’m going to show you what you receive for the April 2015 box, and give a brief review of all the products, as well as explaining price points, delivery details etc. – more info below! 🙂

NailBoxNailBox Subscription
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We Also Wear Pink On Fridays – Rainbow Series

Hey everyone! I am being a very very bad blogger at the moment – I’ve tried to get a routine going for work and blog but some nights things get in the way/I forget/I’m too tired etc lol. Organisation will happen!! So this is why my post is late again tonight. I am so late that Charlie has already published her part of the Rainbow Series which you can check out here.

This week is pink. Pink takes up a huge portion of my collection – I tend to love them in the bottle but not so much on the nail. I mean I love them, but I also tend not to wear them much…? I’m not really sure but I definitely neglect them! So here are some of my top faves 🙂

Pink Nail Art
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Coral Me Maybe – Rainbow Series

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post as much as I did! I’d still love to see any collection posts you’ve done! 🙂 Today it’s the third week of the Rainbow Series. It’s a collaboration between myself and Charlie of Pocket Money Polishes where we both showcase a certain colour each week – this week (after grovelling to Charlie for us to include these colours) it’s peach & coral!

These two colours are funny with my skin tone – they have to be the right shade of peach or coral to work with my tone rather than against it. Hence I don’t have a HUGE amount of them, just a few. Here are my top six:

Peach Polish Favourites
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Revlon Dreamer

I passed my placement! And my case study got a distinction, woohoo! I’m now free to wear nail polish til my heart’s content. I was wondering in Superdrug feeling chuffed that I’d  completed and passed my placement, and spotted a handful of new Revlon polishes. I don’t know whether these are from the 80th Anniversary collection coming out this year, but I certainly recall seeing Dreamer somewhere to do with the collection. Anyways, behold the beauty 🙂

Revlon Dreamer 410 Cornflower Dusky Blue Anniversary Nail polish Essie Lapis of Luxury Comparison Dupe Grey purple

Revlon Dreamer 410 Cornflower Dusky Blue Anniversary Nail polish Essie Lapis of Luxury Comparison Dupe Grey purple

You’ll have to excuse the bad quality of these photos, I couldn’t get a good pull on the colour unless it was in low lighting. Sorry 🙁 My camera always struggles with blues for some reason.

This is such a pretty blue, I can’t even describe 🙂 It’s a lovely dusky cornflower blue. It leans ever so slightly purple. It definitely has a lot of grey in it. I really didn’t think I’d love it as much as I do but there’s something about cornflower blues that always draws me in.


Dreamer took 2 coats to be fully opaque. It has a slightly jelly-esque formula, which is super duper because it stops the polish being chalky and gives it a lovely shine. I did find that it doesn’t level itself out very well and that you do need to load up the brush a fair bit to get decent coverage. On a few nails I went over the same spot twice and ended up with ridges but I think that was more user-error than anything else. Nothing a slosh of topcoat can’t remedy! It definitely gets a thumbs up from me for the finish.

As I was umming and ahhing over whether to get Dreamer, I did get a little niggle of worry that it was similar to Essie Lapis of Luxury (I should really re-do those swatches!). I really hate buying dupes as I feel it’s a waste of what little money I have. Thankfully, Dreamer is NOT a dupe for Lapis of Luxury. They are definitely in the same colour family though. Index and ring fingers are Dreamer, middle and pinkie fingers are Lapis of Luxury :

Revlon Dreamer 410 Cornflower Dusky Blue Anniversary Nail polish Essie Lapis of Luxury Comparison Dupe Grey purple (3)

Somehow with Lapis of Luxury in the pic it helped my camera get Dreamer colour accurate with good lighting :s!

Revlon Dreamer 410 Cornflower Dusky Blue Anniversary Nail polish Essie Lapis of Luxury Comparison Dupe Grey purple (3)

Lapis of Luxury leans a lot more purple while Dreamer is more blue. These swatches are at 2 coats of both polishes – you may notice that there is still visible nail line with Lapis of Luxury, while Dreamer is very definitely opaque at 2 coats. I guess it comes down to your skin tone and colour/opacity preference. Also, for us UK ladies, the Revlon is definitely more accessible and much cheaper than the Essie.

There’s an offer on Revlon polishes in Superdrug at the moment: 2 for £9.99, while Lapis of Luxury will set you back a good £9.95, and that’s if you get free shipping.

Oh and I don’t think the new Revlons are available in Boots yet, only Superdrug 🙂 Superdrug also have some pretty cool new scented polishes from Revlon, I bought Watermelon Fizz and it’s divine!

What do you guys think of Dreamer? Would you get it over the famed Lapis of Luxury?


Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.