Storage & Organization

New Nail Polish Storage – Color Clutch Review

November 23, 2015

For the past four years I’ve been storing my nail polish on acrylic racks that are meant to be mounted on walls. The same acrylic racks you’ve probably seen in nail salons and picked your pedicure polish color from.

When I moved into my house over two years ago, my nail polish racks were moved to the closet in my office. I installed them behind the closet door. Unfortunately, that meant I rarely saw the polishes. I started pulling out just my favorites and keeping them on my computer desk. Talk about a mess! Nail polish bottles were everywhere. So then I corralled them into clear shoe boxes that I started stacking under my desk. There were still some in the closet on the racks, mind you. My collection was embarrassing large–yikes!

Anyway, after two years of having my collection split between the shoe boxes and the racks in the closet, I was SO happy to hear about Color Clutch. Katharine, who created this awesome product, sent me an email about Color Clutch. After visiting the website and seeing what Color Clutch was all about, I immediately bought lots of Color Clutches–thirteen large clutches and one smaller travel clutch! Katharine offered to provide me with a Color Clutch to review, but I beat her to the punch and ordered a bunch on my own! That’s how much I just *knew* these would work for me.

This is a totally unbiased review because I purchased these myself and just wanted to share them with you all! :) Be sure to read to the end of this blog post for a special discount code!

There are two sizes of Color Clutches: an 18-Bottle Color Clutch (available in Robin’s Egg Blue and Lilac), and an 8-Bottle Travel Color Clutch (available in Robin’s Egg Blue). I have mine in a bookcase…

I’ve added labels to the top of the boxes with my label maker. This is my entire collection now. All other polishes were given away to family and friends. I actually feel lots better about my collection now since it’s just my favorites…

I only have about ten empty slots, so if I buy more than ten new polishes, I have to give away some away. This is the same thing many do with clothing they buy–in with the new, out with the old. This will force me to keep my polish collection to only an slightly embarrassing size. LOL!

What do I love about the 18-Bottle Color Clutch? It’s compact, my polishes are protected (I dropped a box when I was moving them into the bookcase and no polishes were damaged), and I can see all of them easily. Also, because the polishes are snug in the foam, I can easily rotate the box to “mix” the polishes. Nail polishes settle and separate if they’re not used and picked up often. When you have a large collection like mine, you’ll notice it right away because there are so many of them and I can’t use all of them quickly enough. So I need to turn my polishes or pick them up and rotate them a bit in order to prevent separating of the polishes. Now I can just turn the box upside down. Easy peasy!

The 8-bottle travel Color Clutch is pretty great, too! I’ll be using it for travel at some point, but while at home it houses my favorite base coats and top coats. Plus, there is a zippered pocket on the inside that I’m using to store a nail file, brushes, cuticle remover, cuticle pusher, and a nipper (which I never use for my cuticles. I only use it for controlling hang nails–ouch!).

(Polishes shown from left to right, top to bottom: Nail Magic Botanical Strengther, CND Stickey Base Coat, Glisten & Glow HK Girl, Seche Vite, Orly Bonder, NailTek II, Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu, Glisten & Glow Ctrl Alt Delete).

The foam inside both sizes of Color Clutch are specially designed to fit nearly all nail polish brands’ bottles. I only found a few that didn’t have an absolutely perfect fit, so I’l mention those below. Here’s a quick video showing you how you put polish bottles into the foam…

And now we have the rest of the pictures! I wanted to include these so you can see how different polishes fit into a Color Clutch.

Here is my collection of Dior polishes, which fit without any problems…

My second box of Dior polishes. I have three of the limited edition polishes that don’t fit perfectly because they are round balls of glass. Such pretty bottles, but not very practical with it comes to storage. I had to leave the slots between them empty.

Bottles from Rescue Beauty Lounge (which I’m sad to say is no more as of just a few days ago) fit inside the foam, but I had to turn them so the sides are facing out.

OPI bottles presented a challenge. They are quite round and wide, but I was able to squeeze them in.

Nicole by OPI on the other hand… Don’t fit perfectly. I had to leave a slot empty because there wasn’t any room for another Nicole polish next to it. Three polishes were okay, but when I had four Nicole polishes, it stretched the foam too far and there wasn’t room at the end of the row.

China Glaze fit into the Color clutch without any problems…

As well as Essie. I think the Color Clutch cut outs were made perfectly for Essie polish bottles! On side note, I’m super happy with myself that I narrowed down my HUGE Essie collection to just these 18 polishes. :)

So all in all, I would totally recommend picking up a Color Clutch or two (or thirteen–yikes!) for your nail polishes. I find the uniformity of the boxes refreshing and it makes my polishes look awesome! Plus, a Color Clutch would be the perfect holiday gift for the polish lover in your life. I actually picked up a couple of the 8-bottle travel Color Clutches to give away this Christmas! :)

Now for a discount code!

A big thank you to Katharine from Color Clutch for providing this promo code! Use the code STAROFMAY15 at Color Clutch to receive 15% off your order through December 15, 2015.

And be sure to check out my Instagram tomorrow for a special giveaway!

General

Autumn Gradient with Gold Stamping

October 16, 2015

Autumn Gradient with Gold Stamping ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HOW TO...  Paint nails with base coat, followed by Essie Resort Fling (peach). Apply fast dry top coat and allow to dry completely.  Cut cosmetic sponge into small square (about the size of your nails). Paint stripes of color on the sponge to use as a tool for the gradient. I used Essie Resort Fling, Zoya Margo, China Glaze Wicked Style, and Zoya Ryan.  Gently pounce sponge onto nails to transfer color. Repeat if needed.  Stamp flower design from @uberchicbeauty plate 4-02 in gold polish (I used China Glaze 2030).  Clean up around nails with acetone.  Apply fast drying top coat (I used @glistenandglow1's HK Girl top coat). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #starofmaynails

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HOW TO…
1. Paint nails with base coat, followed by Essie Resort Fling (peach). Apply fast dry top coat and allow to dry completely.

2. Cut cosmetic sponge into small square (about the size of your nails). Paint stripes of color on the sponge to use as a tool for the gradient. I used Essie Resort Fling, Zoya Margo, China Glaze Wicked Style, and Zoya Ryan.

3. Gently pounce sponge onto nails to transfer color. Repeat if needed.

4. Stamp flower design from Uber Chic Beauty plate 4-02 in gold polish (I used China Glaze 2030).

5. Clean up around nails with acetone.

6. Apply fast drying top coat (I used HK Girl top coat).

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Halloween Nails

October 9, 2015

Halloween Nails :) #starofmaynails ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Orange polish: Essie Orange, It's Obvious Black polish: OPI Black Onyx Glitter polish: Smitten Polish Hocus Pocus Holographic Polish: ILNP Mega (s) Nail stamping plates: UberChic Beauty 4-03 and 4-02 Top coat: @glistenandglow1 HK Girl

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Halloween Nails :)

Orange polish: Essie Orange, It’s Obvious
Black polish: OPI Black Onyx
Glitter polish: Smitten Polish Hocus
Holographic Polish: ILNP Mega (s)
Nail stamping plates: UberChic Beauty 4-03 and 4-02
Top coat: @glistenandglow1 HK Girl

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Nicole by OPI Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi

August 21, 2015

I've been on a red polish kick recently and this is one of my favorites. It's an older one (3 years old?) but it has the best formula. Nicole polishes just glide onto the nail. This one needed 3 coats, and there's still a bit of visible nail line, but I try to ignore it. Ha! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Base coat: Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II Polish: Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi by Nicole by OPI Top coat: HK Girl by Glisten & Glow <---  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #starofmaynails

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I’ve been on a red polish kick recently and this is one of my favorites. It’s an older one (3 years old?) but it has the best formula. Nicole polishes just glide onto the nail. This one needed 3 coats, and there’s still a bit of visible nail line, but I try to ignore it. Ha!

Base coat: Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II
Polish: Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi by Nicole by OPI
Top coat: HK Girl by Glisten & Glow

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