Product Type: Boots 17 makeup
Newest Review: ... bit of information about the product. The brand state this nail polish gives "up to 5 days of lasting colour" and boast that it... more
17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish
Member Name: cyberem78
17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish
Advantages: Wide range of colours. Cheap.
Disadvantages: Dull finish. Is not chip resisitant as stated.
I have a big collection of nail varnishes which are all made by different brands. I often tend to buy nail polishes simply based on their colour in order to match a particular outfit. This is exactly why I purchased a bottle of Boots' 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish. I had never used this particular product before so I had no idea about it's quality but the colour of the polish was the exact shade I needed to co-ordinate my look with my clothing and accessories!
This product comes in a 8ml sized glass bottle. It's a rather small bottle but the top is 3 centimetres long and allows for a good grip. The wand is just over 2 centimetres long whilst the brush itself is almost 1 1/2 centimetres long. The overall shortness of the wand means that you have a lot of control when applying. The brush is not too wide, however, which means multiple strokes across the nail for full coverage.
The bottle is printed with a bit of information about the product. The brand state this nail polish gives "up to 5 days of lasting colour" and boast that it is "chip resistant". Instructions for use are also given. You must shake the polish well prior to using and apply two coats for maximum coverage. The polish is marked as being flammable.
I have this polish in the shade TROPICAL ISLAND although there are currently 22 shades available in most colours including reds, pinks, blues, greens, greys and neutrals. Tropical Island is a bright gaudy orange or coral colour. It is also flecked with shiny gold pieces. It looks like a very exotic and loud shade. When I first applied this to my nails I was surprised at how transparent the colour was. In the bottle it looks very dark and rich but one coat on the nails is barely visible. You have to apply two coats to see the impact and even then this shade is quite translucent despite the colour being very eye catching you can still see through the orange and the outline of the nail edges are visible. The golden speckles are also not as noticeable as they are when you look at the liquid in the bottle. Once on the nail the golden smattering is quite faint and looks more like a dulled bronze. Although the Tropical Island shade is not what I thought it would be it's still a bright and energetic colour that really makes your nails stand out. The actual hue matches that of the colour swatch and if you hold your nails up to the bottle it is the same colour, just not as dense.
What I have noticed about this polish is that it's not ultra shiny. It isn't quite matt either but the finish looks rather dull. This does not really help to highlight the sparkles in my particular shade. It also makes the job look like it's old - as though I've been wearing the polish for a couple of days and dust has settled over the nail surface! I like my polishes to look glamorous and bright or if they are matt then they should be an intense colour. This polish is neither, unfortunately.
Despite the brand claiming this is chip resistant and colourfast for five days I haven't been able to last that long without the polish being scraped or chipped. It's no better than other polishes I've used in this sense. However, it doesn't feel thin on the nail surface after two or more coats and it can withstand soft knocks and scratching. I tend to use my hands a lot and for lots of dirty jobs so it's possible those who are less 'hands on' might see their polish last longer!
Although I'd be willing to try another shade in this polish to see if that makes a positive difference I haven't really been impressed with this polish. It's not one of my favourite products in my collection due to the finish it gives and it's overall quality. It is one of the cheaper nail polishes I've bought so that might be indicative of it's quality too. A bottle costs £2.99.
The polish is available online at Boots or in their high street stores.
Summary: Cheap but not very impressive.