Hello! Tonight I have some new polishes from Kmart to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed I picked up two polishes recently from Kmart that I believe are its home brand called lips & tips after Kmart went through a major revamp of its make-up section (it now only has make-up products in packages – no testers, no random bottles etc; everything hanging from a hook in its own packet). While I don’t like the fact everything now is individually packaged, I do like that it’s a lot easier to find what you want because the displays haven’t been ransacked, which I think is one of the big reasons behind the change. That, and shrinkage of course (ie. shoplifting). And while I’m going on about the revamp I should say Kmart will also soon stock e.l.f – so keep an eye out! How exciting.
So as you can see above I picked up two polishes, both AU$3 each, called Big Bird and Candy Rock. Big Bird is a feather effect polish, while Candy Rock is a leather effect polish. On the back of each of their packets it explains how to apply the polish and on both it says to apply a top coat. This is fine for the feather effect polish, but for the leather effect polish I would recommend to not apply a top coat otherwise the effect is spoilt! So I think that is a slight mistake on behalf of the big K.
Candy Rock was very easy to apply and what you see here is two coats without top coat, although I think I should have used another coat as it is slightly sheer. I do really like the effect of the polish and I feel it was worth it, but this polish just took so long to dry! Once it was on though it wasn’t coming off. I wore it for two days without any chips at all. The biggest bummer of this polish though is the awful smell – it really, really reeks. It’s very overpowering when you apply it, and I found myself holding my breath. It just smells really cheap. Once dried the smell goes away though.
Big Bird was nice like Candy Rock to apply. What you see is two coats over one coat essence Ultimate Pink with a top coat of Seche. This did reek like Candy Rock, but not as much. I’m not sure what made this smell “less bad”. This lasted a full two days as well. It dried like any normal polish.
- Where to buy: Kmart
- Cost: AU$3
- Volume: 11ml
- Coats to opacity: Three (for Candy Rock; Big Bird is a glitter top coat so will need undies!)
I decided to do some simple nail art using Big Bird and below is what I came up with. The studs are from essence’s Dark Romance Collection. I did two dabbed coats of Big Bird over one coat ulta3 Acapulco Bliss, but looking at it now I probably should have done more to make the lines look a bit more thick. Oh well.
Overall I’m not sure how I feel about the Kmart polishes. They do the job but I don’t like that they’re stinky and with Kmart’s buying record I’m not 100% about the conditions in which they’re made. On the package it says made in PRC and that’s it, save for the ingredients. I would like to think they’re made ethically for both animals and humans. I’m probably not buying another lips & tips polish for a while. Thanks for reading!