Color Club is one of my favorite nail polishes, as they’re cruelty-free and vegan. They can be a bit hard to find in stores, but they’re widely available from online beauty suppliers. Usually they’re a steal at around $3-4, but some retailers demand the full price of $8. Look around and you can save a bundle.
In addition to their regular polishes, they also have a line of color-changing polishes called Ruby Wing. The polish changes colors in sunlight, much like DelSol (which is also cruelty-free). Ruby Wing polishes are usually $10, though I have seen occasional promos at $8.
I live in a very sunny climate, so these are year-rounders for me. For those of you in places with weaker sun, they may or may not be as much fun. I just felt like swatching and testing some of my stash to see what I had, and if it was still good. I have had these for a while, and they were stored in less-than optimal conditions since my place is pretty warm. Leaving the aircon on all the time would put me in the poorhouse, so they’ve been exposed to temperatures over 30C.
Most of the polishes still changed color very well. A couple seemed to have turned into duds and didn’t show any color change at all, which happened with my DelSol polishes as well. So you might want to use your color-change polishes within a year or so of purchase. The application was very good, not really distinguishable from regular polish. They do tend to be a bit on the thick side, but not substantially.
Left to Right: Horizon (red and was supposed to change to maroon), Lagoon, Wildflowers, Birdie, Tide, Moonstone, Gypsy, Mystic (minimal change), Fate (minimal change), Eclipse (minimal change), Sweet Rose, Sand Dunes, Myth and Festival.
The most dramatic changes are with the lighter colors and the glitters. I do want to reiterate that my stash is older and has not been stored in a cool place as the manufacturer suggests, so the dud colors are probably more my bad than Ruby Wing’s!
I admit I’m a color junkie and a big kid, so I enjoy the color changing shades. I suppose it’s not the most grown-up thing, but I think they’re a lot of fun- especially for a pedicure on a beach holiday. If loving color is wrong, I don’t want to be right! ;)
In totally unrelated news, I am hitting the road for Bhutan in a couple days! It’s a tiny country tucked in the Himalayas, and the Mr. and I have wanted to go for a long time. I don’t expect to see any nail-related stuff up in the Himalayan wilderness, but I hope to have some gorgeous mountain pictures to show you upon my return. After that, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled nail programming.