Back in July the Today show collaborated with Color Club and had some phenomenal deals on 7-piece sets. One of the sets available was the Spring 2015 Shift Into Neutral set – being both a lemming for neutral polishes and a fan of Color Club in general, I could not resist grabbing these. So I am many months late on this review, but considering that these colors work perfectly for Fall, I thought it was a good idea to give them a good once-over!
Shift Into Neutral is made up of 7 beautiful neutral shades ranging from a marshmallowy white to a creamy mulberry. The formulas are primarily creme, but there are a couple of crelly formulas in the mix as well as one shimmer.
Blank Canvas is a pretty, soft, crelly white. I love how this looks once opaque, but getting there is a trial. The formula is very streaky and a bit on the thin side, so it is easy to get pooling and streaking. It took three coats to be opaque and still looked patchy in a few places. This is the only one of the bunch that I didn’t love. Shown above at three coats with a coat of Seche Vite on top.
Sweet Mint is the creme shimmer in the group, but the shimmer is so fine, it isn’t very noticeable when worn, unless your nails are under very bright direct light. As the name suggests, it is green – but only barely! It almost looks like a very pale putty color until you put it next to white. The formula almost seemed chalky, but I think that was more of an illusion of the shimmer. It went on very smoothly and was opaque in two coats. Shown above at two coats topped with Seche Vite.
Blush Crush is an ultra pale sheer pink. The formula feels a bit like a crelly in application, but this is so thin that you aren’t going to get an opaque nail without 5-6 coats. This is perfect for giving the nail a finished look or for french manicures. Shown above at 3 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
Despite the name New-tral is more of a pale pink than a true nude. This polish is a creme but isn’t super thick or chalky like such pale colors often are. This goes on very smoothly and was easily opaque in two coats. Shown at two coats topped with Seche Vite.
If you are pigment-challenged like me, this may be your perfect mannequin hands polish! Barely there is a lovely nude shade with a crelly formula that goes on super smooth and easy. It is a bit on the sheer side and took three coats to be opaque – but it is a very good match for my natural skin tone, which can be neat in some nail art! Shown above at three coats and one coat of Seche Vite.
Get a Mauve On It
Get a Mauve On It is a mauve-leaning greige color. The formula was similar to Barely There, but it was much more opaque. I used two coats in my swatches, but if I painted it on slightly thicker, it definitely could have been a one-coater. The color of this one is quite a bit different from anything else in my collection and with the standout formula, it is definitely one of my favorites. Shown above with two coats and a coat of Seche Vite.
Midnight Mulberry is a stunning, muted, berry color. The formula was the same as Get a Mauve On It and Barely There, but again, was very opaque and could be almost a one coater if you use thick coats. Shown above at two coats topped with Seche Vite.
Overall, there is a lot to love about this set. Blank Canvas was a bit disappointing and I don’t see myself using it at all with that questionable formula. Barely there, Get a Mauve On It and Midnight Mulberry are the standouts to me because they have such amazing formulas. They go on super smooth and easy – all of them make a lovely base for a variety of different nail art possibilities but they are gorgeous on their own as well.
If you are interested in this set, skip on the white – but the others are all worth owning, particularly the three darkest shades in the set because of their fantastic formulas!