If you haven’t heard of the brand Radioactive Unicorn you’re probably not alone – I’ve only recently discovered it myself. Earlier this year a friend recommended that I check out their nail polishes and, a couple of weeks ago, I finally had an opportunity to place an order with them.
What is Radioactive Unicorn?
Radioactive Unicorn is an English company that specialises in nail polish. Each colour and polish is created, mixed up, bottled and labelled by the company’s head honcho, Amee Tinks.
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Radioactive Unicorn specialise in unusual colours and are probably better known for their sparkly offerings. Whilst there are more sedate colours in their armoury, even these have an unusual twist to them.
The polishes are competitively priced at £6.99 for a 10ml bottle. Whilst they’re more expensive than the likes of Barry M and Rimmel, they’re cheaper than other Indie brand polishes on the market.
- Given that these nail polishes are produced by a small, independent, online company it’s very unlikely that you’ll see many, if any, other people wearing the same colour nail polish as you.
- The sparkly polishes are very sparkly. Visible from the moon sparkly. If you love glitter then you definitely need to buy their nail varnishes.
- These nail polishes are very hard wearing. Even without a base and top coat I can still get around four days wear out of them before I start to experience chipping or peeling. Radioactive Unicorn sell a top and base coat which they claim prolong the wear time of their polish. I can neither deny or confirm this as I’m yet to purchase either product.
- The polishes all have quirky names – Eternal Slumber, It’s Okay To Decay, Swamp Thing, Franken-Fine, Haunting The Chapel, Funeral Flowers, etc.
- The store isn’t open full time. I believe this is because Tinks makes batches to order and it’s easier for her to keep on top of orders if her shop is only open once a week for an hour or two.
- The nail polishes don’t have name labels. I find this very annoying. I have a million nail polishes – I want to know what they’re called!
- Some of the polishes only come alive when they’re under direct light. My pockets aren’t big enough for me carry my own light source!
- Delivery is slow. Given that this product is handmade, to order, it’s hardly surprising that delivery can take up to a fortnight. That said, we’re all used to our purchases arriving a day or two after we’ve ordered them so the wait could be off putting for some customers.
- Getting customer support is difficult. When I placed my order I wasn’t aware of the two week delivery time so when after 3 or 4 days my order hadn’t arrived I tried to make contact to find out when I could expect it. My first email bounced. So, I messaged them via Facebook messenger only to receive an automated message stating that this was unmanned and to email them – at the email address that bounced. I toyed with the idea of leaving a message on their wall, but decided against this after seeing how much abuse was being directed at those enquiring where their orders were. (By other customers/fans, not the company) My second email received a reply 3 days later and my order was posted out the next day.
Would I purchase from Radioactive Unicorn again? There’s no doubt that the colours are very pretty, mostly unique and that they wear very well. By rights I should be eager to buy more of their products, right? Here’s the thing, I’m not. I can pick up polishes I like just as much, that have their names on, are half the price and that I don’t have to wait almost a fortnight to receive. If this company could improve their shopping experience, packaging, quality control, customer service and delivery speed then yes, I would be tempted to purchase more.
Have you tried this brand? If so, how was your shopping experience with them?