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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Best Drugstore Nail Polishes I've Ever Tried.


Whenever I would wander the isles of Boots looking for nail polish, Essie was my go-to - anyone else? Even though it didn't last super super well on me, I'd say a few days, the colour selection was on-point and they applied beautifully. However, making the rounds on various online blogs and Instagrams were the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, so I bought a few, and here's what I thought...


The Shade Selection
It's not the biggest shade range ever, compared to brands such as Essie and OPI it does seem limited, but the shades they do have are very lovely. They have around 40-50 shades, which okay does sound like a lot, but if your Boots is anything like mine it won't have the entire selection. They have everything from nudes, reds, pinks, and few other fun colours in there too. I'm a neutral girl through and through so I picked up the shades Plush Blush, Birthday Suit, Mauve-olous, and red shade called Redgy to mix things up - oo how wild.

Pink Blush
This is the most sheer out of the four I have, but I always find with pale pink shades like this they tend to need 3 coats. I really like pale shades like this for everyday wear as they just make your nails look very groomed and classy. This one has a slight pearlescent sheen to it, so it's not flat looking on the nails, something I do like with pale shades. 

Birthday Suit
This is your classic nude, not much to say. I do find nude nail polishes like nude lipsticks, you have to play around and see which tones and finishes suit you. I find I prefer to use creamy beige shades with a bit of shimmer to them, and that's exactly what Birthday Suit is. It's a very subtle shade, as you can imagine, but I love that look. 

Mauve-olous
This is a really nice bold-nude shade, if that makes sense? It's not a super bright, in your face shade, but it is more detectable on the nails than the previous two I've mentioned. This is probably going to be my go-to over the Autumn as I love the deep rosy mauve shade, it's a gorgeous colour. 

Redgy
I had to pick up a red, purely because I think three nudes is enough - until I go back next week and pick up three more...I loved wearing this one over the summer, it's a lovely coral red shade. I tend to wear this on my toes as I love how bright it is, and I always opt for a brighter polish on my toes! If you love red nails I think this would be right up your street! 



The Formula
I have completely fallen for the formula of these, I think they're beautiful. As the name would suggest, they are meant to mimic a gel manicure for half the price and half the effort. Do I think they give you salon finish results, no, but do I think they give the best finish and last longer than any other drugstore polish I have tried, yes yes yes! Out of the four, Mauve-olous lasts the best on me for some reason, I can get a good 7 days with this and it does still manage to look presentable for that time. It's a pretty groundbreaking formula for the price I must say. These retail for £9.99 so not too shabby. Apart from Pink Blush, you can easily get away with 2 coats of these polishes and they go on very smoothly and the brush makes it super easy to coat the entire nail. Something to note, I don't have the Gel Top Coat, which is part of the line, I simply use whichever one I have at home and that does the trick. 



Please let me know if you have ever tried these and the shades you love! I'm also very intrigued by the top coat and if that does make a difference or not, so if you have that and use the two together, do let me know your thoughts! Also, please let me know your favourite nail polish brand, or range, down below as I'm currently can't stop buying them!! 

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