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I have used Bourjois range of make up for many years but have only tried their nail varnish more recently. The variety that I use is their 1 second nail polish and I have it in a couple of neutral shades, the range updates fairly frequently and so the current colours in fashion are available.
This nail polish comes in a stylish looking bottle with a long thin brush handle. The shape of the handle makes it easy to remove from the bottle by unscrewing it but it also really easy to hold to apply the polish to your nails.
Easy to apply?
The 1 second name of this nail polish relates to the time it takes to paint each nail. The brush is wide and flat and so by placing it at the base of your nail you can sweep it over your nail once to coat the whole nail in one go. I find this works on some of my nails but some like my thumb are too wide and so still need me to do an additional couple of strokes either side to paint the whole nail. Overall though I can paint my nails faster with this brush than one of a standard design.
The nail varnish itself is quite thick and does go on nicely. I find I need 2 coats to get a good enough coverage and depth of colour.
How does it last?
I applied this nail varnish on Saturday afternoon and it looked great on Saturday night when I went out, however by the end of a day looking after guests yesterday (lots of washing up and clearing up) it was starting to chip at the tips of my nails. I find this happens with all the nail polishes I use and is a good excuse not to wash up! Another day on and I also have chips in the middles of my nails and will be removing this nail varnish tomorrow.
Removing the nail varnish
My own brand nail varnish remover easily copes with removing this nail polish, I own it in pale colours and so staining of my nails isn't an issue.
Price and availability
I mainly buy my nail varnish in Boots where this one is available in 6 shades and currently costs £5.99. It is a good nail varnish for the price and I am happy to pay this price for it.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a good nail varnish from Bourjois with a unique brush which makes applying the nail polish quicker than usual.
I'm currently up in Lancashire (three weeks and counting) after getting yet another emergency phone call from my Mother's care home to say that she was in hospital. As Mum's mini strokes are now happening on a fairly regular basis, I keep a bag packed and ready to sling in the car and head north at a moment's notice but I invariably forget something vital and this time it was nail varnish. OK, maybe not vital to many of you but if there's one thing I can't stand it's badly cared for nails and the varnish I was wearing when I arrived wasn't going to last forever. Clitheroe isn't a huge town and Boots is just about the only place selling nail polish and even there the choice is limited.
Eventually I plumped for the So Laque! range from Bourjois and as there was an offer of buy one and get a second half price, I chose a rather gorgeous red (Rouge Escarpin) and a more neutral pinky brown (Beige Glamour), expecting them to be equally as good or bad as each other. I was very wrong. The colours in this range are very diverse from pale pinks through zingy limes and yellows to deep dark reds, browns and blues, so there's a colour to suit every taste.
This is selling in Boots for £5.99 per bottle though it's probably possible to buy it slightly cheaper elsewhere.
Appearances can be deceptive
Each 10ml clear bottle is slightly wider at the base giving it a good stability and the cap is coloured to match the nail polish. This cap is quite elongated and very comfortable to hold and the integrated brush is fairly narrow and of a good quality which doesn't spread out too much during application ensuring that the polish applies evenly in about three strokes per nail.
According to the blurb on the bottle, the So Laque! range of nail polish includes vinyl as one of its ingredients and provides an 'ultra shine and hold for up to 7 days' so I was expecting a glossy, long lasting nail polish. I definitely got the ultra shine from both nail colours and one of the varnishes stood up to life's wear and tear extremely well but the other was a total let down.
The first polish I used was the Beige Glamour which I felt would be easier to match with various outfits without clashing and save me having to keep changing nail colour as I didn't have much time between hospital visits and doing Mum's washing etc. I used a clear base coat first before applying the Bourjois varnish and it went on like a dream. The consistency is creamy and it applies very evenly, so much so that it's probably possible to get away with just one coat. I applied a second coat, however, and once dry, I was very impressed. The polish dries pretty quickly to a hard and incredibly glossy finish and the colour of Beige Glamour is far from boring beige but a pinky brownish shade which is dark enough not to leave my somewhat middle aged hands looking like mutton dressed as lamb. You younger women may be surprised to know that as you get older even your hands age and there are some nail colours which simply don't suit older hands!
After about 4 days of wear during which I did plenty of washing up, also some hand washing and a bit of gardening too, the nail polish was showing some signs of wear at the tips which needed some touching up but the rest of my nails remained looking remarkably good although the shine was slightly diminished. This was an excellent nail polish brand, I decided.
Once Mum was moved from the main hospital to the local one in Clitheroe for a bit of extra physio, I had a bit more leisure time and decided to try the red varnish which had been my first choice. The colour of this varnish is a stunningly rich, deep red. Just like the beige, the red polish went on easily and again dried to a hard and ultra shiny finish but that is where the similarity between these two polishes ended. Within a matter of hours, never mind days, the polish had chipped and not even at the tips but bang slap in the middle of one of my nails. I touched it up thinking it was possibly down to my faulty application but before the day was over, more chips had appeared, this time at the tips and by the following day I had to completely reapply the nail colour but once again it failed to last more than a day before looking very much worse for wear. I decided that my previous opinion of Bourjois nail polish had been wrong.
If I was awarding stars individually for these Bourjois So Laque! nail polishes, Beige Glamour would get a resounding 5 stars. It's an excellent go-with-anything colour with a wonderfully glossy finish and its wearability is unquestionable. With regard to the Rouge Escarpin, however, the star rating would have to be much lower. The colour is fabulous, one of those reds which you just have to keep admiring because it's so gorgeously glamorous and glossy. Escarpin, by the way, is the French word for a court shoe and if I ever found a pair of shoes in this particular shade of red, I'd buy them but in terms of nail varnish wearability, Rouge Escarpin was completely unacceptable for a mid-range brand such as Bourjois. Unless you're prepared to constantly be retouching or even completely redoing your nails, this particular range of nail colours seems to have some inconsistencies. For that reason, Bourjois So Laque! nail polish only gets 3 stars from me.
...and so I return, seemingly to review my favourite type of product...nail varnish. Apologies to the male dooyooers out there. This must be a bit boring for you but sorry, it's just something that's important to me. I can review over and over, so many brands, so many important issues to discuss and all about varnish!
***One second application*****
This is a review of Bourjois nail varnish, namely their "1 seconde" innovation brand with a special fan effect brush that you can do your entire nail with in one swoop. The claim: one nail, one stroke = one second.
**Does the brush work?***
Sounds a bit gimmicky? Yes, but it absolutely blooming well works! It's a short but stubby and soft brush that just soaks up the varnish and delivers it onto the nail in an even, non streaky manner.
I was after a grey nail varnish for ages and just couldn't find what I wanted which was a deep charcoal finish. I'd seen it in the magazines and just *had* to have it. I wanted it to be a cream matt finish that I could gloss up with a top coat if wanted. It was also important that this one did not have glitter in it. I scoured the shelves and found a few potential candidates.
***Found what I wanted!***
The excitingly named number "28" from Bourjois was the answer to my dreams and it comes packaged in a beautiful conical shaped 8ml bottle with a long elegant handle which colour matches the varnish and is also house to the brush.
**Application and wear***
Consistency wise, it's a two coater but you could get away with one coat if you were in a rush. It dries in 50 seconds with no smudging so you can get on to the second coat in no time. I'm now on day two of this colour and it's showing no signs of chipping, peeling or wearing off at the top edge so for me, that's classed as long lasting.
So the verdict: I like this bourjois nail varnish. I bought it over six months ago and paid around the £5 mark for it. I've used it about a dozen times and a little bit goes a long way but the product in the bottle stays fresh and doesn't dry out. Would definitely buy again!
I have Bourjois So Laque! nail polish in the colour 'Beige Glamour'. I brought this product from Superdrug in Wallington a few weeks ago for £4.95 and you get 10 mls of the polish for your money.
I brought this as i loved the look of the packing and the colour of the polish, the bottles are long and thin and the nail polish colour matches the bottle lid.
The nail polish itself is quite thin in consistancy, which means you do need a minimum of three coats to get good coverage.
The polish does however dry quite quickly, even with three coats, and dries to a nice shine.
As with most nail polishes there is a strong smell when using this product, but its not so strong that it would put you off using it.
I think this product is quite expensive for the price that i paid as if the polish was in a cheaper bottle i probably wouldnt have noticed the difference.
A few months ago I had a voucher for £2 off any item in the Bourjois range. Up until then, the only other Bourjois product I had tried was their Maxi Frange mascara, which was quite good, but this time I decided to try one of their nail varnishes.
Bourjois make two different varnishes Very Vernis, which is a standard nail enamel, and So Lacque, which is like a thick lacquer. I chose a bottle of the Very Vernis in a baby pink colour called Rose romantique.
Ill start from the outside in and tell you about the bottle. The varnish comes in a clear glass bottle, through which you can see the product and it holds 10ml (0.3Fl Oz) of varnish. It has a pale gold lid and the top of the lid has a circle the colour of the varnish. The bottle is quite tall, which for me was a slight disadvantage, as I keep all my nail varnishes standing up in a drawer, and this bottle is so tall the drawer wont close! The text on the bottle is in gold and pink, and it has a quite feminine look, which I like.
As you would probably expect the brush is incorporated into the lid. With the bottle being so tall, the brush is quite long, and when you remove it from the bottle, there is often a lot of the varnish on the stem of the brush, which needs to be wiped off onto the side of the bottle to stop drips. The brush seems to be quite good quality with some of the cheaper ones they can tend to have quite splayed bristles, which can make application difficult. The bristles of this brush are quite neat and all the same length, and this helps make application easier. Also the handle is slightly curved, which helps grip.
The good quality brush makes this fairly easy to apply, although the main problem I have encountered, is that the varnish is very watery. There have been a few times that I have applied this, and the varnish has just run down the sides of my nails into a pool, meaning I have to remove it and start again. This is not just annoying, but a waste of time and polish. I have now learned to be very careful with my application to prevent this. It can also leave quite a streaky finish, which often means applying a second coat to disguise this. It can also be quite tacky during application, and almost difficult to spread over the nail if that makes sense?
Despite the colour I bought being fairly pale, it does look fairly intense after only one coat. As I said previously though, the streaky finish that tends to occur after one coat means that I often have to apply two coats. The polish dries pretty quickly and doesnt smudge as easily as some either. Unfortunately it does not have huge staying power, and I would say on average this lasts about a day before starting to chip, but within two to three days is so chipped that it needs to be removed. All in all I am usually fairly happy with the results when using this.
I thought Id just add a few comments to say that this polish is easy to remove both with standard nail varnish and nail varnish wipes. Some polishes can be fairly difficult to get rid of once theyre on, but this comes off easily without leaving too much residue.
This polish costs £4.99 from Boots or Superdrug. Like I said I got it with a £2 discount, but I dont think I would buy it again at full price. Boots No.7 do a speed dry varnish, which costs £6 and is so much better than this in terms of application and staying power, and I would rather spend the extra £1 to get better quality.
As I said above, I dont think I would use this varnish again, unless I got another discount. Ive got mixed feelings with this product, as although it looks nice when its on, it can be runny and leave a streaky finish after the first coat. It also doesnt stay looking good for very long, so I think I will probably stick to my No7 Speed Dry varnish instead.
Bourjois nail varnish might be little bit more expensive but it's definitly worth it. I've had so many different brands of nail varnish but bourjois nail varnish is the best far. Apply 2 coats & the varnish won't chip for at least for 2 days. Your nails feel silky & you don't really need a top cover of clear to finish of your nails. If you put it in the frigde it will last for at least year. The oldest bottle (that still useable) i've got of bourjois is 2 years old which isn't bad for a nail varnish
Whilst I don't usually wear the stuff, nail varnish is sometimes necessary. I have been on an eternal quest for a nail varnish that will stay on my nails at least until I get to the event I have painted my nails for! Well, I just thought you should know that I have finally found what I have been looking for, in the form of Bourjois anti choc nail varnish. A few months ago, I decided that I needed to paint my nails, and that I wanted a new colour of varnish. Having spent about 1/2 an hour in Galleries Lafayette (Nantes, France), trying on various colours, I finally settled on a very subtle pearly blue in the bourjois anti-choc. The whole range of coulours were stunning, there seems to be something for everyone, subtle colours for people like me who aren't really cut out for showing off their nails, and much more adventurous colours for those of you who have nails to show off! The main thing that attracted me to this nail-varnish was the price. In France, it is only 30 Francs, which is about 3 pounds. This seemed like a very reasonable price, so I thought I'd give it a go. Only when I tried to buy this product in the UK a little while back did I find out that they charge twice that price at home! I know it's a french product, but doubling the price when you buy it in Britain? That's ridiculous. So I guess that if you wear this product and happen to be going abroad, you might aswell stock up! Anyway, where was I?.... When I returned home having purchased this product for the first time, I decided to put some on, just to see how long it lasted and whether it was worth me bothering to paint my nails before I went out, or if it would all chip off before I got there! The product goes on very smoothly. The brush is very good quality, so the brissles don't separate and leave nasty paterns on your nails. The varnish has a good consistency, making it really easy to apply. Even I didn't end up with it all
over my fingers! A few minutes later, after sitting dead still waiting for it to dry for a while, I completely forgot that I was even wearing nail varnish, let alone waiting for it to dry (small minds are easily distracted!), and proceeded to clean my very grotty sandwich toaster! Miraculously, when I had finished, I washed my hands and noticed, to my great delight, two hands of immaculately polished nails! The varnish must have dried within about two minutes, and to withstand the trial of me cleaning my sandwich toaster, it must have been a) completely dry, and b) flipping brilliant! I have used the product many times since, and it usually lasts a good couple of days, although going swimming with it on did have disastrous consequences, the whole lot fell oof in lumps! That said, I was a fairly dosy cow for wearing nail varnish when I was swimming. As a general rule, I would certainly recommend this stuff for special occasions. Also, it stays usable for ages without going gloopy (mine is still ok), so buy a colour you will wear again. And, I know it's unlikely you'll remember when on holiday, but it's definitely one of those things to buy whilst abroad.
The best bit about this nail polish is the colours!! I recomend "cosmos bleu" or "violet paillettes" they both have gorgeous little sparkly bits in them! although these seem to show up more when its wet! It is a bit gloopy but I found if you use two thin coats it looks much better (diluting with a tiny bit of nail polish remover works) It is more expensive than most high street brands (about £4-£5 I think) but its worth it if you want to treat yourself! It does take a while to dry but I think that the end result is worth it. Its quite long lasting just as long as you dont use your hands too much and didnt seem to chip much at all. overall I'd say worth it if you've got a dicount or want to treat yourself!!
I bought this purely because I thought the bottle looked lush, it is so streamline and trendy I just had to have it. As I paid so much money for it, I thought I'd see how good it was and I was bitterly dissappointed! It went on in a really thick layer, which is usually good because then you only do one coat, but this was too thick that it went all lumpy and went funny when it dried (which took ages!). Then it all started to peel off just because I opened a can of drink! I'm sorry but you have to do something with your hands sometime, and manufactururs should take this into consideration, what do they expect you to do? Sit there with your nails in protective cases all day? On the plus side, the colours are really vibrant, but thats the only good thing I can thnik of!
Coloured pearl nail varnish and glitter for decoration /