I'm not especially interested in natural or chemical-free cosmetics, but I do like to use 3 Free nail polish when I can. Butter London is my go-to brand where that's concerned, and their lack of chemical nasties is how I justify their $14 price tag. I was excited to see if I could find a drugstore nail polish option that is still 3 Free and at a lower price point ($8)--in which case, everybody wins.
Charcoal Celebration is the kind of deep, murky, almost-black shade I love sporting around this time of year (especially as we get closer to Halloween). True to its name, this is a rich charcoal with what looks like fine silver shimmer running through it to take the edge off the intensity and give it some more dimension. It's not a terribly unique shade, but as a fall/winter nail polish lover, I can never have too many of this kind of nail color.
The formula is solid in terms of pigmentation, but I had some streaking issues that required me to go over certain areas a few times. With the kind of opacity this has, two coats would be fine, but the streakiness forced me to glop this on in places. I'm not sure if it's the brush or the formulation, but something about this polish doesn't allow you to go over your paint job evenly--you get some patchiness in the color if you do.
Again, this is the only Pixi polish I've tried, so I'm not sure that my experience with Charcoal Celebration is representative of the whole range. Their formula isn't quite Butter London quality, and their incredibly limited color selection isn't nearly as interesting, but I would like to try more Pixi polishes. If nothing else, I love that 3 Free polishes are readily available and at OPI and Essie-comparable prices. I've had a look online, and their polish selection is sadly limited to 12 colors, so hopefully they'll expand the range soon.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!