The skull nail polishes are £4 each from Revolution Beauty or Superdrug. They have 12.5 ml of product and a 12-month shelf life once opened (although nail polish doesn’t really expire). They are vegan and cruelty-free.
Calling all Holosexuals, Cristine has released nail polishes. There’s a launch collection that costs $60 (£66.70 including shipping to the UK). You can also get the polishes separately for $11-$13 each. They have 12ml of product and a 12-month of shelf life once opened (although nail polish doesn’t really expire). They are vegan and cruelty-free.
Revolution now has nail polish. Along with the usual cream colours they released a set of neon polishes. I bought two at £4 each. They have 10ml of product and 12-months shelf-life once opened. They are vegan and cruelty-free.
As part of the House range of Boots Harry Potter offerings, there is a set of four house themed polishes.
Color Show is the range of nail varnish by Maybelline. It costs £2.99 online or from your local stockist.
This is a primary yellow, the colour of double yellow lines. You need three coats to get a good opaque colour but it’s still a vibrant colour.
Charged and Ready
It’s the most bright shiny Lime Green. It is opaque in two coats. Be warned, if you have any kid of dents in your nails this will make it show. It’s best to smooth out your nails before using this. It’s fairly chip resistant but not overly so. I really like the also fluorescent colour of this polish. Worth picking up.
This is the most beautiful shade of deep rose pink but it has an amazing twist. It has a two-tone of blue shimmer in it. It’s the most unique shade I’ve seen in a while. It does need two coats for full coverage but you could get away with one.
All of these are relatively chip resistant, Charged and Ready is the worst but that has more to do with the foil-like finish. All are super shiny without a top coat but I’d use a good one anyway to extend wear. For £2.99 you really can’t go wrong.
Here are swatches of Illamasqua’s Limited Edition Raindrops nail polish. Both are limited Edition and cost £13.50 from the Illamasqua website.
Raindrops is described as ‘Sheer light grey, with a jelly finish’. Pink Raindrops is described as ‘cool pink’. There are little bits in each of these to simulate the effects of raindrops.
I purchased Raindrops first. It is as stated a sheer polish, however I’d say it’s more of a blue grey than just a straight grey. It does have a nice high shine finish. In order to get it opaque you need three coats. I do love this polish, despite the need for three coats. I’m not really a sheer nail polish person.
I am ever so slightly disappointed in Pink Raindrops. it is much thicker than Raindrops and does not have the high shine finish either. You can get away with one coat of this polish and be good to go. However if you want high shine you’re going to need a top coat.
The big disadvantage with both of these is that the texture in them is hard to see in unnatural light. The look best in natural light and who spends all their time outside these days? The advantage is that being textured they’re slightly more chip resistant than your basic polishes.
So are they worth it? Yes. Don’t expect the high shine or same texture. They’re in fact very different polishes. They are both however unique and worth the spend.
Meet Rock Hard Nail Effects by 17. It’s a textured nail polish that costs £3.99 either online or at your high street retailer.
They don’t have interesting names the deep navy blue one is called Blue and the black one is called Black. Neither are shiny polishes instead going for a more tarmac type look. It certainly looks rock hard.
It’s easy to apply. You need a thinner base coat of the colour and once that’s dry a nice thick layer on top will make it pretty much perfect. It takes a little longer than normal to dry so just watch out for that.
It’s got good chip resistance and doesn’t need a top coat.
It’s textured, so it is as much of a pain to remove as you’d expect.
It love the blue shade of this and how hard wearing it is. I like it a lot.
Meet Banger from Models Own. It’s part of the fireworks collection and costs £4.99 online or £5 in your local bottleshop.
It’s a glitter polish with a clear base and several different types of glitter in it. There are some really small bits, larger round ones that are blue or pink and lots and lots of long straight pieces that are blue with a green duochrome. It gives the polish an overall blue effect.
The effect is wonderful and definitely looks like fireworks. I love this on a black base but can be used with any complimentary colour for a bang! As it’s a glitter polish it’s a bit of a nightmare to remove but it’s so pretty I don’t care.
I love it. Well worth the cost.
The Nail Geek Full Paints collection costs only £5.96, which means you essentially get one of these colours for free.
There are five colours a primary blue, yellow and red. Also, there’s an apple green and a bright pink. There is a tiny bit of glitter in the green polish but you can’t really see it on the nails.
They’re fairly chip resistant and really don’t need more than two coats. The only one that did need a bit more was the yellow polish. They’ve all got a good shine.
They well worth the cost and if you’re not really a fan of the colours they’re perfect for nail art designs. Personally, I’d prefer the pink to be red to make it a true primary collection but other than that you can’t go wrong.
This is MUA’s nail polish in Natural Days. It’s a light pink polish with a shiny finish.
It’s quite hard to make this opaque. Even after four layers, it wasn’t quite a solid colour. I must admit the older brush in this old style bottle really didn’t help with that but even with the newer brush in the redesigned bottles, it’s not going to be great.
It costs only £1 from the MUA website or Superdrug. Do I think it’s worth it? As a base colour for other things, It’d be okay but it’s really not something I’d recommend even at such a low cost.