Spa Ritual Cherish for Summer 2009

The Cherish collection for summer 2009 is my first experience with the Spa Ritual brand. I really like the bottle design, it’s unique and somehow very pleasing to hold. The bottle top has a “grippy” texture to it which makes the caps easy to open, especially when you have lotion slathered all over your hands. I didn’t have any application issues with these other than where mentioned below. Pics taken in sun with no top coat.


Adore is a very pretty light pinky golden with gold colored shimmer. It’s a very neutral color (at least on fair skin) so it would be great for a conservative work place or function. This was a bit sheer so I needed three coats.


Marvel is a really nice mauve shimmer that I think is on the more conservative side also, but with a slight edge to it. This one has blue undertones to it so it looked great on me, but might not work for all skin tones. This one also was three coats.


Delight was my favorite of this collection, though it was not without it’s problems. This is FOUR COATS people and it’s still a bit sheer! But the color is so unique that I really don’t give a damn! The color is a very light watery sea foam green that is just stunning on. I didn’t have a base coat on in the pic, so I am going to try again and see if that helps with the streakiness.


Love is a really pretty medium bright pink creme with blue undertones. It was very flattering on me, but not sure how it would work with more olive colored skin. This was three coats.


Treasure is one of those colors that looks great in the bottle, but not on me! The polish is a goldenrod yellow with orange shimmer and it completely clashes with my skin, unfortunately. This too was three coats.

Revere is another one that was pretty in the bottle, but just wasn’t right for my skin tone (but loads better than Treasure!). The color of this is a medium orange with lots of fine gold shimmer. This was three coats.

All in all I really liked the Spa Ritual colors and application. All these ran on this sheer side, but I would rather that than thick sticky polish. I had no bubbling or cuticle drag issues so I am really pleased with them. You can find Spa Ritual

here and they retail for $7.95 each. They don’t have this collection posted yet, but should soon.

Have you ever tried their polish before and what do you think of this collection?

27 comments

  • March 16, 2009

    Gorgeous! I think those are all really pretty on you, though I’m not a big fav of the neutrals.

    That new profile pic is pretty~!

  • March 16, 2009
    Lucy

    Hi Kelly! Like your new picture. Love the Delight polish. It is a different shade. Would using a ridge filler as a base coat help the application? Still lovin’ your blog.

  • March 16, 2009
    Kate

    Ugh, I hate it when polish clashes with my skin. It’s really hard for me to find a polish that does that as many polishes are blue-based which neutralizes the amount of pink in my skin but when I do find one, I automatically consider it a “Mom Polish” as she has yellow undertones. Ha ha, the joy of not having to throw away a polish just because it clashes. If only the same were true with clothes.

    Treasure almost reminds me the inside color of oranges which really turns me off. I really despise oranges as that’s what the medical sticker remover smells like whenever I get EKGs! The scent alone makes me gag; the color reminds me of the scent so you can imagine how much orange I have in my life.

    Revere reminds me of pumpkin carving during Halloween. I always hate scooping out the inside gunk as it reminds me of brains but I love carving pumpkins. I would probably buy that shade just so I could wear it around Halloween time.

    The color “Love” looks EXACTLY like Nic Stick’s (by OPI) “Cram for an Exam” or “Express-ion of Love.” I can’t decide as I can’t remember what either look like in the sun. I’m leaning towards Cram for an Exam. Why would I want to buy a shade that looks exactly like one I all ready own but cheaper by a whole dollar. It is pretty though.

    Delight’s color is pretty but I had enough trouble with SH’s “Pink About It” (a bitch of a color) to want to buy that color.

    My new motto is if the lacquer isn’t opaque by the third coat, it is NOT a Katie lacquer. Which is why I’m very addicted to OPI as my history with OPI is that the formula is usually opaque in two coats. I’m not patient enough to do more than two-three coats of nail color on top of a base coat and below a top coat. I use my hands too much and I want to use them as quickly as I can.

    Your new hair cut look fabulous. Did you highlight it also? Could you show us more angles of the cut so we can all bow down to the fab cut please? I couldn’t possible go that short as my hair is fine and pin straight and it’s more well-behaved when it’s long than when it’s short. If I have short hair, it’s guaranteed that I will have to blow dry it and use hair spray (possibly mousse) every morning to have it behave which is just too high-maintenance for me. I’m the put a brush through it and grab a ponytail holder and go girl with my hair. I do use my hair-dryer though as it dries my hair in under ten minutes.

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi D.B.,

    Thanks! I am not a huge neutral person either but I suppose some people have to wear neutrals to work (BOOOO)!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Lucy,

    Thx! Using a ridge filler would probably help with the application, you are correct. I was always doing my swatches without base coats but have come to realize recently that my naiis get thrashed when I swatch a ton in 1 day so I need to get in the practice of that. Plus in the last couple years my nails are getting VERY “ridgey” which I HATE so i need to start doing the ridge filler base coat. Blah!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Kate,

    I agree with you about the third coat being the last coat. There are a very few exceptions to this rule for me though!

    I
    did get highlights rather than high/lo lights like i do throughout
    fall/winter. I normally go lighter in the summer. My hair too is very
    fine & straight, which is why it works much better short. When it’s
    too long it’s limp and flat and does nothing. Plus I have zero
    tolerance for spending more than 10 minutes on it, including blowing it
    out and flat ironing it!

  • March 16, 2009
    Kate

    My hair is pretty much brown all year round but usually around the summer I itch for highlights. I have to keep reminding myself that highlights toast my hair. I do lighten it a shade or two as I have naturally dark chestnust/mahogany brown hair. My hair actually carries a natural amount of volume naturally if I wash it everyday because of the layers. I’ve rarely encountered flat-head with my long hair since I’ve gotten layers. If it’s flat, stringy or oily, I know I didn’t wash out all the conditioner because I wash it everyday to prevent OPEC from claiming my scalp as an oil lot.

  • March 16, 2009

    Hi

    Nice new photo of you- I love your hairdo.
    Love was the most beautiful of the polishes from this collection I think. It’s not what I normally would wear but Im drawn to this actually.

  • March 16, 2009
    Little Fairy

    An another brand that we don’t have in France :( it’s too bad, because colors are gorgeous ! I love “Love” (huhu), a perfect color for summer !

  • March 16, 2009
    Carol

    Hi Kelly,

    First off, I like your new pic. Your new cut looks wonderful and very chic.

    I guess I am in the minority here, nothing in this collection “wow’s” me.

    Thanks for the review Kelly.

  • March 16, 2009
    rmcandlelight

    Delight is really pretty. I wonder if you use a white polish than maybe you only need 2-3 coats of the delight and would that make it more opaque?

  • March 16, 2009

    SpaRituals are always so sheer on me. I end up having to use 4-5 coats and just doesn’t seem worth it.

  • March 16, 2009
    leslie

    Yeah ,I’ve tried these(hunk of burnin love&freebird). I loved the colors BUT they chipped very fast like on the 2nd day:( I might try again wearing the ones i bought but with a different base & top.

  • March 16, 2009

    Revere is gorgeous – I must find this colour!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Veronica,

    Thanks!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Little Fairy,

    Oh man, that’s too bad they don’t have them there!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks! Yeah this collection is really pretty tame overall for sure.

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi rmcandlelight,

    That’s a good point I could try that and see!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Jinnzor,

    Yeah 4 or 5 coats is definitely a lot and then thy chip because it’s so thick, ugh.

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Leslie,

    Oh that’s good to know, I haven’t worn them long enough to test the chip factor. Then again almost everything on me chips within 24 hours anyway!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Shannon,

    Isn’t it? I wish it worked on me!

  • March 16, 2009
    Denny

    I have used 1 color by this line. The color is called Fall in love. It’s a duochrome color an orange-y base color w/ gold & green shimmer. I LOVE it. It goes w/ my skin tone which has yellow undertones. I plan to get another color. Love & Delight look like pretty good choices. BTW I like your new hair cut. It is very cute on you. I still love the bob and I think I always will. lol

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Denny,

    I have two others by them form their fall collection that I still need to swatch also.

    Thanks!

  • March 16, 2009
    Denny

    I can’t wait to see your colors.

  • March 16, 2009

    The colors are very pretty. My fave is Love, it is gorgeous!! Unfortunately we don’t have those here :(

  • March 16, 2009
    Atomica

    Your new profile picture is so fab! As for the colours, Delight looks so interesting. Too bad that I’m on a self-imposed ban for a little while. Thankfully I get to still drool over your lovely swatches. Thanks for posting!

  • March 16, 2009
    Vampy Varnish

    Hi Atomica,

    Thanks! I totally understand the ban but glad you still like to “window shop”!