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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – SpaRitual Primitive Nail Polish

sparitual primitive nail polish 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Why is it that holiday weeks throw everyone completely out of whack? It’s not like they don’t come back every single year. We as a people should be used to it by now but wow, oh wow, am I tired and continually forgetting what day it is.

Thankfully I’m in a world where time doesn’t matter. No, not Vegas though I’ll be there at the end of the month. I’m actually back at Put-In-Bay for a night. One of my childhood besties is visiting so we escaped the CLE for a little girls getaway.

To make up for lost time in the land of ALU’s red and pink nail polishes, I’m hitting you with back to back untireds from those color families. Today we travel to berry-ville with SpaRitual Primitive.


Formula & Application: Sparitual nail polish is 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin), vegan and excludes camphor which can be an irritant. Their round bottles are capped with a tapered rubberized cap that includes four ribbed sides for a secure grip. I’m a big fan of rubber caps for ease of polishing and the ability to get a good grip when opening  tightly capped bottles.

The Sparitual brush is relatively short and very thin but wow do I love it. The bristles are so nice and flexible and they spread out over the nail so perfectly. It’s such a pleasure to work.

The formula of this polish is kind of thin, watery and squishy but really pigmented. All I need is two coats for full coverage and it flows on the nail flawlessly, drying with a mirror-like finish. I have to give it up to SpaRitual, the consistency and color payoff of their polishes are really high quality.

SpaRitual Primitive looks like a cranberry creme in the bottle and, for the most part, that’s exactly how it appears on the nail. The hidden surprise is the barely there light pink shimmer that gives the polish depth and peeks out under direct light.

sparitual primitive nail polish swatch

Bottom Line: The SpaRitual formula really is top notch. I have yet to be truly disappointed in anything they put out. The color is pretty and a great basic. The secret shimmer is an added bonus though not a selling point. Primitive is the sexy darker sister of OPI Miami Beet/Zoya Moxie/Misa Push Upon It. You know, that trifecta of dupes that came out for spring a couple years ago. Speaking of which…

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I know I said the reds & pinks were going to put me in SHARE overdrive but I’m STASHing Primitive. The formula is too fabulous to let that one go. To even things out, I’m sending Misa Push Upon It and OPI Miami Beet to the SHARE bin.

Sparitual Primitive is available at salons and spas nationwide but their distribution seems to be pretty limited. The closest salon to me is in Detroit. To locate a retailer near you visit Sparitual.com. Online shoppers can head to AmazonApothicaCosmeticMall and SkinStore to purchase. Sparitual nail polishes retail for $10/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Thoughts on SpaRitual Primitive? Since SpaRitual & Orly are owned by the same people, do you know of a dupe in the Orly line? If you haven’t delved into the SpaRitual world as of yet, is it brick & mortar availability that is holding you back?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by reps for SpaRitual. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Cindy Taylor says:

    OMG… such a pretty color…will have to look for this one and stash it in my private collection!!! Thanks for the posts!!!!

  2. Elana says:

    Its a very nice color, i didn’t know SpaRitual and Orly were owned by the same company, I haven’t seen it where i live though we have Orly. The color of Primitive reminds me of Orly’s happily Ever After but without looking at the polishes side by side i can’t be sure.

  3. Jessi says:

    This is such a gorgeous color and it looks amazing with your skin tone. I don’t have any Spa Ritual polishes yet, and I think it’s time I remedied that!

  4. Maria says:

    wow this color is so beautiful! you make me want to buy it when u say the formula is great to work with!

  5. -gasp-
    I WANT THIS!! I love SpaRitual but I havent seen this one before… such a gorgeous colour!
    A lemming is born…

  6. Hannah says:

    Orly Happily Ever After which also came out fall 2009 is an exact dupe I believe. It puzzles me why the company often releases the same colors in both Orly and Sparitual lines. I’m always hesitant to buy SR because I’d hate to pay big $$ and then see Orly release the same color for much better price.

  7. Wow, this is such a lovely color! I might get their fall collection next week. Can’t wait to try them on! I hope the formula will be fantastic as well.

  8. Tikibwana says:

    I love Spa Ritual’s formula and colors. I found a beauty supply store here that carries it and only have a couple so far– Lustress and Imaginarium, but I love them!! I wish they were more widely available. I love Primitive– especially the pink shimmer– need to look for it the next time I visit that store.

  9. TikiBarbie says:

    I like this one a lot. Really pretty and it very fall or wintery to me.

  10. Clo-Joe says:

    Very nice color! Looks great with your skintone.
    Are SpaRitual polishes available internationally?

  11. Faye says:

    This looks really lovely on you! I’m not sure what your skintone is, but do you think this would look good on cool-toned skin? Thanks!

  12. Katarina says:

    Gorgeous!!!!! I agree with stashing. :-)

  13. Chris25 says:

    This looks like a close relative of American Apparel Berry.

  14. Maureen says:

    Michelle – thanks for doing this! So fun to see all the great colors (although I do get dismayed when Isee a color I love that is no longer available). Just wondering, how does one benefit from this mysterious “Share” bin…… :)

  15. kelliegonzo says:

    this is super beautiful. i think i might NEED this!

  16. That color was really unexpected… It’s gorgeous!

  17. Chris says:

    Oh This is gorgeous!! Do they ship to Britain as well? My bottle of Dior Dahlia Rouge is running low and I was looking for a berry to replace it, and this looks amazing! And beautiful swatch, as ever :)

  18. Christine says:

    That looks exactly like OPI Overexposed in South Beach, which is also gorgeous!

  19. Laura says:

    The color is amazing. Exactly my kind of nail polish color (I’d never wear something in that color though) :D

    I nearly bought some SpaRitual polish today (you normally don’t get in Germany, so that was quite special), but then decided against it. I really regret that by now.

  20. Cat says:

    So far I have liked all the SpaRitual polishes you have swatched here and this one is no exception. Love the cranberry color and the subtle shimmer. So pretty!

  21. meme says:

    Very pretty color. I agree with stashing this. I have not gotten into SpaRitual polishes due to lack of access to see any of it in person first (lack of brick/mortar), I have been burned a lot by letting my mind want something I see only in color chips on line. Hear nothing but good things about this brand, so when are they going to market more? I don’t know one salon that even owns 1 shade around here. But that’s not saying much as I live in a semi rural area that geets more rural really soon as you drive out of the immediate area.

  22. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous color, haven’t tried the SpaRitual brand but may have to for this shade. I seriously can’t believe you’re parting with my beloved Miami Beet though! That’s one of my go-to polishes – I’d be hard pressed to part with it!

  23. L says:

    Ooo… I’m going to have to get this one. It’s SO beautiful.

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