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Best brands for nail varnish

(23 Posts)
MagicMoneyTree Wed 11-Oct-17 14:04:39

I know the in-thing nowadays is to go to a nail salon or buy the gel polishes and do the UV lamp hardener thing, but it's just not me. I want to keep it simple and just use normal nail varnish from a bottle that I can apply myself and take off with normal nail varnish remover when I can be arsed. I'm happy to splash out and am not looking for a specific colours, more for a reliable product that I can buy in a few different shades. Please hit me with your tried and tested at-home nail varnish brands! Thanks!

LesLavandes Wed 11-Oct-17 14:08:39

I love Dior

RedPanda25 Wed 11-Oct-17 14:16:33

I really like Essie which you can get in boots and also Barry M.

Pommes Wed 11-Oct-17 14:18:32

I've got lots of Essie and Opi nail polish, but recently (as the result of a 3 for 2 deal) have been reminded that No7 is really good too.

MeatAndPotato Wed 11-Oct-17 14:21:39

Maybelline is not to be sniffed at (the 7day gel one) also love Essie, OPI and Mavala

poppym12 Wed 11-Oct-17 14:23:09

Barry m here. Always use a base and top coat, lasts ages.

Highlove Wed 11-Oct-17 14:23:24

OPI is my fave. I think it lasts longest.

Daisy62 Wed 11-Oct-17 14:27:45

I like Mavala, good value and I find the quality is fine. Also it comes in tiny bottles - I have never used up a normal sized bottle in other brands, before it's gone hard and sticky.

MagicMoneyTree Wed 11-Oct-17 14:33:17

Thanks so much for all the recommendations. Will definitely have a look at some of those and make a start on improving my rather pathetic-looking collection!

MagicMoneyTree Wed 11-Oct-17 14:34:59

poppym12 do you use the same make of base/top coat too or do you have a secret weapon?

peppykoala Wed 11-Oct-17 14:35:03

Revlon gel ones, especially with their Diamond Top coat (which I use over everything).

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 11-Oct-17 14:37:43

Nails Inc and Leighton Denny are my favourite nice brands, but I'm also happy with Barry M, Rimmel and suprisingly Asda have some great ones.

ChardonnaysPrettySister Wed 11-Oct-17 14:39:14


Lovely colours and just enough to us up before getting bored with it.

MagicMoneyTree Wed 11-Oct-17 14:40:39

IHaveBrilloHair never seem to have much luck with Rimmel. It never seems to last. Will try some of the others though. Thanks!

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 11-Oct-17 15:13:50

I honestly think it's hit and miss, you can get a brilliant one, and then buy another shade and its shit.

Botanicbaby Wed 11-Oct-17 15:15:15

I'm with you OP I'm sick of those gel manicures and have gone back to basics doing it myself with normal polishes.

The best ever brand I've used yet is Eve Snow! Try it and you'll (hopefully) see what I mean, I noticed the difference as I applied it. Gorgeous colours too.

nigelsbigface Wed 11-Oct-17 15:17:23

Primark. Surprisingly good.

Ilikethai Wed 11-Oct-17 15:18:46

I’ve tried a huge range of nail varnish and I mainly stick with OPI and Essie as they are all opaque in 2 coats. What really makes a difference to staying power is the Seche Vite top coat - absolute game changer in terms of making your polish stay on longer than 3 days so I highly recommend this to prolong any nail varnish wear smile

MagicMoneyTree Wed 11-Oct-17 15:22:47

I don't know why I didn't post here ages ago. Thanks so much for the tips everyone!

poppym12 Wed 11-Oct-17 15:51:06

poppym12do you use the same make of base/top coat too or do you have a secret weapon?

No, that's Barry M too.

Chocolou Wed 11-Oct-17 15:55:09

Jessica is the best. If you apply properly I.e. Base, two coats of colour and top coat it can last up to 2 weeks. Their brilliance is THE best top coat ever. And their newish spray dryer really does dry your nails in 10 mins.

Argeles Wed 11-Oct-17 15:56:53

Ciaté is the best brand for me.

Dishevelled09 Wed 11-Oct-17 16:52:44

Essence from Wilkos.They are gel polishes, apply the top coat, lasts well, costs about £2 a bottle and comes off with normal nail varnish remover. Used to always be a mavala fan.

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