KL Polish: haul + review

Hi everyone! Today’s post is coming to you (almost) live for my office — during my lunch break, of course!

I lacked the energy to actually write this over the weekend as I usually do and thought I’d give myself a week off from beauty posts, but I have so many posts lined up that would never get up if I kept doing this so here we are.

At least I don’t have to worry about getting this done in time, because I’m a journalist and I work best under pressure.

So today’s post will be talking about KL Polish, the line of nail polish that KathleenLights released last fall. If you know me, you’ll know I love Kathleen and she’s my favorite youtuber, so I was really excited to get my hands on these!


Kathleen released six different colors in December, and I ended up getting four of the six (the other two I don’t think I’d ever wear). The colors I got, pictured above from left to right: Snickerdoodle, Gumption, Brick Sidewalk and Zoey.

I’ve worn one of these for about a week each now so I can definitely say I’ve formed an opinion on the quality and let me tell you, I LOVE IT. Out of the four colors, Zoey is definitely my favorite, but formula-wise, it was the one I struggled with the most.

The packaging for these is beautiful and I absolutely love it. When I watched Kathleen’s video about this, she talked about the black matte packaging, which I definitely agree that it makes it easier to grip the bottle and it looks classier.

The formula for these is great as well, I love how it’s just thick enough to go on smoothly but it isn’t difficult to manage. It’s mostly opaque with one coat but I still prefer two or more, just because I’m a chip monster and no nail polish ever survives my chipping skills. I know one of the big things most people say about this is that it’s opaque with one coat but I would definitely say two is better.

The only issue I had with some of the colors is that it felt like the color on the tip of my nails wasn’t distributing evenly so it would look chipped really quickly but only at the tip. I’m not sure if I filed my nails weirdly then and it didn’t happen with every single application, but I did struggle with that (with Zoey). I also felt like Zoey was the color that was most difficult to work with and that chipped the fastest, especially compared to other colors.

Lastly, the brush on these is what makes them my favorite nail polishes, hands down. It’s wide but not bulky and just the right size to get more of your nail in one swipe, it distributes the polish evenly and it’s just so easy to use. I struggle with smaller brushes a lot, so I love these kinds of brushes and Kathleen definitely got it right there.


Overall, I love these and they’re definitely great quality, especially for the price. I love Essie polishes and those are pricier than these and in my opinion, they’re about the same quality (maybe even lesser than KL Polish). These retail for $8.50 each, which is a pretty fair price point for the quality you get, if you ask me.

Along with that, these polishes are all vegan, cruelty free, and 5-, 7- and 9-free. If you’re like me and only had a vague idea of what 5-free meant, here’s a handy explanation from the website:

5-free nail polishes are free of 5 potentially harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. 7-free nail polishes add xylene and ethyl tosylamide to that list, and 9-free polishes are also free of parabens and acetone. Didn’t expect a chemistry lesson, did you?


Snicklerdoodle is described as “nude shade with a neutral undertone.” This is my least favorite color and I honestly don’t think I’d miss it, but I like it enough to keep it around for now.


Gumption! is described as “vivid navy blue” and the description definitely fits. It looks so different in different lights, from really bright to really dark.


Brick Sidewalk is described as a “deep, rusty” red, which can look more brown or more red depending on the light.


Lastly, Zoey is just described as a “mauve shade,” which is exactly what it is and if you know me, you know I love mauve!

Have you ever tried KL Polish? Do you want to? Which colors do have or want?




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