As the very tail end of our travels and our deadline for returning to the US, my boyfriend and I had a special wedding to attend. We had been on the road/in the air for months and so as the date neared we had to collect a few things: clothes for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding, appropriate shoes, and some cheap accessories. I also browsed Target for a cheap nail polish, and decided to try Sonia Kashuk’s nail color in Golden Ticket for a festive touch.
This is my first time trying a nail polish from Sonia Kashuk, and really just liked the way it looked in the bottle. One of the first things I noticed when I opened it up at home was that it really didn’t smell very much, which was a pleasant surprise. Now looking at it online, I see that it’s a 3-free formula, meaning it’s made without dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, and toluene. The smell of nail polishes can bother me, so the very mild smell really makes me want to try more shades from this line to see if it’s a consistent feature of the line.
The polish formula was really nice to work with. It goes on in thin, even layers that dry fairly quickly. It starts out looking translucent, but I was able to stop with 3 coats and felt pretty good about the opacity. I didn’t have any problems with streakiness and I’m really very happy with it.
When I think “golden ticket” I imagine more of a yellow, 18k sort of gold, but this is a very cool, bright shade. It looks a little warmer in natural lighting, and in some artificial lighting it edges closer to a white gold. The finish reminds me of foil and there are tons of small shimmery particles inside. To me, it actually looks more like the golden goose eggs from the old Willy Wonka movie.
I’m a really big fan of gold, so I’ll definitely keep using this one. Golds are flattering on my eyes, and I like the color family for nails because I find it to be really forgiving. It’s close enough to the color of my skin that if it’s slightly imperfect or gets a little chipped, it’s not nearly as obvious as other hues can be. Gold is also really nice for the holiday season, of course.
The wear is decent, though I wouldn’t stay it’s exceptionally chip-resistant. I’ve had the polish on for one week today, and I have some wear on both the tips and the cuticles, but I think I can ride it out for a couple more days comfortably. Because I was on the road with very few cosmetics on hand, I didn’t use a base or top coat, so there aren’t any other products helping out the polish’s performance!
Sonia Kashuk’s nail polishes are easily available and really budget-friendly – love that. You can find them at Target and they’re priced at $4.79. For an even lower price point, I’ve noticed that seasonal shades will go on clearance occasionally, so that may be something to look out for if you love a good deal. But, being regularly priced at under $5 is pretty fantastic, especially considering a lot of Sonia Kashuk’s other products can be priced on the high side of drugstore. As always, Sonia Kashuk products are cruelty-free.