This past week American Apparel had a promotion that gave us the opportunity to try one free nail polish from their fall 2012 collection upon showing a promotion email sent by the company. Even though I was pretty familiar with their clothing line I’ve never tried their nail polishes; I’ve heard plenty of good things about them and decided it was a good time to try some. Boy am I glad I did! I really love these polishes and I’m excited about doing my nails now more so than before. Maybe it’s the great packaging, the heavy glass, the great and unique color selection or just the awesome formula, but I’m very impressed. These polishes retail at $6 (0.5 fl oz) each, 3 for $15 or come in a 7 pack for $32 online or in store at American Apparel. Their collection consists of metallics, neons, some original glitters, creme finishes, and most recently a sheer line which can be layered. I can’t wait to get some other colors and play around with their sheer ones!
I purchased Meteor Shower, Mouse, Supernova, Lipstick, Poppy, Port, Passport Blue and Hunter. I think these are great polishes and come at a good price. I enjoy the packaging very much since it looks high end and is great for storing! The wand is thin and I like that since it allows me to be more precise. Formula on these is great, opaque and perfect viscosity; they also dry extremely fast (under 10 seconds).
Each of the swatches below are two coats, and I will give more details on the application of each, so keep reading!
|(L) Meteor Shower, Mouse, Supernova, Lipstick, Poppy, Port, Passport Blue, Hunter (R)|
|Such beautiful rectangular bottles! Lovely packaging for efficient storage|
I love these so much that I picked up an extra one to give to you lovely gals in the future!
|(L) Supernova, Mouse, Meteor Shower (R)|
Supernova - This is a glitter polish consisting of small glitter and larger hexagonal pieces suspended in a clear base; the colors of the glitter are blue, red, green, orange, yellow and magenta. As you can see in the above swatch, there is a generous amount of glitter pieces per application! I love this one and have been waiting to find a great dupe for OPI Rainbow Connection. Now, I think I like this one more because unlike OPI’s orange based glitter, this includes more versatile colors that would match more base colors.
Mouse - This a taupe creme polish leaning toward grey. It is a sheerer finish than the other cremes so you have to either apply two heavy layers or three thin ones. Nonetheless, it has a great finish and love the color!
Meteor Shower - I have been waiting to get this one as it is such an original glitter! It is pieces or ‘shards’ of gold metallic plastic/foil/mylar suspended in a clear base. The pieces vary in size and this also gets a lot of glitter with two coats. You might have to play around with it and make sure the larger pieces don’t stick up, but nothing a topcoat won’t fix. This glitter is perfect for an all over glitter coat, and less as a gradient type of glitter. Nonetheless, it’s pretty cool!
|(L) Lipstick, Poppy, Port (R)|
Lipstick - This a blue based red creme polish; I love this color on my skin tone! It is also the best formula out the entire line I purchased. Opaque in one coat, but I did two just in case.
Poppy - This is a bright orange/red creme color that highly leans towards orange but looks more red during the day time. The formula is also a bit sheerer than Lipstick but it’s opaque in two coats. I wasn’t sure about this color at first but looks beautiful on, can’t wait to do a manicure with this one!
Port - Port is a vampy red creme color leaning towards black. It is the sheerest finish out of all of the ones I purchased, and you might need three coats for an even manicure; the more layers the darker the color will get. I wish it was a bit more complex since right now it is so close to black. I was excited about this one since I thought it would be close to OPI’s Skyfall, but it’s very different. This was the one I was least impressed by.
|(L) Hunter, Passport Blue (R)|
Reader’s Recommendations: What do you think of these colors and have you tried American Apparel polishes yourself? Which one would you recommend me to get? Let me know your absolute favorite from the ones I purchased!