in search of the perfect nail varnish

(63 Posts)
eggybrokenoff Tue 07-May-13 21:11:53

like you get in nail bars - the sort of neutral/pinky shade that makes your nails just look healthy, that resists chipping and doesnt need top coat. a boring topic i know but i cant afford a proper manicure or pedicure and my nails look manky

mrspaddy Tue 07-May-13 21:15:17

Hi there.. I have recently bought Maybelline 7 day gel Forever Strong Pro.. colour was Rose Poudre but there were a couple of nude shades. Only cost 4-5 pound. Lasted about six before any little chip. Shellac Type look to it. Exactly what I wanted - same as you - just a tidy look for everyday wear.

eggybrokenoff Tue 07-May-13 21:18:13

that sounds exactly what i want - just a nive clean tidy look for fingers and toes that doesnt need touching up every other day

MotheringShites Tue 07-May-13 21:23:06

My local walk-in nail bar charge £7 for a file and polish. Treat yourself.

mrspaddy Tue 07-May-13 21:23:26

Well I took mine off last night and too tired to redo so I did it while kettle was boiling this morning and it dried perfect and quick.
Now I am not the world greatest groomer.. so that is good for me.
That goodness something finally decent on the market. Will be throwing out my old cheap polishes now. Don't have the time/effort for French either but this has that type of look to it. Won't break the bank either.

dontyouwantmebaby Wed 08-May-13 00:08:13

the new Revlon colourstay ones are brilliant, long-lasting, loads of nude shades to choose from too. cost 7/8 quid in Boots when I last looked. has a wide brush like essie ones have. they have a brilliant shine that looks like you've just been to a salon too. am a total convert to these recently.

Loubyloulou88 Wed 08-May-13 01:22:50

Rimmel 60 seconds in Princess Pink. Has a brilliant applicator brush and two coats of this give your nails a really healthy natural finish. Plus it's easy on the purse. Win win grin x

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Wed 08-May-13 06:10:43

I was just reading about this Bobbi Brown nude polish on a stylist's blog.

Sounds lovely.

Hopefully Wed 08-May-13 06:13:39

Essie does about a zillion shades of neutral, and it's available in boots now.

SundaySimmons Wed 08-May-13 07:05:07

Essie Sugar Daddy

rubyflipper Wed 08-May-13 07:34:31

Essie Allure is a very sheer pale pink that never streaks and makes your nails look naturally glossy and lovely.

Nehru Wed 08-May-13 07:34:58

agree colourstay is good.
the suntan colour is nice

ifancyashandy Wed 08-May-13 07:37:07

Essie with a top coat of Seche Vite lasts me a week. Amazing stuff.

Nehru Wed 08-May-13 07:37:13

oh no ';natural tan"

ananikifo Wed 08-May-13 07:59:35

Avoiding chopping has more to do with application and base/top coat than with brand or formula. In my experience, it's the base coat that makes the biggest difference.

It sounds like the colour you want will depend hugely on your own skin tone, but I bet Essie will have one to match you.

KristyWills Wed 08-May-13 09:19:52

Avon do really good nail varnishes and they dry super quick as well! They do some gorgeous colours as well.

valiumredhead Wed 08-May-13 09:30:49

Nails Inc do great neutral shades, I've just ordered Porchester Square.

carrie74 Wed 08-May-13 09:50:33

Another vote for Essie - great for neutral shades.

gaggiagirl Wed 08-May-13 12:17:18

Another vote for nails inc porchester square and another vote for Essie topped with seche vite.

valiumredhead Wed 08-May-13 14:25:12

I thought of this thread when I was in town earlier, New Rimmel polish called Salon pro in Soul Sister is the MOST perfect neutral pink ever!

JonesH Thu 09-May-13 14:42:34

I would also recommend the OPI Range..they have soo many different shades of pinks, or neutral colours, so you've got a lot to choose from, I would suggest the OPI-Italian Love Affair as there is a nice shine to the polish! I do also think Essie have some great polishes to choose from, and chip resistant too, completely up to you on preference!

gaggiagirl Thu 09-May-13 14:58:52

OPI is on offer 2 bottles for £10 at the original factory shop if anyone has one local to them its worth a look they also have Essie Metallics going cheap.

Stevie77 Thu 09-May-13 15:44:00

I'm an Essie and OPI fan but Essie are pants and chip v quickly. Seche Vite scares me so have never tried it. I suffer in silence...

gaggiagirl Thu 09-May-13 17:32:33

Stevie buy some seche from amazon where its cheaper and give it a whirl I too feared the seche but found it goes on like any other top coat it stinks of nail bar too which adds to its glamour!.

rubyflipper Thu 09-May-13 19:44:26

Just ordered some Seche Vite top coat from amazon - half the price of boots!

bella65 Thu 09-May-13 19:56:24

Marvala- £4 ish and lots of pale shades. Rose Dust is nice but there are loads.

My main gripe with Seche Vite was that it went gloopy before too long and I had to throw it away when it was still half full. Also not too keen on the thick gel like look, I prefer Sally Hansen Insta-Dry.

I've got an Original Factory Shop at the end of the road, will be popping in!

hermioneweasley Thu 09-May-13 22:26:43

Watching with interest

gaggiagirl Fri 10-May-13 06:06:43

My seche vite is new so I'm yet to experience the gloop! Nails inc caviar top coats nice and the base coat looks great on its own.

SundaySimmons Fri 10-May-13 06:14:08

Bella65 mentioned Mavala, they Are a great buy because the pots are dinky size and if you don't wear the polish more than a few times it doesn't feel like such a waste! The nude colour that suits me best from Mavala is called Liberty. It's lovely.

ifancyashandy Fri 10-May-13 07:37:37

I'm wearing Eternal Optimist by Essie - it's a kind of dusky nude / pink. Suits my skin tone (Irish but not pale - freckled and dark hair but tan easily) and makes my wide nails look slimmer and more elegant somehow. Seche Vite over the top (although I sometimes top it with a Revlon glitter in almost exactly the same colour - makes it more 'evening').

hedgefund Fri 10-May-13 08:02:50

\link{ inc jermyn st} essie chips like mad on me

BinksToEnlightenment Fri 10-May-13 10:23:47

I want to try Nail Glow by Dior. That's a transparent pink which is supposed to be an easy manicure effect. It's £18 so still battling with myself over it.

Stevie77 Fri 10-May-13 14:40:22

ifancyashandy my Eternal Optimist is so streaky! Had to apply 3!!! Coats to get a good even coverage. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

This explains my love-hate relationship with Essie didn't stop me buying 10 of their polishes. Some of the formulas and lasting powers are really bad but the colours are fabulous!

hermioneweasley Sun 12-May-13 20:16:43

Sat here with maybelline super stay gel nail colour in french manicure drying. My paws look pretty polished actually, thanks for the tips ladies.

rubyflipper Mon 13-May-13 16:01:02

Bargain time ...

Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure is £1 at Poundword. I bought a deep purple but my branch also had neutral shades and a jade green.
It has basecoat, colour, topcoat, growth treatment and strengthener in one bottle, apparently.

Essie mademoiselle is lovely

LulaPalooza Mon 13-May-13 17:57:31

I have a ridiculously large collection of nail polish. I have tons of pinks/ neutrals but my favourite is Maybelline Rose Poudre

It's a much softer pink than that pic is showing on my PC. It's nice, it's cheap, it goes on well and last for ages.

Essie Ballet Slipper is a lovely pale pink but it's a bugger to apply. You need at least three coats and patience otherwise it goes streaky.

LulaPalooza Mon 13-May-13 18:05:30

Binks Nail Glow by Dior is on offer at Debenhams online for £16.20 with free delivery...

I am on a self-imposed nail polish ban apart from the £30 I spent on OPI stuff online last night until I get better storage. All of my boxes are full. And DH has started to raise his eyebrows rather a lot.

LulaPalooza Mon 13-May-13 18:09:06

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Seche Vite can be de-glooped by something called Seche Restore... or, as I discovered when I was too skint to fork out for SR, with a couple of drops of Cutex conditioning nail polish remover.

Adding remover to nail polish itself is only ever a short term solution to thin it out. Seche restore works much, much better.

But for some reason the Cutex really works with Seche Vite. I can use up a whole bottle.

Apologies for over-posting on this thread. As you can see, I am obsessed.

I did try some isopropyl alcohol (it was on the list of ingredients and DH had some for cleaning his vinyl records) but it didn't work. Didn't think of using nail varnish remover and didn't want to spend any more money on the special solvent (I'm a chemist and can pinch bits of solvent from work so I resent paying ridiculous prices for something which I could probably get from work if only I knew what it was). So I chucked it away, but I had a bottle of Insta-dry, so I've been using that instead. I will remember the Cutex if it ever happens again

gaggiagirl Mon 13-May-13 18:39:57

Lula I've got some cutex woo top tip thanks.

BinksToEnlightenment Mon 13-May-13 19:56:45

Thank you! I'm going to pick it up tomorrow from town. That's when the sale starts in store.

bunnymother Mon 13-May-13 20:40:11

That Maybelline gel polish in Rose Poudre is amazing! I have base coats, good polishes, top coats, blah blah blah. No matter what I do, everything chips within a day. Am on Day 4 with the Maybelline and its still pristine. I didn't use base coat and only added the Maybelline clear gel polish on top to add more shine.

Might bin the Seche Vite, Essie, Revlon and OPI (inc nail envy) now as none came close to the Maybelline gel in terms of not chipping.

hermioneweasley Mon 13-May-13 21:37:00

Off to check out more maybelline....

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 21:41:10

Is it Maybelline Forever Strong or is it called Gel Polish ? planning my shopping trip tomorrow

bunnymother Mon 13-May-13 21:47:57

Just checked - the bottle says "FOrever Strong Super Stay" gel technology and "7 days" is on the bottle. Annoyingly, I can't find it online.

bunnymother Mon 13-May-13 21:49:41

Sorry its "gel nail colour" that's definitely on there. So its different from the normal Forever Strong polish they do.

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 21:50:30

Thank you smile

I've got Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Nude Rose and Really Rosy, both are lovely, Really Rosy is a deeper shade.

valiumredhead Mon 13-May-13 22:02:40

Is it wrong to be excited about new nail polish? blush <shallow>

No it's very right!

LulaPalooza Tue 14-May-13 17:24:51

What WhoKnows said with bells on.

Caveat re: the Cutex/ SV trick... I have only ever tried it with the Cutex moisturising stuff. I don't know if it works with other versions of their remover or any other brand.

Today I am wearing Essie Chinchilly with a top coat of Essie Shine of the Times. It looks a bit like this except that pic is with Nubar Chiffon instead of Essie Chinchilly. Same overall look.

Not at all neutral though. So a bit off topic. Sorry.

That looks nice Lula. I have quite a collection of glitters but mainly only wear them (and deeper bolder colours) in winter. I find the glittery ones a real pain to get off.

I put on the Nude Rose last night, but one nail has chipped already. I'm trying out the No7 base and topcoats with it, after having seen people recommend them on here. So, base coat has a black mark for chipping within 24 hours and top coat isn't all that shiny. Hmm.

thepurplepenguin Tue 14-May-13 18:34:38

This may already have been mentioned, but cosmetics are 3 for 2 in superdrug atm.

I got the maybelline rose poudre 7 day gel finish and 2 others in the same range (not so neutral!) for £8.18.

Re top coat, the no 7 one chips on me, but have just started using the revlon colour stay gel finish top coat which is amazing.

BlueSkySunnyDay Tue 14-May-13 18:47:11

I said on a thread about opi earlier - I am hell on varnish on my fingernails but when I do bother I use OPI Tickle my france-y this one

Ooh, I've got that one Blue - it is lovely.

eggybrokenoff Wed 15-May-13 08:24:21

wow just checked back on this thread randomly after a few days as thought it was finished - best nail advice ever! tried rimmel salon pro - bit streaky. def going to try the mabelline one sounds ideal. was going to get seche top coat but might try mabelline one first. my nauks always chip and thought an expensive top coat might help - but maybe i'll try a semi decent base and top coat first!

BlueSkySunnyDay Wed 15-May-13 10:32:57

Actually I shouldnt have come on these nail threads - I have just looked on google images at the colours in the OPI "top 10" set, I now just HAVE TO buy 4. Luckily Fragrance Direct seem to have them - so I guess not as expensive as it could have been grin

No willpower!

eggybrokenoff Wed 15-May-13 10:58:33

i shouldnt have started ever looking on style pages. i now am planning in buying things i never knew existed! and finding out about websites i never knew existed!

mamalovesmojitos Wed 15-May-13 11:05:43

Gosh nail polish in 'silk' is my fave. Bit cheaper than essie too. I use seche vite for darker colours but don't need it with silk.

BlueSkySunnyDay Wed 15-May-13 12:51:30

Ive just bought a new top coat or id be investing in Seche Vite too!

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