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New Brand Alert – Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Swatches & Review

By on February 27, 2015
in Blue, Colour Prevails, Gray, Turquoise
Nonie Creme Colour Prevails nail polish review via @alllacqueredup

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails review

There’s a new nail polish brand on the drugstore block, Nonie Creme Colour Prevails. butter LONDON fans will recognize Nonie Creme as the former Creative Director. It’s been a few years since her departure, and I know I wasn’t the only one wondering where she would take her creative genius.

I’ve kept tabs on Nonie through social media, and when she previewed Colour Prevails last September, during New York Fashion Week, I couldn’t wait to hear more. Colour Prevails is more than just nail polish; the line includes foundation, eye shadow, lipstick etc., in decorative packaging that features butterfly wings. I couldn’t resist the unique cap on the Nail Lacquer, so I ordered a few bottles to try.

Formula & Application

Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). The bottles are eye-catching with the butterfly wing-shaped cap. The base reminds me of the Nicole by OPI bottle, except it’s more round than oblong.

It’s the cap that will certainly garner the most attention. Though it could be polarizing due to its shape. Packaging fanatics will ooh and ah over its uniqueness. But that can also deter people because they might think the handle is cumbersome to hold. And those who like uniformity in your nail polish storage will instantly wonder how much space they will take up in your Helmers, Melmers or wall racks.

One thing I can demystify is how to hold the cap. Thanks to a comment from Nonie Creme on my Instagram, I learned how to hold the ergonomically designed cap.

Lay your index finger over the top ridge and hold the cap on the sides with your thumb and middle finger. It takes a second to get the position down but once you do, it’s SO comfortable and helps steady your fingers for a smooth polishing experience.

Colour Prevails Butterfly Wing Cap via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails Butterfly Wing Cap

Colour Prevails brush handle via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails Butterfly Wing Cap

In regards to the juice inside, it has a smooth feel. It’s not quite watery but not at all thick. It’s kind of perfect and easy to manipulate on the nail. And, with the exception of the light gray, the pigmentation is on point. Two easy coats got it done, with three for Clacker.

The lacquer dries nice and glossy though Colour Prevails offers a Lacquer Locker glossy top coat and Matte Finish top coat. The line is rounded out with a Mannequin Hands CC Creme base coat. I only have Lacquer Locker and it is indeed super glossy, with practically no scent, and I’m curious to check out the CC Creme.

Colour Prevails Blue Blood is a rich midnight blue sprinkled with light blue, fleck-style shimmer. Now if the name is conjuring up memories of the late, great CND Blue Blood, they’re not dupes. CND’s is darker and more teal. I own nothing like this Blue Blood.

Colour Prevails Blue Blood swatch via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails Blue Blood

Colour Prevails Clacker is a light, yellow-based grey with a hint of pearl that visible on the nail in bright light. It’s a warmer version of China Glaze Pelican Gray with a more subdue shimmer.

Colour Prevails Clacker swatch via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails Clacker

Colour Prevails Privileged is a bright turquoise creme. It looks more muted in the bottle, like Chanel Nouvelle Vague, but it dries much darker, like a moodier, greyed China Glaze For Audrey.

Colour Prevails Privileged swatch via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails Privileged

Colour Prevails swatches & review via @alllacqueredup

Colour Prevails swatches

Bottom Line: I’m really impressed with the formula of this new brand and I am happy with all the colors I selected. Blue Blood is my definite favorite, as I’m a sucker for a shimmery blue, but they’re all pretty and unique to my collection. Even though my first thought at seeing the bottle cap was about how much extra room it will take up in my Helmer, I love holding it. My hands have been unusually shaky lately, like I’ve been mainlining coffee, and the Colour Prevails cap helps me polish better.

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer comes in 35 shades and is available at and As of now, it’s listed as an online only product at Walgreens, but that may change as its popularity grows. Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer retails for $8/ea and Walgreens offers free shipping with a $25 purchase.

Do you plan to give Colour Prevails a try? What do you think of the cap with its butterfly wing design? What colors are you most drawn to?

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  1. Amanda says:

    I rather like that grey… I don’t think I’ll order them while on-line only but I shall keep an eye out for them if they hit the shelves! And I am intrigued by the ergonomical-ness of the cap.

  2. Lisa N. says:

    They look nice.

  3. I would totally buy this JUST for the top!! LOVE all these colors…thank you so much for sharing….Awesome Review!

  4. If only you could swatch ALL the shades! But it’s probably best you don’t, or I would want them all–haha. This is a great chance to get in on the ground floor, collection-wise. Thanks!

  5. Sarah says:

    This will definitely be polarizing. I wish I could say I liked the bottle or the cap, butI can’t stand either. :( sadness.

    • Totally fair. It won’t be for everyone. I hope they make it into B&M stores so people can hold the cap in person. It will definitely deter people online.

      • Stephanie says:

        They’re in store at Walgreens now, big display next to the makeup checkout register. I need Blue Blood now, thanks for the great reviee, I’ve been wondering ever since I saw them but the price and caps made me hesitate.

  6. LaraLeaf says:

    Those are pretty!

  7. kel says:

    wow i love all 3 of these colors. i think that turquoise would look awesome for a summer pedicure.

  8. Florence says:

    I really hate the look of the packaging :(

  9. Sarah says:

    These are so cute, and I would never have guessed that the lid was ergonomically designed! I could see that being a huge selling point for some… definitely going to have to check these out!!!

  10. Jammies says:

    Blue Blood is gorgeous! And thanks for the pic of how to hold the cap. :)

  11. Mary Liberti says:

    The cap definitely has me intrigued, especially since you said it makes it easy to apply the polish. I, too am drawn to colors like Blue Blood so I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  12. Rebecca says:

    Hi, you used the word: clacker in your description. (Two easy coats got it done, with three for Clacker.) What does clacker mean? I looked it up but I don’t think you mean THAT.

    • Hi Rebecca! The name of the polish is Clacker, meaning I used three coats of Clacker. Nonie Creme is known for giving colors cheeky British slang terms. She did that while at butter LONDON and is bringing that sensibility to Colour Prevails.

  13. Cali says:

    Liking the colours, especially Blue Blood but whoa, that lid! I don’t like the look of it, but will withold judgement till I’ve tried it.

  14. Kelsy says:

    These are gorgeous! I really want to pick up blue blood, it’s so unique (at least it will be in my collection). Mostly I’m a sucker for packaging though. I really hope these show up in store!

  15. Ellie Cook says:

    I ordered some of these from right after I read this blog. I haven’t tried the blue or the base (mannequin hands) or even the top coat yet. I put 2 medium coats of Daddy’s Girl, a very nice medium tone pink on this past Mon night. Everything chips off my nails (Sally Hansen miracle gel only lasts 3-4 days without a major chip) but THIS lasted thru 2 weight training workouts and 2 hair washings with just tip wear! I just touched that up, which was super easy, and will apply the top coat to see how much more I can get out of it! I found the top super easy to use and very natural feeling. I’ll keep an eye out at Walgreens for more colors to add to what I ordered online. My suggestion to everyone would be to try it! I think people who have problems controlling the brush may find this much easier to handle! Plus the formula is very forgiving. Thanks for the heads up on this! I may be chunking all my other polishes for this ONE!

  16. Marilou says:

    I work for the Walgreen in Dearborn Heights, Michigan at the corner of Ford Road and Beech Daly. My store has had Color Prevails and Circa cosmetic lines for 2 weeks now. Only a few stores in the country will be getting these lines (at least for a little while).

    • Great to hear! Thanks for letting us know. I’m hoping to hit all my Walgreens this weekend to see if I can find a display. Have you tried Circa yet?

  17. Michele Perkins says:

    I live in Los Angeles, California and of the 3 Walgreens in close proximity to my house, only 1 Walgreens had the full line of both Color Prevails and Circa. I only had two minutes so I grabbed the 2 Blue Blood bottles they had left. The rest of the line looks fun and I will be going back to check out more when I have time! For those that are interested, I found mine at the Vineland and Magnolia Walgreens. 10955 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

  18. Unood says:

    Hmmmm im from dubai and i really would like to try it !! Do they have shipping to uae !!

  19. Kelly says:

    I purchased Privileged yesterday and I am thoroughly impressed! Regardless of the brand or my meticulous application process, everything chips for me. This has NOT! I hope this colour isn’t a fluke and all of them have this staying power for me. Well worth the $8 and I love that they’re sealed so you can be assured nobody has used your precious bottle. Kudos to Nonie!

  20. laura says:

    I was looking up reviews for there polish’s and your site came up again lol I love the look of the bottle and cap.I am dying to know if the base cc coat works. I recently have had issues with my other favorite brands making my skin itch so I am on a big hunt for the best less toxic nail polish.How long did they last before chipping?

    • I haven’t tried the CC coat yet. I need to bust it open soon. You should compare the ingredients of the brands that make you itch and the ones that don’t to see if you can figure out what ingredient is causing the problem. I know camphor and formaldehyde resin can cause irritation and allergy flare-ups.

  21. laura says:

    Well after all my searching I decided to order 3 bottles of zoya today from there website so I PRAY they are good and do not bother me. I wish nail polish shipped quicker haha the only sites that is super fast is amazon :)

  22. marilou says:

    Color prevails doesnt have the four or five chemicals that others nail polish has like formeldihyde