So, ever since I heard about it back in October, I've been jonesing for the Ciate Nail Lab, which is a do-it-youself nail polish frankening kit. It appears that it's only sold (at least in the US) through Sephora, and so when I looked at it yesterday on their webpage and saw it listed as sold out, I started to worry that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on one, or that it would start getting re-sold on Amazon and eBay for significantly more than Sephora's $65 price tag.
Since it is a holiday item (at least that's my assumption), my guess was that the website would not be restocking the item, so I searched to see if they had it at my nearest Sephora, and sure enough, they did. I called them and asked them to hold it for me until I could make it out there today. I got it this afternoon, and I am so freaking tickled with it, so I had to share with my fellow nail polish obsessed Groupthinkers. Behold!
Front view: The shiny gold box has three drawers and a hinge top.
Top view with a bottle of standard OPI to show scale. It's embossed to read Nail Lab.
A clearer look at the drawers, with the hinged lid open. It's just cardboard, but it's pretty decently made.
Inside the hinged lid (again, OPI polish included for scale): A set of recipe cards, a set of nail art cards, six mini bottles of colored polish, and a little tray with indentations to hold whatever you're mixing.
A closer look at the colored polishes.
Nail art cards.
The top drawer contains 2 bottles of plain topcoat (right) and six bottles of suspension base. Suspension base is basically the same as clear polish, except that it contains some magic hoodoo that stops glitter from sinking to the bottom of the bottle. (If you've ever tried to make your own glitter polish using regular clear nail polish, you've probably seen this happen.)
The second drawer contains 2 more bottles of clear topcoat, plus 12 containers of glitter of varying colors/sizes. I was a little disappointed that there was no loose pigment included, but I guess that since there were colored polishes instead, they felt the loose pigment wasn't necessary. The glitters are pretty nice—a good variety, and some of them are quite pretty!
The bottom drawer contains a variety of nail art and mixing tools. Dotting tools, a nail file, nail art brushes, sponges, plastic test tubes and a petrie dish thing (for mixing, I assume), a little funnel, and a few ball bearings to add to polishes to help shake them.
Ta-dah! Mad beauty scientist lab! :) I've always wanted to try making my own franken-polishes. I'm so excited!
Also, after looking at one in the store, I couldn't resist also buying this, too: Ciate Mini Mani Month, an advent calendar with mini-polishes inside. I can't show you any of the products because, duh, it's not December 1 yet. But I'm so excited! Advent calendars are the best. And since I looked at it at the store, I know it contains some bottles of polish, but also some bottles of glitter and caviar pearls. So that will be more things to play with in my nail lab kit!
Inside! Can't wait to open them all up! Merry Christmas to me! GRABBY HANDS CAT GIF!