Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel 60 second Drying Nail Polish
Member Name: memphisto_chick
Rimmel 60 second Drying Nail Polish
Disadvantages: Doesn't live up to promises, difficult application & removal
One of my new year's resolutions was to stop biting my nails. I'd actually managed to do this before Christmas and as it was the season of parties and dinners, I needed to glam up my nails with a cheap, yet effective nail varnish.
After popping into Wilkinson's for a few other cosmetic bits pieces, I noticed that they had a small selection of Rimmel nail polishes, one particularly stood out as it seemed to match the new shoes I bought perfectly. I picked up a bottle of Rimmel's 60 seconds with Vinyl Stars Nail Polish. The Vinyl stars range promises high shine but it sits within the 60 second nail polish range.
I opted for a colour called Star Dust (shade number 621); the colour was a like mocha gold, with an almost opalescent effect and small glitter particles. I paid £2.89 for my nail varnish.
The packaging, as with most nail varnishes, is pretty basic. This was an 8ml dumpy bottle, with a black lid and brush within. The bottle was mounted within cardboard, which I felt was a waste of packaging, as most of the time; nail varnish is just bought in the bottle.
There were no particular instructions for this nail polish but it does promise the following on the cardboard packaging:
Quick drying formula dries in 60 seconds.
One coat full colour coverage.
With vinyl for a high shine finish.
Long-lasting wear for up to 4 days.
It all sounded very good and particularly so for the price I paid, I did feel that this product did everything I wanted it to do.
I got home and proceeded to try the nail varnish on my finger and toe nails.
When I first opened the bottle, I noticed the varnish itself was very thick and gloopy, I had never noticed this in a nail varnish before, so I wasn't entirely sure if this was good or bad, but using toe separators, I used this on my toe nails first.
Applying the varnish, the one thing that really overwhelmed me was the smell of the varnish, it was much more highly solvent than I had experienced before and this put me off slightly. I began to apply the varnish in any case. I noticed that the varnish didn't give particularly good coverage with the promised one coat application. I wasn't convinced that this was just due to the fact I like my colours quite 'heavy' but I could see my nail was visible under the coat. Well, I thought to myself, it'll only be 60 seconds before I can apply another coat, or so I thought.
After 60 seconds the varnish was not dry in the slightest and touching it just made a smudge mark and trying to apply a further coat just made the situation worse, the two coats of varnishes seem to have a funny chemical reaction and both coats became quite sticky and the top coat became hard to apply. I did this on 2 nails and decided to leave the rest for a good 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, the nails were all touch dry and I was able to apply a second coat of varnish. Applying a second coat meant the smell wasn't too bad and the varnish was much easier to apply. This second coat gave a much more even coverage and gave a colour which was much more like the colour in the bottle.
I decided, in the interests of reviewing, to take a slightly different tack with applying the varnish to my finger nails. I decided to use a base coat to see if this would make the initial application any easy than it had been on my toes.
After applying my base coat, I applied the varnish again. Sadly, like my toes before, the varnish did not offer a great level or colour or coverage with just the one coat and also like before, it took a good 5 minutes before my nails were dry enough to apply a second coat.
After my initial disappointment with this polish, I decided to let it have another chance, how long would it stay on without chipping or peeling?
Well, we went for a dinner with a Rotary club and I can honestly say nothing strenuous or exciting was done, other than eating a dinner and drinking some wine.
Disappointingly, once I got home, my nails were in an awful state, many were chipped and my two thumb nails had peeled quite badly. This was after no more than about 6 hours and it left me wondering where on earth they got their claim that it would last for 4 days from. However, my toes faired slightly better, only 2 of my toe nails had slightly chipped and there was no peeling here at all. 5 days later the nail varnish on my toe nails became too chipped to wear any longer, I felt this was a decent enough length of time to wear the polish.
I decided that my finger nails were in too bad a state to be left on, so I decided that I would remove the varnish with a Cutex nail polish remover. My normal technique is to soak a cotton wool pad in remover and then apply to the nails for a few seconds before sweeping off. I assumed that this would be a good technique to adopt with this polish as it appeared to come off so easily.
Strangely, the polish that was so eager to chip and peel wasn't so eager to be removed, it took 4 or 5 attempts with thoroughly soaked cotton wool and much elbow grease before the varnish would come off. The same was the case when I attempted to remove the varnish from my toe nails 5 days later.
Sadly, I have never used this nail varnish again, it's languishing in the bottom of my make up bag and it's unlikely to see the light of day again!
I have to admit to not being too disappointed, you do get what you pay for in the end.
Overall, I can't recommend this nail varnish, even at the price because it just doesn't live up to its promises and the quality is questionable. I just felt that with this nail varnish, it could have been so good, but it didn't shine, it wasn't touch dry after 60 seconds and the 4 day no chip promise was simply non existent. Maybe clearer instructions on use or preparation of your nails could have been provided and maybe this would make for a better experience.
Next time, I will spend my money a bit more wisely and buy a better brand of nail polish.
Thanks for reading.
30 month shelf life.
Summary: Cheap polish, no good for the real woman!