If you’ve been to CVS, you may have noticed for a few weeks now that the Spoiled nail polish brand has been replaced by a new brand named Pop-Arazzi. This new colorful display caught my eye and I knew I needed to get a few for some close investigating. At normal price, these are $2.99 or 2 for $5. These have been on sale lately for even cheaper and this week, they are just 99¢ each!
I heard these new polishes performed amazingly and at an excellent price, so I tried my hand at them. For my picks, I ended up with 2 cremes, 2 jelly shimmers, a glitter and also the drying drops.
The Pop-Arazzi brand is registered under CVS Pharmacy, Inc. themselves. Hmm, so these are under CVS the company itself? I’m surprised that they kicked out the Wet n Wild owned Spoiled brand and brought out their very own polish line. Pop-Arazzi made its debut a few months back with the release of make up brushes and beauty tools. Now they’ve come out with a whole line of nail polishes and treatments.
There are two points I want to hit before we begin. Firstly, these varnishes have a certain unusual pungent scent. This may sound strange to some, but it smells like a new set of cheap mahjong tiles. For those of you who have no idea what in the world I’m talking about, basically it smells like plastic drenched in chemicals. The smell doesn’t really bother me. Like all nail polish, you only have to put up with the scent when the polish is wet. The first time you open one of these, you may be put off-guard.
Secondly, these bottles are simply adorable! Everyone knows it, everyone loves it. Those polka dotted caps give them such appeal!
The first polish I picked was In Your Dreams. This purple creme has a great creamy formula. The color dries darker than the bottle color. When dry, it reminds me of a lighter version of Wet n Wild On A Trip (sorry, I no longer own this one!). This polish is almost a one coater!
In Your Dreams- 2 coats, no top coat
On top of In Your Dreams, I added one layer of Perfectly Peacock. This polish had a stronger smell to it than the others. I believe the glitter polishes will all be this way. Perfectly Peacock has a mix of dark blue hex glitter and smaller azure blue & satin matte white glitter in a clear base. At first I thought the white glitter was silver, but when I applied it onto the nail, you can see it’s a transparent satin (shiny matte) off-white color. Perfectly Peacock is a dense easy to work with glitter, one coat was perfect to go over In Your Dreams. No fishing required.
Perfectly Peacock- 1 coat over In Your Dreams
Just Beachin’ is another creme polish I had to get. This vibrant blue creme has an amazing almost one coat formula. It is extremely pigmented, but on the thicker side. I like to apply polishes like these in two thin coats. Be careful with brights like these, make sure you double up on base case to prevent staining! This blue reminds me of Essie Strut Your Stuff from last year’s Summer 2014 collection. I don’t own that polish and it’s been on my wishlist for a while. Just Beachin’ may have just satisfied my desire for it.
Just Beachin’- 2 coat, no top coat
In the beginning, I expected Orchid Crush to be a creme polish like the others. I was surprised to find that it had a jelly-creme formula. Orchid Crush is a orchid purple color loaded with fine silver shimmer. Although it’s a jelly-like formula, this like the others, needed 2 coats. I really like this one, this is a summer polish for sure.
Orchid Crush- 2 coats, no top coat
Surf n’ Turf was a polish that didn’t initially catch my eye. I picked it up and saw a subtle pearly sheen to the polish. Once I saw that, I immediately put it in my little basket. Again, I thought it was going to be a creme. Surprise! It’s a jelly! Surf n’ Turf has more jelly in the formula than Orchid Crush. Green jelly? Yes. This sea green has micro silver shimmer and a pearly sheen. I love it.
Surf n’ Turf- 2 coats, no top coat
My last pick from Pop-Arazzi is the Quick Dry Drops. The smell on this is terrible. It’s a strong sweet chemical smell. Like if you combined frosting and paint. So right off the bat, that was a strike. I pushed that aside and dripped two drops onto my nails. The dripper part is a little stiffer than other drying drops I’ve used, but it’s not too bad. So I waited for a few minutes and I noticed the polish on my nails were wrinkling. These drops made my polish all sticky and the layers that were dry already melted and got very sticky. It was so bad I didn’t ever take pictures, I had to remove the polish straightaway! This was the worst. Three strikes and you’re out.
I’ve tried my fair share of drying drops, the ones from OPI are great. My holy grail are the ones from Finger Paints, found at Five Below stores, for only $2 or 2 for $3! These from Pop-Arazzi were terrible and they are going back promptly.
Quick Dry Drops
Except for that little mishap, I had pretty good luck with this brand so far. With their sale this week, I’m planning on trying some of the pastel shades I was afraid of. Some people have complained that the formula on their were bad, thick and goopy like polishes that have been sitting out for too long. I’m happy to say mine were amazing. If you do have that trouble, don’t hesitate to return them to the store. CVS has a great return policy on cosmetics. You could also go the other route and buy a nail polish thinner. It’s inexpensive and handy to have around.
Pop-Arazzi nail polishes will be just 99¢ each this week. I’m going to get some more to add to my new collection. Perhaps I’ll even make a follow up post with the new ones I get.
Happy polish buying! If you’d rather window shop, I have plenty of new posts and collections here on my blog. Spring 2015 collections are everywhere!