Bizarrely I now have three polishes from this brand and didn’t buy one. A red that came in a glossybox, a pink that came in a magazine and this new addition was in the goodie bag from the Style Haul event I attended last weekend (get me, don’t get to say that often, huh?) I haven’t been absolutely blown away by the Ciate formula so I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase another (although I loved the Jelly Bean colour – see here) but if I saw something amazing nothing about my experiences so far has put me off buying it. The packaging is cute, the bow on the bottle is pretty and the bottle itself is ergonomic so supposedly it’s easier to hold.. ok.. the only issue with that is the width of the bottle means you can’t line as many up next to each other – speaking from a storage perspective. This formula was opaque in two coats but I added the third cause you just never know. The colour itself is a lot deeper than it appears in photos, it’s more teal and reminds me a lot of fly by OPI (fro the Nicki Minaj collection – see here)
Overall I like it but I wouldn’t pay £9 for a pretty basic colour that could be duped for much cheaper. I like my Essies and don’t mind occasionally paying full price for them (I usually get them from Fragrance Direct where you can get less popular/discontinued colours for £1.99 a piece) but I’m just not as excited about Ciate.. much like Butter London I think you’re paying for the name and they’re just not particularly special. That said if there was some snazzy glitter or unique, funky colour I might have to rethink that.