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***Why I want the product***
Like most women I like to wear nail polish, it makes me feel more polished especially if I am going out for the evening or if I just want to have a splash of colour around me. Manicured nails with a colour of your choice can put a smile on my face and everyone sees your hands first so why not add a splash of colour?
Until I found a fast drying top coat I rarely painted my nails but since the find I now enjoy paining my nails and enjoy being able to get on with my life quicker.
Wanting to try a cheaper brand when it comes to nail polishes I decided to try ELF and see what their polishes are like.
ELF Nail Polishes come in a 10ml glass bottle with a opaque back shiny lid that looks more expensive than what I paid for it.
The colour of my choice and for the Christmas season is called Liquid Metal a lovely metallic silver, I also have a red colour that ELF no longer stock.
***Applying the polish***
After a base coat has been applied now is the fun part, colour. Twisting the lid the brush is not as bad as I imaged with it being a cheap product..
Wiping off one side of polish on the bottle I can see the polish is not runny like some polishes with the price I paid but not too thick that it will not dry or go gloopy when on the nail. Yet I am amazed at the price and how high quality it is all ready and I have not used it on my nail yet. Wiping the brush over my nail once the polish gives an opaque finish that is creamy and glides over the nail without any streaks showing. With cheaper polishes in the past with the first coat you can see streaks and can tell straight away the finish result is not going to look nice, but so far I have no issues.
The polish glides on evenly, once in the middle and either side is enough to cover the whole nail. The polish is easy to manoeuvre around the nail without creating any air bubbles.
The polish is shiny with no brush marks left behind at all, just a professional finish. A second coat was required for me to acquire a complete opaque finish. After the second coat was applied the colour looks intense, expensive and good quality.
ELF Cosmetics polishes can be applied over natural or acrylic nails. As all polishes the scent is strong but does not linger in the air as much as other polishes I have tried in the past.
For the small amount I paid for this polish it feels like such a high end polish, it looks instantly expensive, shiny and polished. Drying time without a top coat I would say is the same as any other nail polish but a quick drying top coat or spray always helps to speed up time.
Nail polish stays wet because oxygen is all around the polish feeding it, even with a dry top coat. Any cuticle oil applied afterwards kills the oxygen which means polish drier even quicker. I find this way every time I polish my nails they are completely dry within ten minutes.
I have used different polishes in the past that start to chip within a few days, looks dull and in need to start again. With ELF polish and me not being careful with my nails the polish started to wear off within four days, which I still think is good considering I never wear rubber gloves to clean the dishes.
With any polish I would recommend topping up your top coat every three to four days to refresh the top and keep it looking glossy and strong.
The polish does not lose any colour as the days go on and the colour in the bottle is true.
***Price and availability***
You can purchase these polishes from elfcosmetics.co.uk for a whopping £2.50 each.
Not that I can think of.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
I really am impressed with this nail polish and for the price above I think it is great value for money. If you're looking for a polish that does not cost the earth, has a nice range of colours and is good quality I would recommend looking at ELF Cosmetics polishes, as I did not think they would be as good as they are.
I own quite a number of nail polishes and during an end haul I decided to purchase a couple of these polishes, I got a silver and a gold.
These nail polishes come in rectangle bottle, that is glass and there is black writing on the front with elf in big letters. There is sticker on the that explains what colour this is. The lid on the top is black and is plastic with the brush inside of it. This brush is thin enough to create nail art but is thick enough to cover the nails easily.
Formulation and Colour
The colours are very well pigmented and you get a nice sheer effect with one coat and a deep glossy effect wit with two. These take around a minute and a half to dry, even though I prefer 60 seconds nail polishes I don't think this is unreasonable for something so cheap.
Without at top coat this last hardly anytime at all, and with two days it is so chipped there is virtually zero on the nail. I would always use a top coat so this is not a huge issue for me, nor would it be for another nail enthusiast!
A base coat is really required here as without this it can seem a little grainy and this can make the effect was lumpy and this can also stain the nail and the skin surrounding this. This is quite common with nail polishes though, even more expensive ones.
This does not dry up in the bottle even after a number of weeks and no does this thicken up and go lumpy like you would normally expect.
There is a really good sparkle and shine to the polish and with the right top coat can be perfectly glossy. There is also a huge colour range.
Price and availability
This is available on just the elf website and retails for £1 , for what you get here this is a great deal.
Despite the few small issues here I would definitely purchase this again in a number of colours, I will have to drop a star for the fact it chips so badly without a top coat but that is all.
I purchased mine from my local boots store, but it is widely available online if you shop around. I bought the red colour as I needed the correct shade of red to go with my outfit, and as soon as I saw the price (£1.50), I couldn't help myself. There are over 20 colours to choose from within the brand which is quite impressive; colours ranging from orange to pink, red to purples. There are literally every colour for every outfit!
The nail polish like most nail polishes; comes in a small glass bottle. The transparent bottle allows clear view of the colour of the polish. The bottle has a black lid that is simple to unscrew and screw back on, and keeps the nail varnish tightly secured without the worry of it drying out.
The application brush is well sized and is wide enough to provide good neat strokes onto the nails. It was easy to hold and to grip onto with my fingers, making application a lot easier. Overall the brush is well designed in my opinion, and I have no complaints about that.
==THE NAIL POLISH==
I found that the nail varnish needed a few coats before I could notice any significant colour. After just one coat, the nail polish looked a little too clear; almost like it only had a little bit of colour in the actual varnish! But after around two or three coats the colour red was more noticeable, and more like the colour shown on the bottle; however I found the added hassle of applying extra coats a huge disadvantage and the shine was still not that noticeable. A good point about this nail varnish was its drying time; it dried fairly quickly even though I applied a few coats.
I was unhappy to notice that the colour started to chip quite quickly, literally after one or two hours I noticed that chunks of the colour had chipped and pealed off. I found this a bit strange, as I hadn't been doing any strenuous work with my hands or fingers (like washing up for example) to cause this, so it must be down to the poor quality of the varnish.
Overall I am afraid I was very disappointed with this E.L.F nail varnish, maybe this is what is expected for the price, but chipping after just an hour is very poor in my opinion. The only positives is the drying time, price and the design of the application brush, apart from that the hassle of reapplying coats to the nails is very time consuming. Therefore I would not recommend this poor quality nail varnish.
A few months ago I decided to order a few nice things from the E.L.F website. ELF stands for Eyes, Lips and Face and is a make up shop online. I had heard a few good things about the ELF shop and when I had a look online, it was reasonably priced, so I decided to try out a few different products. One of the things I decided order in was the nail varnish.
You can buy this nail varnish in a really wide variety of colours, I decided to go for the lilac one, but you can also get it in a good range of pinks, purples, blues, clears, metallics and more, I think that it would be hard for someone to dislike every colour available in this range.
These nail varnishes are really easy to apply, they do need two coats, but the applicator brush is a really nice shape and they dry really quickly, so I didn't mind having to apply the second coat to make my nails look lovely.
I really like how this nail varnish looks on my nails, it goes on the colour that is in the bottle and has a really nice shine to it.
I found that after applying this nail varnish, it didn't chip really easily and it lasted for a few days on my nails. This is great as I usually have my hands in water and am constantly cleaning in the house, so usually nail varnish does not make it much past a day on my nails.
Price and Availability
You can buy bottles of this nail varnish on the ELF website for £2.50, I think that this is a really good price for nail varnish, especially ones of this quality.
I think that this is a great nail varnish, it looks lovely on my nails, does not chip too easily and is reasonably priced. Overall I would give this nail varnish 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Prices going up!
I have done one or two shops with online cosmetics retailer E.L.F. in the past, and have had pretty mixed results with their products, several of which I have reviewed. One product I am yet to review is the E.L.F. nail varnish.
For those of you who aren't familiar with E.L.F., it stands for Eyes Lips Face and is a company that was launched in America. As it has no high street presence it manages to sell the majority of its cosmetics for the super-cheap price of £1.50! Although I have noticed that recently the prices have started to creep up, and the nail polishes now sell for £2.50, although I paid £1.50 when I purchased my bottle a few months back.
The shade I have is called glitter glam. At a glance it is a bright silver shade, but up close it is shot through with tiny particles of glitter.
Pretty and glittery
The bottle itself is unremarkable - a rectangular shape with a chunky black lid. The brush is also pretty standard and this varnish is perfectly easy to apply - there is nothing either special or problematic here!
I have tried a lot of glittery varnishes and have had mixed results. Often I find that the varnish ends up being virtually clear with just a tiny scatter of glitter. This one, however, is different. Just one thin coat of this covers the nail in tiny glitter particles. If you put a coat of this on your nails on its own, it delivers a subtle but pretty silvery sheen that is very wearable and catches the light nicely. A couple of coats ramps it up nicely, and it gives the nails a lovely, shiny coat of silver that is glittery without being too over the top or overly glitzy - which may be a good or bad thing!
What I love about this polish is, because it's clear and full of little glittery bits, it doesn't matter if your application is less than perfect - you simply won't spot any wobbles or chips in this varnish as you would with a bright coloured shade. It goes on easily and quickly - you can really rush this one - and leaves nails with a nice sheen which, close-up, is full of tiny silver glitter particles.
The nature of the polish means that nails do look a bit "rough" even after the second coat and if you prefer absolutely perfectly manicured nails without a scuff or a scratch then these aren't for you, as the glittery finish can make them appear sort of uneven.
I think this varnish comes into its own when you layer it over another varnish. I recently applied this over a dark purple shade, and it really added some glitz and drama and it would have been ideal for a night out - dark and dramatic but with a nice touch of glitzy glam! And I have also used this over a pale gold shade too, and although I wasn't sure whether or not this would work it added a lovely brightness to the gold shade and again worked really well.
In summary ...
Overall I really like this nail varnish, and the only real downside is that it does take a little longer to dry than other varnishes I have tried. And despite the fact that the price has just risen, I do think this is pretty good value for money and is priced about right for a decent bottle of varnish. Worth a try!
E.L.F are a budget makeup brand and quite frankly you do get what you pay for. These nail varnishes are £1.50 each and i'm not going to lie and say that these nail varnishes are top quality and high end.
However, for me i'd rather pay £1.50 a bottle for a colour scheme that I like right now and is on trend than £10 on one bottle of top end polish that I can only afford one of.
Actually, just because these polishes are cheap it doesn't mean they aren't good. I'd say that they are comparable to brands such as Barry M in quality. The bottles are nice looking and don't look 'budget' and they come in a really wide range of on trend colours. You can pretty much find any colour that you are likely to want.
The nail varnish itself does apply nicely to the nail and I don't honestly believe that it is any less hard wearing than any other 'budget' brand of varnish. Of course, i'd struggle to say that these are anywhere near as good as OPI for quality, but as I said, you do get what you pay for and these aren't trying to be high end salon varnishes.
If you wait for one of E.L.F''s promotions you can get these varnishes for even cheaper - buy yourself a whole bunch of them without guilt!
I do like having my nails painted, I am always experimenting with different colours and like to try different brands to try and find the polish I like best. I do have my favourites that I tend to go to more often than others but recently I decided I would give elf's nail polish a go. After reading the description they gave of the product I thought it was a sure thing that this was going to be a great nail polish:
"This colour-lock formula with chip resistant shield gives long lasting nail colour with high shine. The aerodynamic bristle design glides colour on flawlessly, while the quick dry formula gives perfect application every time. Key nutrients give nails that natural shine, infused with Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails."
This didn't come as much as a surprise to me as I had seen the photographs of the product but I was surprised at how much more difficult the polish was to apply due to the fact the handle was square rather than round. I found it made the brush harder to hold, once you have used it a few times this becomes easier but I have to say I have not been converted to square over round.
Having a square top also causes problems when closing the polish once you have finished using it, I have found that the brush doesn't like to sit right back in the jar. The top always looks a bit off or a bit slanted, this doesn't affect the polish in any way it is just very off putting for me.
USING THE POLISH
I was very excited when I first used this polish as the colour looked gorgeous; I had opted for the shade 'red velvet' which is a lovely deep and glittery red.
I have to say that this isn't particularly noticeable when you pull the brush out of the jar but when you start applying it is clear that the brush is quite big and chunky. I don't mind when brushes are a bit bigger as it generally means you cover your whole nail in one but this one is just that little bit too small for that.
As you sweep the colour over your nails it just misses the edges, going back to do the edges is normally an easy task but not with this brush. I found it difficult with the combination of the thick brush and square handle to paint the edges evenly and tidily. The polish seemed to layer on top of the first coat that I had applied to make the colour look uneven. Because of this I would say only use this polish if you have got enough time on your hands to get it done properly as this is no 5 minute job.
Despite the problems applying the polish the colour is completely not what I had expected from a cheaper polish, it is deep and pigmented and caught the light perfectly. There isn't any glitter in the product as shown on the swatch on the website but I don't mind as I think it is a fantastic colour anyway.
And how long does this fantastic colour last I hear you say; unfortunately the colour begins to chip after just 1 day. Yes in 24 hours the nails you probably spent ages on begin to get ruined which is extremely disappointing even for a cheaper nail polish.
I have worn this polish a couple of times and after 24 hours I have experienced the same thing so tried to touch up where the nails had chipped, the next day I had more chips.
The irony of this is that when it comes to removing the polish with nail varnish remover it just doesn't want to budge. I use a base coat so products do not stain my nails but this one is really tough. Eventually it does come off but not after you've worked your arms a bit.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
This product is available on the elf website at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk priced at £1.50.
I will continue to use this polish perhaps if I am going on a night out or something when I do not need to wear it for a longer period of time such as if I were going away on holiday. It is a lovely colour but its chip resistance is just appalling. Not one of elf's better products and one which I will not be buying again.
--also on ciao--
I got quite a few of these nail polishes when ELF had a 50% sale. The RRP of these is £1.50 but I got mine for 75p (thank God, they are definetly not worth the full price!) The first downside to these nail varnishes is the packaging. They are absolutely tiny and look pretty much the same as the MUA nail varnishes which is 50p cheaper (£1). In my opinion the packaging is quite ugly and 'square' - they're not elegant nail varnish bottles but for £1.50 they're ok.
Each nail varnish bottle holds 10ml of nail varnish and the bottle is transparent with the elf logo and the product name (nail varnish) in black writing. The lid is black and screws on/off easily and obviously has the applicator attatched to it. Overall very basic and rather unattractive packaging however the only plus side is that the bottle is transparent so the colour can be seen through the bottle.
There are so many shades available which I won't list, but there is definetly something for everyone - nudes, vibrant colours, etc. I have this nail varnish in Hot Pink, Lilac and Mint Green. All of these colours looked gorgeous on the website swatches, and when they arrived I was very dissapointed as the swatches were so innacure, the colours are no where near as bright as they look on the swatches. ELF claim that this nail varnish 'gives long lasting nail color with high shine' and state that the nail varnish is 'infused with Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails'.
I was quite impressed by the product description etc so was very dissapointed when using this nail varnish. The formula smells disgusting - like disinfectent, and is wattery. It doesn't take long to try which is the only plus side. The applicator brush is a good size but it's a nightmare applying the varnish as it is so thin in consistency and just isn't great. The shades I got look nicely pigmented when in the bottle however the varnish really is not well pigmented at all and It takes several coats to get a bold colour - one coat and it gives my nails a very faint shade of colour which some people may like but I don't - it's almost like sheer nail varnish, it's weird!
The only advantage to the lack of pigmentation is that it is more versatile and can look discreet with one coat or bold with 5 or 6 coats. It is complimenting on all skin tones, i'm pale and I was worried it would just make me look like I had odd coloured nails. With the yellow and brown ones I think it would look hideous and give my nails a horrible tint as the colour is not pigmented enough, but with the pinks and greens it looks good.
The varnish lasts me around 3 days before it starts chipping which is a decent amount of time in my opinion, and it is easy to remove with a bit of nail varnish remover - it does not leave little blobs of it and it comes off all in one go. Overall for the price it is a rip off, seeing as the £1 MUA nail varnishes are so much better than this. For the price that I paid though (75p) I can't really complain but they definetly aren't my favourite varnishes.
For those of you who have read my other recent reviews on E.L.F products, you will see that I am generally very, very impressed with the results. I have even "liked" ELF on Facebook, which means that I get notifications of all of their promotions, such as free delivery, free delivery plus a free product and their incredible half price sales. I have at least 6 or 7 of their shades already, including clear, nude, smoky brown, innocent, dark red and passion pink. They retail at £1.50 each but I picked up most of them in one of their awesome 50% off everything events. Before going into too much detail about the product, it is worth mentioning that their colour swabs online are sometimes inaccurate; I got Passion Pink thinking that it was a gorgeous, coral/peachy pink for summery nails and it ended up being quite a tacky, flamingo pink that I will never, ever use. Though the rest of them have been beautiful and accurate, I was very disappointed with this colour. For those of you who have not read ELF reviews by me or anyone else, it is by mail order only and the nail polish comes well packaged in a clear plastic tray in a small box and the ELF orders come extremely well packaged in a cardboard box padded out with plenty of bubble-wrap to ensure that your order reaches you in perfect condition.
The nail polish itself comes in a simple bottle and is identical to that pictured above. There are a few criteria I look for when trying out new nail polishes. I prefer the wet look to the matte look, I need a durable polish, especially during the holidays when I do a lot of hands-on stuff, including housework and I enjoy going swimming, which generally doesn't bode well for nail polish, but I accept that. Look and durability combined with a price relative to the aforementioned makes for a perfect polish for me.
With this ELF polish, I generally apply 2 to 3 coats as 1 coat is partially see through. It appears very wet look for the first day and retains shine for the following few days, but not as much as I would like. Applying 2 to 3 coats leaves you with a solid colour. It is very easy to apply and dries evenly (sometimes not the case with cheap nail polishes). The brush helps with this as it seems to be of a reasonably high quality and makes the application easy and even without any special effort. It says on the website that these nail polishes contain key nutrients that give nails natural shine infused with Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails. I tend to wear nail polish almost all of the time, which can leave my nails completely wiped out, flaky at the tips and looking dried out with tiny ridges. I gave my nails a week long break from ELF polishes to discover that my nail tips were still white and strong, they were not flaking and my nails were smooth and pretty, I was actually happy to leave them polish free for a while. I can confirm that this has nothing to do with any change in diet as I always eat the same foods and take the same vitamins.
Something really weird happened with one of their polishes that I have; it was the nude one. Not sure whether this is to do with the colour or what, but I applied 3 coats and it started to look weird in patches and then chip off within these patches on my nails. Literally in the middle of the nails, there was no logic to it whatsoever but I have not had this problem with any of the other polishes. The other colours have been absolutely fine so far with 2 - 3 coatings, although it really does depend how much manual stuff you do. They generally last 3 or 4 days at least before chipping, which is reasonably good considering the low price.
For someone who likes the choice of many nail polish colours, ELF is ideal as they are so cheap that you can invest in pretty much the entire product range if you feel like it - almost 50 at the last count - I only want 10 or so though as I am still studying abroad. I am generally pleased with the durability and very pleased with the look, but if you want a seriously durable one, go and pay more for a designer nail polish. As an everyday polish in many shades it is ideal and it does not leave your nails drained and damaged as some other polishes do. I would recommend it for the price - quality relationship.
I was introduced to Eyes, Lips, Face (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) by a friend and after finding out by 'liking' their Facebook page I would be among the first to be notified of promotion codes I decided I may as well have a go since my make up bag needing completely restarted. I browsed the website and chose a variety of products and when a code appeared I made my first purchase. In this purchase was a nail varnish. However before I had a chance to try it out a massive 50% discount was offered and so I placed another order which contained a further 3 bottles. After finally trying it out I will be reviewing the nail polishes today.
There is a fantastic range of colours from sheer and subtle to bright and bold. I chose light pink, deep pink, deep purple, teal and another couple which I can't remember off the top of my head. They cost just £1.50 for a 10ml bottle but with the 50% off for majority I only paid 75p.
As with all my ELF orders these have arrived within 3 days of placing the order. I cannot fault them or their customer service, they have been fantastic each time I have had a problem. They were packaged in plain black boxes that showed the bottle clearly. It looks more expensive than you would imagine which is a very welcomed benefit.
The bottles are clear and show very clearly the colour contained inside. The bottle is a rectangular shape with a lid to match. I prefer this kind of shape to the round bottles. I find it much easier to hold and it fits easier into my make up case.
On opening the bottle there is a strong scent which is normal with most polishes so that wasn't a problem. It also never lingered on the nails like I find it sometimes can. I found the brush to be quite thin along with the liquid. Even for the richer colours I applied 3 coats and on top a top coat. This is more than I would normally apply but I felt it needed it. With the brush being so thin I found I had to use more brush strokes which meant more opportunity for blobbing and pools of the liquid on the nail but it wasn't terrible. I also found that the coats took a while to dry which would be a bit of a pain if you are in a rush. It's not too much of a problem for me as I have all evening anyway but that's beside the point.
I change the colour of my nails every couple of days so durability isn't too much of a problem for me. I found that a couple of the colours chipped far too easily even thought I had applied a top coat. Within the two days my nails were badly needing done, some of the polish had peeled off halfway up the nail and just looked terrible. However a couple of my nails were still in perfect condition with no chips etc.
I have to say overall I am pretty disappointed by this product. It is the only product that I wouldn't completely recommend although for a bright colour you can change the next day they are perfect. For the price you can't complain too much.
*Also posted on Ciao under the same username*
I ordered my nail varnishes online on a 50% discount, therefore I bought the ELF Teal and Hot Pink nail varnishes for 75p each! That was a great price considering the quality of the product. I think the quality of the product definitely exceeded the price. I think it is at such a cheap price because there is a very small quantity inside, but nevertheless the price is extremely good for the quality. I love how they offer natural colours as well as bold colours, because I find with other brands such as Barry M - they will only offer either natural or bold colours and not both. If I hadn't already bought Rimmel nail varnishes, I would probably have bought all the colours on the ELF website. It was a shame to see that I already had those colours, so I didn't buy them. ELF is just an all round great company to buy nail varnish from, I love the inexpensiveness of it!
When ordering various items from E.L.F (eyes lips face), I decided to pick up a new nail polish, as a girl can never have too many! For only £1.50 I did not think I had much to lose, so I thought it was well worth a go. They have a number of shades which could suit almost anybody's needs. There are whites, pinks, purples, reds, navys, silvers and more. The list could go on for ages and for such a cheap price, there is a stunning range of shades to choose from. I brought mine quite a few months ago so there was not as much choice at this point in time. I opted for Gum Pink which is a bubblegum shade of pink, and looked perfect for wearing on my toes throughout the summer.
E.L.F claim that this nail polish was chip resistant, gives long lasting colour and has quick dry formula. I was pretty impressed that it was offering all this, and for only £1.50 it seemed like I would be mad to miss such a bargain so I went ahead and hoped for the best. Another thing which swayed me into buying it was that it contains vitamin E which contributes to healthy and stronger nails. My nails are quite brittle and often break so I though this could help with the issue.
When it arrived I was impressed, the nail polish looks as shown in the image, with my one being four from the left. They look pretty swanky for the price I paid, and you do get a decent 10ml worth of polish within it. When applying, I did find it a bit awkward as the lid is rectangular and bulky, and I am used to small circular ones, however you can get used to it after a while. The brush was nice and fine, and this made application easier as you could really get into stubborn areas of your nails without getting it all over your skin. Unfortunately, as soon as I put the brush into the polish, I could tell that it was quite watery which I was not too impressed with. This did make application a nightmare, and considering I did not pick a particularly sheer shade, it came out watery and quite a clear pink shade. I had to build this up with numerous layers of polish for it to look even remotely decent.
Unfortunately, the results were not impressive at all. It took a lot of coats to get anywhere near the shade I wanted it, and it ended up looking uneven because of this. This shows that you really are receiving the quality in which you pay for. It stayed on for a fair few days, however I would not claim that it is "chip resistant" at all because mine certainly wasn't!
Overall, I was really not impressed with this nail polish, sorry E.L.F but you really do get what you pay for. Excellent range of shades available, and perhaps some of the darker shades may turn out better, but I would not get your hopes up. Two stars are all I will award this nail polish, and I will be sure to avoid in the future. Thanks for reading.
I consider myself to have an interest in nail polishes, those closest to me would call it more of an addiction. I like to change my colour every other day, so for me, if a polish chips after 2 days it's not a big deal as it's coming off anyway. The E.L.F polishes are priced at £1.50 for a 10ml bottle, and the packaging is sleek and classic looking. (I am a huge fan of Revlon polishes, and to me they have a similar type of design.) I currently have 6 of the colours from the E.L.F range in my polish collection they are; Chocolate - I really like this colour, it's a deliciously rich shade and perfect for autumn/winter. Royal Purple - Still undecided on this one as it does contain a bit of shimmer to it and I would of preferred it to be matte. (I just think it would work better that way) Plum - Is a great matte shade which is darker than the Royal Purple. Fantastic for a hint of sophisticated colour on a night out in your LBD. Dark Navy - This is my absolute favourite shade out of all the E.LF polishes, and the one that gets me the most compliments from people. The colour is very like one from the Jessica range - without the price tag. My only gripe though is that it is an absolute 'mare to get off your nails, and leaves a little bit of ugly staining.(I always use a base coat underneath all my polishes) However, this would not put me off using it. Red Velvet - This colour - and the one below - I purchased from the Christmas 2010 range, although I believe they are still available on the site now. This colour was a bit of a let down for me, as I expected the colour to be a lot stronger. It does contain some shimmer to it, however, there is not enough depth to it's shade for me and it just seems a bit of a weak colour. Twinkle - This is an almost opaque polish with lots of shimmer to it. My thought process for getting this one was, I could layer it over a dark red for some really festive looking nails. I have tried this colour on it's own, however, it didn't really give me a look that appealed to me. It's a useful polish to have in your collection. All the polishes listed, lasted my required 2 days without chipping except Red Velvet. I couldn't comment on if you would get any longer from the them, although for £1.50 who could really complain if not? The brush is a good and makes application very easy. I have bought another colour from E.L.F before - Nude - however, that went it the bin after two failed tries. The colour went on my nails streaky, which I have not found with any of the other colours - even Red Velvet for all it's other flaws. I would estimate that you would be able to get at least 15 applications out of each bottle of polish - this is based on 2 coats each time. The polish is of a thick consistency so a little really does go an awful long way. I think a good test of a product is if you would re-purchase, and I have to say I would definately go for the Chocolate and Dark Navy again.
On a recent small spending spree on Eyeslipsface.com (eyes, lips, face) which sells cosmetics on the cheap I couldn't resist picking up a couple of their nail polishes. At a small price (in my opinion of £1.50 a bottle) and in an array of colours, I chose a very light shade (Nude) and a darker shade (Dark Red).
The nail polish comes in a black box with a see-through 'window' on the front of it so you can see the bottle through it and on the front and in all white writing we are told that it is E.L.F, Eyes Lips Face Nail Polish (and the colour is stated as is the size which is 10ml) and that 'Colour- Lock technology creates a chip resistant shield for long lasting colour' and that it is 'Infused with active Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails'. We are also told that it is:
Bibutyl Phythalate (DBP) Free
On the back of the box other information listed includes yet more information about the product and directions for using it are given, ingredients are given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The bottle is very simple, squarish and glass is the bottom bit which holds the colour with a black twist on/off cap to the top of it which holds the brush and on the front of the bottle we at told that it is E.L.F Nail Polish and on the base of the bottle the colour and size is stated. I like the packaging of this it is very informative and the bottle is simple but attractive and doesn't look one bit cheap in my opinion.
The Product Itself:
On the back of the box the polish comes in we are told that this is a quick dry formulation to give a no mess application and I have to admit that this is all round a pretty good nail polish on the whole.
The black brush is on the end of a rather short see-through plastic 'wand' and is long enough and good quality and with very smooth bristles. The polish is smelly like all nail polishes are and I do think it is quite thin in its formulation but still entirely smooth in its consistency.
The darker of the two colours need 2 applications otherwise it can look a bit patchy in the most part but it is glossy and each coat dries in a minute or so and sets firm. The lighter shade I own I can completely get away with one coat of and it gives a nice shiny look to the nails. I have found both of my colours simple enough to remove with a decent nail polish remover and my nails are left in good condition after it has been removed too.
The length of time these last on the nails depends really, I think on the shade you pick and where you apply them to. My light shade stayed on my fingers a couple of day without chipping, on my toenails four days. The dark shade chipped immediately on my finger nails even though I applied two coats of it though faired better slightly better and for three days on my toes without chipping all over the place and giving way to a slight faded appearance.
Easy to apply but they do need reapplication and/or touch up regularly and I would personally only buy light shades from Elf in the future as I am rather pleased with mine. However the dark colour didn't meet my needs at all and it felt cheap being so problematic to me.
For £1.50 you can either get a good light shade or a not so good darker one but at £1.50 its worth a purchase and you can always try a base and top coat with them if you like of course!
Only available from Elf and there are about 45 shades to choose from in a huge range of colours!
Another one of my E.L.F cheap-must haves! I've used a few colours but I'll base this review on my favourite - Black!
Eyes Lips Face have quite a large range of funky coloured nail varnishes for the bargain price of £1.50 - it's worth a try, right?
The nail varnish comes packed in a black box, inside which is the container itself. The bottle is fairly simple, but I don't believe in paying for packaging so that is fine by me.
The nail varnish, when I first removed the wand, seemed like any other nail varnish to me - nothing about it seemed overly cheap and it applied easily. The brush isn't too wide or too thin, and it was easy to do each nail without making too much of a mess (even though it was a dark colour!)
You definately need to use a base coat with this, so as not to stain your nails.
And you need two coats of the black for a strong colour without streaky bits.
Overall, this product gives a GREAT colour at a bargain price. You'd be a bit mad not to give it a try.
(The PEARL PINK and LIGHT RED colours are also fantastic!)