With the popularity of monthly subscription beauty services like Birchbox and Glossybox, nail polish lovers were feeling the cold shoulder. I was talking to a dear friend this summer about how I'd love to launch a nail polish only monthly subscription service and how it would be a great way for people to try new brands without traveling to different stores or shopping blindly online.
Fast forward a few months and I've now heard of three such companies launching this year!
|Photo Courtesy of Lacquerous's Facebook Page|
Lacquerous will be launching soon and is centered around "Luxury Lacquer ". Right now, it's under an invite only and I have a referral link here. They haven't fully explained what the referral links are for, so if you prefer the main sign up website, it's located here. Judging from Lacquerous's Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr accounts, brands featured should be on par with butter LONDON, Tom Ford, Chanel, OPI, MAC, Dior, NARS and Dolce & Gabbana. Price has not been announced nor has international capability. This company is based out of New York, USA.
The "How it Works" has been posted. Think "Netflix for Nails". For $18 a month, you receive 3 new or slightly used nail polishes from your queue that you are allowed to use 3 times/3 manicures. Then, within 30 days, you mail the polishes back to Lacquerous in a pre-paid package. They will measure how many polish has been used to keep track. Some polishes may be purchased by emailing their customer service (but not limited edition). You only get one package per 30 days, even if you return your package before the 30 days are up. Only available for 18+, living in the USA. Please be sure to read the full Terms of Service - a credit check may be obtained in order to subscribe to their service.
|Photo Courtesy of Club Nail Polish's Facebook Page|
|Photo Credit: SetinLacquer.com(Kelly Ruiz), No Bottle Left Behind (Danette Fernandez), Creative Nail Fun|
Nail Art Society is now available for USA residents! The sign up page is located here and there are 3 payment plans - monthly ($9.95/mo), quarterly ($29.85/quarter) and yearly ($99.40/year). Brands included on their website are China Glaze, LVX, Zoya, butter LONDON, OPI, essie and The Creme Shop. They are in talks to make this service available to Canada and Europe for the near future.
Nail Art Society has doubled their current prices. If you're a member who signed up during the $9.95 plan, they kept you at that but going forward the prices are $19.95 monthly, $59.85 quarterly and $219.40 yearly. According to their new description of the service, all Nail Art Society Members have exclusive access to Q&A’s, video tutorials, trend reports, and tips from Celebrity Nail Artists, Bloggers and Beauty Insiders.
For those interested in the Julep Maven, I did want to include them. They first launched in August 2011 as a Julep brand only subscription box. You take a "Style Quiz" to match you up with one of 4 programs but they also offer special boxes from time to time. You may also change your style at any time. They had multiple issues with their referral program which has been revamped twice now, subscribers getting the wrong box or being charged twice, and issues with canceling the program (which can ONLY be done over their phone number 877.651.3292, citing security reasons). Thankfully, I haven't had issues of being charged twice or receiving the wrong box, but I did have issues with the original referral program where I didn't receive all my credits. With the new referral system, you receive points or Jules for different transactions: "1,000 Jules for referring a friend to Julep Maven, 300 Jules for each full priced Maven box you are billed for, 200 Jules on your Birthday, 500 Jules on your Maven anniversary, 750 Jules when you pay for the monthly upgrade box. You even get 100 points just for becoming a Maven!" [Julep's website]. My referral link is located here. As for the customer service, I haven't had issues but you can find both positive and negative comments by searching Google. Price is $19.99 + tax and is available for USA and Canada residents. Julep's social pages are as follows: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube. This company is based out of Washington, USA.
|Photo Courtesy of Square Hue Facebook Page|
Square Hue is another monthly nail polish service featuring colors they have created themselves (much like Julep). Each month, they send out three pre-selected colors that they feel are in season. The polishes are 0.5 fl oz (same size as China Glaze or OPI), and are big 4 free (to include Camphor). They do not say they are vegan, but they do not test on animals and their polish is made in the USA.
Price: If you signed up by 8 December, the price is $14.99. Next month the price will be $21 (shipping is included). You may suspend or cancel your subscription at any time. Additionally, a portion of their proceeds goes to charity - the current focus is on human trafficking.
Square Hue has a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for you to interact with. They are located in Miami, Florida. It appears that they only ship in the USA at this time.
|Photo Courtesy of The Nail Collection|
Launching in 2013, the Nail Collection is a monthly subscription where you receive 4 luxurious polishes for $30 a month. Brands include a mix of Essie, OPI, China Glaze and ORLY and they plan to add more brands. International shipping is available. Additionally, you will be able to buy individual colors with most orders shipping free. This service is based out of New York, USA.
And there you have it! As I find out more information about each company, I'll update this posting. Happy polishing!