A month or so ago, a reader emailed me asking about a brand of nail polish called Quirius. As much as I try to stay on top of all the brands out there, it seems there are new ones popping up every day and I had no clue what she was talking about. A quick Google search brought me to the QRS Beauty website and what looked like some fun blues, greens and purples. You know, my core color group.
The low prices and fun shades drew me in so I placed an order. The polish arrived a week before I left for The Makeup Show in NYC so I figured that would be a great time to test the wear. The color I chose was gorgeous and received many compliments but did it live up to the test? Read on to find out.
As reader Grace commented, I didn’t mention the color I wore on the trip in my MU Show recap. As I told her in my response, I was iffy on the brand due to the poor wear. Though to be fair I layered Chanel Illusion D’or on top so I didn’t want to lay blame if it was unjustified. A second wear test was necessary. That happened this past weekend.
The color I wore both times is called Caribbean Turquoise and it is an utterly perfect representation of what turquoise should be. It’s not too green or too blue, just a perfect mix of the two. Though unlike shades like Chanel Nouvelle Vague or China Glaze For Audrey, this polish is electrified. It borders on the neon even drying to a satin finish like most neons. The color itself is stunning.
Though that’s where the praise has to end as the formula has some major issues. It’s not well pigmented, it doesn’t level out, you need three coats to make it look halfway decent and the wear is horrendous. I can’t remember the last time I was this disappointed in a polish’s application and longevity.
Can you imagine how it felt to have a bunch of my favorite beauty mavens ask about my nail color only to have major chips and tip wear after a day? A DAY people!! Not to mention that I have no clue how this brand is supposed to be pronounced. Queer-ee-us? Curious? Talk about making it hard to tell people what you’re wearing.
Like I mentioned above, I wore this polish twice. Once with CND Stickey and Air Dry with Chanel Illusion D’or on top (above). Once on its own with alternating fingers based with CND Stickey and Nubar Foundation with Nubar Diamont top coat (below). Both times, my polish started chipping and wearing off after a day. As you know, I spent last weekend away from home and every time I looked at my nails I was cursing this polish for how bad it looked. Oh how I just wanted to remove it! But in the name of the wear test I kept it on.
After five days, this is where we ended up. Again monster chips and major tip wear. I get that a lot of you only wear your color for a day or two because, like me, you have nail color ADD but if I can’t get at least two days out of a polish that’s just unacceptable. It’s a shame too because Quirius makes some gorgeous colors.
Just to see if maybe the issues were due to the neon-ish tendencies of Caribbean Turquoise I tried one of the other cremes I ordered, Ivy Wreath. Ivy Wreath is lovely grass green. It’s more yellow based in person than it appears on camera and will look fab with a faux-tan or olive complexion. I seriously LOVE this color. Again, application issues and the inability to level out plagues the polish. I added top coat for this pic and while it looks OK on screen, in person it falls flat. It’s definitely my favorite color and I’m going to wear it in spite of its flaws but the visible unevenness will bother me a bit.
So, maybe it’s just Quirius’s cremes that have problems. Let’s check out a shimmer…
Cresskill Eve looks very promising in the bottle. A mossy green with gold metallic shimmer and hints of teal. Sounds like a winning combination, no? I just wish it was more opaque and smooth. I’m not up for brush stroke madness. In spite of how cool this color is, the fact that I couldn’t get it even takes away from that. Bummer!
As a last resort I pulled out the darkest color in my haul, Paris Night. As I’ve said in the past about MAC, they do shimmer and dark polishes really well but tend to misstep when it comes to lights and cremes. Could dark polishes be Quirius’s strong suit? Unfortunately, no.
Paris Night is a dark denim blue. In the bottle you can see a hint of purple shimmer but it doesn’t show up on the nail. It goes on uneven and doesn’t have enough pigmentation for a two coat application.
Bottom line: As much as I wanted to love this brand for its diverse color range and affordable price point, I just can’t get on board. If there is a color from the line that you love and can’t find anywhere else order it and be prepared for a short wear time.
Quiruis Nail Lacquer can be ordered online from the QRS Beauty website. Polishes retail for $3/ea and they have a choose your own adventure type deal where you pick 6 colors for only $15.
Have any of you tried Quirius? What has your experience been in terms of application and wear? If you have any tips for making their polish last, please share. I’d love to make them work.
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Disclosure: I ordered the polishes in this review from QRS Beauty. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.