I really liked the packaging, so I picked up Color 03 Blue Ocean at Aritaum a couple months ago. I don't wear nail polish much anymore, but I was in a shopping mood.
The Laneige Water Drop Nail Lacquer was a Limited Edition release and the selling point was that it's a tinted nail polish you can mix-&-match to create that pretty gradient effects. Promising, neh?
BUT when I tried it the next day, I found it really annoying to apply. You have essentially coat your nail 4-5 times, after waiting for each layer to dry.
Long story, short: I messed up. I didn't wait long enough between layers and if you don't the bottom layer clumps. I got frustrated (and forgot to take pictures) and put this aside for another time.
Then 4 months later I decided to try again and found this -
What the holy f*ck.
At first I thought I was going color blind.
It turned poop brown! And I actually dabbed some on my nail out of curiosity and yeah, it tints your nails brown too.
Packaging: The glass bottle is quite chic. I like the overall simplistic look. The clean, streamlined packaging is probably the only thing I like about this product.
Color: Blue is one of my favorite colors, but as a tint, it looked very unattractive on my nails. Like zombie nails. That said, when I applied this (when it was an actual blue color), it did produce the same color true to the promo pictures.
Formula: Obviously, there's something up with this. This polish was at MOST 6 months old and for it to have it turn brown when it's not even that old seems like a serious formula problem.
Application: That aside, I also found this formula a little hard to work with. For a polish that needs so many layers, it dried really slowly and was unforgiving about any mistakes. I would say only the extremely patient would be able to work with this. Also, I did have a base coat on (Aritaum Modi Base Coat) so unless you HAVE to use the Laneige base coat, that shouldn't have been a problem.
Brush: Right out of the box, the brush was already a little frayed looking. It didn't affect the polish application much since the lacquer was just a tint, but it was a little annoying to look at.
Obviously, I don't recommend this product to anyone. However, let it never be said I don't try to review things fairly. Pastel Boulevard also reviewed these polishes and got a beautiful result, so if maybe it was just me.