This is a review of the Bourjois French Manicure kit I recently bought from Amazon after reading several positive reviews of the set on this site. I awaited the delivery of my set eagerly, having managed to grow all 10 nails to a good even length they were begging to be finished with a French polish!
I noticed the set was leaning towards a pink finish which may have been given away with the name 'French rose'. Inside the set you get three 10ml bottles of polish. Bottle one is French Rose Liner (for the nail tips); two was rose lounge for the whole nail colour and bottle three was a clear top coat. On the box it promises that the results will last up to 7 days which made me laugh as I don't think I've ever enjoyed 7 days from a home polish job.
I got on the case as soon as both children were asleep, determined to give my nails adequate drying time so I didn't ruin the finish in mummy duties (like changing a nappy!). I was amazed at the first bottle, natural pink for the nail tip. Whilst it looked pink in the bottle it looks lovely on the nail tip but the best bit about it was the shape of the brush in the bottle, which is sort of moon shaped so means you get a perfect tip on the nail edge without trying or having to use a cotton bud to clean up your effort. The pink colour takes away the harshness you sometimes get with a bright white. I did find on larger nails like the thumb that the shaped brush was harder to use but still managed a passable tip on them. Second up, the Rose Lounge nail colour was complementary to the nail tip colour and I could have got away with one coat but did two anyway and they dried to a nice finish, fulfilling the 'ultra shine' promise on the label. Finally the clear top coat promised a 'gloss set' and I did find my nails were nice and shiny and dried within a couple of minutes to touch dry.
I am wowed by this set. It is the best French manicure set I have ever tried and I have had loads of them! I got to day four of the manicure with no sign of wear and tear at all but after day five it started chipping. I feel that someone has taken the time to design the nail tip brush properly and that it is a good quality set.
I found the set on Amazon for around £6 including postage which I thought was pretty good for three polishes. It is a high quality set too.
If I had any doubts when first trying this, they have totally gone now. I think that you need to start off with decent looking nails to have a nice result with French Manicure (and they can be too long or too short for it not to work). The results from this set are quite natural looking and the pink tinge takes the edge off a stark white nail tip. I have had such a success with this set I wish I could post photos on here to show you all! I won't need to buy again soon as the set will last ages but I will not be looking elsewhere for a French Manicure set as this one has completely exceeded my expectations and I love it!
My sister bought me this Bourjois French manicure kit a while back and I love it.
There are three nail polishes, which come in a pink and white card box, which I no longer have. The bottles are tall with tall plastic lids, which are very easy to grip.
The bottles each contain 10ml of nail polish.
~ Price and availability ~
The manicure kit is available to purchase from Boots for £12.94. I have also seen the polishes can all be bought separately on www.asos.com.
~ Nail polishes ~
The white nail polish is shade 91 Blanc raffine and it comes with a brush which is cut to be a curved shape, which makes it very easy to apply to the tips of your nails accurately.
The light pink coloured bottle is shade 28 Rose Lounge and it promises 'Ultra shine and hold for up to 7 days' on the sticker on the front of the bottle
The clear bottle is called Gloss-set and on the back of the bottle it says, 'Maximise shine and long lasting result'.
~ Application ~
The white polish that you apply to the tips of your nails is made easy to apply with the curved brush. The nail polish is quite thick and the excess has to be wiped off on the neck of the bottle. The brush is really handy and makes it really simple to colour even the slightest edge of your nails.
Once the polish on the tips of my nails dries I then apply the very light pink colour. You could apply the white on top of the pink if you wanted.
The pink is very light and natural and does not hide the white on the tips of your nails. It is also quite a thick consistency, but it is easy to apply and the narrow brush gives a precise application for smooth results.
The clear polish is then applied once the pink colour has dried.
The clear polish feels thinner than the other two polishes and it adds a nice light shine to your nails.
I have found that each of the polishes take 2-3 minutes to set and then you have a perfect French manicure.
~ Conclusion ~
This is definitely the best manicure kit I have used. The curved brush of the white polish is really handy and it really takes the difficulty out of painting the tips of your nails.
The lids are large and easy to grip. The finished look these polishes offer is fantastic.
My nail polishes are almost empty now, so I intend to replace this kit soon, but they have lasted me ages and I have had a lot of use out of them.
I would definitely recommend this manicure kit. It is the best I have ever used.
Having stopped the nail biting habit, I now like to try and look after my nails and I like the look of a French manicure. Having had an old tatty set for years I decided I'd treat myself to a new set and bought this prettily boxed Bourjois one.
The last kit I had contained little guide strips to allow you to get a straight white line over the tip. With this kit, there are no guide strips and instead the white polish contains a curved-shape brush which apparently enables you to get the perfect tip.
The white polish can be a bit tricky and you need a steady hand and a bit of practise. I find that the brush holds a bit too much polish and so you end up with a big thick gloop of white on your nail. But persevere and you will get a knack for it. I think the strips work better than the curved brush but it's not too bad. OK it doesn't look as good as a professional manicure but with a big difference in price, I can forgive that.
The beige coloured polish goes on next. This is a nice natural colour and it goes on very well. I find I only need one coat of it but you must let the white tip completely dry before you put this on.
The clear top coat goes on last. This gives a nice natural shine and helps to stop the varnish chipping.
Overall, it does take a long time to dry but you do get a good finish. It lasts quite a long time and doesn't chip too badly at all.
I am a loyal Bourjois customer, I love their products and have never been disappointed by anything I have purchased from them ...until now. It wasnt a bad price at £9.99 and as it was the only 'kit' I could find that day it worked out the cheapest option.
I've used French manicure polishes before and always find the white tip really difficult to get right. Not going to a problem here I thought smugly, as the Bourjois one has a specially designed brush, cut at an angle to help you get it on perfectly. Or in theory at least - in practice its not the case at all.
I found it almost impossible to get the right amount on the brush - slightly too much and it pools on your nail, not enough and it becomes almost transparent. The angled brush did not help at all, it just aided in the creation of odd 'v' shapes instead of a nice smooth curve.
The next coat went on okay and the top coat was also easy and smooth to apply, although I felt as though it had been a marathon task that had taken up a huge chunk of my evening by the time I had finished.
The worst however was yet to come - despite the trusted manufacturer and despite my careful and patient application, by lunchtime the following day my nails were badly chipped and looked as though I'd been wearing it for a week.
This has become the latest addition to my 'only use in case of emergency' toiletries bag and sits at the bottom, looking thoroughly ashamed of itself.
Had this been some bargain basement supermarket brand I could have forgiven and forgotten but I'm afraid I've been badly let down.
On the rare occasions my nails are all the same length I like to have a French manicure. For special occasions I don't mind paying a professional but the rest of the time I am more then happy to have a go myself. This can have varying degrees of success ranging from looking ok to having white polish and those little guide stickers all over the place.
I hate the little white stickers you use as guides for painting the tips of your nails. I can never get them on straight and then when I take them off they tend to smug the varnish. So when I saw this manicure kit from Bourgois I thought it could be the answer.
The kit comes in a pretty pink and white box. It has a picture on the front of a brush with curved bristles painting the tip of a finger nail. It claims that it is a miracle brush, specially designed for nail tips.
The kit is £9.95 in Boots and Superdrug which seemed a little expensive but it contains 3 full sized bottles of Bourgois nail varnish which retail t £4.95 each so I think that it is quite good value. Plus I have always liked Bourgois nail varnish. The three varnishes are So Laque! in rose lounge, French manicure blanc raffine, and a clear varnish which is supposed to maximise shine and provide long lasting results.
So one evening I decided to put my new 'miracle brush' to the test. The first step is to paint the tips of the nails with the white varnish. I unscrewed the lid and looked at the brush. It is flat and about 5mm wide and the end of it was trimmed into a curve. It isn't an even curve though the point on one side is longer then the other.
The brush is supposed to make it easy to paint the tips in the correct shape as the curved brush is supposed to match the shape of your nail. So in theory you paint one half of the tip then turn the brush over to paint the other half. Sounded easy to me!
Well it wasn't. Now I am not going to pretend that I am a natural when it comes to putting on make up or painting my nails but this was really fiddly. It took me ages to get the right amount of varnish on the brush, too much and it runs too little and you get a thin streaky look, neither of which looks particularly glamorous. However that could just have been me being a bit daft!
The next problem I found can't just be because of my lack of beauty savvy. The brush just isn't the right size for some of your nails. It is perfect for the nails on my index fingers, little fingers, and the ones next to my little finger (no idea what they are called, ring finger perhaps?). But the nails on my middle fingers and thumbs are just a little bit to wide, I paint one side then the other and there is a gap in the middle. Now with a normal brush this wouldn't be a problem but this one is shaped so I had to turn the brush on its side and carefully fill it in.
Once the tips are dry you paint the whole nail with the rose lounge colour. This is a very delicate, natural shade of pink and it compliments the colour of your nails really well. Then when this has dried go over the whole nail with the clear varnish. This leaves your nails looking really shiny and they feel really smooth.
After a bit of practice you can get really good results with this manicure kit. However I don't think that it is anything to do with the brush. I can achieve the same results using a normal brush and running it horizontally across the tip of the nail. But the polish is good quality and goes on smoothly and easily. It also lasts along time. The rose colour claims to last 7 days but I have never tried it on its own.
Usually this polish/French manicure lasts about 3/4 days before it starts to chip, although I am not exactly careful with it. It does not last if you do the washing up with out your marigolds on! Also when I died my hair the tips turned pink which was an interesting affect :-D
I have also found that if the white tips do chip you can fill in the chipped bits and then just add another coat of the clear polish and it is hardly noticeable (handy if you are just about to go out!).
The polish also dries fairly quickly which is good as you have 3 layers to do. It usually takes me between 20-30 minutes to do all my nails but i'm sure someone with a bit more skill could do it much faster!
Over all I would recommend this kit, with a bit of practice you can get really good results. Plus even if you can't be bothered to do a proper manicure you still get excellent quality natural and clear varnishes to use.
All you need to create a perfect French Manucure effortlessly! This kit contains all you need to create a beautiful French Manicure polish from the comfort of your home / Step 1: French Manucure Blanc Raffine / using the ingenious curved brush start by appling the white to the tips of your nails / For the perfet result apply to half the tip and turn the brush over to cover the second half / Step 2: Then paint a coat of Very Vernis Rose Lounge all over the nail and let it dry / Step 3: Finally apply a coat of Fixant Brillant to ensure a shiny, long lsting result /