I broke one of the golden nail rules “that one must never polish fingers or toes before bed for fear of crumpled indents from the sheets.”
However, one could be forgiven for breaking said rule when a beautiful box of polishes arrives on your doorstep the same day your cheeky 2-year old locks you out of the house on a freezing cold New York winter’s morning, in the pouring rain no less. Like any mother desperate to get back into the house, I ran in my pajamas, bare feet squishing in the mud while trying to keep my toddler warm in my arms to our neighbor’s house for help.
So as you can imagine when professional model and former Real Housewives of New York City Kristen Taekman Pop of Color polish line arrived, I was eager to try all of the bright colors, once my little darling was tucked up in bed for the night.
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful even consistency of the polish, and how the brush seemed to glide effortlessly across my nails. The color pigment is rich despite it being 5-free, as well as paraben, cruelty-free and vegan.
After trying all of the colors I chose an electric blue hue Lure for my quick DIY mani. I was exhausted and feeling a little lazy so I swiped one coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat and one coat of Pop of Color Lure. It was so easy to apply and super quick to dry, which is perfect for someone like me who is busy and a little impatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry.
Despite ‘indents from my sheets pictured on my nails,’ Pop of Color didn’t chip for 6 days. I couldn’t believe it and that was with just one coat. It made sense that Taekman would make a polish that was 5-free, with rich color that lasts for days given she is a busy working Mom who gets that there is a need for a high-performance polish like this in the market. She said her favorite Pop of Color is Cry Baby named after her daughter who at the time was going through her terrible two’s (I am right there with you). It is also the only color that has a matching liquid matte gloss.
Taekman was across every little detail in creating her polish line, from researching various formulas to the bottle shape, color and even making sure that the brush contained the perfect amount of bristles to allow for even strokes. When I asked Taekman what is next for her thriving beauty brand she said that she sees Pop of Color expanding from nail polishes and lipsticks into glosses, blush and even eye shadows.
Pop of Color polishes retail for around $8 and their lipsticks for $14.99, you can get find them in beauty chain store Ricky’s NYC and Cibo Markets and OTG stores in airports.