Whilst I love painted nails, the upkeep of them is a bit annoying so when possible, I do like to keep them with the French manicure look so I was really pleased that this came with some nail varnish to create my own look. The bottles are smaller than the standard size; they are only 4ml as opposed to the standard 7ml one which you purchase. You get three different colours, white for the tips of your nails, Nougat (which is a very pale pink colour) and clear which acts as the top coat. Despite the bottles only being small, the bristles on the brush are quite wide, enough to be able to cover my nails in just a couple of sweeps.
The bottles are cylindrical and topped with a black lid with the words No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in gold lettering to the front. Boots advertise that the product now contains Okoume Extract (I have no idea what this mean but it is meant to stop nails becoming brittle but also increases flexibility). It also contains Lumiere powder which lifts the colour brightness in the product.
I must admit, when I first tried to use the nail set, I did struggle to apply the white, the brush is the same size in all the pots so it is quite thick and a couple of times, I ended up with quite messy white lines. I would have preferred there to have been a 'tip guide' which acts a bit like a stencil, luckily, I already had one of these from a previous nail set I had.
A word of warning, although I did find the nail varnish dried really quickly, I would give it a good 10minutes between layers to ensure each coat is fully dry. After application, I find the varnish is quite chip resistant and my nails last a good few days which is a lot longer than other brands I have used.
Overall, I would recommend the set and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
i love my nails painted and i think i must have very nail polish colour under the sun. i am always in boot's no7 department and i love their products. and i love it even more when you get a free no7 voucher worth £5. as soon as i have that voucher in my hand i am practically running to their counter.
i got these boots no7 manicure kit for Christmas one year from a friend. and i loved it because i like painting my nails all pretty colours. i must change my nail colour like every other day. i have had a French manicure before but that was by a professional and i really wanted to do my own as its cheaper.
to starters i put on the base coat and that when on really nice a smooth and looked really nice even though it was just the base coat.
then i applied the nail tip whitener and i left it to dry for a minute or so. the average time to leave nail polish to dry. after the minute or so the tip whitener smudged across my nail and it was really sticky. i had to re-do my nails all again. and it kept happening.
it was just the tip whitener that kept smudging. the base and the clear polish was perfect. didn't smudge or dint. i still use no7 nail polish. just not the tip whitener
Trusty boots are handing out the no7 vouchers again, and I always feel like I should spend it as soon as I get it, in case I forget about it. So while I was in there the other day, I used mine straight away and got this. I tend to always buy the no7 polishes with the voucher because they are one of the cheapest items, but also because they are actually very good.
You can buy all of these separately, which would work out quite expensive, but I got mine in a kit, where all 3 were in a box and it was £10.00 (£5.00 with my voucher). The kit was actually in the fake nail section though, not with all the other polishes on the no7 counter.
I tried this for the first time and was quite impressed. The three nail polishes are all very good, out of the three I would say the pink is the weakest though.
The white polish
I applied a coat of this first. The brush was quite small, so very easy to use, and the polish itself was very thin, but covered well, so it was easy to apply. Luckily for me I have steady hands, so managed to get fairly straight lines, and as it covered well they looked pretty good, even before I put the pink on. I would say that the white has a slight yelowy tinge to it though, which sounds horrible, but does make it look more natural as the white isn't so harsh and false looking. It also dried pretty quickly.
The Pink Polish
The pink is not as thin in consistency as the white and that makes it a bit harder to apply an even coat, and it did look a bit streaky on my nails. It was still good, and made the nails look more french polish like, but I have got other pink polishes that might cover a bit better. I think this might make a nice pale polish by itself, but on top of the white it wasn't the best. This also dried fairly quickly.
The Clear Polish
The clear polish was easy to apply and only took a small amount to cover the whole nail, and it gave a lovely shiny finish, without looking too plastic and false. It also didn't make the polishes underneath bubble, which I have found other clear varnishes do. This also dried fairly quickly and really finished the look off.
Overall, I would recommend this, as my nails look pretty good, but if you are a perfectionist, I would say buy them separately and get a different pink polish to go over the nail. I have got various shades in my collection that I will use over the top instead of this pink one, but it's not a bad polish, just not as smooth a finish as I would like. The white polish is a very good one and to be honest is worth £10.00 by itself as it's so easy to use and so natural looking. For £10.00 though this is a good kit.
I really like the Boots No7 product range and find that most of its stuff is good quality with a few exceptions of course. I got this Boots No7 French Macnicure Set from my aunties at Christmas. They always seem to get me No7 stuff - I think this is because its easy to buy and usually at good quality.
This french manicure set comes with a nail tip whitener, french beige colour and a top coat. Each of the little cute bottles come in 10ml. What I particularly like about the bottles is the actual shape. Although nothing absolutely amazing it kind of reminds me of the female form - an hourglass shape... even though I also know that, that figure isnt as popular anymore.
With each of the bottles, you unscrew the lid to reveal a shortist wand with a average sized brush. I found using the brush for the tips to be incredible difficult in getting clear straight tip lines. This I thought was partly due to the brushes fault and partly mine. However, Im not the best person at doing french manicures so I blame myself for this mostly. I found that once the white had dried and I was to apply the beige colour that this went on incredibly well and didnt smudge or create a blob where the line of the white stopped - something I find happens quite alot of other french manicure sets. I found that both of the varnishes to dry just in average time and there was nothing special about the waiting time.
Once boht varnishes were dry and ready for the top coat, I found that this was the easiest one to apply. Maybe because its clear and no-one can see my mistakes. I found that it glided on well and wasnt at all lumpy or stringey.
Overall I found this french manicure set to be pretty good... even for me who cant actually apply french manicures. I am a trained acrylic nail technician but when it comes to french I just have no idea. I found the wands to be easy to hold due to the shape of the lid also. Something I appreciate when it comes to nail varnishes. I found the combination of varnishes to work well together and it gave a good overlal finish.
When this runs out, I hope to be reciving this again for Christmas. This set retails for about £10.00, which for me is a little expensive for a french manicure set. However I would happily receive it again as a present-
Firstly I must point out Dooyoos mistake! The photograph and name of this product I requested is completely wrong! Not my fault before I get lynched and I have queried this mistake with Dooyoo but until then I can't request another similar link as I simply get thrown back here lol.
So just to clarify I'm actually reviewing Boots French Manicure Kit! Not Boots No7 Manicure kit!
Clear plastic square box with fuchsia coloured card to the back of the it. On the front I'm simply told it is Boots French Manicure Kit 3x 10ml (0.33 US FL.OZ) in small white writing. On the back of the box I'm given directions for use, ingredients are listed for each of the 3 bottles, warnings are given, there is a bar-code on there and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple little box with no unnecessary information on there which I do appreciate!
The bottles (all 3) are square glass with opaque white lids that contain the brushes and on the front of each one I'm told what they are that they are Boots and then on the back warnings are given as are contact details for Boots. All very simple and the sizes are good for lots of applications.
Directions For Use...
Paint the tip or free edge of the nail with Nail Tip Whitener and allow to dry. Apply a coat of French Pink to the whole nail or two coats for more coverage. To finish, apply Top Coat to seal the nail colour and create shine.
Me Using It....
A very important thing to do when giving yourself a French manicure on either the finger or toes is to really make sure that nails really are in good condition because the look is so natural if you have any flaky nail or chips or bits or grub hiding this stuff will show it up so I advise you really do give them a good buff up before doing any kind of treatment like this first!
My fingernails are chewed to hell so for me I wanted this look on my toenails. I did as I was advised and filed my nails and ridded unsightly cuticles and then polished my nails one for one with a buffer till they were a good shape and tidy and clean looking.
As advised I took the nail whitener out of the the pack first and tried to apply a thin line to the tips neatly. First problem is that the brushes although excellent quality (no flaking and not too bristly) were hard to control due to the length of them. Again I advise you to get nail guides to make this easy cos doing this free hand is a messy nightmare if your not incredibly careful. The white varnish is rather thin as well so not only do you have to faff about trying to get it on you have to reapply it to get an even coverage and I find this fiddly and fussy to do. After a time though it looked ok but a little wonky but I consoled myself no one would examine too closley my tootsies and to battle on with the rest of the process! I will not be beaten lol.
Then once dried which only took a couple of minutes I then set about applying the very light peach 'French Pink' colour. This was smooth to apply and gave very even coverage although it is a rather runny and thin liquid I was pleased with the results. Be aware though that if you have discoloured nails because of the pinkish colour it does make nails appears even further discoloured so as I mentioned earlier preparation is key!
I would be happy to leave it at one coat of this but just because I'm used to applying two coats of colour of general nail polishes I decided to re apply and it all took again a few minutes to dry and when done the pink gave a subtle shine to my nails and coated over the top of the white nail tips making the whole look, look a little more subtle.
Then of course you apply the clear top coat over that to finish off. Once again this is quite runny in it's consistency but this really does give a lovely high quality shine and me, I'd use this on it's own or with other nail polishes as well just to protect the work I had already done. It's superb and really easy to use!
Once done and I sat down and took a look I was relatively pleased with the results. I worked hard to get it all looking decent and would say get nail guides or a mate to help you with applying this!
This set is high quality but not without it's flaws. The brushes could do with being a shorter for ease of use particular on the white nail tip whitener. However the results are glossy and for £7.50 for all the applications you get out of them it's a decent little buy it has to be said. I found the results to last me about a week which I think is excellent and it's all easy to remove if you want to as well!
Only available in Boots stores.
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