This month's freebie with Marie Claire is one of two full size bottles of Ciate, in either Pocket Money...
... or Sand Dune.
I decided to have a go with Pocket Money first, as I'm quite fond of the whole Clay Rose colour. Its a nice, interesting colour that can either be worn quite plain for work or serious occasions, or jazzed up with accents to form the base of super pretty manis.
It looks a bit more pinky in the bottle than it does on the nail, but it goes on really well. The first coat is a little streaky, but the second fills it out amazingly, leaving it opaque in only 2 coats. I added a third out of sheer habit, and then topcoated with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat. It had quite a nice shine on its own, but I have an awkward bit of my ring finger nail that bends oddly and shows up really strangely on photos so it needed top coating to fill that out.
End result - a gorgeous work or base colour for a mani, sophisticated and refined and really good for application. Plus, who can say no to a £9 bottle of polish for free with a £3.80 magazine?
Obviously, I didn't stop at just one magazine.
With a little Scotch tape to tape off my accents, I jazzed up Pocket Money with Sand Dune. The gold looks great against the fairly neutral background, and the coverage on Sand Dune is great. It is a quite rough polish without a top coat though, however its not really a down side - not only is there the contract of colour, but also the contrast in texture as well.