Once upon a time (okay, 4 years ago), I used to bartend on the side. I was never a serious mixologist, but I could throw together a delicious Blue Hawaiian. Luckily for me, most of the customers I dealt with stuck to simple mixes such as Jack-and-Coke.
The Lacquer Cabinet is a monthly subscription box by Tini Beauty. Tini Beauty is the parent company of Nailtini, a cocktail-themed polish line. They have collaborated with beauty bloggers and professionals to develop their three-bottle Nailtini lacquer collections. These collections also come with nail art tips, a nail file and two empty bottles with two ball bearings for your own polish cocktails.
February’s collaboration is with lifestyle and beauty blogger Faith Roxas of Love, Roxie. This pink-heavy collection fits in well with Valentine’s Day.
Pink Clover Club (2 coats) is a bright pink crème with a touch of silver shimmer.
Valentini (2 coats) is a dark berry crème.
Head over Heels glitter (3 coats) is a rainbow glitter mix in a berry jelly case. This was pretty thick and a bit cumbersome to apply.
One of the nail art tips suggested dabbing a bit of Head over Heels on my tips over a base color. I tried doing this over Pink Clover Club, but my attempt left much to be desired.
March’s collaboration features a collection with makeup artist with Sarah Coy of Coy Makeup. I adore the simple mix of colors.
Cement Mixer (2 coats) is a putty-colored gray crème.
Venom (2 coats) is a rich, silver-spiked black shimmer.
Bottle Green (2 coats) is a lush emerald crème.
I attempted a bit of stripe nail art to showcase the bold nail art tips suggested with the set.
While I didn’t find the February set fit for mixing, I knew I would definitely try my hand at frankening with this set. I’m not sure of my proportions, but it’s probably close to 50% Cement Mixer and 50% bottle green. This resulted in a slightly dusty green similar to Misa’s Dirty Sexy Money.
Overall, the Nailtini crèmes have pigmented, fairly easy-to-apply formulas but I’m not a fan of the long bottles and brushes. This tends to pull out more polish than needed and can result in flooded cuticles, so I recommend swiping off the excess at the bottle neck prior to application.
Considering their regular stock is priced at $13 a bottle, The Lacquer Cabinet is a deal at $25 a collection. I plan on putting my mixing bottles to good use for a future polish-related experiment (which will be shared with all of you!) Do you already subscribe to other beauty boxes? I’m more of a pick-and-chooser myself J