Sheswai Lacquer Swatches & Review

Have you heard of Sheswai Lacquer? I hadn’t until one of my readers turned me onto them recently.

Sheswai Lacquer is a company that was started by a California manicurist, named Debbie. For years she worked in some of the best salons & spas in Los Angeles, then in 2007 started doing manicures for fashion shows, magazines, film & television and the red carpet. Soon Debbie realized that she wanted to create something of her own, so she created Sheswai Lacquer.

Right now Sheswai has only 7 colors, what they call “the basics”. But here’s what drew me to them immediately. The bottle caps are made from sustainably harvested wood which is grown on family owned farms. That is SO cool! Not only are they responsible, they are very pretty and unlike any other polishes I can think of. Sheswai is also big-three free.

The formula for these was really nice. They were on the thick side, but not sticky or hard to apply. They were very opaque in just two coats.


what is a dark taupe/purple creme. This is very hard to describe because it’s got some brown, purple, grey and red to it. It’s a very unusual color, and I really liked it!

what bottle


totally is a bright fuchsia creme. This has a lot of purple in it and it’s very pretty and summery.

totally bottle

Overall I think this polish is really nice and I am definitely interested to see what they come out with in the future. I hope there are more “alternative” color options coming!

There are however two caveats I see with the brand right now. One is that you can only find them online, as far as I can tell. Two is that they are $16.00 per bottle, ouch! Considering it’s a new brand and people don’t know a lot about them I can see that people will be wary of spending that much. I do like the fact that a portion of the sales goes towards organizations that help educate people about sustainability, but still that’s a bit steep.

You can find more info about them here.

What do you guys think about these colors and the cool bottles?




  • July 26, 2010

    The colours look nice but the bottles, they’re soooo pretty! Darn! ­čśÇ
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  • July 26, 2010

    Bottles are beautiful, but the colors aren’t at all “wow” and the price point turns me off.
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  • July 26, 2010

    I like “What”. I think it is a great color for upcoming fall. I am not crazy about “Totally”. I feel like its been done before, and that I have seen too many colors that look like that.

  • July 26, 2010

    The colors are nice the wood top is nice but adds to the ridic price. I’d rather hav quality posh than just a pretty bottle bottle ! Zoya is a more “Green” product

  • July 26, 2010

    I think the packaging is unique and kind of cute. But it doesn’t say high end or prestige to me. Its not really something I would want to spend $16US on because I’d rather have Illamasqua, Deborah Lippmann, Butter London lol

  • July 26, 2010

    I like the colors and the bottle, but not the price…I wouldn’t buy these for $16.
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  • July 26, 2010

    Oo, price hurts. Shame because they look good.

  • July 26, 2010

    I’m so glad you reviewed these, VV!!

    totally is the color that I have, and I really love it. The color is beautifully saturated. As mentioned, the price is high, but the unique bottle is such a standout in my nail color collection. People are always drawn to it, and I have no regrets about making the purchase!

  • July 26, 2010

    Being a sucker for packaging, I would get these just for the bottles. However, I think I have similar colours, and these look nice, but are just not screaming “buy me now!”. I am sure if I stare at the pictures long enough, I will convince myself I have to have them!

  • July 26, 2010

    Definitely not mainstream, but the bottle is unique enough that I might consider buying it as a gift for someone, but not for myself. Too pricey for what it is.

  • July 26, 2010

    Bottles are nice but only 7 shades??? And $16/bottle??? I know you have to start somewhere, but with only 7 shades? Nope, nothing for me, I guess.
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  • July 26, 2010

    I really like the first one, but I don’t think I’d be willing to spend $16 on it :/
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  • July 26, 2010

    When I saw the pictures I thought “OMG, what a cute bottle, gotta have one”. But as I have been continuing reading and have seen the shade selection and the price, I knew I will be skipping on these. But I still think the packaging is ubercute.
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  • July 26, 2010

    your ouch link was hilarious fun

  • July 26, 2010

    Those bottles are beautiful.

  • July 26, 2010

    I love the IDEA of these, but $16 is quite steep!
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    • July 26, 2010

      I totally agree.

  • July 26, 2010

    Those bottles are so unique. Love the concept. I’m not that into either of the two colors you have swatched, but I’ll definitely check out the others. Any comments on durability?

    • July 26, 2010

      Hi SB_Sweetie,

      I only wore them to swatch ’em so I don’t know yet about durability.

  • July 26, 2010

    The first color looks very similar to RBL’s Bruised to me; any chance of a comparison, VV?

  • July 26, 2010

    Pretty bottle, but that’s about it. There’s nothing unique about the colors, and for 16, I expect the colors to be something special. I’ll pass…

  • July 26, 2010

    yeah $16 is steep but the bottles are to DIE for! i hope she branches out and makes more colours!

  • July 27, 2010

    Steep is for sure. Lovely shades and interesting bottle. I don’t think it’s anything that I haven’t seen before. I guess I’m looking for more original shades.

  • July 29, 2010

    Hi kelly, the sheswai bottles are soo beautiful! too bad they’re so expensive :( I’m looking for some cheaper polish brand that’s available internationally. Like H&M, I like the colors I’ve seen from them. Have you tried any of the H&M nail laquers and if so do you think you could review them?

    • July 29, 2010

      Hi Anna,

      I haven’t ever tried H&M lacquers and to be honest, I have never even seen them at any of the H&M’s near me. I will keep my eyes peeled if I am ever in one though!

    • August 5, 2010

      yay :) I actually went and bought one, a turquoise named Bella’s choice and it’s my new favourite! ­čśÇ