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Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate 0002, Tosylamide, Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Disobutyrate, Trimethyl Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium, Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid and Dimethicone

Formulated without: DBP, toluene and formaldehyde

Color: Gilded lamé sparkles

Product Description: Essie polishes combine a great selection of colors with a chip-resistant and durable formula

My Experience: I’d been wanting to try an Essie polish for a while after seeing rave reviews. I saw As Gold as it Gets twinkling at me from the shop shelf and I had to have it. I’m a sucker for most things gold. This polish is easy to apply, and I only painted one coat to get a subtle yet beautiful golden shimmer. The gold glitter is fine yet coats the nail well and evenly. This is definitely a chic and understated glitter polish. It’s a barely-there gold glimmer that sparkles brilliantly when it catches the light. This is meant to be a top coat that adds something special to another polish, but when I tried it over my Zoya Sarah polish I found that, rather than complimenting it with a fine veil of glitter, it was so glittery it competed with it. So, I’ve since been wearing it on its own and am very pleased with the results. This glitter polish is delicate enough to be worn to work, but could also be a great color for evening if a couple coats are applied to amp up the glitter. And it’s pretty durable – I just washed the dishes and it held up very well.

The Skinny: A beautiful and versatile, yet subtle polish that is also quite durable.

Cost:

UK: £9.95 from lookfantastic

USA: $8 from Essie

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: Butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetyl tributyl citrate, isopropyl alcohol, sterikonium, hectroite, acrylates copolymer and styrene/acrylates copolymer

Formulated Without: Toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) or camphor.

Color: Pearls of dark fuchsia, red-violet and ruby tones in a bright sparkle finish.

Product Description: Long-wearing and toxin-free polish.

My Experience: This is my first Zoya nail polish. I’d heard of the brand before and seen good reviews, so when I saw this screaming red color I snapped it up. This is a brand that places importance on being toxin-free and long-wearing whilst offering over 300 different shades. There are still chemicals in the formula, but they’ve removed some notably harmful ones, such as formaldehyde. And I’m truly impressed with the formula. It only took one coat for what you see in these pictures. And the color is quite unique. It’s a blazing red infused with ripples of gold glitter – hopefully you can see how gorgeous it is in these pictures. I think it’s a very versatile red, too. It’s both summer sultry and winter glam, so you could wear it all year round. And I know what you’re thinking – do I really need another red nail polish? Well, this color was different to any other red polish I saw in the shop that day and it’s different to any other red I own, which is why I didn’t hesitate to buy it! I haven’t worn it long enough to speak on the long-wear factor but, frankly, I’ve never used a nail polish that didn’t start chipping or peeling after only a couple days. And I love Zoya’s website. Not only do they categorize the colors in terms of color family, tone, finish and collection, they also rate each polish’s intensity (1 = sheer and 5 = opaque). Oh, and in case you’re still dithering, Zoya won a Women’s Health Magazine independent panel award for longest-lasting polish.

Note: I used Sally Hansen Age Correct No Chip as a base and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

The Skinny: A unique, blazing red polish loaded with gold glitter that can be worn all year round.  Great polish from a great brand.

Cost:

UK: 

£5.16 from Tiffany’s Nail and Beauty Supples

USA: $8 from Zoya

Rating: 5/5

Product Description: These are peel and apply nail strips that require no drying time and are supposed to last up to 10 days

My Experience: I loved the idea because although I’m fond of nail polish, I don’t use it much because I’m atrocious at painting my stubby little nails. If I use red it looks like I’ve had a horrible mishap with scissors. I’ve also never been able to get through 4 days without some kind of chipping, so the idea of stick-on nails that come in amazing colors and prints that last up to 10 days sent me into fits of hysteric happiness. Almost. Anyway, the kit comes with a little file, cuticle stick and polish strips in various sizes. There are a few extras in case you make a mistake. You’re instructed to select the best fitting strip for each nail, remove the protective plastic cover and peel it from the backing paper before sticking it to your nail. The strips are a bit stretchy. You need to gently pull them over the edges of the nail and then press down to make sure they’re stuck good and fast. Easy enough. However, it took me a while to get the hang of the next step. The nail strips are longer than your nail by about an inch and you’re supposed to remove the excess with the file they’ve provided. My file was too soft to do this, so after some frustration I figured out the easiest way was to tear the excess away from the edges of the nail myself. You need to pull gently downwards after the strip is snug around the nail and you’ll find it stretches until it tears away. My first hand took about half an hour due to mistakes. The second hand took about ten minutes which, believe me, is way quicker than it would have taken me to paint them (from base coat to drying time). And there was no messy paint around the cuticles! However, the suggested lasting time for these is a joke. I had some wear and minor chipping after only 1 day. But the prints are super cute. I think they’re great for a night out when you want something different but can’t be bothered with the fuss and mess of doing your own nails, but I won’t be throwing out my traditional polishes yet. I’d have to buy one of these sets every couple days, which makes them pretty dear. The full range is harder to get your hands on in the UK, but try ebay or the suggested links below.

Check out this hounds tooth print – awesome, no? I heard Hannah from Pretty Little Liars wore these in an episode. I’m not gonna lie – that’s partly why I bought them.

The Skinny: Great prints, easy once you get the hang of it, and no mess! Lasting power is poor, though, so that means they’re not cheap if used regularly. They’re more suited for a special day or night out.

Cost:

UK: from £9.39 from Amazon or some are available for £7.94 from Asda

USA: $8.99 from Ulta

Rating: 3/5