Today I bring you a review on INTENSAE, a fairly recent European B5-Free brand. I’ve been following them since the launch and recently I was lucky enough to win one of their polishes in a Twitter giveaway. Yay! I’ve been very impressed with their fashionable shade range and sleek bottles so today I am sharing my thoughts!
The bottle I won is called Fantasea, a gorgeous dusty purple creme. I would say Intensae classifies as a high-end/luxury brand, as they are priced at €16 ($21.80) a piece, so my expectations were pretty high! As I mentioned, they are B5-free and not tested on animals (big plus!) and bottles hold 15ml which is a nice amount as well. The formula is neither thick nor water-y, I found the consistency to be fairly decent, however coverage was a little disappointing. I needed 3 coats for a non-streaky and flawless coverage. Not the end of the world, but I was expecting a more buttery smooth formula (think Illamasqua). They do mention in their FAQ that they deliberately opted for a soft finish formula that enables layering, rather than a “thick” lacquer consistency (which is what I prefer), so it’s down to personal preference.
That being said, Fantasea is a gorgeous colour and Intensae has a very unique and different colour range. I do wish there were more nail swatches available of their colours, which might be a disadvantage for some who prefer to see swatches prior to buying. I know for one I am one of those types of people. 🙂
You can find Intensae nail polishes online on their website for €16 a piece. Shipping to Europe is €3.90 and they accept PayPal. You can connect with Intensae on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
Do you prefer a layering consistency or “thicker” lacquers? Do you like to see swatches before buying? Let me know in the comments!