While I am all for four free (or even 8-free now) nail polishes, they typically come with a high price tag. I have been with friends shopping and spent $15 on a single bottle of nail polish while they roll their eyes and carry on with their $3 bottles of Sinful Colors or Sally Hansen. So an an affordable beauty buy review today. I have a collection of six foil like minis from Mariposa found in Dollarama for just $3.
The finish on these polishes reminds me of the Surf collection from Zoya’s Summer 2012 releases. A slight silver shimmer with a foil like finish and great coverage. Now normally, I wouldn’t even think of buying “no name” nail polish, but Mariposa has been a subject of discussion for the Canadian Beauty Bloggers lately and has some great reviews.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Brown Foil
This brown is probably the one in which the shimmer shows best. In various lights, it shows between an almost black murky brown to a bronzer shimmery brown. You could probably get away with one thick coat of this. It was almost opaque with a regular coat but the second was needed to level it out.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Pink Foil
While I am not a huge fan of pink nail polishes, Kimber from the Zoya Surf collection is one of my favourites. I had high hopes for this Mariposa pink after trying the brown, but was disappointed. The shimmer and foil like finish are not as visible unless close to the polish. It is that sickly Barbie pink that turns me off pink polishes but the coverage is great and it dries really quickly.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Turquoise Foil
Not quite Zuza, but Mariposa did a great job on this turquoise polish. Depending on light, it leans more blue or more green but the shimmer and foil like finish are always visible. It is a great one coater, although two are shown to even it out a bit more and it dries really quickly. It was touch dry in a minute.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Gold Foil
I had a fair idea that I would not like this gold one even in the packaging. It is very yellow and not a great colour on me. That being said, apart from being less opaque than the others and needing three coats, if you like the colour, it is a decent polish. Despite needing three coats, it dried quickly and does not suffer from brush strokes than many gold polishes are known for. If it was more opaque like the others, I would use it for nail art as it is very bright, but it doesn’t work for that either.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Purple Foil
The Zoya Surf collection included Carly, a beautiful purple with a foil like finish pl red and silver shimmer. The only thing Mariposa is missing is the red shimmer which toned down the purple making it super wearable. That being said, this is a great purple. It is bright, the coverage is amazing as s the dry time. I swatched this last and wore it for three days before a couple of chips which is decent for me.
Mariposa Nail Polish – Purple Foil
Finally, the black foil from Mariposa which looks like a dark grey with the silver shimmer. Like many cheaper black polishes, it leans a little green in tone and is not a pure black base, but the shimmer makes it wearable for anyone looking to add a black polish and it is completely opaque in two coats with a decent dry time.
Overall, you get six 0.25fl oz minis are $0.50 each, which is cheaper than buying cheap regular sized polishes. With the exception of the gold polish, all of these Mariposa polishes are completely opaque in two coats (some even one) and no super visible nail line. While I may not wear them, I will use them for nail art. Again, not free of the baddies in nail polishes, but many more expensive polishes are not either.