I loved the idea of the StrangeBeautiful nail polish collections. The brand's creator, Jane Schub, was previously an illustrator and draws the inspiration for the colours from a diverse range of objects and memories: Joseph Albers Colour Theory, A Mid Century Modern Knoll Fabric, Oscar Wilde (what colour is Oscar Wilde? I wish I knew) and one of my favourite descriptions: the dull red colour of a lobster shell immediately after it has been removed from boiling water.
None of the polishes are labelled. Some you can recognise from the inspiration, some you can't. They are extremely pigmented indeed and a careful person could easily get away with one coat. I slopped on two for maximum colour punch (the brush is also very user-friendly, although you do need to be a little careful not to pick up too much polish at once on the first go).
StrangeBeautiful polishes are sold in colour libraries of eight 15ml bottles for £45, or duos of 7.4ml bottles for £17. The libraries represent better value for money, but only if you will wear all eight shades (or you have a friend you can split them with). I bought this duo because I absolutely loved the look of the blue in it and it is every bit as cobalt and rich in real life as it appears on the Cult Beauty website. Cinder is a good greige too - it's not too yellow and is flattering to my pale olive hands.
StrangeBeautiful polishes are 3 Free. I found they dry quite quickly, but do better with a top coat than without; with no top coat I did get tip wear very quickly (within a day). The Butter London top coat works well with these for me.
For a very good photo of another StrangeBeautiful colour (a green-winged teal, maybe) see this post over at the marvellous Worship at the House of Blues blog.
For pictures of the Camo Library (which I covet, and may well end up buying) see this post on The Non-Blonde.
I bought these from www.cultbeauty.co.uk. The libraries are also available at Liberty.