Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish in 'Pool Boy' (it's the color you see on all of my nails except for the accent nail) from the May 2014 Popsugar Must-Have subscription box that I got from the Simple Skincare event hosted by Popsugar last weekend in Dallas. I decided to try this product first because I love nail polish!
Application + The Brush
It may not seem like I should be reviewing the brush, but I've found that this really matters in the application of the nail polish. I've tried nail polishes with very thin brushes, but OCC's brush was very thick and round. At first it seemed like a good thing. I should be able to get more polish on the nail with each coat, right? False. While this was true, I found myself wiping a lot of excess polish from the brush on the rim of the bottle everytime I wanted to apply a new coat. And even still, large beads of polish would find its way to the tip of the brush and I would end up with so much polish on my nails that it seemed almost impossible to evenly spread it out.
Pigmentation + Color
Two good coats of the nail polish will work just fine. I checked out their website and I loved the many colors that not only their polishes come in, but all of their makeup! If you think there's a color of a product that is impossible to find, OCC has it for sure. I was glad to see that Pool Boy didn't turn out to look completely different than it appeared in the bottle. It's a beautiful turquoise shade that doesn't have any glitter or shimmer. I'm always going for neutral colors, so this was a great color to twist things a bit for summer!
The packaging for OCC is very simple. It came in a clear, plastic box and the bottle is a rectangular. I love beautiful packaging when it comes to makeup and nail polish, but I think the minimalistic look really fits the brand.
With only a few chips to my manicure after almost a week, I think the duration of this formula is very good and I didn't even use a top coat! All I really need is a few touch-ups and I'm good to go. As a matter of fact, the photo of my mani (above) was taken about two days after I applied it! The nail polish is 100% vegan and cruelty-free which many polish brands have really embraced over recent years, and I'm sure that plays a huge part in how long the polish lasts.
Where to Purchase + The Price ($)
Although I pretty much received this one courtesy of Popsugar from their skincare event, I was curious and decided to check out the rest of their products and the nail polish on their website. The nail polish can be puchased at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Sephora for $10 USD. Compared to other nail polishes I've purchased, $10 is an average and reasonable price.
Overall Rating: B+
Overall, I really like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish -- the formula is great, the colors are fabulous, and the price is very reasonable. The only thing I absolutely disliked and thought was such a hassle was the brush. Literally after each nail, I felt like I wanted to give up, grab some remover, and just go bare-nailed. I'm really unsure if I'd buy OCC myself mainly because of the brush. If I did, I'd probably use a tester brush to get a smoother and more struggle-free application. My overall rating for OCC nail polish is a B+ since there were more positive factors than negative, but I would love to see a different application brush used.