I am addicted to buying nail colours. There, I said it. I have just moved my bottles into a larger toiletry bag. I love the array of colours and shades available. I love to match my nail colour to whatever I’m wearing – sometimes not. I have even bought a new nail colour today! I counted my hoard this evening – it was more than my shoe collection – 45 – including 10 different shades of green. Can you not guess that green is my favourite colour?!
Talking to the assistant in the pharmacy this afternoon about nail colours, I told her that I couldn’t resist a new shade. She replied that she doesn’t indulge herself, but she goes to the nail bar for her professionally applied colours that last 3 weeks. I tried having my nails professionally done – I liked the result – BUT, yes there is a BUT – for me, at any rate.
My reasons for preferring bottled nail colours over professional gel nails:
- My nails are short – I can’t work or type with long nails – and I feel that people with long, pretty nails benefit from the professional touch.
- If I’m working in the warehouse, especially opening boxes, my nails are likely to get chipped. I’d hate to spend money on lovely looking nails that, in the best will of the world, would be chipped half an hour later. Holiday time is the best time to treat myself at the nail bar for those stunning finger & toe nails.
- I get bored easily wearing the same colour, day in, day out. I like to change my nail colour on a daily basis!
I have found that some “cheaper” brands are actually better nail polishes than expensive brands in many ways. I am attracted to colour choice, thickness (I don’t like a thin, watery colour), gel or gel like finish and quick to dry. Here are some of my recent favourite nail colour purchases:
For £1 (or, in some cases 50p if they are end of range), you just can’t beat Poundland for nail colours. They tick all of my boxes: cheap, great colour selection, great 1st layer colour (not too thick or thin) and very quick drying. Decent size bottle too. My two favourite colours from this season’s collection are Copper Kiss and Mushroom Magic.
If you are a fan of pinks/reds or sparkles then Poundland’s Autumn/Winter range should certainly satisfy you, though!
GEORGE AT ASDA
I like this supermarket’s range of gel effect nail colours – the 4 colours from their range this season that I’ve bought are (from left to right) Mali-blu; Twilight; Dusk; Echo. The gel effect nail colours are dearer than the other type of nail enamel produced by Asda, but you are still looking at around £3. Quite a small bottle, but the colours glide on perfectly first time with a decent first coat and are quick drying. I love the latest colour, Twilight, that was introduced in October. It is a dark teal/navy with subtle sparkle… gorgeous. Here’s me wearing Mali-blu (only one coat applied):
You are spoilt for choice with Avon. I have bought many colours and types over the years and found them quite excellent on application, colour and drying abilities. I’ve bought 2 colours from Avon this Autumn – both pastel shades despite the season – Moondust and Lemonade.
I also recently bought 4 other colours from different brands :
Rimmel “On Fleek” 60 seconds Super Shine. This was the colour I bought today. It is a gold/black/green colour that is super sparkly – just great for the Holiday/Party season. Rimmel is one of my favourite make up brands and this nail colour dries super quick.
Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer in “Gleaming Teal”. Fab colour & coverage.
Maybelline Color Show 60 seconds in “Watery Waste” & “Downtown Red”. Perhaps the most expensive of my favoured nail colours – I love the Maybelline brand and the nail colours are pretty bold (& quick drying).
Do you like nail colours? Any favourites? Let me know via my Facebook Page what you think!
All photographs are by Linda Hobden