Squarehue: The 1940s – May 2015

So it’s that time again for some retro fun with our decades collection from Squarehue. May is offering the 1940s and I was crossing my fingers we’d see some influence from film noir in this box.
Box

Drumroll please…
1940s BOX

Open Box 1 Open Box 2
Perfectly packaged inside are the three lovely square bottles with a handy dandy swatch card.
Polishes

Sorceror's Hat
Sorcerer’s Hat 1940 (Shimmer)

Description: Dark Blue Shimmer
Verdict: Love!
This shade is an obvious nod to Disney’s Fantasia and a perfect shade for the season. It’s a great color for patriotic nail art and I think this will be my go to pedicure color for July 4th. I love the shimmer in this and how it fits not only the decade, but the season. We’re off to a great start.

War Hero
War Hero 1945 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Sunflower Yellow Gloss Crème
Verdict: Hit!
As a pale girl with pink undertones I need to be careful with yellows. In fact, until I joined nail subscriptions I’d never even tried one out. Now, I have a bunch in my collection and these types of sunflower shades are my favorites. Personally, I love the Van Gogh feel to this polish but I’m not sure how it ties into a “War Hero”.  But this color feels like a nice fit for summer and will transition well into Fall.

Mambo
Mambo 1948 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Rust High Gloss Crème
Verdict: More like a Rhumba
I love the name. Mambo! That sounds like a bright, fun cheerful polish and then we get.…rust. What? This should have been something bright and happy. I’m not one to adhere strictly to seasons, but this color feels incredibly Autumn-esque and I just can’t see reaching for it over the plethora of more cheerful colors. This one was a wasted opportunity.
Swatches

OVERALL
Squarehue 1940s
Verdict: Like!

Two of the polishes felt seasonally and thematically appropriate, and the third one (while nice) just didn’t seem to jive with the collection.

I paid $19.99 (with shipping and handling) and I received two polishes that I would easily pick out for myself if I were out shopping. The 1950s better have a cherry red, you hear me Squarehue?  I’d also love to see a fabulous mint. (In case you’re taking suggestions).

What did you think of the collection? What do you think a polish called “Mambo” should look like?

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Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

6 thoughts on “Squarehue: The 1940s – May 2015

  1. That blue is one of my faves now!
    The other two are nice, too. I don’t wear many yellows either but am happy with this one. I feel like the Mambo color does sort of go because it gives me a summery vibe alongside the yellow. I think it’s because together they remind me of ketchup and mustard so I’m thinking summer cookouts:) I’m so excited to get my 1950s box in the next day or so!

    • I feel like the Mambo isn’t red enough to be ketchup. It feels more fall leaves to me. I’m hoping we see a bright red in the 1950s set!

  2. Mambo name has so many different color ranges in different brands so I think there were trying to be unique however I would think of a mambo a nice color popping eye catchy color not rust. The blue is oohh so pretty I would love to see your 4th of July mani:) also, how is there formula for the smell and how many coats are needed and dry time, before I consider ordering. Thanks Great post

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