“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Nail Varnish / Suitable for: Nails „
Ever since my housemate has started getting into nail art, I too have started paying attention to my own nailcare, so I've decided to start purchasing my own nail polish collection. Usually I've been sticking to Superdrug and their MUA range, but when I popped into Boots one time I decided to try out the '17' brand nail polish for a change. I chose from the 'Fast Finish' collection because I like my nails to dry fast so I can move onto doing other activities without them being smudged. Each '17' nail polish bottle costs £2.99 for 8ml worth; this isn't as low as Make Up Academy's £1 per bottle but it's still very cheap compared to the premium brands.
The colour I picked up is 'True Blue', a very dark shade of...well, royal blue of course! The '17' bottle is completely transparent with a black lid, so very basic but an indicator of the quality you should be expecting. There are no ingredients listed but given the size of the bottle making for a lack of space this doesn't matter much. Unscrewing the lid is easy enough and the brush inside picks up a lot of polish (although quite a lot of it gets onto the stick too) giving you an even coverage on your nails. However it is quite pigmented, as even with such a dark colour put on I could still see the base of my nails after one coat, so I would recommend a second to get the best results.
So, Boots claim that one coat of this nail polish should dry in 60 seconds- is it true? Well after applied my first coat it's a yes! A minute after application I touched my fingernails and no polish came off them, which pleased me a lot. They are only touch dry though after that minute, so I wouldn't do anything too hard on your fingernails if you don't want a nasty surprise- I remember one time I had put the polish on before having to take some clothes off the washing line because it was raining a few minutes later, which caused a couple of nails to get badly smudged! I'd say it takes five minutes to dry completely, which is still fast.
I've found that the nail polish lasts up to 3 days before it starts chipping off, which I think is decent longevity given the price. Overall Boots '17 Fast Finish' is very good nail polish, but even with the fast drying I don't think it has as good value as MUA nail polish since it suffers the same problems of pigmenting for almost three times the price. That said, it has made me interested in checking out the other nail polish groups and see how they fare, and this one still comes recommended.
I'm a big fan of the boots number 17 range of make up. It is really good value and good quality stuff as well. I have bought a number of different things from the number 17 range including eye liner, mascara, concealer and nail varnish, which I will be reviewing today.
The nail varnish comes in a huge variety of colours, I tend to go for black, red, pink or blue but there are a whole load of other colours available. I usually go for the number 17 fast finish nail varnish because I am very impatient when I'm waiting for nail varnish to dry! Even after it drys I still do everything with the weird my-nails-are-still-wet manerisms, the nail varnish wearing people will know what I'm talking about! As well as fast dry nail varnish the boots number 17 range also does crackle coat, lasting fix and supreme shine.
The fast finish nail varnish comes in 8ml bottles and currently costs £2.99 in boots, I think that is very good value, a brand named nail varnish would probably charge you up to ten pounds for a similar sized bottle. The bottle is made of clear glass so you can see the colour of the nail varnish inside and see how much nail varnish you have left. The lid is made of plastic and has a twist top, the underneath of the lid has the nail varnish brush attached.
I find the nail varnish is very good and it does dry a bit quicker than other nail varnishes which are not quick drying, The consitancy of the nail varnish is nicely thick without being too gloopy, nor is it too runny so it runs off your nails! My only gripe with the nail varnish is it tends to chip fairly easily, although I have tried some other brands of nail varnish and they chip as well, I guess a solution would be to by a chip resistant nail varnish!
All in all this is a great nail varnish, I would recommend you give it a go, might even save you a bit of money :)
After deciding I needed to refresh my nail polish collection I decided I would try some bolder colours. I normally go for the muted pastel tones of pink and purple on my fingernails reserving my vibrant blues and purples for my toes. I'm not sure why I do this but I figured I'd like a change. So I toddled off to the No.17 counter - my favourite for nail polishes. I had a wide spectrum of shades to pick from and decided to go fro the Fast Finish range. I tend to be very clumsy once I have applied nail polish and usually smudge some while it's drying so the appeal of a one coat polish that dries in 60 seconds sounded less problematic
The Fast Finish range comes in 20 shades which are:-
I picked the Pink Lemonade (a lovely candyfloss pink) and True Blue (a sky blue shade). Full priced these are £2.99 each, but there is currently an offer to get 2 for £4.00 saving £1.98. The Fast Finish Nail polish comes in a small glass bottle with a black screw on lid that holds the brush. The bottle has black writing on it stating '17" and 'Fast Finish" on the front. On the back are directions of use - apply one coat and the polish dries in 60 seconds.
The claims that the Fast Finish dries in 60 seconds and that you only need 1 coat was a little difficult to believe and I was expecting to need 2 coats and that the polish would dry in 60 seconds but would still be quite tacky to the touch. I used the True Blue shade first and was impressed with the thickness of the polish. It didn't drip off the brush as some others do but held on the brush well. I applied it in a fairly generous layer onto my nails which was very easy as it has a good sized brush. The brush seems to allow the polish to be spread evenly over the nail and covers you nail in near enough one sweep. The colour was bright and vivid and really stood out. After apply the one coat to each nail I did see that one coat would not quite be enough, particularly on the larger nails such as my thumbs. Here the polish had given an even coat but was still a little transparent. Other that these odd nails though the fast finish had performed pretty well with 1 coat.
As for the 60 seconds drying, I thought I would test this out a little, so after the first coat I left it around a minute and a half then pressed on the top of a couple of nails to see if it smudged - I was extremely surprised to find that it was dry. I didn't smudge it and it wasn't tacky. Perhaps I couldn't have gone about my usual daily business straight away with out damaging it but it was dry to the touch. I then immediately applied a second coat to the odd nail that needed it and this glided on perfectly. When I tried the Pink Lemonade shade I had the same great results as well.
The colour remained vibrant for the remaining duration on my nails and the polish lasted 3 days without chipping and even then it was only the nails I had had to put two coats on that chipped. There was no base coat or top coat on my nails either so they lasted very well - particularly when you consider how clumsy I am. The colour didn't fade or wear off and looked professional. The only issue I had was that when I removed the polish my nails looked stained - even after a few treatments of nail polish remover. For around 2 days after the polish was taken off the nails had a slight blu-ish tinge to them. I am partly blaming my nail polish remover for this as well as it isn't the best in the world but it does normally get the stains off.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Fast Finish polish fro 17. It does near enough dry in 60 seconds, but I would leave it an extra minute before you carry on with your housework etc. The claim of one coat only is also pretty accurate, but some nails may need a little extra just to get a solid coat. For the price of £2.99 you really cannot ask more of a nail polish and the slight staining of the nails if not bad enough to prevent you from re-using the range.
- Price & Colour Range -
Currently priced at a lowly £2.99 per 8ml standard bottle of varnish although it's worth looking out for 3 for 2 offers which Boots regularly have which is when I bought mine.
19 shades available in a range of colours: pink, yellow, grey, raspberry , red, purple, blue etc. For ideas of the colours on offer in this range visit the Boots website although it has to be said that the colour of my choice, 'Gemstone' is much darker than is shown on the colour swatch.
- What is it? -
The back of the bottle boasts that this varnish gives high shine colour with just one coat and dries in 60 seconds.
- My Experience -
The brush is quite thick and the arm attaching it to the handle of the bottle top is short but just the right length to fit to the bottom of the bottle as quite a few I have used, the brush the 'arm' is too short for the depth of the bottle and therefore not all of the varnish is 'picked' up, leaving quite a lot of waste.
The size and shape of the brush makes for easy application and even I don't get too many flaws when using my left hand. I do however have to say that I wasn't happy with the depth and richness of the colour after just one application and it certainly takes longer than the 60 seconds to dry. I therefore apply a second coat which gives a lovely shine and darkens the shade but the downside is that the whole process can take up to half an hour ensuring that the first coat is fully dry before applying the second, the latter of which does take up to 20 minutes to dry. That said, even though I patiently sit and wait, it has smudged or come away in parts if I have tried to do things like undo a button and it has caught on the varnish.
Once on and FULLY dried, the varnish does last some time. The first signs of it wearing off are on the very tips of my nails but I tend to rectify this with gentle little touch ups on these areas rather than going through the whole process as I am not the most patient of folk when it comes to pampering. The varnish blends in well and doesn't show obvious signs that I have done some repair work on the nails unless you closely scrutinise the areas.
Even after two coats, the varnish is removed quite easily with the liquid remover that I have and it doesn't stain the skin area around the nails which some very strong polishes do.
- Overall -
Given the price, this is an effective nail varnish. It isn't the longest lasting but saying that, I have paid more for more inefficient nail polishes.
The colour and shine is good for me although it's a little irritating that it doesn't dry as quickly as it claims. It may seem dry to the touch but try doing anything as outlined above and it can smudge and come away from the nail.
I bought this as a last minute christmas present for my sister, and we were both pretty delighted and surprised by just how good this is!
It costs around six pounds, and you simply paint your nails, then turn the lid over so the magnetic strip faces down, place the little rim of it against your cuticle (furthest from your nail end) and hold for around ten to twenty seconds..... It pulls the magnetic particles from the polish up to the surface of the nail creating a diagonally lines pattern, which you would never guess was done at home from a pot of polish!!!
The only problem I had was that the Boots had a very limited choice of colours - only four i believe, and also there seemed to be only one magnet deign which I thought was a bit strange as I'm sure many more peple would want to buy a different design so that their nails don't constantly have the same pattern>?!
I think it is fair to say I am nail polish obsessed. I have never counted my nail polishes because I know I would be disgusted with myself at the final amount! I do have my favourite brands, but I am willing to try any brand of nail polish if the colour is right. I own three 17 Fast Finish nail polishes - one of which I purchased, the other two were received as part of a gift set I got free when buying other 17 products.
The Boots website lists nineteen colours, although there may be more as of my three only one is listed. With so much choice you are bound to find something to your taste. They cater for those who like pale pastels, to those who prefer a stronger, brighter colour. The three I have are Knockout Red, Pink Grapefruit and Catwalk Couture (turquoise).
Boots who manufacture the product say that this will give your nails one coat of colour in 60 seconds. I have found that this is true as all of them go on really well with just the one coat and the colour looks strong with no gaps. I will admit however, that I do often add a second coat, just for longevity.
I paint this onto my nails in three strokes - one down each side and one in the middle. The polish gives great coverage and doesn't leave my nails with a streaky effect. The brush is wide, so application is, as promised, fast. I'd describe the polish as being quite thick, but it doesn't tend to drip.
I would not agree that this dries in sixty seconds. I'd say around five minutes is more accurate for it to become completely dry. A lot of the time I think it is fully dry only to smudge it, as it hasn't had a chance to harden. You can buy nail drying sprays which speed the process up and I do use these regularly with this brand of polish.
All of these polishes give a fantastic finish and are just as good as other, more expensive brands I have used. They dry to look very shiny and the finish looks professional.
The bottle advises that these colours should last for five days without chipping. To be honest I'd say 2-3 days would be a fairer estimate, especially if applying to the fingers. After this time I do find that it will begin to chip and look a bit rough around the edges. On toes I find they last longer - although this is always the case with nail polishes (for me at least). The pink colour I have is one I wear on my toes frequently and I find it can easily last for a week without chipping.
These 8ml nail varnishes retail at just £2.99 from Boots or www.boots.com but they are currently on special offer at just £1.99 making them even more of a bargain than usual.
If you are looking for a cheap and effective nail polish, that will (in most cases) only need one coat and give an even, streak free, professional looking finish, I'd suggest you can't go far wrong with these. Cheap as chips and a wide range of colours, these are definitely recommended by me.
I love a good nailpolish, girly girl as I am, sitting down after a hard days work and slopping nailvarnish on listening to soothing music is my thing.
Now I have a wide range of varnishes, I like to try a bit of everything and just so happens this one caught my eye one day...sitting on the shelf among many other bold colours was the one I have staring at me now from my feet: 17 Fast Finish nail polish in PINK GRAPEFRUIT.
The colour I decided to purchase is a very bold, bright and cheerful pinky grapefruity tone and is very 'in' or so says my sister for the 'colour blocking' fashion going on at the mo.
I purchased this item for 2.99 so it's not at all expensive in my view, a little something to perk you up on a dull day that won't cost you a fortune I believe is a good buy.
The varnish comes in a little glass 8ml blottle with a black plastic screw-open top, on the back it reads: Single coat high shine colour in 60 seconds. Shake well. FLAMMABLE - 8ml.. it also states it is a Boots Nottingham England product.
Well now, I am always reluctant to buy an item with a miraculous statement - 60 seconds? - so far the varnishes I have bought stating they dry in seconds havent been able to live up to it, but I gave this polish a go and it did to be honest surprise me on the waiting time though it still didn't quite take 60 seconds. I'd say it takes around 90 seconds, that's 1 minute and a half, that being with a very thin coat to dry completely.
HOWEVER, if you put a slightly thicker coat on, or you double the coat then wer're talking more 2 minutes and a bit. Careful now, it may look like it's dry in its decieving brilliance, but it's not! One touch and oh no, you've got your fingerprint planted in it for the rest of the week.
Upon application it's also good to point out that if you want the colour to be more vibrant then you'll definately need 2 coats as the consistency is quite light but also very smooth which is a good thing.
The polish once applied for me lasted a good week, having only chipped slightly on the edges. Now an important note i'd like to add is, if you're like me and get slightly annoyed when you proceed to apply the varnish and you come up with lines due to the brush, then well this brush isn't too bad. Once you open the lid you find a brush around 3 mm thick and a sturdy one at that, which makes the application fairly easy.
The 8ml bottle will last a good long while, it varies on how often you'll use it.
You can purchase this item in Boots stores around the uk or online and will find it comes in various different vibrant shades and are currently on a promotion offering 2 for 1. (on the internet)
All in all, a good polish, doesn't quite live up to the 60 seconds statement but a good quality buy for the price you pay and the 'different' colours available make it all that more interesting.
Nail varnishes that claim to be able to dry quickly always get a "yeah right" response out of me, because I am yet to find a nail varnish that takes about a minute to dry. So, I didn't hold my breath that my 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish, in the shade of 'Peacock', would live up to its claims. In fact, I picked up the nail varnish for the colour rather than the fact that it was a fast drying nail varnish, and it was only when I got home that I realised that this was one of those varnishes claiming to dry in seconds. So while you could say this quick drying was not particularly important to me, I will still be reviewing it as it may be important to others.
The 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish range comes in a generic nail polish bottle which shouldn't be too difficult to find in Boots' 17 range. Of course, 17 is exclusively made by Boots for Boots, and so you won't be able to find this brand anywhere else. The colour I chose was a turquoise-like metallic colour, which looks stunning in the bottle in my opinion. However, it is a very bright colour, and so while I like my nails to be bright and vibrant, it may not suit everyone's taste.
In terms of application to nails, the nail polish claims that it gives a 'single coat high shine colour in 60 seconds'. I applied the nail polish, trying to keep an open mind, but somewhat dubious that the nail polish would live up to its claims. When I did apply the nail polish, I noticed that the polish was drying quickly on the brush as it was applied to my nails. I had to reapply nail polish to the brush for pretty much every nail application, and so I began to think that the nail polish might stand up to its 60 second claims. I had counted 60 seconds since painting the first nail and then went to test the nail's dryness. Just as I had expected, it had not dried completely. However, that said, it was a lot drier than a lot of other nail polishes I have used, and needed an extra minute or so just to set properly.
I thought that a single coat high shine colour claim was very dubious, as I have only rarely found nail polishes which deliver a good colour on one coat. I was somewhat impressed with the density of colour that was on the nails after the first application. However, I did not feel it was strong enough to be left at that. It had that see-through look that nail polishes generally have after one application in some areas, and although the second coat was much better, I would say that even a third coat would not go amiss.
The nail polish generally lasts on my nails for about 2 days before it starts to crack slightly, which I don't think is overly great, given the fact that there are 2 coats on my nails. That said, this nail polish costs £2.99, which is very reasonable, and is not going to break the bank.
Overall, I picked this nail polish because I loved the colour, and I really do love the way the colour looks on my nails. So in that respect, I am totally satisfied. However, if I consider the claims the nail polish makes and weigh it up against how well it performs, the nail polish lets itself down. It does dry quite fast, but not as fast as the 60 second claim, which might be annoying for someone who had applied this in a rush, and genuinely wanted a 60 second drying nail polish. Also, its claim to be high shine colour after a single coat is pretty much a load of rubbish. Thus, for these reasons, I am giving it 3*, as its main selling point is that it is a 'Fast Finish' nail polish.
I bought Boots17 Fast Finish nail varnish as often nail varnish is a last thought as I'm getting ready to go out so I don't have long to apply it or to wait for it to dry. The product claims it dries in 60 seconds so it seems like the perfect option for someone who is too busy to be sitting around waiting for their nails to dry.
Although it does dry pretty fast, it's certainly not within 60 seconds - after this length of time nails are still quite tacky to touch and if not careful this will smudge or ruin the finish of your varnish.
I would say it takes a couple of minutes for Fast Finish to dry properly which is still quite fast but obviously not as fast as the product claims.
There are a variety of colours to chose from as with all nail varnishes so you should be able to find one you like but don't leave it right to the last minute to apply it because it doesn't dry as fast as you might hope
I got this free with one of those 17 gift sets when you spent five pounds or more on 17 products, however I found this gift set in the sale for only £1.50, and I thought I would treat myself a little before I went to university (as this was the day before I was leaving!)
The color that was given was pink grapefruit, looking at the bottle the color was really nice, and you only needed one coat for strong, color results.
The good thing about this is that it does dry quickly so there's no more standing around for ages just for some nails to dry or worry that your nails haven't dried cause you have a job to do or you need to leave the house within the next five minutes.
But there is one thing I don't like about this nail varnish is that even though it says fast finish and is suppose to last a while, but after a day of use it began to chip, so that meant the nails needed another coat of color for the color to last. Which was really annoying in a way.
It is quite pricey for a nail varnish that doesn't do the best job approx three pounds, but they do come in a massive range of colors including yellow, blue, black, red, gree, purple, silver and many more.
This product can be found in the Boots 17 range.
Overall, this is an OK nail varnish but it was nice for a free gift though so it wasn't that bad after all!
I bought this product as part of a 3-for-2 offer and chose it in black, which usually is a risky colour for fast finish nail varnish... However, I was quite impressed with the result.
The texture is a bit patchy (but this is not surprising for a dark colour like black) but after two coats, you practically can't see it. The overall finish is rather good and lasts for a fairly long time.
As to the claim that it dries fast, I found that it does indeed dries quite fast, but superficially. That is to say that you will be able to touch your nails risk-free after 1 minute but it will take much longer (aprox 1 hour) to be truly hardened. So no dish-washing, handling of heavy/sharp object or clothes changing for that length of time.
The main advantage of this nail varnish is its price and its easy use! The container is small enough to change colour often if your fed up with the one you have, or bulk buy several colours at a time.
I am really keen on the 17 make up range. I have tried a wide variety of it. At some point I have bought all types of their nail varnish for various reasons. Which type of 17 nail varnish I buy is purely colour driven, as that is always the main priority when I am looking for nail varnish, and probably the reason I end up buying so many 17 products as they have such a great range of colours.
I first bought the fast fix range when I was looking for a shade of orange. I had the exact colour in my head, I just had to hunt it down and find it. My first stop was the reliable 17 counter in Boots and it did not disappoint. The colour was only available in the fast fix range, but that didn't put me off as the name sounded appealing. I have so little time to beatify myself that if the nail varnish dried much quicker then that could only be a bonus, right?!
I soon learnt that 17 fast fix nail varnish range was the least favorite of all the varnishes. As the name suggest sit certainly does dry quickly, which sounds perfect, but the reason I am moaning, is that the only reason it dries so quickly is because it is so thin and watery that there is really nothing to dry.
The texture is so thin that it looks streaky and it takes at least four coats to get some kind of even coverage. The colour however came out well and was quite representative of how I expected it to be and what it looked like in the pot. If you only applied one or two coats it chipped quite quickly, but once you layered it up it was a bit stronger.
This is my least favorite of the nail varnish types, as it was just so time consuming to apply all those coats, and to be honest once you had done it, it wasn't even that satisfying a result.
This review is for 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in Pink Grapefruit.
The 17 range of makeup is available exclusively at Boots and products are really reasonably priced. Fast Finish Nail Polish comes in 8ml round glass bottles with a black lid. The packaging is very smart and simple. There are lots of other bright colours in this range, and bottles are priced at £2.99 (although they are currently on a 2 for £5 offer).
The pink grapefruit shade is a very bright, summery shade that looks almost neon pink in the bottle. It's easy to apply although the consistency is very thin and a touch watery. The bottle claims that it's a single coat varnish, but I would dispute this - after applying one coat, the colour looks very thin and uneven. The colour of the polish after one coat is somewhat warmer than it appears in the bottle - a duskier pink.
The first coat did dry very quickly, allowing me to crack on with coat two.
The colour changes dramatically with the second coat. The pink becomes much brighter and resembles the colour of the bottle much more. It's very bright and girlie and will definitely catch the eye. The finish is slightly shiny but if you like a very glossy finish you'll need a top coat. I have olive skin and I really like how this looks on my toes.
A good, bright colour for summer - take it on your hols!
I was in Boots looking for a nice bright coloured nail varnish for the summer. I saw a few very expensive ones but didn't really want to pay a lot for a nail varnish so I looked at the '17' collection. The pots were a little smaller than the others but I don't wear nail polish every day so I thought that I would pick them up.
They were on offer in Boots, they were 3 for 2 which was a good deal. I chose two bright colours and a clear polish to go on the top of the others. The varnish comes in a small 8ml glass pot which is clear so you can see the colour of the varnish easily.
One of the colours I chose was called 'Baked Cherry' which is a very deep but bright pink. I think that it is a great colour for the summer and makes your nails look lovely. The other colour that I chose was called 'Oange Soda' which was a bit risky but it looked very nice in the pot so I thought I would risk it. When I tried it I was very happy that I chose the colour as it is now my favourite out of the two.
The varnish comes out in a smooth and silky liquid and it is not too thick or too runny. It is quite easy to apply without getting it on your skin. The brush makes it easy to apply because it is quite small, therefore easier to miss the skin!
It says that it dries within 60 seconds but I thought that it took a little longer to dry. However when it dries the colours looks very glossy and shiny so there is a good end result. When I put on the polish I only put on one coat but it lasted for a few says without chipping which I was very pleased about.
Overall, it is a good value for money nail varnish!
I was shopping in Boots the other day, and they have a 3 for 2 offer on all of their make up products at the moment, so I decided to add something extra to my basket, so I could take advantage of the offer.
I had never really taken much notice of the 17 range before. I always thought it was just a cheaper version of No7, and that it wouldn't be any good. But on this occasion my sister was looking at it, and she told me she thought it was a great range, so I decided to take a look at it for once.
Boots 17 is a range apparently aimed at teenage girls (although I think some products would appeal to anyone). The prices are great value for money and the quality so far has proved to me to be really good.
The nail polishes really caught my eye, and as they only cost £2.99, which was cheaper than the other two products I was going to buy, and this meant I would be able to get this for free.
The range has got some really lovely shades. They have got pinks, blues, purples, yellows, reds. All the colours a teenage girl could wish for. The colour I chose was Lilac Storm. It is a lovely light purple shade that really looks nice on my nails. I am very happy with the shade. It looks quite glossy, too.
This didn't take that long to dry, only about a minute which is the same amount of time as most of the other nail polishes I have tried. So it's not super speedy but it is quick enough for me.
This has lasted me two and a half days so far without chipping. I am really impressed - even the No7 nail polish I have which is much more expensive than this one had chipped a little bit by now. I'm a very happy customer! :)
I definitely recommend this. My new favourite nail polish, and my new favourite range from Boots :)
Quick drying / Available in several shades to compliment your fashion style /