Today I’ve got a guest post from Feline, who is a blogger in Sweden, and one of my Twitter buddies. She too is a nail polish junkie, and has a cool polish to show us.
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Recently, our dear Kelly shared with us that a big part of her audience is Swedish. I happened to pick up on this,Â hailing from that very country, and asked Kelly if she wanted to post some swatches of Swedish origin, more specifically of the Depend brand. Since Kelly is a sweetheart, she now lets Depend and me have our fifteen minutes of shameful fame!
Quick recap for all of you who aren’t yet familiar with DependÂ polishes, which is most likely everyone who lives outside of Scandinavia: Depend is, dare I say, the leadingÂ nail care brand native to Sweden. In comparison to salon brands or premium brands such as OPI, it’s fairly cheap, which, by Swedish standards, doesn’t really mean much at all, since not only nail polish, but all cosmetics, are much more expensive in Sweden than in the US. Depend supplies us with our removers, our treatments and strengtheners, our french tip guides and entire kits of french manicure polishes, our files, our press-on tips, our cuticle pushers and orange sticks, and, last but not least, our colorful polishes. Much like the Swiss brand Mavala, Depend polishes are only available in mini bottles of 5 ml or ~17 fl. oz.
The colors range from sheers and pastels, via classic reds and vampies, to brights and neons. Rather than setting trends, Depend creators tend to read them and put out what the demanding crowd could be expected to want for the upcoming season. That is probably why you will find both the army-ish greenÂ close to Illamasqua Hectic, and the blackened forest green in the veins of Zoya Envy and OPI Here Today… Aragon Tomorrow, in the range for this fall.
This weekend when I left my dear suburbs, and headed into the good old city of Stockholm with hopes of finding some fall Depends, I got lucky and took all I found interesting (and available) with me to the register with a big grin. Even though most of the premium brands are cheaper if I get them from the US, and all of them have wider ranges, I won’t fail to get all excited about new colors from the most playful Swedish brand. After all, it’s native!
For now, I’ll show you the one I liked the most. It was exotically named 170- Depend is one of those brands that will stick to just numbering their polishes. This one is the trendy and appropriate greyed out blue, and I love it. I don’t have a similar one in my collection, but closest is Barielle Slate of Affairs, only the Depend is a creme. I think of theÂ Art Deco era, pigeons and heavy clouds when I see this. This polish is typical to Depend formula-wise, a bit thick, but manageable. If you ever use a polish more than once, you’ll have to add thinner to it the next time. Pictured is two coats with a top coat.