I Love Nail Polish Strawberry Creme: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I recently bought some I Love Nail Polish ultra mini polishes and one full sized bottle, as I really wanted to try the brand and the minis made it possible for me to try more of the pretties I have my eyes on for a smaller initial cash outlay. Easier on the old budget, for sure. I figure any that I really, really, really love I'll go back and get in full size. I purchased four minis and one full size. The full size is a Christmas-y one that you will see later on, in the year.

One of the minis I bought is Strawberry Creme. Strawberry Creme is a beautiful thick cream white crelly base which dries to a shiny, almost porcelain like finish with small square and round and medium round glitters in varied shades of pink embedded in it. This is so sweet and pretty. Shown here is two coats and Gelous and Seche Vite.



I Love Nail Polish polishes come packaged in their own little box. Even the ultra minis. What lovely attention to detail. 


I Love Nail Polish has a great brush! Very similar to my beloved OPI Pro Wide brush! Not quite as wide, slightly more "mop-like". I love the brush. Love it, I say!


The caps on the bottles are great, too. Rubberized and comfy to grasp and to hold. 

This polish drove me out of my mind. The base is so very thick. As regular readers probably know, I don't work and play well with very thick polishes. I don't know why, I just don't. I find that I do better with a thicker polish after I have a chance to thin it down. I thinned this polish down as best I could, the bottle was so generously filled (no complaint there!) that there wasn't a huge amount of room for thinner but I got as much in as I could. I shook it well and let it sit overnight. The next day, it was thinned enough that I thought that I could deal with it so I got to it.

Application was difficult. The polish started out relatively easy to apply, the first coat was a bit streaky, not unexpected, with a jelly-ish white. The glitter went on very nicely, distributing evenly up  and across my nails without having to pat or place or coax it into going where I wanted it. By the time I got to applying the second coat, the base was really tightening up on me and I struggled with it. I had to do a lot of cleanup as I didn't take a great deal of care, I just wanted to get the polish on my nails and worry about perfecting it, after. I was thrilled at how opaque and streak free it was after the second coat went on. I could have skipped Gelous, this polish is very smooth and silky. With the Seche Vite, even as thick is it came out, dry time was pretty decent.

If you look carefully at the photographs, you can see that my nails are covered in bubbles. The difficulties I had in application, overworking, and so forth resulted in this bubbling horribly. This polish wears beautifully. I wore this mani for four full days and had only very minor tip wear, Impressive, to be sure. Removal required good old foil removal method.

I am not thrilled with this particular polish but I am not ready to give up on it, yet. I dumped a bunch more thinner into it and shook it up and one day, I plan to do a base of solid white and try it as a topper and see how it performs, used that way. Would I purchase Strawberry Creme in a full size? Probably not. I don't know that I would wear it frequently enough or if it would be worth dealing with how thick the base is, having to thin it, and so forth.

I have three more I Love Nail Polish ultra minis to try. They are more like your regular glitter toppers, clear bases packed with beautiful, imaginative glitter mixes. I'll be trying them, in the near future and I'll be sure to let you know what I think.

If you are curious about I Love Nail Polish and would like to look them over, their site is here. Their site is well laid out, easy to navigate and shop. Registration and checkout is smooth,secure and accurate. I received an instant order confirmation by e-mail, my order shipped fast and it arrived beautifully and safely packaged. I had a very nice shopping experience with I Love Nail Polish and I will definitely shop with them again, as there are other polishes, including some very tempting looking holos I want to get my greedy hands on.

Have you purchased polish from I Love Nail Polish? What do you think of it? Do you like the brand? Please do tell, I'd like to hear what you think, particularly if you have tried the holos. I am very curious about them

Thank you so much for popping in and reading this very long post. If you go through all of this nattering, I salute you! Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

10 comments

  1. I love the packaging on these polishes! So professional looking. Its a great color but I understand having a difficult time with a thick formula. Hope the other colors you try are better :)

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  2. Thanks for your honest review! I've been wanting some of these polishes for a while now, so it was good to read what you thought about them. I'm hesitant to get this one, but despite the troubles you had with it, I still really like the color. It's so pretty.

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  3. If you're looking for something like this with good formula, I highly recommend Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk

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  4. The packaging is darling. I love the colour, the pink and white is so sweet and pretty but I just don't work well with such a thick base. LOL I think that I'll get on much better with the clear base layering glitters. :D

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  5. You're welcome. I always try to give a very honest review, with all of the good as well as any problems. This polish has a lot that is very lovely about it. The packaging, brush. colour, materials, overall quality. I just don't get on well with thick polishes that are meant to be applied to opacity and this one drove me nuts. LOL You may have an easier time of it, I know that others don't struggle with this polish like I did. :) There are some more polishes from this brand I want to try, some holos that look very tempting... :)

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  6. Rainbow Honey is on my list of indie brands to try. When my budget allows...:) Thank you for the recommendation. :D

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  7. I've tried ILNP before and had trouble with it as well. They have one color called Angel Burp that I LOVE. It's a clear base with pink glitter and I wear it as a topper over pale pink nails and usually apply a matte top coat over it all. I have several other minis of hers of clear base colors that I'm hoping I'll like just as well. I seem to have issues with white bases in general, not just with ILNP.

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  8. I do LOVE the new holo's she recently released tho!

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  9. As soon as my budget allows... I am all over those babies! :D

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  10. I think that opaque glitter polishes are tricky because they need to be thin enough to be workable to build to full opacity yet thick enough to properly suspend the glitter. I wouldn't want to be the one to try to make that happen! I'd totally mess it up! LOL Clear is easier because it is meant to be a topper and I can work around the thick, a little better. :)

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