Squarehue: The 1950s – June 2015

As you may have noticed it’s been a little quite over here at Subscription Therapy. I had wonderful plans to get tons of posts and home projects done over the July 4th holiday and guess what happened? I got sick. Yesterday, I stayed home from work and unless getting obsessed with the Covet fashion app counts as an accomplishment, I did diddly squat. (Although I did learn that I am highly skilled at styling outfits for French movie premieres, who knew?) In any case, I’m starting to recover from my latest plague and trying to catch up with my June stragglers plus all the fun new boxes popping up at my doorstep.

I thought I’d kick off my recovery with some retro fun and review the June Squarehue featuring the 1950s.

Our Itty bitty box:
Box
1950s BOX
Open Box 1

Perfectly packaged inside are our three lovely square bottles with a handy dandy swatch card.
Open Box 2 Card

Bottles

Palm Springs
Palm Springs 1950 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Neon Palm Green Creme
Verdict: Like, but maybe a different year
I like this because I have no other polish remotely like it (even in my 300+ bottle collection) but I’m not feeling it for the 1950s. I get Palm Springs was a thing back then, but this color screams out 1960s to me rather than 1950s. But, again I don’t have anything like it so it’s a nice addition to my polish hoard.

Bel Air
Bel Air 1957 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Powder Blue Crème
Verdict: Miss
I’m just not feeling this shade. I find it boring and just not quite 1950s either. I feel like the shade should be more aqua rather than blue.

Sock Hop
Sock Hop 1958 (High Gloss Creme)

Description: Saturated Pink Crème
Verdict: Hit!
We’ve had a lot of pinks in this collection so far, but I think this one is my favorite. Personally I would have called it “Poodle Skirt” instead of Sock Hop, but since you wear a poodle skirt to a sock hop, it’s all just semantics. I thought this shade fit the decade the best.

Swatches

OVERALL
SquareHue 1950s
Verdict: What does SquareHue have against red?
I know, I know I’ve been asking for a red for a while now, but it’s a hugely important color in most of the the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s and the closest we’ve come is “rust”. I don’t see how you could put this box together without a bright cherry red crème. I also don’t like that all three shades were the same finish. Variety is always more fun. I do like the pink polish but I feel like this one was a lost opportunity.

I paid $19.99 for the box, and while I’m disappointed that the shades don’t live up to the decade, the polishes are good quality and the green and pink will be nice additions to my collection.

When you think of the 1950s, what colors spring to your mind?

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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 1950s – June 2015

  1. I agree that it’s weird that Squarehue has avoided red. Red was a big shade in the 1940s especially. Although the green is a good fit with the 50s and the blue, I guess, that pink cream just doesn’t seem right to me. When I first saw, your photo, I thought the decade was the 60s, though in your closeup the shades aren’t quite psychedelic enough. Nevertheless, I love this concept!

    • I think the green is what really pushed it into the 1960s feel. I feel like the blue isn’t quite the right shade for the 1950s – almost but not quite.

    • I know they had darker colors in their previous “destination” themed collection. I think there will most certainly be dark colors in the later decades (like the 90s).

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