Manis and lacquers

SquareHue Decades Collection 06.15 1950s is cool!

I love this month’s installment from the monthly subscription service, SquareHue! Bright, happy and vibrant high gloss cremes take us down memory lane to the 1950s. It was such a happy time with many firsts of the century. Disneyland opened in 1955, Elvis was king, and Alaska joined the USA in 1959. The post war boom brought about many new technologies. What a great time! But enough of the history lesson, let’s take a look at these babies!

SquareHue Decades Collection for 06.15 is 1950s. Brilliant selection of high gloss cremes SH! From left: Palm Springs 1950, Belair 1957 and Sock Hop 1958.
SquareHue Decades Collection for 06.15 is 1950s. Brilliant selection of high gloss cremes SH! From left: Palm Springs 1950, Belair 1957 and Sock Hop 1958.

First up is Palm Springs 1950!

Palm Springs 1950 is a bright but not quite neon green. Although is starts out streaky, 3 thin coats is all it takes for a perfect finish.
Palm Springs 1950 is a bright but not quite neon green. Although is starts out streaky, 3 thin coats is all it takes for a perfect finish.

I want to clear something up while we are discussing the Palm Springs shade. It is not a dupe for 04.14’s Beethoven Straat. See below.

I had to bring something to light. Since swatches and bottle shots have begun to appear on blogs and social media, I've noticed a bit of discussion about these two polishes. Some have complained that Palm Springs from the Decades collection for June is simply a renamed dupe for Beethoven Straat from April 2014. Nope! As you can see here and on my nail swatches, both are indeed light nearly neon green. However, Beethoven Straat is a bit of a milkier formula giving it a creamier appearance and lighter as well. Palm Springs is a deeper version of Beethoven Straat and not as milky. Clearly two different polishes. No dupes here.
I had to bring something to light. Since swatches and bottle shots have begun to appear on blogs and social media, I’ve noticed a bit of discussion about these two polishes. Some have complained that Palm Springs from the Decades collection for June is simply a renamed dupe for Beethoven Straat from April 2014. Nope! As you can see here and on my nail swatches, both are indeed light nearly neon green. However, Beethoven Straat is a bit of a milkier formula giving it a creamier appearance and lighter as well. Palm Springs is a deeper verion of Beethoven Straat and not as milky. Clearly two different polishes. No dupes here.

There is a difference on the nail as well. You can see here, with three coats each, Beethoven Straat and Palm Springs dry to a glossy shine.
There is a difference on the nail as well. You can see here, with three coats each, Beethoven Straat and Palm Springs dry to a glossy shine.

Now that we have that out-of-the-way, let’s move on to Bel Air 1957.

Bel Air 1957 is a creamy sky blue with a super glossy finish. These kinds of blue get my motor runnin'!
Bel Air 1957 is a creamy sky blue with a super glossy finish. These kinds of blue get my motor runnin’!

Finally, here is Sock Hop 1958. I want to disclose that I never got to go to one because I was only 3 years old at the time 😉

Sock Hop 1958 is a bubblegum pink and such a glorious shine it will make you want to dance and shout! Each shade I used three coats but this one seems a bit more pigmented and you could get away with two.
Sock Hop 1958 is a bubblegum pink and such a glorious shine it will make you want to dance and shout! Each shade I used three coats but this one seems a bit more pigmented and you could get away with two.

Final thoughts. I love this collection even though they were all the same finish. When they are this glossy and fabulous, I say bring ’em on! All were on the thin side, but no pooling. I used three coats with each although the Sock Hop seemed a bit thicker and more pigments. You could get by with two.

Come back in July for my next SH post on the 07.15 collection, 1960s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

Subscription price for SquareHue is $14.99/mo +Shipping and Handling out of Miami, Florida. Subbies can choose immediate monthly deliveries or suspend/skip months as they wish. There are other new incentives, see the web site for details.

http://www.squarehue.com. You can also hit them up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.

helpdesk@squarehue.com

SquareHue is focusing their HueGive donations from portions of their proceeds to the prevention awareness, protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers. Five-free. Vegan-Friendly. Cruelty-Free. Made in the USA.

Ph 305.767.3225
8770 Sunset Dr., STE 342
Miami, FL 33173

**This collection was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions are my own.

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Manis and lacquers

SquareHue Decades Collection 1930s

The month of April brings is the 1930s from the SquareHue Decades Collections monthly subscription box. And boy is it bright and happy! Each month subbies get three full size polishes related to the changing themes. For 2015 SquareHue is featuring a different decade. Fresh on the heels of the 1929 stock market crash, folks going from feast to famine experienced many changes. They found new strength in themselves and community, and fun and fashion shared the spotlight with new technologies and pastimes. And just like changing fashions, the world’s focus was centered around recovery, staying afloat and avoiding another war. On a lighter note, let’s take a fun look at the colors inspired by that decade.

What brilliant shades to brighten the memories of the past! The tomato soup orangish red is called Boardgame. That lovely freen with blue notes is WPA. and that grapey purple is Tomorrowland.
What brilliant shades to brighten the memories of the past! The tomato soup orangish red is called Boardgame. That lovely green with blue notes is WPA. and that grapey purple is Tomorrowland.

I love the attention to detail SquareHue gives to its labeling. You know exactly which month and collection your bottle belongs to.
I love the attention to detail SquareHue gives to its labeling. You know exactly which month and collection your bottle belongs to.

First up is what I would definitely call a tomato red. Not in the orange family but you can definitely see it in this glossy red creme called Boardgame.

Boardgame is a brilliant orangey red creme gloss. The formula is on the thin side but super easy to apply and very forgiving. 2-3 coats to a perfect finish. In the 1930s, families were still trying to recover from economic turmoil, and the introduction of inexpensive board games became the norm for family fun. Games like dominoes, card games, and the first editions of Monopoly and Scrabble soon occupied playtime for kids and adults alike.
Boardgame is a brilliant orangey red creme gloss. The formula is on the thin side but super easy to apply and very forgiving. 2-3 coats to a perfect finish. In the 1930s, families were still trying to recover from economic turmoil, and the introduction of inexpensive board games became the norm for family fun. Games like dominoes, card games, and the first editions of Monopoly and Scrabble soon occupied playtime for kids and adults alike.

Next up is WPA. It’s a great creme, not quite as glossy as the other two, but a cool medium toned green.

WPA is a 2-coat freen creme. It's a great formula. WPA of the 1930s stands for Work Profress Administration, part of the "New Deal" getting people back to work.
WPA is a 2-coat green creme. It’s a great formula. WPA of the 1930s stands for Work Progress Administration, part of the “New Deal” getting people back to work.

And lastly we have that gorgeous grape, a slightly dusky purple called Tomorrowland. The formula is much like WPA, and is opaque in two coats.

This is Tomorrowland. I love this kind of purple. And the formula is super smooth. In the 1939 Worlds Fair, the Tomorrowland exhibit gave us a glimpse I to the future.
This is Tomorrowland. I love this kind of purple. And the formula is super smooth. In the 1939 Worlds Fair, the Tomorrowland exhibit gave us a glimpse into the future.

Just for fun, I did a dry marble accent nail using all three shades. A culmination of the hopes and dreams of the 1930s.

Here is a combo dotticure and dry marble using all three shades. I love that none of the shades are related but seem to compliment  each other in this nail art.
Here is a combo dotticure and dry marble using all three shades. I love that none of the shades are related but seem to compliment each other in this nail art.

Come back in May for my next SH post on the 05.15 collection, 1940. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

Subscription price for SquareHue is $14.99/mo +Shipping and Handling out of Miami, Florida. Subbies can choose immediate monthly deliveries or suspend/skip months as they wish. There are other new incentives, see the web site for details.

http://www.squarehue.com. You can also hit them up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.

helpdesk@squarehue.com

SquareHue is focusing their HueGive donations from portions of their proceeds to the prevention awareness, protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers. Five-free. Vegan-Friendly. Cruelty-Free. Made in the USA.

Ph 305.767.3225
8770 Sunset Dr., STE 342
Miami, FL 33173

**This collection was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions are my own.

#squarehue
#humantrafficking
#huegives