As much as I love a straight-up red nail polish, in the summer I usually tend to choose shades with a bit of something different to them, something that makes it more season appropriate. Play Date from Ciaté is my not-quite-red of choice this summer.
Play Date is very nearly a red, but I'd describe it more as a deep coral. There are obvious orange tones in it and hints of bright pink. Although I have a few nail polishes that belong in this colour family, this is the only one that has all three of those colours so it's unique to me.
Application, as per usual with Ciaté, was a breeze. The brush is lovely and wide, but not overly so, and it's pretty flat so you're able to get a lovely even coat and rounded edge. I did have to use three coats because I still had a couple of visible bald spots after the second, but my first two coats were thin so next time I'd try two thicker ones and see if that evens it out. I'm also not wearing top coat for this photo, I wanted to see how fast three coats would dry without the help of Seche Vite. As it turns out it's one of the fastest drying I've tried from the brand and I didn't experience any bubbling or unevenness so I didn't have to correct that with top coat either.
If you like a bold nail but are looking for something just a little bit different for summer, I'd suggest giving this a go. In my opinion, it still looks elegant but has a bit of a twist.
Ciaté Paint Pot is available online for £9 (full size).
What shades do you gravitate towards during the hotter months?