Product Type: 2True makeup
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Glitz and Gloss
2True Glossywear Nail Polish
Member Name: ryeb
2True Glossywear Nail Polish
Advantages: Great range of unusual colours, wide choice of finishes, low price
Disadvantages: Needs to be shaked very well to acheive a good texture, takes a long time to dry for me
Having been impressed by a face powder made by the budget make up brand 2true, I decided to try out some of their other products. I can't resist trying new nail polishes so I decided to make one of those my next purchase. I already had the clear version, but I wanted to try one of their glittery shades. I opted for no.49 whch is a frosted aqua with a sparkly finish.
There are a few different nail polish ranges made by 2true - the polishes I am reviewing come from the Glossy Wear collection. According to the brand's website, either 32 or 40 shades are available in total, dependng on which part of it you believe. I have never seen anything like that many to choose from in Superdrug, who are I believe the only stockists. If I was looking for a pale, natural coloured polish, 2true wouldn't be the brand I first thought of buying from. I assosciate them with brighter shades - there are plenty of neon, metallic, pearl and irridescent shades to chose from. Others have a lightly glittery finish on close inspection, such as the shade 49 that I have been wearing. Whatever the finish, the polishes cost just £1.99 each, and they are included in a mix and match "any 3 for £4.99" offer on 2true cosmetics. That promotion has been running for as long as I can remember!
The bottles are 9 ml in size so they are not the biggest available. The bottle design is short and squat, which means a short and stubby brush. That is my least favourite type as I don't think they are comfortable to hold, especially when you are trying to keep a steady hand. I can put up with it, given the low price though. The brush head doesn't fan out very well, so it isn't easy to do your nail in just a couple of strokes. Having said that, it is also good at giving a neat finish near the nail edge as the bristles don't threaten to touch your surrounding skin.
I think that while it is a good idea to shake all polishes before you use them, the 2true ones benefit from that more than most. It doesn't matter too much with the clear one that I have, but the aqua one is apt to look watery without a very good shake. The Glossy Wear polish is meant to be applied in 2 coats, but even so I thought the first layer of aqua was very pale looking and that I would probably need more like 3 coats to achieve an opaque finish. An extra vigourous bottle shake later, it had developed a much better and thicker consistency, and I was able to actually get away with a single coat. This is useful as each coat takes a relatively long time to dry. I think the nails still feel slightly "tacky" after 15 minutes or more, so this isn't a polish to apply at the last minute. Once done, the colour is even and strong, and it looks like it did in the bottle.
THE FINISHED RESULT
The clear polish dries to a smooth and glossy finish, and I can't fault it. My nails look neatly finished and the shine doesn't fade before the polish. The frosted aqua polish doesn't really have such a glossy finish to me. It isn't matte, but it is much duller in comparision to the clear one, which isn't what I was expecting given the name of the range. I like the colour, and the fact the gltter is only visible close up makes it a bit more subtle and versatile than a full on glitter polish, although I love those too. It means I would also wear it in the summer when I think it will look good on my toes. Both polishes last about 4 days without chipping, if I haven't used a top coat, which is an average time for a varnish to last for me. The chips when they come are the typical small ones at the edges, rather than big flakes, so I can sometimes repair a nail neatly rather than having to start all over again.
Some polishes with glitter particles are hard to get off in my experience, but thankfully I have had no trouble with the 2true ones. The clear comes off very quickly too, using a basic liquid remover. Neither leaves any kind of staining behind, which is something of a relief given the strength of the aqua colouring!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE POLISH?
I think that should you want to try a different kind of finish, such as metallic, for the first time, you would find plenty of choice amongst 2trues offerings. So you could experiment at a low cost. I think several colours that they offer are quite unique, and for that reason I would buy from the range again. I think that they don't have the best consistency at first, but as shaking the bottle more than normal corrects a lot of that, I am not going to complain too much. I would prefer a brush that fans out more, but considering the price, and the fact my other niggles are small ones, I would recommend it. The only exception would be if you were looking for a quick dry polish, as in my experience, it definitely isn't that.
[This review is also on Ciao under my user name.]
Summary: A slow drying but purse friendly polish in a wide choice of colours