I am a sucker for a pastel shade, especially in Spring and these Ciate Dolls House Collection shades are right up my alley. They’re fresh and light, but somehow manage to avoid the sickly-sweet pastel colour. I think it’s the fact when you look at them all together the nude and the peach keep it a bit more grown up – if it was a yellow and a pink in there I think the overall feel would change.
It’s not the shade of these that’s the most interesting thing though, it’s the ‘porcelain’ finish. Which is technically just a nice word for a matte finish really – but I like the look of pastels with a matte finish. Again, keeps them slightly more mature and a little edgier than their glossy equivalent. That being said, I am currently wearing the lilac shade and couldn’t resist adding a slick of Seche Vite over the top (best top coat ever – FYI). I just can’t resist a touch of shine and the fast drying action… especially when I painted my nails in a hurry late on Sunday evening.
This collection does come in a pretty ‘dolls’ house’ packaging, but I didn’t include in the photos as was focussing on the products – plus I seem to be in the middle of a massive Spring clean/de-clutter phase so wanted to throw it out and just keep the cute polish pots… but it does mean this set makes for a lovely little gift.
Each polish in the set is 5ml big, so only mini compared to the usual size Ciate and the shade names are:
Paper Doll (white)
Baby Doll (peach)
Sweet Pea (mint)
You can buy full size bottles of the shades for £9 each, or the full size collection (not including Paper Doll – but with a base coat) for £30.
It’s a rare collection where I can happily say I like and would wear every shade – but this is one of those, I really like all the colours in there and would wear them all. The white, paper doll would also make a fab base for neon shades in the Summer – a white base really makes the colours pop out and the matte finish creates a good foundation for the colour on top. Just keep the layers thin to avoid flaking/chipping.
Which shade is the stand out to you? I have a soft spot for Poppet…on the colour and the name…
Ciate Dolls House Collection * available from Selfridges (£18)