“ Brand: Espirit / Type: Nail varnish / What it does: Smoothes, „
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This is a revew of the Espririt nail varnish I picked up from Poundland recently. I was curious to try the brand as I had never used an Espirit varnish before although I remembered visiting their stores on my last visit to the USA and recall that they were quite a high end brand so I had high hopes for the varnish.
Choice and packaging
A few shades were available but I opted for the 'Smoothie Rose' colour which was a pale pink. The actual varnish was in a small glass bottle with a brush in the lid similar to most varnishes on the market. The bottle also came sealed in a clear plastic bag which suggests either clearance or end of line which I often think about from the pound shops. If you see something you like, it's best to stock up as they often don't have it the next time you go in. As it was the first time I had tried the brand I stayed safe and bought only one bottle.
I used the nail varnish over a base coat to protect my nails and also I think you tend to get a better finish when you use a base coat. The first thing I noticed was how uneven it went on and I hoped it would even out when dry. I kept going over the same bits to try and get a smoother finish but you could see the brush strokes in the varnish when it dried. The second thing I noticed was that it went on a lot more metalic and pearly than it looked in the bottle.
Within an hour of the nails being completely dry I had managed to achieve a significant amount of chips on my nails, which told me this nail varnish was not going to last long on the nails overall. I only kept it on 24 hours before taking it off because it looked a total mess.
The colour I chose was OK but not as subtle as I was hoping for. I think in the future I will stick to using this colour on my toes only as it just doesn't have the hardiness I need for it to stay on my nails. My nails are looking quite nice at the moment, and an even length (so now there's the kiss of death to them having written that!) so I do want to show them off to their best advantage and when they are nice I can get away with most colours on them.
I just can't recommend this nail varnish at even a pound, it did not perform well enough. I will not be returning to buy the other colours in the shop as I first thought I might do. It looks OK from a distance but close up you can see the texture marks from the brush strokes which is never a good look on nails. Even with a top coat it didn't really even out and I was disappointed in how quickly it chipped. I am glad I tried it as now I know that it is a false economy to buy this and it's better to put a pound towards a better brand like Barry M or Nails Inc who are two of my favourite nail varnish brands.