Just Charlie G

I’ve talked to you before about Jacava London, a brand of nail polishes completely new to me, but I really liked the colours. They are a “9 free” nail polish brand and vegan as well as cruelty free.

What I think they do extremely well is curate collections of beautiful colours. The Woodlanders Collection is wonderful, full of rich colours. It’s a huge collection of 17 shades. Lovely dusky hues, and gorgeous rich shades.


I received three shades to try myself, left to right, Ormonde Gate, Shawfield Street and Lavender Court.

Jacava London Woodlands CollectionEach applies beautifully and stunning shades. I’m sorry that I can’t show you a full manicure, but I had a gel polish recently so I can’t!

Jacava London Woodlands CollectionExcuse the streaky corner on that purple shade, the polish isn’t streaky at all, its a perfect two coat creme, I just forgot to go over the corner with my second coat as that’s where I was holding it.

Beautiful shades and I’d highly recommend these. and if they take your fancy you can buy the whole collection and more on the Jacava London website.

Alternatively, if you fancy winning the whole collection, that’s all 17 shades, keep an eye on the Jacava Facebook page where a competition will be launched later today, given that each polish is £15.50 its an amazing prize!

*Products received free of charge for review purposes


Until I received these for review I’d not heard of Jacava London, which is surprising because as a beauty blogger you do tend to think you know all the brands out there!

Jacava London are the UK’s only “9 Free” nail polish brand, meaning they are free of Formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, phthalates including DBP, parabens, formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. The polishes are all made in the UK and contain argan oil, jojoba oil and vitamin to nourish, and each bottle’s gold printing is done with 22 carat gold for a touch of luxury and if all that isn’t enough, these are vegan and cruelty free. Result!

The Pastel collection has six shades, of which  I have three, and they are all gorgeous shades. Left to Right we have Lowndes Court, Pastel Lilac and Park Lane.

Jacava LondonI am sorry for the swatches, my nails all broke off recently and are just not in their best condition sadly 🙁  Left to Right is Lowndes Court, Pastel Lilac, Lowndes Court again and Park Lane.

Jacava LondonI love pastels but they are notoriously difficult to work with sometimes and these are a mixed bag in terms of ease of application. My favourite shade, Park Lane, is the trickiest to apply, with Lowndes Court also a little tricky, while Pastel Lilac goes on like a dream. I think its something to do with the amount of white in the formula, makes them a little tippex-y to apply. That said, with a little care and attention, along with some patience its possible to get a great looking manicure. I’ve used some pastels in the past that are impossible to apply neatly but this isn’t the case with these.

With a decent base and top coat I get two to three days of chip free wear which is about average for me. The price for these is £15.50 each which I think is on the high side. I do love the shades though and having had a look through the website there are loads of shades I’d love to try, which is always a good sign for a polish brand, a great colour range!

Although I’ve not heard of this brand before, the ethos and gorgeous shades mean that, in spite of the price, I definitely think this is a brand to watch. You can purchase from the Jacava London website.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes.