In the spring, mint is one of my favourite shades to wear on my nails, but I rarely wear it either before or after that. This week, however, since the weather seems to have turned a bit more spring-like in the UK, I fancied digging out one of my favourites. This little beauty is Pepperminty from Ciaté.
Before we start with the review I'd like to apologise for the not-so-great photo. I've been having issues with my camera the last couple of days so have had to use a rubbish point and shoot until a part arrives this week. As soon as I can I'll be retaking the photo so I'm not stuck with this monstrosity forever. Right, onto the review.
As you can guess by the name, Pepperminty is a minty green polish, but it looks to me as if it has a hint of blue in there too. I like that it's a true créme formula, as so many other mints I have either contain shimmer or are matte, or as this one is, are both. The formula is pretty decent though I did have to apply three coats to get it totally streak-free. After the second coat I could still see the odd bald spot and a couple of streaks, though if I wasn't photographing my nails I'd have just left it there, you could barely see the imperfections with the naked eye.
Application was really good, as I've come to expect from Ciaté. It went on smoothly and evenly and didn't create any bumps at all. Dry time was average, I'd say that the first coat was dry in around three minutes, but obviously the more you layer a polish the longer it takes to dry. All in all, it did take a couple of hours to feel like it was totally safe to carry on with normal tasks. I'm not wearing top coat in this photo because I wanted to show you how smooth and glossy it is on its own, but next time I'll be using Seche Vite, just to speed up drying time.
I really do like this shade, but then again, the polishes from Ciaté rarely disappoint and the brushes that they come with are just perfect. If you like the look of Pepperminty, you can get a full sized bottle from Ciaté for £9.
What do you think, is this your kind of nail shade?