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Square Hue Nail Polish Subscription Box Review – Jan 2016

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Square Hue is a monthly nail polish subscription box. They create their own colors in-house for every box, donate a portion of their sales to charity, and give each box a theme.

Square Hue kindly sent me this box to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


The Subscription Box: Square Hue

The Cost: $19.99 a month

The Products: 3 Fresh new shades each month (all Square Hue polish is 3-Free)

Ships to: US and Canada

Extra Info: You can pause your membership at any time, and a portion of the sales from every box go to charity. (Learn more about HueGive).

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Square Hue Polish in Lake Louise

Square Hue Polish in Johnston Canyon

Lake Louise is a frosted finish (almost shimmery) and the Johnston Canyon shade is a high gloss creme. (Swatched below).


Square Hue Polish in Lodgepole Pine

This is a high gloss evergreen creme.

Here are all the shades swatched:


Verdict: I like these colors for January. Johnston Canyon is my favorite new neutral – I love a classic high gloss creme! Plus, I’ve been very impressed with the Square Hue polish formula.

What do you think of the January 2016 Square Hue box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Polish wise…Julep or Square Hue…which is better and why?

    • Depends what you’re looking for. Julep definitely offers more choice. I personally like the Square Hue formula better, but Julep’s is pretty good. If you’re a nail polish junkie like me and need to rein in your spending, Square Hue’s the better choice because it’s just the 3 (or 2) bottles per month — no way to add more (although you can go to the website and buy more if you want). However, if you don’t like the colors, you can’t exchange them for ones you do like, whereas Julep offers you that option.

      • I don’t know if I’d like getting colors that I wouldn’t ever use but I don’t really like Julep’s formula as much as I wished I did since I have a trillion of them. Lol! I think they have a really thick formula that’s often hard to manage. I like a thinner easier to apply polish. I’d hate to try and add something to Julep to make it a little thinner. I also like the Julep bottles more but the Square Hue looks like there’s more polish than Julep although (correct me if I’m wrong) I think they are the same or close to the same volume. It’s hard to get the perfect polish!!! I tried the Zoya Dakota polish that was in Winter Rachel Zoe Box of Style and it was a little too diluted and needed 3-4 coats. I don’t know if the other varieties were the same or just the Dakota. Sorry for the novel. Lol! ?? Thank you for responding!!! I am kinda new to the polish game after having the absolute worst experience at a salon so I decided I’d be better off doing my own mani/pedi’s and can change it up as often as possible…besides its cheaper if you don’t go overboard (I’ve totally have gone nuts!!! ??? Whoops!) and can get more out of each bottle.

    • Julep, hands down. You get to swap out anything you don’t want. Overall, they have some really pretty colors and the formulas are just fine. As for SquareHue, their formulas is also good, and the bottles are quite large. Unfortunately, it’s their colors that (in my opinion) fail miserably. I will only use one of the colors (out of 6) that I received from SquareHue, as I found all of the others to be quite ugly (one looked like really old correcting fluid). I think that Julep is the better value, and they have great customer service and they stand behind everything they sell.

      • I would totally agree with you about their bottles, colors, and customer service!!! I’ve had a few very minor issues (once an eyeshadow broke apart in shipping and an item was missing) and they jumped on the opportunity to fix it without asking for proof or any further details!!! I haven’t tried too many of their polishes but the ones I’ve tried are either super thin or really thick but age may be a factor…I have swapped for some of the colors on MSA and they were made prior to the swatch stickers coming on them. I’ve tried newer ones and had an issue with a cobalt blue one. By the way…can someone please explain the bombshell, classic with a twist, it girl, and boho glam mean? I asked a rep onetime and she didn’t really know.

        • I am sorry to hear that you have had bad luck with their polishes. I haven’t had any issues with any of them so far. I just tried on a new one called “Shay”, and it applied perfectly with one coat, as well as being a beautiful color. I think I am a fan of pretty, sparkly, irridescent colors, which is not how I would describe the type of polishes that SquareHue offers. Still, I am sure I will find a new home for the SquareHue polishes in a heartbeat, because they will be someone’s style, just not mine.

  2. The pine was my favorite and I’m wearing right now! I like their formula. I think this is the least smelling nail polish. I also love that they donate to charity.

  3. I really like the 3 colors this month. I also like the formula they use; it doesn’t chip easily. I change my polish often (2x a week) so can’t speak to how long it stays on, though.

  4. I like the green one. But I should probably stick with Julep (and customization) because I would never wear the neutral and probably wouldn’t reach for the blue too often, either.

    If there was a subscription that only ever offered red glitter polish, that would be tops in my book, though…

    • I completely agree about your comment on the red polishes! That would be the best box ever. 🙂

    • I am pretty sure that you have made everyone smile with your “red glitter polish” suggestion. I know I’d be in for a subscription.
      Have you checked out Julep’s “Brooklyn”? I gave my one away at Christmas (to prove to myself that I could) only to rebuy it for my collection. It is just so pretty!

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