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Can you recommend a good nail polish brand?

(29 Posts)
TheGreenNinja Fri 22-Jan-16 10:28:03

I bite my nails. blush I'm trying very hard to stop and find if I paint them, I am less likely to nibble them.
I have a few nail polishes (not many because they are usually too short to paint!) but when I got them out the other day, they are rather old and claggy/gloopy now so I want to treat myself to some new ones.
I'd like a gel-like one (but not gel) and have tried a Lottie London one from Superdrug which is fab. But I don't really like the range of colours they do, I've got a lovely dark red and that's the only one that appeals. I have an essie one which I don't like and a Leighton Denny one which was ok but didn't last long.

Tartyflette Fri 22-Jan-16 10:34:45

Nails Inc do 'gel-effect ' ones. They last a bit longer than LD, but not cheap.

biscuitkumquat Fri 22-Jan-16 10:36:00

I wear gel all the time these days, but when I used normal polish, I always rated OPI. And their base & top coats are fantastic.

polyhymnia Fri 22-Jan-16 11:06:02

I'm a great fan of Essie. Also have a few Chanel ones and Jessica and OPI also good but always return to. Essie.

CoteDAzur Fri 22-Jan-16 11:24:17

OPI is the best. It's far superior to Chanel imho.

Pinkvici22 Fri 22-Jan-16 11:25:50

Essie, OPI or Sally Hansen gel effect

Leviticus Fri 22-Jan-16 11:34:03


TheGreenNinja Fri 22-Jan-16 11:36:14

I've got an essie one already and am not keen on it. It seems a very thin texture (and brush) and I can't get a good finish with it. Doesn't help that I really don't like the colour either, don't know why I bought it.
I'll have a look at the OPI colours...

missmartha01 Fri 22-Jan-16 12:08:41

I love Essie. I bought a couple of Opi colours recently and am surprised at how quickly they chip, I'm sure it used to last longer.

Steben Fri 22-Jan-16 12:09:14

Budget wise you can't beat Rimmel - great brushes too

PiratesLifeForMe Fri 22-Jan-16 12:11:53

Eddie for me too, good quality & affordable

LBOCS2 Fri 22-Jan-16 12:14:31

Budget: use rimmel.

Essie and Nails INC for mid range.

TK Maxx usually have nails inc ones in stock, essie are available on Amazon at a discount.

The trick to making them last is a decent top coat. I use a cheapy Sally Hansen, but lots of people swear by Seche Vite.

polyhymnia Fri 22-Jan-16 12:19:57

Agree Chanel aren't as good texture wise as Essie, OPI, Jessica but do sometimes get tempted by the colours.

Ludways Fri 22-Jan-16 12:34:31

I've always rated Rimmel or Number 7, applied very thinly with more coats. This comes from being a swimmer in my youth and this way lasts better being constantly immersed in water. Applied thicker or posher thicker nail varnishes, these don't last well In water and come away from the nail quicker.

SnookyWookyWooWoo Fri 22-Jan-16 12:51:10

Jessica all the way for me - gorgeous range of colours - not cheap but lovely

Westielove Fri 22-Jan-16 13:42:29

Revlon gel envy are very long lasting, and quite often on some type of offer.

FauxFox Fri 22-Jan-16 13:44:46

OPI are my fav but Seiche Vite top cat makes any brand look 'gel' high shine finish.

Deianira Fri 22-Jan-16 13:50:32

Essie is quite thin, and does chip - so two coats and a decent base/top coat are important. But I find them really easy to apply because of their thickness, and the range of colours is great.

Aquamarine70 Fri 22-Jan-16 13:51:36

Revlon or OPI are good.

BriocheBriocheBrioche Fri 22-Jan-16 13:54:13

I love the little Mavela varnishes. I find they go on really well and are pretty good against chips

burnishedsilver Fri 22-Jan-16 14:08:22

I've tried all kinds of brands and keep coming back to Rimmel. The oringinal smaller bottles seem to wear better than the newer Salon Pro range.

TheGreenNinja Fri 22-Jan-16 14:42:45

Thanks for the suggestions, I've ordered a rimmel, a Nails Inc and the Seche vote top coat so will see how I like these before I order any more!

TheGreenNinja Fri 22-Jan-16 14:50:50

Vite, not vote!

EuropeanSpoon Fri 22-Jan-16 14:59:21

A England. Beautiful colours and the base and top coat are ace. I don't get on with OPI due to the stupid giant brush being wider than some of my nails.
Agree with pps on Rimmel, all my polishes are A England, Rimmel and Essie (though my all time favourite polish is Chanel Fire which is discontinued sad)

splodgeness Fri 22-Jan-16 15:31:47

I used to use Nails Inc, Essie etc. But recently been converted to Rimmel 60 second super shine. The brush is brilliant and it lasts a week.

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