April 29, 2016

First Impression Friday: Cinema Swatch Lacquers

Happy Friday! Welcome back to First Impression Friday, I think what I've missed most about blogging after being away for a little bit was this series! Today I am talking about Cinema Swatch Lacquers, this brand came on my radar a few months ago when they released an X-Files themed collection. I kept going and looking at them but didn't up pulling the trigger on them another for a couple months, during a life is stressful shopping spree.

Cinema Swatch Lacquers makes an assortment of products other than polish including lip balm, a few items for Men, cuticle balm and a scented oil you can add to acetone to make it smell better. The ordering experience was good, their website is easy to navigate and the turn around time for shipping was good. The listed turn around time was 5-7 days and mine was much faster, I ordered on 3/3/16 and received everything on 3/8/16. I bought 2 polishes and one of the remover additives, everything arrived in a little box with shredded paper as packing material. The polishes were individually wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a branded sticker which was a nice touch. The package also included a business card, copy of my invoice and a piece of candy.

Check out everything I got after the jump!

First up is a polish called Grey Gardens, its a grey creme base with flecks of gold glitter. There is an entire collection of polishes like this but the grey is what stood out to me. I got this one in the "Midgie" size which is like a big mini. I was thinking it would be the cost saving of getting a mini but with the possibility of having a better brush than most minis tend to have. Unfortunately I didn't love the brush, I found it hard to hold comfortably, but I do like the size of the polish. The formula was good, it was easy to apply and had good opacity. I did find that the gold glitter wanted to sink a little so its one you have to put upside down for a few minutes before applying it. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

The Believer is a blurple shimmer. This is from the X-Files inspired collection. It doesn't look like its available individually anymore but you still can get it in the set with all 4 polishes in the collection. I wanted to love this but I had some issues. To begin with it had ugly bottle syndrome upon arriving at my house. For those that don't know what that is, its when there is white residue that settles at the bottom of the bottle. It doesn't affect the actual polish and it happens in both indie and mainstream polishes, but its just not pretty to look at and it sucks to buy a polish and have it arrive like that. I also had issues with some of the pink pigment in the polish not being mixed into the polish very well resulting in blobs of it ending up on my mails while polishing (you can see what I mean on my middle finger in my photos). Aside from that the formula was ok, it was sheer but buildable and the shimmer stands out beautifully. I used 3 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Last up is the Deleted Scenes Remover Serum, I got mine in the scent Chocolate Orange. This is an oil based fragrance that you add to acetone, it gives it a better scent and makes it a bit more moisturizing. The little bottle comes with enough to mix up 1 8 oz. batch of acetone + serum or 2 4 oz batches. I ended up using half of mine to do a 4oz bottle since thats the size of bottle I use for acetone.

I really enjoy the smell of this, and in theory its a fantastic idea. However for me personally I just didn't care for how it made my acetone. I pretty much only use acetone when I swatch for cleanup and removal of glitters. This being added to acetone left an oily residue on my skin and nails which was no bueno for me. If you are just a regular person using acetone for regular nail polish removal this could be a great product for you, just not my cup of tea.

Overall I'm not sure if I would shop Cinema Swatch Lacquers again, the turn around time was good and their prices are really great and affordable but nothing here really wowed me and I was pretty disappointed with the quality issues in The Believer. Please note I did not reach out to the brand about the issues with The Believer, given what was going on in my life at the time it wasn't a big enough deal to me do something about it, so I can't speak to what the customer service is like in regards to that kind of issue.

Cinema Swatch Lacquer is available at http://www.cinemaswatch.com/


  1. Sucks about the formula issues, The Believer is really pretty! I have an acetone additive from another brand and I really like it. No oily residue and it's helped my cuticles from getting all white and dry looking when I do clean up.

  2. I love your blog these are my favorite posts of yours 💕

  3. Great review! It's too bad about The Believer because it is really pretty.

  4. What brand is the additive you have from? I love the idea of it and would definitely be open to trying it from other brands!

  5. thanks! I'll check her out!

  6. I love her additive! I have been using it since the end of February. Its the only thing I use to remove my polish & I use another remover for clean up and what not.

    I usually rub a little bit of rubbing alcohol on my nails after I use it, before I wash my hands, just IN case. I haven't had any problem with it leaving my skin oily.

  7. I will say that I use Stardust Polish acetone additives and I don't have the oily residue feeling in my acetone. And she has like 230424957265 scents. That number might not be exact, lol.


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