For my final post of 2015 (or the first of the new year, according to WordPress Standard Time), I thought I’d put together a round-up of the 12 lacquers (plus one) I purchased this year via Enchanted Polish’s mystery buy…program? I still don’t know what to call it. But it’s not a subscription box or anything like that – you simply purchase the individual polishes sight unseen. That way you can choose as few or as many as you like. I went along with the entirety of the year, picking up all 12, as well as a special holiday polish.
In terms of finish, all 13 are shimmer-infused holos. Formula-wise, they are all absolutely gorgeous – rich two-coaters that look just as beautiful in the shade as they d0 in the sun. Zero complaints there. But in terms of colour selection – you know, that thing that ultimately lures you in – I remain disappointed. I had hoped that for taking the “risk” of buying a polish sight unseen, we’d be rewarded with something a little outside the norm. Instead I found the colours to be, with a few exceptions, safe and uninspired and nothing I’d ever buy myself had I the choice. January, November and December are all rich, divine jewel tones, but the icy shades that dominate March, April and July legitimately tick me off – July is the colour of (shimmery) dishwater. I’m not even sure I could charitably call it a colour, period. There also isn’t much, if any, cohesion among the shades, making for a bit of a muddled mess en masse.
So would I do it again? As in, will I be doing it again in 2016? I don’t think so. I wasn’t overly wowed by anything I received this year, although they’re nice enough polishes, all. But nice enough is not quite enough to justify the higher than average price point of Enchanted’s lacquers ($16.50 US each.) That combined with the absolutely shit Canadian dollar means I’ll probably be sitting out the next round of mystery buys.