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Ciate Caviar Manicure in Purple Rain

I was excited to try out the Caviar Manicure set by Ciate (it was free with last month's Marie Claire).

The set I picked up is called Purple Rain. I absolutely love the polish, Pillow Fight, which is grey with purple undertones — it's a great neutral and (aside from a tiny bit of wear on the tips of a couple of my nails) it's lasted for five days so far. The brush in the bottle is the perfect shape too, wider than most but not too big, with a rounded end that makes it easier to keep your cuticles neat.

Ciate Caviar Manicure

The pearls (named Sweet Dreams) I'm not so keen on. True, they look lovely, but they fall off at the slightest nudge, which makes the design look patchy. I'm glad I only did a ring finger manicure because I would not enjoy getting one of these in my eye when I remove my contact lenses.

The pearls are also a pain to apply because they go everywhere. As cute as the packaging is, I think they'd be a lot easier to work with if they came in a pot you could just dip your finger in or something? In the end I got so frustrated I removed them and just painted Pillow Fight on the offending nails.

I've probably save the pearls for a special occasion but the nail polish itself is sure to become a staple in my collection; I can see myself trying more shades from Ciate.

Have you tried the Caviar Manicure? Which shades of Ciate nail polish should I look out for?

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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