I have walked into Skin Food a good number of times because of the pretty glass bottles their skincare comes in. I have tested their famous salmon tone concealer and corrector, but because of the exorbitant price (in my opinion because I feel that I can get better skincare products elsewhere), I've never bought anything. And this is my first purchase from them!
I will just talk about their service in general first... ... Pretty good across Singapore, since I walked in and out empty-handed so many times. The sales assistants (SAs) are always friendly enough to test the products on me, and do not look condescendingly at me, even when I dress down a bit. I can't say the same for fellow Korean brand, The Face Shop. TFS's standards are not uniform, and certain branches (like Bugis's) has a lot warmer treatment. Most of them do not care much about me when I step in.
The other Korean brand, Etude House, is stricter on service, and always better than Skin Food and TFS. It may also be because of their small presence in Singapore, while both TFS and Skin Food have many more branches to take care of.
I personally am still very fond of Nature Republic, even though I've found out that their skincare contains quite a bit of ingredients that I don't like, like alcohol and mineral oil. I stick to cosmetics.
Not particular with the bottle, just standard glass that nail polishes comes in. All I can say is that the shape makes it hard for me to grab it for the photo! hahahaha.
I like the brush. It's fat and soft enough to do the "3 steps paint finish" motion that I've been raving about since I watched MissChievous. Now, I think quite a lot of brands actually have good enough brushes to do this, other than OPI and M.A.C. Rimmel Lycra Pro is still the best for this technique though.
The paint is slightly thick and a little streaky on first coat because of the sparkles inside. However, the full colour comes out smooth and ultra bling when I did the second coat.
In my opinion, to use this nail polish effectively, you either dip A LOT (don't swipe the brush by the side of the bottle), and paint it one shot, one coating, or you swipe by the side, paint thinly first and must do a second coat. This is because if you keep trying to obtain a uniform coat with a little bit of paint (after swiping), it's not very possible. You will get fed up trying to even the paint out, and it will dry up and peel off, then you have to reclean your nails. Bottomline is that this polish needs to be applied rather thickly to prevent streaks because of the sparkle content. So don't worry if first coat is ugly, or fail to cover your whole nail. It really doesn't matters.
I am liking the results a lot. The shine is higher than my Nature Republic one. Looks very perfect. I will try my red one (which is the cheaper one) next, and post it. =)
Not a bad bottle for something under $10.
I think I still prefer the Nature Republic one due to ease of application, over looks.