I've been wanting to swatch a collection, so this was my first choice. This is a group of polishes I have that came from WalMart.
CQ and Petites.
They are the same brand and ingredients. Same company, Scherer, Inc., makes them. Petites are "the only" half-size polish. CQ bottles are deep, Petites are wide.
These are extremely affordable. CQ is $1.94 and Petites are about $1 or so. I swatched all of these because I think this is the cheapest brand with the most quality.
Crimson Pearl. A red shimmer. Fine, fine. Excellent application. Two coats.
The ingredients aren't listed on the bottle and there's no packaging so I emailed the company and they wrote back the next day with a list of ingredients. It says they are DBP FREE 155.
I copied that from the email. Does that mean 3 free? I know I could do more research, but I don't feel like. I will blindly believe DBP FREE 155 is a good thing.
This is Caramel Delight. Also two coats. Light brown with gold shimmer. I thought this would be more difficult for me to carry off, but it looks really nice. (You know my recent candy fetish)
I like the shape of the bottle! You know how important that is.
Silver Taupe. This is actually one of my favorite polishes. A sand color with a dense silver glitter. Subtle and pretty. This is sheer, however, needs at least three coats for opaqueness.
I like how the name and number is on the front of the bottle.
Another favorite, Shimmering Bark. This is a taupe with a pink flash that acts like a duochrome. A bit sheer, this is three coats.
Here's a close-up.
This is really sophisticated and interesting. A unique mushroomy girly color.
CQ has a good design team. CQs aren't trendy, but they are current and give a unique spin on some modern shades.
Silver Violet. This is like the OPI lilac shades, but it has a silver and pink shimmer. Quite sheer. This needs four coats to get opaque, but it applies in a thin coat that does not bulk up. I like my pink ring with this!
This next one is just crazy and there's no way to work with it at all, but I love it because it's ornery. First look at the bottle and then at my thumbnail.
Mystique. It looks NOTHING like the bottle!!!! (or the X Woman)
In the bottle: a swirly golden dust cloud in a regal pink desert.
On the nail: flat, metallic, ridge-filled despair. My son named it "Dolores."
Yet I took all these pictures. I've worn it. I've done a loving manicure. I've covered it with Seche Vite which fixes everything.....THIS POLISH IS IMPOSSIBLE AND I'M FASCINATED BY ITS TRAINWRECKNESS. I would challenge someone to franken how it looks in the bottle but I'm afraid a hole would be ripped in the universe. I'm exhausted by it.
But hey, it only cost $1.94. No big deal!
The Petites are even cheaper and a little more trendy. Also, they are teeny and cute.
They tend toward the sheer, so are excellent for layering. They build well, but if you have a similar base color that's fairly opaque in one coat you will save some time.
Lime Freeze. Yep, a medium green. Yet, this has bright green shimmer in it and applies looking slightly yellow-pearl. Unique if you get really close. Only you know for sure.
My application was getting kind of messy because at this point I was racing the setting sun.
Black Rouge. I love this so much! It's a thick red glitter in a sheer black base. This is three coats. It gives the gothy black nail something else to think about besides how nobody understands.
Dare. A vivid blue with pink and silver chunky flakes and my favorite Gorillaz song. The edges don't define very well, so I think I would prefer this layered, but it's very cool. I'll have to swatch it layered and show you.
Bronze Baby. Very mulitcultural. An extremely shimmery pure dark brown. In my mind it's a dupe for OPI At Your Quebec And Call, but that has way more glitter color variety and gold. This looks like the glitter is the same color brown as the polish. Cool.
This brand has my support for many reasons. Quality, Price, Variety, Availability Of Information, Interest, Awareness of Fashion, Respect of Tradition, CRAZY-MAKING.
It has it all! The website copy is kind of sappy, but they sound good-hearted. Scherer, Inc. is the company. I don't know if WalMart everywhere has these, but I've seen them pop up in blogs here and there. I say, trust this brand, and if it doesn't work out, no big deal. It didn't cost that much. Everybody wins!
5 years ago