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Water Color Nails

By Charlotte on March 19, 2012 6:09 AM

Tangerine prod-swatch.jpgOrange tops my list of must-have spring shades. Besides being 2012's color of the year, it's fun, full of life and packs some heat. That's why I had to have Hidden Reef, the simply gorgeous shimmering coral nail polish that's part of SpaRitual's new Water collection. 

2012 Color of the Year: Pantone Tangerine Tango

What the Experts Say

SpaRitual Water nail lacquers were inspired by the creative energy that flows through us much in the same way water travels the earth. They encourage focusing on positive thoughts, emotions and creativity so our inner beauty radiates outwards.  Each polish also serves as a gentle reminder that we must protect our natural resources for future generations.



What I Tested

I tried two of Sparitual's six new Water shades:  chic coral Hidden Reef and playful purple Ripple Effect.  Other tones include Deep, an irridescent reflection of moonlight; Lucid, a lilac blue hue; Undercurrent, a dark blue like the ocean floor, and Ebb & Flow, a light aqua like the sky.



Red - 350.jpgWhat I like

The shades I tried are perfect for spring.


I'm obsessed with Hidden Reef because it's a pop of eye-catching, coral that's right on trend. It reminds me of the seaside and summer, two of my favorite things. What an easy way to start thinking orange! 


Hidden Reef



















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Ripple Effect




Pale lilac-hued Ripple Effect is a less traditional color. It gives my nails an edgy, modern look that I also love.


Both dry quickly and go with just about anything. 


SpaRitual donates 20% of the proceeds from the Water series to Surge, an organization with a mission to provide clean drinking water to those in need. And, like all SpaRitual nail polishes, the line is based on vegan ingredients and free of harmful chemicals (no toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or DBP). 



On the Shelf

Available at Skinstore.com, Beauty.com and Skincarers.com as well as fine salons and spas nationwide








"Thank You" to Sparitual for providing samples for review and testing.



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