I I'll admit that I am somewhat of a magpie when it comes to nail varnish. I hear mutters of "how many shades of red are there" from the other half when I smuggle them home. But to me they are a great, and these are my favourites. Partly for their beautiful colours and the way they go on, and also helped by boots' no 7 vouchers which I always spend on these.
So, what's good? I really like the way these polishes are applied. They come in a typical glass see through bottle which allows you to see the colour you are using. The top is quite a large plastic which you twist to open with a brush inside for application. I find the size of the lid brilliant, some smaller ones I find hard to grip properly but this fits my hand really nicely. The brush is nice and wide, normally I need 2 strokes on a smaller nail, 3 on a larger. The polish glides on nicely, either over a baseboard or a bare nail. Most colours I find need two coats, and they take a couple of minutes to dry between coats.
The polishes are normally about £6 or £7 in boots, but I often have the no7 vouchers which can be used. The polishes have different feels to them, my favourite are the gel loom ones which have a shiny effect, but they also have sparkley ones, crackle ones and Matt. The colours run from pastel through to very bold. The one downside I find, other than the price which can be quite a lot for a polish, is that they nails do chip quits easily fir me. Recently I have been using their top coat to try to make it last longer, with this it tends to last about 3 days.
I got this No.7 nail polish in a No.7 gift set a while back.
The colour I have is called Passion Pink and it is a dark pink shimmery nail colour.
~ Appearance ~
My nail polish is a small 6ml bottle. It comes in a nice almost cube shaped clear glass bottle. It has the words, 'Ultimate nail colour' on the front of the bottle in small lettering.
The lid is square shaped and it is about an inch tall and made from black plastic. There is a small gold rectangle at the bottom of the lid, with 'No7' on it in white letters.
The back of the bottle has an address for Boots, the boots website, www.boots.com and it also tells us that there is 6ml of nail polish in this bottle.
~ Price and availability ~
No.7's nail polish currently costs £5.50 per bottle and it is available in more than 40 shades at www.boots.com or at your local Boots store.
~ Use ~
I think this nail polish looks really nice on your nails. It is a lovely dark pink shimmery colour and I think this colour looks really good on both your fingernails and your toenails.
The brush is a nice width and it allows you to apply the nail polish in two strokes. I never use less than two strokes, even with wider brushes.
The colour does not need more than one coat and I don't need to apply a basecoat for this nail polish.
The nail polish feels smooth on my nails and it has a slight shine to it.
I have found this nail polish has a fairly average drying time at around 2-3 minutes and after application it lasts 2-3 days on your nails before it begins to chip and needs to be removed or reapplied. I find this is the maximum I can get out of any nail polish, but it does last longer on my toes and can last a week or two before showing any wear.
I would definitely consider buying this nail polish again. They have a large range of colours in their collection and I find it is quite good quality.
Previously I have purchased approximately 6 different nail polishes and top coats from no7 whenever I could afford them. I found that the quality was great and the life of the product lasted a significantly long time even after a great deal of use. I still have some polishes by no7 that were purchased back in 2005 and still are fresh and apply smoothly and don't clog up, of course this all depends on how you store and look after your varnishes - cool dry places are necessary for a longer shelf life.
I can't fault no 7's nail polish range when it comes to quality however there are some issues I have with their lack of variety when it comes to the shades available. There seem to be a number of natural shades along with reds, browns, pinks and neutral colours and in comparison to a lot of other leading brands such as rimmel and maxfactor there doesn't seem to be a great deal of brighter and more in your face colours for the more adventurous types. So in essence, no7's nail polish range is more toned down and ideally aimed towards those who prefer more subtle shades for an elegant and striking look.
However the colours that are currently on sale are available in different types of varnishes such as shimmering shades, ultra shiny varnish and quick dry. I personally think that these are of great quality and can't be faulted as a product itself as they pretty much have the same consistency and quality as most major brand labels, however due to the limited colour choice I feel that the money does not seem justifiable.
The varnishes vary from around £5 to £7 on average, which in my personal opinion is a bit extortionate and unnecessary for a nail polish as there are cheaper alternatives from other companies that have just as much reliability, if not more; and have more colours and types of varnishes to offer you.
I haven't felt the need to recommend these polishes to anyone as they haven't wowed me to the point where I want to show it off or explain why the price is worth it as I just don't feel that it is. I take preference on cheaper products that offer me much, much more than these do.
Overall no 7's nail polishes are of great quality and do have some nice shades available but I believe that your money would be much better off spent on something else that can offer you a better choice of colours for a fairer price.
I love the No. 7 Nail Polish range from Boots and it's even better when you have £5 off No. 7 vouchers!
I love this nail polish range as there are plenty of different shades and colours to choose from. The colours are really vibrant and you can choose specific shades to match your outfit. The nail polish is £7 to buy and that is for a full sized bottle with around 12ml of polish. I usually buy these when I have a £5 off No. 7 voucher as I think £7 is a little expensive for a nail polish.
The polish itself is excellent quality. It lasts for days without chipping and the range also includes nail treatments such as top coats, base coats and nail strengthening treatments. You can use the nail polish alone, without needing a top and/ or a base coat. The polish coats the nails well and one coat is usually enough to add a decent splash of colour to your nails. The brush included in the bottle is lovely and soft. It feels lovely when brushed against the nails and the brush itself doesn't fray.
The polish lasts for around five days before it needs re applying. I can bathe, wash the pots and clean up after the pets with this nail polish on and it doesn't chip on me. It doesn't smell too strong either and you can use two polishes together to create your own unique look (like a french manicure effect).
The nail polish is great quality and worth the money. It doesn't stain the nails either. Great stuff!
I am not a huge girly girl in the sense that I don't like being pampered in a spa, having facials and rarely get my hair done. However I am partial to two things in particular and they are Soap and Glory products and nail varnish. These are my weakness. I have so many of these products it is dangerous and I am seriously unable to turn away a good varnish! These £5 vouchers in Boots will be the cause of me going bankrupt as without fail, if I get given one of these, there is no way on Earth I am leaving Boots without buying a No.7 varnish. It doesn't matter that I might have already bought a couple of 17 ones whilst in Boots - I am going straight back to the No.7 counter to get a varnish.
No.7 is a brand that has been around for many years although I am not sure how long, I do know Boots has been around for over 150 years now and the brand is exclusive to Boots. No.7 is a range that stocks many items in the beauty category such as nail varnish, lipstick, mascara, foundation etc and has been popular in the anti-ageing products they do. Priced as a mid to high end product, Boots often run offers on the products in the range.
The varnishes are of course an obvious product to have in a beauty range. With a good range of colours from darks to lights, they are a staple item for a lot of people. It is hard for me to pinpoint exactly how many colours are in the range as Boots website lists 37 in total in the stay perfect range however, I know I have some colours I have been given as part of gifts sets too that are not listed and one of my favourite colours that I own does not even show on the website or in store anymore so I would say including any colours that are just produced for gifts sets and special one off colours, there must easily be over 40 shades in total currently.
I find that these varnishes are very nice to apply. The first layer with most varnishes is quite pale compared to the colour you see in the bottle especially if a pale shade. The darker and more prominent shades can be fine with one coat however I always like to do two coats because not only does this enhance the colour but, I feel it makes it more durable. The shades are always lovely no matter which one I am using and they go on easily. That sounds daft but, I have come across nail varnishes that start to dry that quickly, that it can be hard to get the full coat on before it starts to create lines. These go on smoothly and give an even colour and smooth finish. They are quite glossy too although after putting on my main colour, I always follow with a clear top coat to seal it in and make it even glossier.
The No.7 stay perfect nail varnishes are sold at £7 each for a 10ml bottle. This to me, is one of the higher end priced nail varnishes out there on the market however, Boots regularly run offers whereby if you spend a certain amount in store on anything at all, you receive a voucher for £5 off the No.7 range. I literally only ever use these vouchers to buy the nail varnishes making them a very reasonable indeed, £2 each. This then works out cheaper than the cheaper range Boots do of 17 nail varnishes which start at £2.99. I have bought all of my No.7 nail varnishes using these vouchers
I am a big fan of these varnishes and I have just bought a further two using my last two £5 vouchers I had. I now have a total of 11 shades in the range and absolutely love them. I have two favourites when it comes to varnishes and No.7 is definitely one of them. I love that the shades are so vibrant and they go on well and I always find I get a good few days out a varnish before any chips show anywhere which is good going for me as I work on a keyboard all day and then am quite hands on with most things I do such as washing pots with no gloves so my hands do get treated badly most of the time!
I will carry on purchasing No.7 nail varnishes although I will probably wait before buying more until I get some vouchers as even though I think they are worth the £7 price tag, I know I can get much cheaper if I get a voucher so why pay more if I don't have to?
Ok I admit it, I like to be painted and polished. I am also very particular about my nail varnish. There is nothing worse when you see nail varnish still for sale that is 'seperating' (the colour sinking to the bottom and a kind of oil sitting on the top). If this is the nail varnish in your make up kit throw it away!! It will never give you a decent set of talons if that's the case.
No 7 is one of boots the chemist own brand cosmetics, sitting at the higher end of the scale trying to compete with the likes of max factor and revlon.
There are several criteria for decent nail polish:
1. Does it chip easily?
2. Does it seem to fade or 'wash off'?
3. Does it give a good, vibrant colour that sits evenly on the nail?
Over the past few years I have used Jessica and Opi nail varnish, but with all the boots £5 off vouchers I thought that I would spend mine on No 7 nail varnish. When looking at the counter I was very pleased with the range of colours, they had something for everyone. Their colours seem to be very deep, and none of the bottles I have ever had have given a 'wishy washy' look that leave you needing three coats just to hide your own nails! So as regarding vibrancy of colour, a big tick from me!
Most of the colours I have (about 15 now) one coat is quite sufficient. They are very easy to apply, and I have no problems with clumpyness that cheaper brands seem troubled with. My two favourate colours are 'tangy', a lovely bright orange colour that looks lovely on the toes of brown post holiday feet, and 'salsa', a gorgeous deep red with gold undertones that suggest holleywood glamour red rather than lady of the night street corner red!
So far I have never had any problems with varnishes 'washing off' (which I have found can be a bad habbit of revlon polishes) and the colours do not seem to fade. If I use a good quality top coat (my favourate is Beauty Secrets top coat about £3.50 from Sally's) I will get at least three days of colour on my fingers, and I am quite heavy handed so that is good going!! On my toes with a top coat I will get about a week out of an application. The first part to chip is always the end of the nail and it touches up easily.
So, in conclusion, no it doesn't chip easily, it doesn't fade and it gives good coverage with vibrant colours. And the best part of all at £7 retail it can be purchased for only £2 with the boots £5 off vouchers which they regularly have available. Give it a try! A good price competator for salon brands.
I rarely ever go out without having my nails polished as I believe it can make an outift look complete or just gives your overall look an extra something. Over the years I have grown a vast array of nail varnishes from the basics of the basics to the more well known, named brands and in all honesty can never really detect too much difference. There are five main things that I test any nail varnish on; (1) colour, is it as vibrant as it looks, is it shiny, how many coats does it take to get to this colour, etc, (2)length of time it stays on your nails without chipping, (3) how long it stays looking 'freshly applied for', so how long does the colour last without fading / looking worn, (4) how easy it is to apply, does it glide on, is is silky, is it gloopy, how many coats and finally, (5) how easy it is to remove, does is come off easily, does it require scrubbing, will own brand nail varnish removers remove it...
I have accumlated quite a few No 7 Nail Varnishes now, mainly being given as gifts or in the free No 7 gift sets. Like many other nail varnish brands they come in an array of colours, finishes and style. There is plenty of variety and I am pretty sure that there is a colour or style to suit almost everyone, there are bright, vibrant colours, to soft metallics as well as glittery ones. The nail varnishes comes in very nice looking bottles, which are quite simple, but also manage to look trendy and stylish. There is a clear bottle with a black coloured lied (sometimes the lid is a slightly sparkly black finish).
As it is No 7 as far as I am aware this brand is limited to Boots. The nail varnishes generally cost between £6-£9, however they are also often included in the free gift sets when you spend a certain amount or can be purchased much cheaper with the £5 voucher.
The colour that I will be doing this on is a steel grey one, which unfortunatley I cannot find a shade or colour on.
~Testing it on number (1) the colour, I was really happy. The colour was very strong and very much like the one you can see through the clear bottle, as sometimes when you apply them they seem very watered down and the colour isn't very strong, however, this certainly wasn't the case with this nail polish. The colour that I used looked metallic in the bottle and this also transferred well onto the nail, it gave the varnish a shiny finish aswell as an ever so sparkly finish from the metallic style. It took me 2 coats to get to the colour I wanted, which was almost the same colour as what I could see in the bottle, however, if you wanted a slightly darker colour, adding more depth then I would suggest using 3 coats. The nails varnish itself is very shiny, this was not just the case with this colour, but having used other glittery and more matte shades all look very shiny, however I always add a top coat to my nail varnish which makes the varnish look even shinier and locks in the colour for longer.
~Number (2), the length of time it lasts on the nails without chipping. I was also pleasantly surprised with this. I am often cooking, typing, tidying or doing general day to day things so it is fair to see my nails get used and I often expect them to chip, however if you have sealed your nail varnish correctly with a top coat then the nail varnish lasts a good a good 5-6 days without chipping. To me, this is a fairly long time as most other brands only last between 2-3 days, so I was very happy with these results.
~Number (3), how long the nail varnish looks freshly applied for, but this I don't mean chipping, but I mean the nail varnish using its shine and becoming more a matte colour or just generally looking worn. Even when using a top coat I find this generally happens within a few days and there is not really much you can do stop it from happening, apart from repeatedly applying a top coat to keep the shine. I was a little dissapointed with the nail varnish in these stakes, as although it lasted a good 2-3 days withouth the shine dulling and the colour looking worn, I had higher hopes for it since it lastes so well withouth chipping, however when I reapplied a thin layer of top coat they did look as good as new again. So on number 3, I think the No 7 brand faired pretty much average along with those other brand that I have used.
~Number (4), how easy it is to apply. This is the part that I was extremley pleased with, it just glided acoss the nail and was so smooth. It aplied evenly across the whole nail and typically needed 3 strokes per nail. I was also pleased to see that if I was a bit heavy handed in some areas the nail varnish seemed to 'sort itself out' in that it evenly distubuted the varnish out so that none of it looked thicker applied or more gloopy than any other part. The nail varnish has quite a wide brush, to although on most nails it took 3 strokes on the smaller nails I did find it a little harder as the brush spread out even further when applying it, so on my little fingers in particular I did find taht it seemed to go on my skin.
~Number (5), how easy it is to remove. Personally, I never find any nail varnish comes off particuarly easily and most of them require a little added pressure and scrubbing, no matter which brand of remover or nail varnish I use. I found that this nail varnish wasn't hard and neither was it easy to remove and again seemed pretty average with other brands. I tried both Boots own brand nail varnish remover and Quickies to try and remove it and I must say that the Quickies did seem to do a better and quicker job of removing the varnish. I also found that th brighter colours did stain your nails if you did not use a base coat.
Overally, I was thoroughly impressed with this nail varnish as it exceeded my expectations in many circumstances. Although I would still not say it was a perfect nail varnish, I would say that it was very close to it and is one of the best nail varnished I have used in a long time. I would have liked it to have a thinner brush and to remove slightly easier, however, I still love this nail polish as they have a colour to suit almost every mood your in and don't chip!
I would reccomend this item and although I don't begrudge paying the full price for them, they do work out much better value for money when bought with the £5 No7 voucher!
Despite being a fan of Boots in general (a good thing since I live in Nottingham where Boots originated), I never normally buy their No. 7 make up products. I think they're way overpriced for what they are: essentially a store branded range with fairly unimaginative packaging and nothing that really sets them apart.
However, last Christmas I received a No. 7 gift set, and so for the first time in ages I ended up trying some of the products out. One of them was a No. 7 'Stay Perfect' nail varnish in Milan, which, contrary to many of the images on the internet, is actually a sparkly purple colour with a hint of pink. It's lighter than plum because it's got a pinky hue to it, and although I don't normally wear nail varnish, I decided to try it out.
The nail varnish comes in a small glass bottle with a black screw lid. It's pretty standard packaging, and the lid is the same height as the bottle, arguably so you can hold it easily, but probably also to make the product look bigger than it is.
Unscrewing it, you get the brush inserted into the top of the cap as standard, and you dip in the varnish to apply. I found that the varnish is pretty gloopy, and yet runny at the same time (even after shaking it), and I found that the easiest way to apply it was to wipe the brush heavily against the inside of the bottle, then apply a thin coat. I waited until it was dry, then applied another. It tried fairly quickly without smudging or streaking, which I was impressed by. I got my boyfriend to paint my other hand, and although his method was different - consisting of one coat of lots of little brush strokes rather than 3 - 4 stripes down the middle - the varnish dried equally well and had a nice finish.
As I was just testing it out, I didn't bother with a base coat or top coat, but you could get away without them anyway because the finish is nice and my nails were smooth to the touch. They would be even nicer with a shiny or wet-look coat on top I believe.
Because of the slight sparkle to them, this colour is probably more suited to evening or night wear, although it does depend on what you're doing and where you are during the day. I find that for work (I work in an office) the varnish is a lot brighter than what I'm used to but I wouldn't say it's out of place. My nails haven't chipped yet either, which is quite impressive as I'm used to nail varnish on my fingers chipping straight away. I would say I'm a busy person and I usually type for at least 9 - 10 hours a day on average but this hasn't affected the varnish. Therefore I imagine it would last for weeks on toes, where I find varnish chips much less.
This varnish does retail around the £7 mark when bought separately, and I do think this is pretty expensive despite the fact that it's a good product. I normally buy brands such as Maybelline which offer extras e.g. a great wet look finish, added iron to strengthen your nails etc. that are half the price or less. So if I buy any of this No. 7 varnish in future, it will only be when I have one of the £5 off No. 7 vouchers that Boots often do, or I'll be buying from Amazon or eBay where the varnishes are much cheaper.
For Christmas last year I was given a box of sample-size No. 7 products, and included within the set was a No. 7 nail varnish. I had never tried a nail varnish from the range before, so I was interested to see what it would be like.
The shade included in the set was titled Pink Grapefruit, although I have never seen pink grapefruit flesh anywhere close to as vibrant as the colour of the product. This was quite disappointing, and I would also say that if I had purchased the nail varnish online say, or had otherwise not examined the colour of the varnish very closely prior to purchase, I would have been taken aback by the garish colour. However, bright as it is, I do not dislike the colour of the nail varnish, I just believe it has been given an inaccurate and misleading name.
The Pink Grapefruit is, as I said, very bright. It is very similar to a shade of Rimmel nail varnish I used to own, titled Hot Chocolate Pink, which is one of my all time favourites. It is vibrant through the glass bottle, but perhaps even more so when it is applied. The nail varnish came in a 4ml bottle, which is recyclable where facilities exist. The varnish itself is quite a bit more viscous than other nail varnishes I have used, and I have noticed it tends to gloop up on the brush. It is difficult to control how much of the nail varnish is applied, and consequently a fairly thick layer is applied over the nails.
The most impressive thing about the varnish, aside from its vibrancy, is the fact that it is necessary to apply only one layer, as it covers the nails very well. However, it stays tacky for a long time, and even keeping my nails well away from items that may cause it to smudge, I very often found the varnish was decorated with deep crevices and smudges the next day. It is also very difficult to pick off the excess nail varnish that gets onto the skin around the nails, as it adheres to said skin like superglue.
While I love the colour of the nail varnish I was given, it could dry a lot faster and be much easier to remove. I would be hesitant to try any other No 7 nail varnishes based on my experience with the Pink Grapefruit shade, which is a shame given that the colour appeals to me so much.
I love No7 skincare products and their powder and blusher but was very disappointed with their nail varnishes.
I had been saving up the £5 off No7 vouchers and purchased several of the deep colour polishes plus the clear top coat. These normally retail at £6.75 and so I purchased them for £1.75 each which to be honest is all they are worth.
The range of colours is fantastic but to actually achieve that colour you need several coats (and I mean more than the usual 2 you would expect to use). The first coat came out streaky as though the varnish was too thin so the colour needs building up. You get 10ml or varnish but this is not going to last long if you need 3/4 coats each time.
Once on the nails do look good and the colours are lovely and rich. The varnish dries fairly quickly although I am always careful to try and do at night so that they have all night to harden.
The problem is that this polish chips so easily and then you are left with messy looking nails. They seem to chip first at the tips and then more and more comes off - very disappointing as you can touch up slightly but then it justs starts looking messy.
I have since tried more expensive brands such as OPI and these are far superior.
I have to be honest and say overall I am not a huge fan of No7 make up. I have tried a few products which have been good, but the vast majority have been bad and over priced. Therefore I only try new products when I get one of the £5 vouchers from Boots. This was one such an occassion when I got one of these vouchers and me being obsessed with shopping, and thinking I am getting a bargain even when I might not be, I immediately started looking what to buy. In the No7 area they had a lovely stand of special edition No7 nail varnish colours, they seemed a little over priced at £6.50, but with the voucher this became only £1.50 and I couldnt resist. I picked a lovely lilac pastels colour which was bang on trend. Normally No7 is aimed at a mature middle of the road safe market, so it was a surprise to see this colour, but it was even in funky special edition packaging. I think it was in celebration of a birthday at No7.
The bottle is a sort of rectangular clear glass shape and the lid is a screw on and off square base silver shape. It is easy to undo and do up again.
The nail varnish is the perfect consistency. You could just about get away with one coat but for a good look you really need to apply two. To make sure they dry in between times so you dont have any nasty accidents I tend to do one coat one day and one coat the next day. The nail varnish is neither too watery (like one of the Boots 17 lines I tried) or too thick and sticky, like nails inc can go when they get a bit old!) It dries relatively quickly, and gives an even finish.
The nail polish gives a gorgeous sheen, it is really shiney and silky, it has a great finish. Chip resistance wise it is average I would say.
Overall this is a good nail varnish. The only downside is the price. At full price it is too much to compete with the other nail varnishes of a similar quality which are around £4. With a No7 Boots £5 off voucher it is excellent value, so stock up on the vouchers and snap up the nail varnish.
I have many of these nail polishes and me and my mum have been buying them for years. I love most of the No.7 products and these are no exception.
I have loads of brands of nail polish but No.7 have been quite consistently in my collection for a number of years. I used my No 7 £5 vouchers to buy most of my nail varnishes, but I think they are very reasonable at £6.75 each. For a generally expensive brand these are pretty cheap.
The colour selection itself is quite limited to 'mature' colours- lots of subtle but pretty shades. However, there has been the odd bright shade which appeals to me.
You do need generally three coats of polish to get an opaque colour. This is a bit disapointing but once you have the colour on it lasts for a long time. They are smooth to apply and I find I get a very even finish. They do dry relatively quickly in comparison with other brands I have tried in the past. The colours look pretty on the nails.
I will be picking more of these up when I get more vouchers. I would prefer more vibrant shades but the colours they do have are very pretty.
No. 7 is the established brand of Boots skincare and makeup. It has built itself a fantastic reputation and often seems to bring out fab products that have a real cult following. I often buy bits from their makeup range and been quite happy with the quality of the products. The packaging is simple yet classy and they seem to provide a wide range of on trend colours and products.
I am a real nail varnish nut, I actually really enjoy the whole process of painting my nails and find it rather relaxing. I can sit down at the end of the day on the sofa watching a bit of mind numbing tv and spend ages making sure my nails look good. After having three little monsters under 5, it is quite nice to actually spend a little bit of time on myself when they are all tucked up in bed. I may not manage to slap some makeup on my face to hide my bags on the school run, but hey... at least my nails look good.
Over the summer, Boots were dishing out £5 vouchers to be used on No7 products if you spent over a certain amount. As I didn't really need any other makeup, I used several of these vouchers to get varous shades of the No. 7 Nail varnish. They seemed to have a fantastic range of shades which looked too good to resist, so I ended up buying quite a few.
This was the first time I had tried No. 7 nail varnish as I usually buy Rimmel for the huge range of shades at a great price or Bourgois because the have a few colours that I love and also have a fantsatic long lasting finish. The standard price for a bottle of No. 7 polish is £6.75 which I think is quite steep but with the £5 it definately made them worth a try.
As these polishes cost more than the brands I usually buy, I was expecting great things. The first thing that I noticed was that the coverage was not great. The first application was very thin and did not produce the colour I was expecting. It took another 2 coats before I had achieved the right shade. While I would expect to do 2 coats of any polish, three was slightly disappointing.
Having said that, once my nails were painted with the three required coats they did look great. They had a lovely sheen and th colour was rich and vibrant. While the polish stated that it was quick dry, I always leave my nails as long as possible before touching anything. They certainly seemed touch dry ery quickly but there is nothing more frustrating than painting your nails perfectly, only to smudge them out of impatience.
As I said I enjoy painting my nails and I do enjoy transforming the colour on a regualr basis. I do however want them to last for a couple of days at least, as I don't want to have to repeat the process every night. I found that this polish wasn't very durable. It seemed to wear away at the ends of my nails very quickly and by the end of the first full day I was seeing chips. By the end of the second day, my nails just looked a bit trashy and scruffy.
It's a real shame because I do love the variety of shades available but the polish just isn't very durable so in future I will stick to the product I trust.
Boots No.7 is the own brand of Boots the chemist... they offer a skincare and cosmetic range of which the nail varnishes are part of this..
I originally got a nail varnish free in a sample bag about 2 years ago and it was a bronze colour... I still have it and whilst it does need a good shake before you apply it, it hasn't gone 'gloopy' and the consistency is still nice and easy to apply...
I have since had some £5.00 vouchers for No.7 cosmetics and ended up buying 3 more nail varnishes earlier this year... I also bought a top coat aswell...
As I said before about the older barnish, the newer varnishes don't disappoint in application... the brushes are fairly thin although you have to be a bit careful with putting too much varnish on the brush like I do!
As for the wear and tear, it doesn't chip and its one of my favourite makes of nail varnish for durability... I always put a base coat and a top coat and it doesn't chip or wear down (as the lady in the last review experienced but think this may be because there is no top coat)...
When applying to my toes it lasts for weeks! Maybe that's because your toes don't come under as much attack as your fingers though...
No.7 is Boot's own makeup and skin care range. You can find a No.7 counter in nearly every one of the middle sized and large Boot's stores in Britain. Occasionally they have counters in the little stores too.
The range overall is reasonably priced. It isn't as cheap as Rimmell but is cheaper than MAC and Chanel.
The nail varnishes are approx. £6.50 each to buy, however Boot's often do lots of £5 off No.7 vouchers, and as the nail varnishes are the cheapest item in the range, you can often pick one up for a couple of pounds.
Currently, the packaging isn't like the one shown in the picture here on dooyoo. The bottles are round, not square and they have a black lid. The bottles are made of glass and have gold writing on it. The glass is see through so that you can see the colour of the nail varnish really quickly.
I would say from memory that there are probably 20-30 colours in the nail varnish range at No.7. They also do some specialist nail varnishes for the same price, such as french manicure colours, clear varnish, a top coat and my favourite - the nail brightener. The brightener is like a peachy pink and a bit see-through at the same time, it is really natural and gives your nails a real shine.
The nail varnish itself goes on really nicely, three nice brush strokes for an even coverage. Over time, the product does not go gloopy or hard, it tends to last a long time in the bottle, and I've had some of my polishes years and they have not gone hard.
The typical size of a polish is 7ml, although sometimes you can get free gifts which have a 4ml polish in them. I personally like the smaller sizes better just because they are handier to take on holiday. I think the small bottles would last for about 50-75 applications, so really, it is money well spent.
The staying power of the nail polish is another thing, I tend to find that unlike other polishes this one doesn't chip so much, BUT it does start to wear at the edges even with just a small amount of typing or general wear and tear of every day jobs. This is a shame as the ends of my nails end up looking like I haven't painted them, but perhaps if I used a topcoat this wouldn't happen - I'm not sure?
The polish (minus the scuffing) will last several days, but I usually top it up frequently so that the ends look neat. The polish always looks nice and shiny and even on my nails so that is a bonus with this product. The product comes off easily with nail polish remover and no residue is left on the nail.
I would say that overall, the range is decent and the colour selection is good. The nail brightener is well worth a go as your nails look so healthy.