Hello everyone! Today I have swatches of the Whats Up Nails Desert Monsoon Collection*. I have been a loyal customer of Whats Up Nails for over three years now, so I was thrilled to not only see this first regular nail polish collection launch, but also their first beauty products as well (review of those coming next week)! Don’t forget to check out my swatch video of all the shades at the end of this post!
This post contains products received in PR*
About Whats Up Nails
Starting out as a nail polish and nail art supply stockist, Whats Up Nails has now branched out into releasing their own regular polish and beauty products! This new, regular polish line from Whats Up Nails boasts a long wear formula made in the United States that has non-yellowing properties, clean ingredients (meaning none are suspected to harm human health), advanced self-leveling properties, faster than average dry time and a large coverage paddle brush.
The formula is 12 Free: formulated without Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPP), Hydroquinone Monomethyl MEHQ/HQ, Methylisothiazolinone (MIT), Parabens, Acetone.
My thoughts on the Whats Up Nails Formula
Overall, I have found this formula quite impressive. The most shocking were the two cremes in the collection, which were easily one coaters, whether you have long or short nails. The only slight problem was that these shades are a bit thicker and because of that are prone to bubbling if you aren’t careful. The best way to avoid this is to use the fewest strokes possible. Additionally, if you have any texture on your nails, you may choose to do two coats anyways, just to help smooth that out. The remainder of the shades in the collection will require 2-3 coats depending on your personal preferences, but build up and level nicely. I’m still currently doing my wear test but will update this post within the next week with the results!
Four day update: There is minor wear at the tips, no chips
One week update: Minor wear continues, one small chip on one nail.
“The desert monsoon season in the low deserts of Arizona was an inspiration for us to create this collection. We tried to capture the colors of the beautiful desert sunsets and the pouring rain storms. The Desert Monsoon collection of six nail polishes was inspired and designed to compliment our Desert Monsoon Eyeshadow Palette“
Joshua Tree is a light cool brown creme with taupe undertones. The cremes in this collection are easily one coaters, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they work well for stamping (I better try that next!). They are on the thicker side, with the only downside being that you can get bubbling if you use too many strokes. For anyone who has texture on their nails, you might also prefer two coats just to really smooth things out. Here I used one coat and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Sun is a gold foil with a discreet green reflect. This foil definitely does not disappoint, and when in low light levels you can see that green sparkle peeking through. The base of this polish is more sheer so will require 2-3 coats based on your preference for the amount of visible nail line (VNL) showing. Here I used two coats and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Desert Rose is a light peachy pink crelly packed with gold microflakies. This is such a pretty and feminine colour that would stun during any season! I particularly like this shade matte, as the gold flakies really shine through. Here I used two coats and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Tempest is a medium rosey mauve creme. I’m always obsessed with this kind of shade, whether it be on my nails or my lips! It reminds me of my favourite lipstick shade, Urban Decay Rosewood. Again, this creme was on the thicker side so you do need to be aware of potential bubbling, but the coverage was one coat again! From the video footage this shade might be the tiniest bit more sheer that Joshua Tree, so it’s possible those with strong VNL might want two coats. Here I used one coat and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Succulent is a medium purple crelly filled with pink-purple iridescent microflakies and a scattered holographic sparkle. This shade is clearly one of the showstoppers from the collection! The combination of the microflakies, which end up looking purple and blue on the nail and that delicate holographic sparkle really just seals the deal. I was surprised to see in these photos that the nails did end up looking a bit textured, so if you prefer that super glossy finish you might want two layers of top coat. This shade is more sheer so some may prefer closer to three coats to get the full impact. Here I used two coats and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Downpour is a medium blue foil with a discreet purple reflect. Similar to Sun, this foil is breathtaking and has a purple reflect that is particularly visible in low lighting. Again, the base of this polish is more sheer so will require 2-3 coats based on your preferences. Here I used two coats and a glossy top coat. The last two pictures show this shade matte.
Thoughts on the Desert Monsoon Collection
Overall, I think this is a wonderful first regular nail polish launch from Whats Up Nails! You can absolutely see both the sunsets and rain storms of the desert in this line, and I love the extra thought that went into pairing this collection with an eyeshadow palette! The formulas are all great as well, although I can see some room for improvement with the cremes. If they were even a smidgen thinner, they would be perfect!
If you are interested in any of these shades, make sure you check out the full collection here on the Whats Up Beauty website!
Want to see the shades live and in action? Check out my live swatches below!
Have you tried out products from Whats Up Nails? What is your favourite shade from the collection? Let me know down below!
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.