I tend to buy all sorts of crazy crap and odd brands, and I think that this lot definitely falls into that category. I was wandering around at Blacktown Mall (Side note: Yes, Blacktown is a real suburb of Western Sydney. I’ve had an American girl think I was being racist when mentioning the suburb in a post before.), when I spied a small counter sitting in the middle of the walkway, littered with what I can only describe as a rainbow of colours. I immediately dragged my poor boyfriend towards it and made him wait while I picked up bottles, inspected them and made “Ooh” and “Aah” sounds. When I eventually asked the lady at the counter how much they would be, she responded with “3 for $10.” My eyes lit up as I turned to my boyfriend, my face plastered with the expression that means “I really want these, I love you so much, can I have $10 from your wallet please?” He knows that expression well. He rolled his eyes and handed over $10.
(I’d also just like to pre-empt any of you thinking of getting all womens-lib on me – I don’t TECHNICALLY have to ask him for permission to purchase, or for money. But we’ve been together for eight years now and share all our funds, and he just happened to be the only one with cash on him at that point in time.)
After much deliberation and some advice from my better half, I walked away with the following unnamed shades. A dark olive green, a vibrant blue shimmer and a electric green neon shimmer. I just hate it when they don’t have names, so I guess I better name them myself!
First up is my golden olive green. In honour of what it resembles, and one of my boyfriend’s favourite Dinobots, I’m going to call it Sludge. On the nail, Sludge looks fantastic, especially when the light catches the golden shimmer. I think I own a few polishes that may be slightly similar to this one, but none that are exactly the same. I wasn’t sold on it when I first swatched it, but looking back at the pics, I dig it a lot. This is three coats.
Next up is the blue that Ben himself picked out, which I’m going to call Beast. After… no points for guessing who. In the light of the shopping centre, Beast didn’t look as amazing as it ended up looking on the nail. It was gorgeous when I picked it up, but when I actually swatched it? Wowzers. It’s so bright, yet packed with beautiful shimmer. Another success. This is also three coats.
My final Colorway is an electric green shimmer reminiscent of China Glaze Limonyte that I’m calling Sssqueeze after one of the Snake Men from Masters of the Universe. As you can see from my swatch, this one was a little sheerer than the other two and what you see above is four coats and I still have VNL. I’m not fussed – Limonyte is pretty much the same as well (maybe a little more opaque… just) and now I’m wondering about possible layering combinations – like how this would look layered over a silver foil. Sssqueeze isn’t perfect, but it has potential.
Overall, these polishes are okay. Nothing groundbreaking and they are all a little on the sheer side. If that kind of thing bothers you then I wouldn’t bother with this brand. That is, if you can find it. I’ve never seen this brand outside of that little kiosk at Blacktown but judging from the chemically smell of the polish I would guess that Colorway is an asian brand. Not quite Kleancolor level of pong, but comparable to say… Skinfood.
They were a pretty good price at 3 for $10, especially by Australian standards but I’m pretty sure the three that I picked were the best of the lot. While there was a rainbow of colours available, nothing else really jumped out at me as must own.
If you live anywhere near Blacktown, you might want to check these out. If not, I imagine life will just go on as normal…