Product Type: 2True makeup
Newest Review: ... through the bottle and is quite dark and vampy. The label promises up to five days wear with this colour. In use To be honest I wasn't exp... more
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2True Glossywear Nail Polish
Member Name: sandemp
2True Glossywear Nail Polish
Advantages: Cheap, funky colours, easy to remove
Disadvantages: Can stain, brush a little awkward
I'm not really a girly-girl and don't tend to wear make-up very often, but I am very proud of my nails. For the first thirty-five years of my life my nails were ragged from my constant nail biting, but since quitting that particular nasty habit four years ago, they've been all sorts of different lengths and almost any colour that you could think of. I have a huge collection of different colour nail varnishes and because I get bored with a colour quite quickly, I tend to buy my varnishes as cheaply as possible. This is where the 2 True Glossy Wear nail varnish comes into it's own at the ridiculously low price of £1.99 a bottle.
From what I can tell the 2 True make-up range is exclusive to Superdrug, I've certainly never seen it anywhere else. This is also a budget range that is probably not really intended for my age group, but as I don't often wear make-up, I don't really see the point in paying more when I can get reasonable results with this, even if it does take a little effort. Within the Glossy Wear nail varnish range there is a large number of different shades, many of which are funky and unusual. I personally own about ten different shades, including a very funky tangerine orange, line green, slightly sparkly midnight blue and of course a clear top coat.
Each stumpy bottle contains 9ml of thin varnish that smells just as bad as any other nail varnish I've used. I do actually like the design of the bottle, I find them far easier to open than tapered bottles, even one-handed. As with all nail varnishes, the brush is housed in the lid, but I must admit that this brush is not only very thin, but it is also quite short, which does make applying the varnish a little awkward.
Although the bottle suggests applying two coats of this varnish, I always find that I get the best results from applying three thin coats followed by a top coat. While the first coat dries very quickly (under two minutes), I do find that results from this single coat is wishy-washy and streaky. A second coat, takes considerably longer to dry and still leaves a few almost unnoticeable streaks, but adding a third coat gives me a solid, vivid colour with a lovely sheen (although not as high gloss as the name would suggest). This third coat does take a good ten minutes to dry though and during this time it will mark and dent, so I tend to do one hand at a time, so that I can still go to the loo without worrying about ruining my hard work.
If worn without top coat the claims of up to five days wear are a little on the over optimistic side. I'm a typical stay at home Mum, who does normal housework and child care, and without top coat, I'm lucky if the colour hasn't chipped within two days. Oh and rather then just chipping, I do find that this polish tends to peel off, which makes it far harder to do touch ups. When used in combination with the top coat, the five day claim is far more realistic. I do find that the colour at the tips of my nails starts to fade by the end of day three, but my nails still look good for the whole five days as long as I've not done anything to scratch the surface.
When it comes to removing the varnish, I've never had a problem whether using cheap liquid remover or pads. Unlike some brands of cheap varnish, this dissolves easily and comes off with a few wipes. But, be warned some of the colours do stain the nails, especially the lime green. Now for me that's not a problem, I always re-paint my nails, but if you need to have your nails 'naked' for work or school, then I'd really suggest a base coat, as my 'natural' nails are currently a rather un-fetching shade of yellow.
I've owned some of my bottles of 2 True Glossy Wear nail varnish for over a year now, and the polish within them is still as thin and easy to apply as the day I bought them. Even with regular use, each bottle also seems to last a long time, many of my bottles look hardly touched, as although I do apply three coats, each coat is very thin.
All in all this is one of my favourite ranges of nail varnish, I love the range of colours as there's always something to match my mood and outfit. I also love the price, under £2 a bottle is certainly not to be sniffed at. Ok, maybe it's not the easiest nail varnish to apply, the quickest to dry or the most hard wearing, but with a little effort I can get some really nice results and it's easy to remove. I'm therefore giving 2 True Glossy Wear nail varnish a healthy four stars out of five and recommending it to those who are looking for some slightly unusual colours, are willing to put a bit of effort in and most importantly are on a budget.
Summary: Budget nail varnish