Its feels like ages since I showed you a nail polish, probably because I am embarrassed by how bad I am at painting my nails; especially compared to some of the beautiful and creative nail art that some bloggers post. Anyway, if there is one colour that really stands out this autumn winter season, it has to be cobalt blue. It’s absolutely everywhere and I for one love it. As we get closer to the party season we will be seeing more and more jewel tones hitting the shelves and rails. With this in mind I couldn’t walk past this sapphire coloured bottle. The colour is strikingly electric blue and is definitely nicer on than in the bottle.
OPI is not one of the cheapest nail polish brands and usually retail in around the tenner mark. To me this puts it in the luxury bracket. Now some of you dainty handed ladies will fare a lot better than me with these but I usually find that OPI polishes tend to start chipping after about two days. Sometimes when nail polish starts to chip it will be just little nicks around the tips of the nails that aren’t that noticeable and you can still get a few more days wear out of it. With this particular polish the chips were massive, taking polish off nearly half the nail. I didn’t really need to use remover because most of the polish chipped and peeled off by itself. Now it has to be said that it’s not making any long wear claims but with cheaper brands turning out way better formulas and some of them are even starting to rival OPI in the colours on offer, this is not looking like value for money to me. However, I bought it for the colour and the colour is gorgeous, even if it is only for the weekend.
My local Pennys has a Rimmel London stand right at the entrance to where you queue for the till. That’s right they got me again. Those evil geniuses know exactly what they are doing, catching suckers like me every time. Simply sizzling is part of the new Salon Pro range that launched in late April.
This colour is bright pink and it screams summer. It’s a very pretty colour and looks especially great on toes (don’t worry I won’t subject you to a photo of my feet). The colour is really eye catching so be careful when driving to keep your eyes on the road and not looking at your pretty nails.
The range promises a long lasting, chip resistant and anti-fade colour that will last up to 10 days. It took two coats for full opacity. It has a brilliant wide brush that’s not too soft or too firm, which makes it easy to apply. There is nothing worse than a really thin and soft, flimsy brush. I didn’t use any top coat with this. The finish is nice and super shiny, but I’m not expecting to get ten days out of this mani. I’m far too hard on nail polish. I always seem to smudge or chip it before day one is out.
It’ll last longer on my toes for some reason but at €6.45 I’m really not disappointed that it won’t last long on my hands; I wouldn’t expect any DIY nail polish to last 10 days. The price is good for what you get and the shiny finish is impressive. I am definitely going to try some of the other 22 colours in the Salon Pro range, 9 of which were developed in collaboration with Kate Moss and bear her signature. Any suggestions for which one to try next?
(it looks like it’s smiling at me)
The minute I saw this post on Fluff and Fripperies, I hot footed it over to the House of Fraser website. I had intended on buying the same one as Emma, which is Princess and is super pretty. However, after looking at the other three shades in Dior’s limited edition range, I eventually settled on Spring Ball.
As you would expect from Dior, and for the price tag, which is about €23.50, the quality is very good. Now, I’m no nail polish expert, in fact I’m a bit of a messer when it comes to painting my nails. However, I can tell you that I like the formula, the consistency is thick so I find it’s easy to work with and it looks perfectly opaque after applying two coats. I can also tell you that the formula is quick drying and the finish is shiny, shiny but what’s the point, you’re already scrolling down to the next picture, blah, blah, quick drying or something. Oh Pretty, shiny!
Spring Ball is a sparkling peachy pink. It’s packed with tiny gold, pink and silver shimmers. It’s like applying a sparkly, shimmery lip gloss but to your nails. The finish is kinda pearlescent.
(no flash used in any of the photos)
If you’re finished drooling, you might note that this baby lasts well, even for someone as rough on the hoofs as me. Another point to note is that because the sparkle is so fine, it’s easy enough to remove, not that you’ll want to.
Tempted? Or is it just me that’s a magpie?
I spotted this cornflower blue shade nail polish in Boots recently and purchased it as part of a 3 for 2 the price is €7.99. In fact, this bright blue is hard to miss but it is really pretty. It’s the kind of colour that whispers it’s Spring as opposed to some of the neons and bright pastels that scream Spring. It’s the kinda colour that’ll look good year round but it’s bright enough to give you the Summer’s-a-coming hit that we crave off of bright colours as days get brighter and longer.
The formula is good as the finish is fully opaque with two shades. The finish is definitely high shine, which you can see in the pictures, I didn’t use a top coat. The brush is a goodun; it’s nice and wide for easy application. That means a lot coming from me because I am brutal at painting my nails. I’m a total messer.
Unfortunately, it definitely won’t be lasting anywhere near as long as 7 days. I would say I am fairly rough on nail polish and don’t usually expect much from long lasting claims. However, when I see a new formula claiming to last I do get my hopes up a wee bit; someday there will be a DIY polish that will last me more than a day.
My local Pennys has a Rimmel London stand right at the entrance to where you queue for the till. Yup, they know exactly what they are doing, catching suckers like me every time. Since the new Kate Moss Salon Pro range that I’ve been reading about in a few other blogs lately is not available till late April, I settled on this little beauty.
I love green, especially teal green. Ladies it doesn’t need to be Paddy’s day to wear your green. This colour is bright but not too “hey it’s spring” because it doesn’t feel like spring: it’s freekin birr out. Sea Green is from the Lycra Pro Professional Finish range. These promise a long lasting, chip resistant and anti-fade colour that will last up to 10 days.
It took two coats for full opacity. It has a brilliant wide brush that’s not too soft or too firm, which makes it easy to apply. There is nothing worse than a really thin and soft, flimsy brush. I didn’t use any top coat with this. The finish is nice and shiny, but I’m not expecting to get ten days out of this mani. I been to the jacks once and I already have a scratch . A nail polish’s ability to survive pulling your trousers down and back up is a true testament to its durability; especially if they are super skinny jeans.
So it won’t last long but I’m fine with that because it’s €5.95 and quick and easy to apply and I already have another polish lined up for the weekend.