For years now, I've been hearing about Morgan Taylor polishes, and I've probably seen about a zillion swatches of those polishes on all of my favorite nail blogs. But it wasn't until Ulta started carrying the brand that I found myself making a purchase. A while back when I needed just one more thing to get me to free shipping on my Ulta order (we all know how that goes) I decided to purchase the shade Gotta Have Hue. My very first Morgan Taylor polish!
If you're new to Morgan Taylor, these polishes are made by the same company that makes Gelish Soak-Off Gel Nail Polishes. You can now purchase Morgan Taylor polishes and treatments at Ulta where they are NOT excluded from Ulta coupons.
Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Gotta Have Hue
(retail: $9 at Ulta, 0.5 oz.)
From the Ulta website:
- Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer is inspired by luminous pearls, raw gems, semi-precious stones, glimmering silvers and radiant gold all drawn from the earth. The exclusive Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer is infused with rare and precious elements.
- All pigments are saturated, pure and finely milled for luminous metallics, never before seen shimmers, decadent crèmes, stunning sheers and more glistening glitters.
- The payoff - smooth, even, long-lasting color with a gorgeous professional finish.
- In Morgan Taylor's commitment to the professional and as a worldwide leader in the nail industry, they recognize the importance of a globally compliant nail lacquer that is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.
The brush on this polish is very cleanly cut, and the shape is flat (as opposed to round) but it's not one of those super-wide brushes. It's pretty standard.
Two coats, no top coat
It was difficult for me to decide which shade to buy for my first Morgan Taylor, but I ultimately went with Gotta Have Hue because I have a soft spot for teal cremes. And this is a lovely one. True to the description, this polish is super saturated with tons of pigment. My photo doesn't do this one justice because, first of all, my camera doesn't play nicely with teals and the color always goes a bit wonky. Second, I just couldn't capture how vivid and saturated this color is to the naked eye. It looks like a million bucks in person. I have quite a few teal cremes in my stash, so it takes something special to really get me oooh-ing and aaaah-ing. This one does just that. It's the perfect mixture of blue and green, although in person it pulls a tiny bit more green than what I'm seeing on my monitor (which I LOVE). I'm telling you, this color is a knockout in person.
As for application, this polish flows beautifully onto the nail, and the formula is right in the middle between thick and thin. It has great opacity and it's almost a one-coater but not quite. There's a teeny bit of streakiness after one coat, so I definitely suggest applying two. But you certainly won't need more than two.
Dry time was the only thing that wasn't perfect with this polish. For me, one coat dries quickly and thoroughly. But two coats is a different story. Six hours after application, I could still make slight dents in this polish after two coats. So I would definitely suggest using a thicker quick-dry top coat like Seche Vite, etc., just to lock everything into place.
This polish has a beautiful, shiny finish, which of course gets even more shiny with top coat. Staying power was quite good for me as well. After two coats, it took about three days for me to see any tip wear (no top coat or base coat) and I didn't get any actual chips until day five. I do a lot of typing, so this was impressive for me--especially without base or top coat.
Removal was easy as well, and no staining! I did have some polish that clung to my cuticles during removal, but that is often the case with teals, blues, and greens. If you're wearing blue, green, or teal polish, I always suggest using a base coat first, for easier removal (I skipped base coat because I wanted to see how this polish performed on its own). I used my Beauty Secrets Acetone Remover (love that stuff) to remove this polish and it worked like charm.
FINAL VERDICT: Is this polish worth $9? Well that really depends on if you find a shade in the range that speaks to you. I don't regret paying full-price for this one because I am obsessed with the color, but I think that I would probably wait for a good sale at Ulta and stack it with an Ulta coupon before I purchase additional shades. I feel that unless it's one of those "Wow, I MUST have this color and I simply cannot leave this store without it" polishes, $9 is a bit steep. I also wasn't completely impressed with the dry-time after two coats (but that can be easily remedied with some quick-dry top coat). I AM impressed with the wear-time though, and the application. In my opinion, I think this is certainly a brand to check out the next time you're at Ulta, or to consider if you need to an add item to your cart to get free shipping. And if you're looking for a rich, vivid, saturated teal, this is certainly one to remember. I can't wait to wear this on my toes this summer.
Do you own any Morgan Taylor nail polishes? If so, which shades do you own? Would you recommend them?
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