Beauty Review: Morgan Taylor’s The Color of Petals Collection

Do you also do this? Whenever your Netflix series is a bit boring, you haul out your nail polish and do your nails? I have a bag of nail polish bottles stashed in my living room for those nights when the series I’m watching is a bit boring. I love doing my nails: it makes me feel better and more put together.

Do you love pastel colours on your nails?

Morgan Taylor’s latest collection ‘The Color of Petals’ reminds me of springtime, featuring shades of pinks and nudes.

Their adorable names are: Strike a Posie, Merci Bouquet, Gardenia My Heart and Follow the Petals. I love pastel colours on my nails, especially now that we’re heading into winter. For some reason, I prefer bright nails as pops of colour in summer and more subtle tones in winter.

How beautiful is this photo shoot!?

I’d been looking for the perfect pink shade of polish for a while. So as soon as I got the collection, I tested the colours ‘Strike a Posie’ and ‘Gardenia my Heart’. The brush is wide, which I don’t usually like for application, but it’s shaped to fit your cuticle, so it was easy to use. I used two layers of ‘Strike a Posie’ and one layer of ‘Gardenia my Heart’, finishing off with a Sally Hansen topcoat.

Et voilà!

I’ve not yet tried ‘Follow the Petals’ colour because I don’t like shimmering nail polish. But I’ll give it a try, perhaps on my toes.

 Should you worry about the ingredients in your nail polish?

Morgan Taylor’s promise is quality, pigment-heavy and long lasting colour and a smooth finish. I think that most importantly the products are free of Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP. I didn’t know this until I did some research but apparently these 3 ingredients are toxic – and you should stay clear of them!

Here’s a quick explanation why they’re bad for you and why you should use products free of these ingredients like Morgan Taylor nail polish:

Formaldehyde: This chemical helps harden nails. It can cause skin irritation as well as negatively impact the nervous and immune system. It’s also a cheap preservative used in shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and children’s bubble bath – so keep a look out in those products too!

Toluene: This colorless liquid chemical is used as a solvent. Extended exposure to Toluene can lead to headaches, dizziness and apparently serious reproductive damage.

DBP: Dibutyl Phthalate is a plasticizer that makes nail polish flexible. The chemical has been proven to impair the hormonal development of male fetuses and can cause early-onset menopause.

You can purchase Morgan Taylor nail polish from Woolworths, Superbalist and Loot nationwide. You’ll be looking at roughly R160 per bottle – and R290 for the collection.



Mareike Long

Combining her love for writing and travel, Mareike has now settled down in the Mother City after living abroad in Germany, Ireland and South Korea. She's found her niche in marketing and enjoys art, photography, and writing in her free time.

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