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      02.07.2013 21:12
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      Applies super fast, dries a little later than stated and lasts a couple of days on average

      I had a few days holiday recently and I managed to convince myself that none of the dozen or so nail polish that I already had were quite right to take with me. Off I went to Superdrug and the Bourjois nail polish area was what caught my eye as it is one of the few brands I haven't used recently. I couldn't decide between a polish that was quick to apply and dry, and one that was supposed to last 10 days as both seemed perfect for a holiday. In the end I must confess to buying one from each range, and the fast drying one is the subject of todays review. The Bourjois 1 Seconde nail enamel cost me £5.99 for 8ml and I bought shade number 8, a rich red that is a little lighter out of the bottle than it appears at first. There are a total of 14 options available, according to Bourjois themselves.


      TALL AND THIN - [THE BOTTLE NOT ME]

      The 1 "Seconde" nail polish comes in a distinctive bottle with a very long and narrow lid which means there is a also a generously sized brush for you to hold. I like this a lot and it does make painting your nails in particular that little bit easier. The real innovative bit is supposed to be the brush head though which is described as a fan effect shape to facilitate the 1 second application per nail. Actually, I think there are quite a lot of polish brushes that fan out in this way and have a similar shape but it is a good design nevertheless. It really does spread out to cover the nail in a single stroke, even the wider thumb one. This isn't the same as poor quality bushes that splay out and deposit polish around the side of your nail. This one is more controlled than that and I do feel that a single second is just what you need to cover each nail properly. I also think that completing a finger with a single stroke helps to give a smoother final result.


      DRY IN 50 SECONDS?

      The bottle states that the polish dries in 50 seconds and on the brands own website it says that this claim was scientifically tested on 33 volunteers. I don't know how those volunteers managed it but my polish is certainly not dry in that time. The first time I used the polish I timed 50 seconds exactly because I am pedantic like that and then confidently touched my little finger nail, which smudged it. It was still soft and slightly "tacky" feeling. Another minute passed before it really felt dry but that still translates as a fast finish for me. I find that second coats take slightly longer but not much. Yes, I did need to do a second coat despite the fact this is a one coat polish in theory as I will explain in a moment.


      WORTH THE WAIT?

      The polish colour was disappointing to me as it did not look very consistent on the nail at first. I shook the bottle well before use and took the usual precautions not to overload my brush but the finish was not strongly and evenly pigmented enough to make me feel that a second coat could be dispensed with. The second layer helped somewhat but overall I didn't think the colour was as promising as it looked in the bottle. This is a shame because my nails do look otherwise smooth and very glossy when I use this. The varnish is supposed to be silicon enriched and to have a gel formula. It does remind me of other gel polishes I have used as regards how shiny the final result is but I don't think it stands out as being especially professional looking over and above the others.


      DOES IT LAST?

      I got this to last a maximum of 3 days before any chips appeared but I wasn't doing anything strenuous on holiday and I had applied two coats. I also used a top coat and base coat from other brands. I was happy enough to re-apply it from scratch because the application is fast even if the drying doesn't quite come in at under a minute. I was also relieved given the deep colour that the polish came away really easily using my basic nail polish remover, and there was absolutely no nail staining left behind.


      WOULD I RECOMMEND THE POLISH?

      I wouldn't rule out buying this polish again in a different colour which I would hope would be better pigmented. That's because I do like the quick application and the useful brush, even if the drying time is not as fast as advertised for me. It is still quick after all. I wouldn't recommend this if you want a very long lasting polish but I must say it actually lasted longer than the Bourjois 10 day polish did. For £5.99 it is ok value but I would really only be tempted again if I saw a great colour that I couldn't buy for less. I have decided to award the product 3 stars on balance as it does not live up to one of it's major selling points by failing to be dry in 50 seconds.

      Available from Boots, Superdrug, online sellers and department stores amongst other places.

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      12.05.2013 20:13
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      A great nail varnish which applies quickly and evenly, and looks lovely

      I have got plenty of different nail varnishes that are all of the colours of the rainbow but there's always room for more. I find it hard to sit still and wait for my nails to dry as I invariably start doing jobs before they are dry and then I smudge them. This is why I thought I'd give the Bourjois One Second Nail Enamel a try.

      What does the product do?
      First of all, the 'one second' in the title refers to the time that it takes to apply the product, not the time that it takes to dry as I had thought when I bought the product. It has a gel formula which contains Silicon which teamed with the fan effect brush, salon smooth results in a second. The brush promises to adapt to the size of your nails and the finished results is ultra glossy colourful and eye catching nails. The product promises to dry in around 55 seconds.

      Shades
      The product comes in 14 different colours which range from pastels to bright colours so there should be something to suit everyone. They come with beautiful French names such as Bleu Moonlight, Gris Nightonic and Or Celeste. I bought the Rainbow Apparition which is a purple shade with glittery bits because I'm a glitter bug!! The product will cost you around £6 and can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.

      Packaging and Price
      The product comes contained within a glass pot and you can see the colour of the product inside. The lid of the polish matches the colour of the varnish that you have chosen so mine is purple and sparkly and it looks really pretty. On the pot there is a drawing of the special brush and some extra information about the product is given. The brush is found in the lid as you would expect and the brush is chunkier than you would normally expect.

      Application and Performance
      The product has the usual horrible smell that comes with the product so try not to apply the product in a small space. The formula is quite thick so you're not going to get yourself in a mess but it's not so small that you can't apply it probably. It isn't that different to a normal nail polish formula but it is a little tackier. The brush does a good job at covering the nail in one go and just as promised it does adapt itself when going from the thumb nail to the little finger but this is down to the pressure that you apply. The consistency of the product allows the gel to settle into place to leave a perfectly even finish.

      The colour of my chose shade is quite sheer but I think most of the other shades are opaque. Mine is very glittery but pale and I need to apply three coats to get a brighter colour which is packed full of sparkle. Because the colour is largely sheer, I've found that the product looks really pretty over the top of other nail varnishes. It takes around 50 seconds as promised for one layer to dry. The product is long lasting and doesn't chip for days although I did use a clear top coat to protect it. It didn't fade or begin to chip until about three days time and I'm a hands on person so that's good going. I was able to remove the product using my usual nail varnish remover but the glitter particles made the job a little harder than usual. The polish didn't stain or weaken my nails.

      Conclusion
      All in all, this is a lovely nail polish which is super quick to apply and quick drying. It doesn't chip or fade for days when protected with a top coat and it settles evenly on the finger making it look smooth and glossy. Mine required three coats to get a good colour but I don't think the others would be like this as I chose a glittery one. Mine works well on top of other varnishes and gives them a lovely sparkly finish. I am very happy with my purchase.

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      12.11.2012 22:26
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      So easy to get salon results fast!

      This nail polish is a revelation. Perusing the cosmetics aisle with my daughter in our local supermarket I spotted the perfect shade of nail polish to go with a new dress. Bourjois was a new brand for me but my daughter owns several items and she assured me that the quality was good. The colour was a stunning champagne gold, slightly metallic but subtle. We also loved a glittery granite grey shade which will be perfect with a LBD for the festive season. Unable to decide between the two we opted to take advantage of a 3 for 2 offer and buy both so we could share. We chose a shimmery pink shadow as the third item and felt very smug to be getting three great products for £12! The nail polishes were £5.99 each and I was happy to pay that for such a lovely shade but once I got it home it was clear that this was no ordinary nail polish.

      The packaging certainly looks distinctive but the long neck of the lid is functional too, making it a doddle to hold while painting your nails. The product boasts a unique fan-effect brush which is supposed to cover the whole nail in one stroke, in one second, hence the name. It also claims to be completely dry in just 50 seconds. Naturally I was sceptical but I shouldn't have been, it works brilliantly! The wide brush spreads out to cover the whole nail and deposits just the right amount of polish without smearing. Containing silicone, the polish is flexible, so less likely to chip. I actually got five full days without a single chip, even though I wash the dishes three times a day and clean the house. The staying power of this polish is amazing and well worth its £6 price tag. I applied two coats over a base coat but you could get away with one coat if you were in a hurry as the coverage was good and I was able to achieve a really neat finish with its clever brush. It was also touch-dry in under a minute but safe to rummage through your handbag dry in around five minutes.

      There are lots of really trendy and unusual colours to choose from and I will definitely be buying some more.

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        10.09.2012 20:18
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        Very good polish, price is a little offputting

        The first time I tried this nail varnish was actually when I bought a discontinued colour from fragrance direct at a fraction of it's original price. I don't think I would ever have picked up this particular polish to try at it's costly price of around £5.99 a bottle! However, after trying it once I've gone on to buy another shade at it's full price and I think it's worth the money! Here are my thoughts.

        PACKAGING:
        I actually really like the bottle this particular polish comes in. It certainly stands out from the crowd with it's very long lid and wide base where the nail varnish can easily be seen. The packaging does seem a little wasteful and can be awkward to put into make up bags etc due to it's unnecessary size but I do think that the longer lid does allow for a lot more control and the overall appearance gives it a sophisticated and expensive look.

        The label on the front is mostly in French (hence the spelling of "second" as "seconde"), which is something that often annoys me about some Bourjois products. However, the label shows a clear picture of the brush and states "fan effect brush" in English. The label also states that this product requires one coat, takes 50 seconds to dry and doesn't smudge. I'm still a little confused about what exactly it means by no smudges, as surely all non dry nail varnish smudges? Other than this, the polish sounds pretty good.

        APPLICATION:
        The main, advertised feature of this nail varnish is it's patented, innovative fan effect brush which aims to create a much quicker and smoother application. The brush is about twice as wide as a normal nail varnish brush and a little thinner. At first I was sceptical, thinking that actually the brush isn't wide enough to cover my thumb nail in one stroke. I am happy to say I was wrong. This is where the fan effect comes in, the brush sort of spreads out perfectly over the surface of the nail and picks up just the right amount of polish to provide a smooth, even application over the whole of the nail. Super impressed!

        The actual application over all of my nails took under two minutes and was smooth and simple. However, Bourjois advertise this product as requiring one coat only and I found that with the two I own (11, a sort of shimmering light orange, and 24 a black with grey/green glitter), that they required two coats become fully opaque.

        The consistency is lovely, not too watery and not too thick. I'm also pleased to say that this nail varnish didn't end up sort of thick and gloopy like many polishes tend to do after a good few uses. I would say the polish does dry comfortable within the 50 seconds claimed, but only the sort of dry where you can touch it without leaving a mark but could still dent it with your fingernail. I'd say it's total safe dry after a couple of minutes.

        MY THOUGHTS:
        Overal, I really like this product. There is a large variety of colours and Bourjois are frequently updating this line and adding more in trend colours. You can also find older discontinued colours from this range for a much cheaper price to give this product a go.

        The application really is much faster than your average nail polish and the drying time is slightly quicker which leads to an all round easier and nicer experience. The packaging is definitely eye catching even if it's not totally necessary and even the price is worth the ease of application and the colour variety.

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        15.02.2012 12:38
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        An understated but good quality range for staple colours.

        These were the first nail polishes I ever bought, before I'd developed the habit I have now, and I don't think I realised at the time what good quality they were. I recently revisited the range, having dabbled with many a cheaper, more colourful polish since, and was pleasantly surprised at what little gems they were.

        PACKAGING: The bottles are an odd shape, with tall, tapered handles. They look a bit daft but fit gracefully in the hand. One bottle contains 8ml of polish - plenty, though it seems a little stingy for the price. The label promises an innovative fan-effect brush that reduces application to "1 seconde per nail" - a big boast indeed.

        COLOURS: The colours are probably the Achilles' heel of this range. They're lovely, but all quite standard (nudes, pinks, browns, reds) and nothing that would turn your head as you pass by. I own 9, a deep purple shimmer, and 23, a mink shimmer. The code numbers for each colour aren't marked very clearly - they're the numbers in the white circles on the back of the bottle.

        APPLICATION: Though the brush isn't as revelatory as it's made out to be, it's still a very good brush. The head is shorter and squarer than most, giving it a firm and even spread while applying. It can cover a whole nail with one sweep, but I like to be a bit more careful and make sure everything's neatly done at the sides; while it doesn't live up to the dream of one-stroke application, it easily reduces the usual three strokes to only two. Anyway, the colours do need building up - two coats for an evenly opaque finish, and three coats giving very deep, luxurious finish that brings the best out of the shimmer effect. Still, it's a speedy polish to apply and is dry within minutes.

        WEAR: Their longevity is decent, lasting four or five days on me before starting to look shabby. With a top-coat they can last up to a week, but I've usually done something clumsy or started fancying a change before then!

        Overall this is a great reliable range, good to apply and wear, even though their brush gimmick isn't that earth-shattering in reality. The colours aren't the most fun or diverse, but classic and sophisticated, the sort of colours you'll always need a couple of. At around £5.99 they're a bit pricey for budget shoppers, but definitely worth picking up if there's an offer on.

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        02.12.2011 20:19
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        Don't buy the expensive brands when this is even better.

        Nail varnish can do two things, make your appearance look tidy and polished or make it look crumbled and messy, I would prefer to look polished and tidy but get so annoyed at nail varnish that chips after a day or two, especially when I've taken so long to apply it.

        I love nail varnish more than make-up and have a relatively large collection. I have spent a lot of money on nail varnish's and brands such as OPI, Nails Inc. and China Glaze as I really hate chipping and flaking and find that cheaper nail varnishes didn't last long enough on my nails. I had heard good things about Bourjois 1 seconde so decided to try it.

        I purchased mine from boots and it cost £5.49. The bottle is narrower at the top so applying this is very easy. It feels more like I'm holding a pencil than the older style chunky nail varnish bottle lids. The range has every colour type from light pinks to reds and blacks. The colour collection doesn't have any glitter or shimmer colours (at the time of purchase) thankfully as I'm not a huge fan of those, the high gloss enamel looking colours were all gorgeous and made it hard for me to decide on just one, however I settled on #30.

        It says #30 on the bottle and even on the website, I was baffled as to why this didn't have an equally gorgeous name but later found out from someone that the colour is called 'Gris cashmere' it does look like a neutral, grey café au lait colour. Gris cashmere is equal to OPI's over the taupe and Chanel Le Vernis 505 particuliere.

        *The Nail Varnish*
        1 seconde refers to the amount of time it should take to apply the nail varnish to the nails. Each nail should dry in 50 seconds. 1 seconde has a new patented application brush that is fan shaped, the fan shape adapts to the size of each nail leaving you with ultra-shiny high gloss coloured nails.

        *The Brush*
        The new fan shaped brush looks similarly to the brushes you get for doing your eyebrows but only thinner. The brush does adapt to nails making application quick and easy.

        *One coat or not to one coat*
        Most nail polishes that promise one coat results don't actually work in only one coat so I was a little bit pessimistic about this claim until I got the nail varnish home and tested. I purchased the Gris Cashmere and applied this quickly. I was pleasantly surprised that this does in fact look amazing with only one coat. It never left any see through patches or areas that looked thinner than the rest of the nail and reminded me of the results you get from Gel nail varnish.

        *The bottle*
        The bottle is sleek, it gets thinner the closer to the top and is all one colour. You will notice on the lid there is a rougher patch; this is a test area which shows you what colour it's supposed to look like on the nail. The lid makes it feel like I'm holding a pencil and gives excellent grip.

        *Application*
        Before you were supposed to apply three strokes of colour, one in the centre and one on each side of the nail. With Bourjois 1 seconde you no longer have to do this. Simply place the fan brush onto the nail and it fans out for wider nails and stays normal shaped for thinner nails. The nail colour goes on easily and quickly and I probably do agree with their 1 second nail application claim. It really is that quick, finish off with a coat of clear topcoat for longer lasting nail colour.

        *Drying*
        The colour takes around 90 seconds to dry; some nails can still be 'tacky' so I recommend leaving a full two minutes before doing anything.

        I am a convert to bourjois and especially Bourjois 1 seconde. The results I get from using this alongside a clear top coat are equal to results I've had from gel nail varnish and the is better than the results I've had from Nail Inc., Chanel and OPI so the £5.49 price tag is an absolute bargain and that's why I've given it a 5 stars.

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          12.08.2011 21:52
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          Worth a try, you get what you pay for!

          It isn't very often that I get down to the last little drip of a bottle of nail varnish, but I have gone nail painting crazy with my bottles of Bourjois 1 seconde nail varnish.
          I didn't buy my lot myself, they were a Christmas gift from my boyfriend and when I saw the price of them, I couldn't believe how much he had spent on them. However after having used them for a good few months now, I love them and think they are worth every penny.

          ***Price***
          These are currently being sold at Boots for £5.99 per bottle! That is a hefty price for a bottle of nail varnish.
          The bottles come in a size of 8ml which is about the same as most other nail varnishes.
          There are occasional offers on these nail varnishes which are worth catching. When mine were bought, there was a 3 for 2 offer one, so fortunately I got three bottles!

          ***The product***
          This varnish is called '1 seconde' .. no that isn't a spelling mistake, it's French. The one second doesn't mean it takes 1 second to dry either ... which is what I thought at first haha.
          1 Seconde means the varnish takes 1 second to apply. This is hard to believe, but it's actually true!
          The brush looks bigger, it covers more of your nail so it can be applied with just a one second swipe. The brush is actually made up of two normal sized brushes places side by side at an angle which catches all of your nail perfectly.
          I have found the varnish very easy to work with, it doesn't clump and the colours are always blended into your nail lovely.

          The dry time is supposed to be '50 seconds, no smudge', so it isn't the fastest drying nail varnish, but it works for me. However I'm not sure how far I can go to saying it doesn't smudge. Any nail varnish smudges if you swipe it whilst it's still wet.
          Overall though, the dry time mixed with the applying time means for a quick and easy paint hassle free, making these varnishes my favourite of all time!

          Theres a reasonably good range of colours to choose from, however I've found they are quite soft and neutral and they don't hold any wacky or bright colours.
          The colour range consists of;
          Shade 2- Pink
          Shade 7- Red
          Shade 8- Dark Red
          Gris Cashmere- Soft Gold
          Shade 3- Light Pink
          Shade 9- Dark Violet
          Shade 23- Pink
          Shade 24- Black
          To see these colours, visit http://www.boots.com/en/Bourjois-1-Seconde-Nail-Polish_47564/

          I have found there are more to choose from in store, the website doesn't hold all of the colours. I have a glittery colour which is my FAVOURITE. It is clear with bits of glitter in and lovely on top of any base colour. I hope the fact that this colour isn't for sale online doesn't mean its no longer available, because I plan on buying more of this colour!

          ***Lasting***

          I currently have two layers of this paint on, a pink with a transparent glittery paint on top and it has last me about a week now without chipping off too much.
          The paint doesn't peel off easily which is great for me as I am always tempted! After about a week I have found it does start to chip off a little from my day to day activities, but other than that it keeps fine.
          I have also found, the colours blend so well that I can even apply another layer to cover the chipped off bits and it covers lovely. A little buffer over this gets rid of any ridges which may be obviously caused from applying two layers.

          Overall; This is my favourite nail varnish, it is well worth every penny. £5.99 is expensive for a nail varnish when considering you can buy other brands of varnish for £1 a bottle, but I have found with this brand you definitely get what you pay for!
          I would recommend this, I can't wait to try out some more colours from the range.

          Thanks for reading, I also post on Ciao.

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            02.08.2010 15:12
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            A must with no fuss!

            Can't bear to have bare nails? In a rush? Need a nail polish to be applied fast?
            Well, you need to BUY this nail varnish now!

            Bourjois nail polishes are not my usual choice but I keep buying this particular one over and over again! It first ended up on my finger nails after my Mum bought me some as a little treat when I was skint and couldn't afford to treat myself to those little luxuries (which are actually essentials to a girl like me)!!!

            The shade I tried was no.1 which is a sandy rose/beige colour very similar to the new Chanel shade that is sold out everywhere. This is the shade I have continued to buy because it is a great colour to wear every day and with any outfit. It is subtle but classy and as I have a professional job I cannot wear anything that is too jazzy or risque so this is perfect for that reason too. There are more shades available but as I've had so many compliments about this one I have found myself a little addicted to this shade. It's become an old faithful!

            The "1 seconde" claim is one that cannot be argued with. With one stroke of the cleverly shaped brush, you can paint your whole nail with no fuss or mess. The bottle says "innovation" and the fan effect brush is certainly that. Even if you are completely hopeless at painting your nails you will not fail to do them well with this nail polish. I am right handed and struggle to use my left hand but with this nail polish even that becomes a doddle.

            The only thing to remember - and this is not a negative comment - is that you still need to leave time for the nail polish to dry and the polish does not claim to be "quick drying". I say this only because if you try this and fail to realise that, then you will be disappointed. However, I think that because the polish only needs one coat it does actually dry quite fast which is another bonus.

            Finally, the finished effect is neat, professional looking polished nails in some scrumptious shades that last quite a while before you need to remove and re-do. A real "1 seconde" wonder!

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            Bourjois 1 Second

            I am forever on the lookout for the perfect nail varnish. I tend to wear false nails quite a lot (both ones I apply myself and ones that are applied in a salon) but I find that they dont last as long as Id like so I go shopping for nail varnish. I do buy varnishes from the Stargazer range a lot because I love their colours but lately Ive been on the lookout for one I can apply quickly before going out and that is what led me to this "Bourjois 1 Second". All the nail varnishes Ive tried in the past that promise to dry quickly have not at all so Im always sceptical when it comes to trying out new ones - but its all in the name of research LOL - its a tough job! I only bought this nail varnish on Friday but of course on Saturday when I was getting ready for the England match I was in a rush so I thought that would be the perfect time to try this out.

            Useful Information:
            Price: £3.99
            Stockists: Boots, Superdrug ETC
            Shades: Their range of shades is quite extensive so Im not going to write them all down but a lot of their colours are different shades of pink or red. There are some colours if you want more natural looking nails and others for if your really trying to make a statement. I personall chose their "Rouge Cerise" colour which is a bright red but Im definately going back for their black shade! Theres something for everyone I reckon and if you want to see all the shades check out their website: www.bourjois.co.uk

            The claim that Bourjois have made with this nail varnish is that you can paint your nails and they will dry in 50 seconds which is a hell of a claim. In this 50 seconds you will get a glossy, bold colour that should last days without chipping and apparantly their brush is the only one of its kind. Well those are some claims they are making there but could this tiny pot live up to those massive expectations? Well the short answer is...surprisingly YES!

            I have to admit my natural nails are not in the best condition. They arent perfectly manicured and they are all different lengths so I wasnt sure whether this brush would work for me but I am shocked to say it actually did. The brush sort of reminds me of a fan but in a really rounded shape that I didnt think would fit my nails because mine are quite square. But in just one coat on each the whole nail was completely covered in colour with no streaks or missing patches and I have to say it did shock me. Ive only just read that this brush actually moulds to the shape of your individual nails so even if your talons arent perfect you can still use this because mine are far from it and it worked for me.

            Id say you only need one coat of this varnish to give your nails a really bold colour that has a very glossy finish - my nails look like they have been done profeesionally when I use this and everyone has commented of how nice the colour is and how nice my nails look since Ive started using it. I guess you could use two coats if you want the colour to last even longer but I really dont think you need to. I love the way this makes my nails look and probably most shocking of all is how quick it is to apply and dry. I guess it does take under 1 minute so you can now paint your nails in a proper rush and still look fabulous.

            Ive found this nail varnish lasts about 3 days without chipping at all which doesnt sound like a lot but its better than most Ive tried. Thats 3 days of cleaning, drinking, making food all the things you do just everyday so 3 days is an okay time to last I reckon. Ive only got 1 chip on one nail at the moment and I applied mine on Saturday night. Overall I highly recommend this nail varnish because it is so easy to apply, dries quickly and has a great range of colours - its hard to find something bad to say. Highly recommened.

            Thanks For Reading

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              25.04.2010 19:48
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              Great nail polish, long lasting

              I have got so many different nail polishes in my make up drawer by so many different makes, and many the same colour! But i cant stop myself from buying more i have so many of them. The latest one i have bought it this bourjois one. With all nail polishes claiming to be quick drying, i find them all the same when it comes to how long they take to dry, which is usually a good few minutes to dry properly before you can carry on doing things without it smudging.

              This nail polish cost me £5.49 in boots for a 8ml bottle. It comes is a really sleek and light bottle, easy to carry around with you in your make up bag.

              When i saw this nail polish, what attracted me to buy it, was that it was claiming to dry in just one second! I didnt think this would be possible, so i thought i would give it a go! When i got home i realised i hadnt looked at the product properly, and it actually means it takes one second per nail to apply on! It claimed to dry in 50 seconds when i actually read it, which is still good anyway!

              I bought this nail polish in shade 3 which is a nice pale pink colour. I always go for pale pinks, i have got so many, and this pink is just as nice a shade as any others i have bought.

              This nail polish also has a different brush to most others. It is fan shaped and adapts to the size of each nail as you use it. When i first tried to apply this nail polish it took me a few nails before i actually got the hang of using it, i found it a bit messy at first and ended up with nail polish on the skin around my nails, so i ended up taking it all off and starting again. Once you get used to this brush it is very easy to apply. It glides on so effortlessly, and it did actually dry straight away!

              I didnt have to wait for this to dry at all, by the time i had finished doing every nail, the rest were all completely dry, leaving me able to carry on doing what i was doing straight away! This is great if you are in a hurry, usually it takes a good few minutes of sitting there waiting for nail polish to dry before you can do anything.

              I highly recommend this nail polish, as it gave my nails a lovely colour, a really glossy shine and it lasted ages!

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                17.04.2010 20:31
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                Brilliant nail varnish. Tip: I bought my second one in TJ Hughes for £1.

                I have two shades of Bourjois 1 Second nail polish; an orange-y colour and a brown. Both are rich colours and the liquid has a little bit of sparkle in them. That put me off at first but the brown shade in particular dries with a rather matte effect - the orange does glitter a little bit, but it's more subtle when it's dry.

                I find that it doesn't take one second to apply. That might be my complete lack of technique, however! The brush is wide and flat and is designed to allow easy application - ideally you could apply nail varnish in one sweep from base to tip. I find this impossible, no matter how well designed the brush, and have to do one sweep on the left side of the nail, and one side on the right. The brush is broad enough to not have to stroke down the centre of the nail again.

                The small print on the back of the bottle claims that the polish dries within fifty seconds and that it's smudge free. I don't know how true that is. In my experience, the nail polish takes about two minutes to set properly. After a minute or so, it does look as though it is dry, but if I place my finger onto my newly painted nail, at this point I would get the ridges and troughs from my fingerprints marked into the varnish. Not sexy. I have found, however, that the nail polish doesn't smudge. I've gone immediately to bed before after painting my nails and I've not had to worry about keeping my fingers spread or not daring to touch the bedding or anything like that.

                I really do like this product. It doesn't do exactly as advertised - it's not easy to apply in one brush stroke, nor does it dry in fifty seconds - but it is quality. I can wear Bourjois 1 Second nail varnish (with a clear base and top coat) for up to five days before any chips appear at all. And I have quite a manual job which involves lifting boxes and/or dealing with masses of coins. Other brands of nail varnish chip by the end of the day, even with the base and top coats.

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                15.04.2010 14:38

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                Hate the mess you make and the time you take? not anymore!

                I have tried squillions of varnishes in my time, and this is far and away one of the best! When they say it takes one second to coat each nail, they don't lie. Even people scared of painting their own nails (hands up, my mum...) can get a perfect finish with these beauties...

                The brush is wide, enabling you to coat each nail in one stroke. with exception perhaps of thumb nails, due to their size, you might need two...

                The colours are all beautiful and fashionable, with my favourites being grey, and raspberry pink. With a choice of matte and shimmer colours, everyone can find their shade!

                As far as I can see, there are no downsides to this product. The finish is excellent, really professional. I found that I only needed to use one coat (unusual with most varnishes on the market) and it lasts about a week before a few small chips appear.

                So to sum up, I would definately recommend these varnishes, I found them to be a really good quality. I do agree with the statement on the bottle, they save so much drying time.

                But that aside, I actually think that these give a much better finish than most high street varnishes. It must be because they are specially formulated to only need one coat. As they are that much thicker, it helps with the overall effect.

                I find it hard to describe, but these polishes leave you with a very professional finish. They might be slightly mopre expensive than most other high street versions, but in my humble opinion, it's well worth the investment.

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                05.04.2010 10:03
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                A highly recommended, easy to use, nail varnish

                This is the nail varnish we have all been waiting for.

                It is more expensive than other brands, however it is well worth it.

                APPLICATION
                What is special about this nail varnish is that it comes with a uniquely shaped brush. The brush is flat and curved at the end. This allows you to apply the nail vanish the the shape of your nail easily without getting any excess on your fingers. Additionally, as it is a wide brush, it often takes only one (and a maxixum of 2) sweeps to cover a nail, making it very quick to apply.

                DRYING
                It is called '1 second', and it really is that quick to dry. You can go from painting your nails to putting your hair up in moments. This is much better than other brands, which have had me waiting around motionless for the best part of an hour, and still they smudge.

                LASTING
                Once dried, I have been very impressed with how long this nail varnish lasts. I have had it on for 5 days solid without it chipping, which is very impressive in my experience.

                I was recommended this nail varnish by my sister, and I will certainly be recommending it to all my friends as it is very easy to put on, provides a very attractive finish and lasts a long time.

                My only trouble is that many of the high street shops only sell a limited range of colour, so if you want a wider range it might be better to shop online.

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                12.02.2010 03:57
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                A good pick!

                I have had my bottle of Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polish for over a year, and it's still not finished. I own it in a vampy dark red shade, which looks very sophisticated on both fingers and toes.

                As with most Bourjois products, this nail polish cost a little more than other low-end brands, such as Rimmel, but I think the price is fair for the quality. This polish comes with a fan effect brush, which basically just means the brush is a little wider at the tip than most brushes. This is great because you don't have to use as many strokes of the brush to cover the whole nail, which makes for a much less streaky finish. Despite the wideness of the brush, however, you don't end up painting onto your fingers and cuticles because the brush tapers in. The lid onto which the brush is attached is longer than normal, which makes it easier to poise your hand as you apply the polish. I'd say this is a great, innovative design.

                I'm not sure it dries in one second, but it does dry pretty quickly, and only one coat is needed.

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                18.01.2010 22:05
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                A cheap and cheerful and fabulous polish!

                Bourjois 1 Second!

                My favorite nail polish ever!! I hate waiting for my nail polish to dry and then I become inpatient and think well I could just read this book or put this away and then it smudges and I don't have time to re-do all of my nails! I have to say this cheap french nail polish beats them all under the table!!

                It has a new fan effect brush which just fits my nails completely for a sleek, no smudges, no excess, non messy coat. Although you have to use the very tip of the brush for the little nail but other than that you can actually paint your nails in under a minute! and they will be completely dry, smudge free and really really glossy and expensive looking!

                They come in a wide range of colours which just boggles the mind. In stores they don't display as many of the colours which are shown on the bourjois website. The colours range from pastel shimmery pink (my fav), deadly red (pictured above), glittery dark purple, light orange, maroon, cream, grey (gun metal), black and shimmering light pink! Some many colours so little time!

                They are currently priced at boots at £5.49 which is quite reasonable in my opinion! The nails inc polishes are £10.99 each so are the O.P.I ones! Uou can also buy them from superdrug.

                Thank you for reading my review

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            • Product Details

              Nail Varnish / Ultra-quick application: 1 second per nail! Who has the time to get pampered for hours these days? For all you busy women out there, 1 Seconde nail enamel is ultra quick to apply thanks to its patented fan effect brush which adapts to the size of each nail / It also dries in only 50 seconds, leaving you with beautiful nails and plenty of time!