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'Headline Colors Spotlight Nail Polish'
I purchased my first bottle of 'Headline Colours Spotlight Nail Polish' from 'Amazon' for just over £5, which I thought was quite good value for money as a bottle normally retails for £9. Although I bought mine from 'Amazon' they are also available from 'Headline Color's' official website (www.headlinecolors.com).
They do not offer a very varied range of colours, however the colors that are on offer range from pastel shades such as 'Quicksand' which is a little purple, pinky color to 'Gunmetal' which is a black and 'Firewater' which is a very nice deep red color.
On first trying this nail polish I was highly disappointed with the quality of the formula, when I applied the first coat it seemed very watery, meaning the first coat I applied, even of the 'Firewater' was incredibly transparent. It took five coats of the polish to get a decent coverage, that looked good and that was thick enough to hide my natural nail colour. Because of the number of coats I had to apply the varnish took absolutely forever to dry.
After wearing the varnish for only one day, and in that day I was doing what would be considered light activity. The varnish was chipped and scratched, on the plus side it was removed from my nails quite easily but applying it took so long in the first place I could not be bothered to do it all over again.
Overall I would not invest in this product again, the colour range and the quality of the nail varnish is not fantastic, it chips and scratches way too easily. It is a very expensive product to waste so much money on.
I recieved a bottle of Headline Colours nail polish from a doting elderly relative who often passes on little bits and pieces she thinks I would like. For once though this was potentially a useful item (unlike the hotel soaps) and so I proceeded to apply it to my nails.
Now, presumably intensity of coverage on the first application varies between colours, as with any brand, but the silver Headline Colours polish was, I'm confident, abnormally thin. In fact, I ended up applying around 4 layers to each nail before I was totally satisfied that I could no longer see my natural pink nail.
I have to say, the finished look has a beautifully metallic (or whatever colour you chose) shine and really does stand out, and on top of this, is rather long lasting. Compared to some polishes I have experimented with, which often last less than a day of normal wear and tear; the Headline polish lasted my a little less than a week before I deemed it too messy to remove.
For a modest price of between £6 and £7, I would say this nail polish is worthwhile getting, as long as you are patient enough to apply several coats (unlike me who ends up smudging it because I cant wait long enough).
As a subscriber to Glossy Box, each month I receive a selection of beauty products, which gives me an opportunity to try out new brands without spending a fortune. Contained inside my May box was a full sized 10 ml glass bottle of nail polish created by Headline Colors; a brand that was totally unfamiliar to me. Whilst the packaging is fairly appealing to the eye with its chunky black lid being of an identical size to the bottle itself, I was unimpressed with the colour, which appeared to be a dull shade of brown and nothing like Dooyoo's image as displayed above. As a result, the bottle was dumped in a box amongst my other nail polishes and it was only a couple of weeks ago that I decided to try it out with this review discussing my thoughts.
I normally use a base coat prior to applying polish, as in addition to preventing staining to my nail, it provides a good base for the polish to adhere. However, as I was in a rush when using this product for the first time I omitted this stage. I favour the fact that the lid is square in shape as this enables me to obtain an easy grasp to open the bottle and maintain a firm hold during the application process.
I found the polish to be of a good consistency with the brush being created with quality bristles, which adequately and smoothly covered my nail as I coated it with the varnish in three strokes starting with the centre. The effect is simply stunning and instead of the dull brown colour that I was anticipating, my nail offered a shade of silver combined with a delicate shade of pale brown together with a beautiful glossy shine.
It was at this point that I noticed the name of the colour, namely Spotlight, which is located on the reverse of the bottle and according to the information contained on the website of Headline Colors, the colour is described as a "sci-fi silver as seen on the NASA space station look-alike runway of Jonathan Saunders". However, there is a typo on their website where they have described the colour as "sliver!".
Whilst one coat was sufficient with no lighter patches, I decided to apply a second especially as Headline Colors state that the first coat is intended to fix the polish with the second providing an opaque, glossy top coat. Furthermore, I was pleasantly surprised at the few minutes that it took the polish to dry, which is excellent when making a comparison with some brands that seem to take a lifetime. I generally tend to apply a clear top coat to set my nail polishes, but I didn't feel the need when using this, so skipped this stage in the hope that the colour would remain in perfect condition for a good few days.
I learned from the Headline Colors website that their Nail Polishes contain UV absorbers, which are claimed to deliver extra staying power and the ingredients include a blend of four plasticisers, which allow nails to flex without colour chipping, flaking or cracking. In addition, their polishes are free of toxins although I must admit that I have never researched the ingredients of any of the nails polishes that I use.
As my poor hands are frequently in and out of water with my nails being knocked whilst carrying out normal day-to-day chores, I was eager to discover whether the claim of extra staying power was actually true. I generally find that it is the tips of my nails that initially show signs of wear where the colour begins to chip. Unfortunately, it was less than twenty four hours when I noticed the polish chipping away from the tips of my nails. As a result, I removed the polish with the aid of a normal nail polish remover and reapplied but this time applying a layer of clear top coat. This time I achieved slightly better results although the polish lasted for only two days before it began to chip.
Whilst I adore the stunning colour of Spotlight, which I learned is a limited edition, it really is not worth the £9 asking price. You can make a purchase directly from the Headline Colors website with the prices of other colours starting at £6.75. Due to the reasons discussed above I am unable to make a recommendation and can award only two stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
In my first Glossybox (a monthly subscription for beauty products), I received a Headline Colors Nail Polish. Headline isn't a brand I had heard of before but probably because it is so new. At the minute, 2 collections are available to buy which consist of The Spring/ Summer 13 Catwalk collection and the 12/13 Autumn/ Collection.
Each nail polish costs £9 and can be bought from: http://headlinecolors.com/shop/
As I got this product through Glossybox, I had no choice over the colour I received but I did get the Spotlight colour. The nail polish comes in a small, square glass bottle which is see through. The bottom of the bottle has the Headline Colours logo but nothing else which makes the packaging quite plain. The lid is made from black plastic which is a nice contrast with the clear glass.
The colour I received is a silvery purple kind of shade which can be seen easily in the bottle. After taking off the lid and revealing the brush, it quickly became clear that this nail polish was quite thin in consistency. However, Headline advise to 'Apply two thin coats to clean nails'. As I painted on the first coat, I could instantly see just how thin the liquid was. The first coat was extremely streaky and at this point I was not at all impressed with how it looked on my nails.
Luckily, the second coat looked a lot better. Instead of the thin, streaky colour that I had before, the second coat gave my nails a wonderfully shiny metallic finish. I have never had a nail polish that is so different from one coat to the next but I was really pleased to see that the finish had improved a great deal. I also really liked the finished colour. Although the nail polish looks more silver in the bottle, it ends up more of a metallic lilac after the final coat.
While I really like the colour of this nail polish, I cannot say that it is worth the hefty £9 price tag. I painted my nails at about 8 or 9pm at night but by 10am the next morning, they were chipped... a lot. My nails looked terrible and I hadn't done anything particularly harsh in order to cause the chipping. None of my other nail polishes chip this easily and they are all a lot cheaper than £9. The nail polish is also really easily removed, which is a good thing in this case. I couldn't wait to get it off after it looked so bad.
Unfortunately, while this new range does do some fantastic colours, I just cannot recommend it due to it not lasting even 24 hours.
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