Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CQ Polishes: Silver Taupe & Cosmic Plum

Above & Below: CQ's Silver Taupe is a fantastic taupe with a little bling. I used 2 coats, but it would have looked much better with 3. These photos are taken in natural light (above) and with a flash below.
Below: CQ's Cosmic Plum is a very slight duo chrome. It's got a lot going on, because in addition to the slight duo chrome, it's also a shimmer, yet it has a somewhat foil-type finish. I do like how the shimmer gives it a plush velvet look.
Yes, I'm still working away trying to open up some space on my untried's shelf, and this evening I have 2 CQ brand polishes to show you. CQ is manufactured by Scherer, Inc., also the makers of Petites and Chameleon brands, often found in drugstore chains. This is the first time I've tried this brand and the results are somewhat mixed. I used 2 coats on Silver Taupe and I think I should've used 3. I used 3 coats of Cosmic Plum, which seemed to give me the right amount of coverage. These are 0.4 fl. oz., so a little smaller than average, and they were priced at $2.59 each. I consider them to be fairly reasonably priced, the application and formula were fine (other than the 3 coats!), and the dried quickly. Now for the shades...

Silver Taupe is just gorgeous to me. A medium taupe shade with silver sparkles. The sparkly glitter is subtle, but it is also slightly holographic under more intense lighting. What's not to like? Again, other than the 3 coats! It was similar to China Glaze Stellar, which was one of my favorites from the glitters they released a few months back. Here is my post on Stellar if you'd like to have a look. Cosmic Plum was just alright to me, but nothing special. It looked somewhat like a duo chrome in the bottle, and once applied, it actually is a duo chrome. But it's a very weak duo chrome. It's a rose gold color that flashes to a more gold color in different lighting. It also has hints of copper in darker lighting. The metallic/foil finish is not to my liking either. I don't hate it, but I'm not nearly as attracted to this one as I am to Silver Taupe. I think I was expecting a little more magic from Cosmic Plum, based on how it looked in the bottle.


  1. Both are lovely colors and your nails are looking great!

  2. I have silver taupe as well but i just haven't worn it yet.
    Pretty! Definitely my kind of color!

  3. Both of those colors are gorgeous!

  4. Oooh I am loving Silver Taupe! I don't know why but those neutrally sparkly colors really appeal to me!

  5. I like them both. Fantastic looking nails. Hope your getting your shelf cleared. Did you order the RBL's? I ordered 7 and finally got the Locavore that I wouldn't pay $18 for! Yipee!

  6. Usually, I don't like taupe colors, but this one is beautiful with those silver sparkles. I love it :)

  7. I dunno about the Cosmic Plum, it's not really my thing, but I LOVE that Silver Taupe! It's gorgeous!

  8. Evil Angel~thank you!

    Antonea~I love taupe shades and when I saw that silver sparkle, I knew I'd love it :)

    gildedangel~thanks! They make some unique shades...not too many, unfortunately! I wish they made more like Silver Taupe.

    kelsealaurel~isn't it pretty? I love it too :)

    Lucy~thanks! They shelf is far from being cleared, but yes, I'm making some progress! Of course I needed to make room for my new RBL's also :)

    Ayuu~this is very nice and the silver sparkle gives it a perfect look.

    Nicole~I'm with you! Poor Cosmic Plum, I'll have to give it another try. Silver Taupe got all the love!