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Item: Nail Polish
Colour: Paradise Pink ( I would call this a bright Barbie pink)
Bought from: H & M
Packaging, design, contents, smell and size:
This comes in a simple clear glass with black lid bottle. The bottle overall is 6cm tall and 2cm wide. It has a clear bottom half and you can see the colour through it. It states clearly on the front "nail polish" so you know exactly what the product is and back has the name of the colour on it. The bottle contains 3.2ml of polish and so far after at least 10 applications it is still more than half full. The bottle is quite stylish in that it is a bold colour and has a black lid and actually looks like it would cost more than £1.99 I have (as always) tested that the lid secures tightly and I wouldn't fear that it would come loose if popped in the bottom of your bag. There is a really strong chemical smell off this polish so if you when painting my nails for this polish I always make sure to be in a room with the windows open, but it doesn't last so not an overall problem. The size of the bottle is also great as it can fit in with your toiletries without adding too much weight, I actually took a couple from this range on one of my last holidays as they were so small.
Application, colour and how long does it last?
As expected due to the bottle being so small the brush is also very small on this polish so it take me around 4 strokes per nail to get good coverage and I do like to use 2 coats to even out the cover. The colour has been lasting at least one full day, up to 2 days but as I wore it on holiday with applications of oily sun cream going over my nails a couple of times each day I wasn't surprised that it wore off quite quickly. But as I had my bottle with me it was easy to retouch and as I had other colours with me I was happy to take it off and change colours to match my outfits every other day. For the price the polish lasts a reasonable amount of time. I dries within 90 seconds and one plus side to the brush being so small is that it hardly goes over on to your skin when you are applying. The actual colour of the nail polish is what caught my eye rather than the design of the bottle, it is a really bright, pink, think what colour of pink Barbie would wear and you will get the idea (or look it up on their website). I took this on holiday with me and it really compliments a tan. The colour is really deep and bright and once dried has a nice sheen over it.
Overall this is a nifty little nail polish. Ideal if you are taking it on holiday due to the size of it or buying a colour to match an outfit you don't wear very often, as it comes in a small pot so it won't be wasted and doesn't cost much. I haven't taken any stars off for the small brush as it does the job and at that price is plenty big enough.
I didn't actually buy this nail varnish it as given as a gift to my 5 year old daughter at Christmas but as she bites her nails I have promised her I will paint her nails when there is anything there to paint and I added it to my vast collection. I have since seen the nails varnishes when in H&M and they costs £2.99 each and there is a lovely but quite small range of colours which look like a rainbow all on display together.
The nail varnish Sophie was bought was a pale pink in colour so at least she was bought a sensible colour and I thought as it was pale it would probably be a colour that I could get away with wearing at work as although we are not meant to wear it the boss doesn't mind so much is it isn't to bright.
The nail varnish as with most comes in a small see through glass bottle which has very little detail on it and then a glossy black twist top lid on it which is long as it becomes your handle for painting with, when you open the bottle the applicator brush is attached to the lid underneath. The applicator brush is pretty thick and can coat most of my nails in 2 strokes which would actually be a pain if I was trying to do Sophie's small nails, although of course it is intended for use for people with bigger nails than a child.
The colour is really pretty, nice and pale but makes my nails look neat and tidy, I find that I need to apply 2 coats for a nice finish although I did try 3 coats to see if I would get a slightly stronger colour but it made no difference. The best thing about this nail varnish for me is each layer is fully dry within 5 minutes which I love as one thing I hate is waiting for nail varnish to dry. The nail varnish lasts about 5-7 days before it starts chipping which I think is fantastic and I am really happy with, I will be buying more colours in this range when I am next near the shop as they are simply fantastic for me.
I'm addicted to anything beauty or fashion related and I can't resist a good bargain. As a result, when I spotted these nail varnishes on sale for 99p just after Christmas at my local H&M I just knew I had to grab as many as possible! I ended up getting five, although I wish i'd got more while they were reduced as they're suprisingly good quality and long lasting too. H&M do a range of different nail varnishes which come in different sized and shaped bottles. The ones that I am reviewing are all the 9ml ones which retail at £2.99 (RRP) each.
The bottles that the nail varnish comes in are adorable. They're small, compact and are an almost square shape, which I like as it has that 'chunky' kind of look to it. The bottles are the usual glass nail varnish bottles but smaller and they're transparent, so you can see the excact shade of it through the bottle which is handy when making a decision whether to purchase a certian shade or not and it also enables me to be able to see how much of the varnish is left.
The lid is black and made of plastic, when unscrewed from the bottle you can see that it has the applicator brush attatched to it which has soft compacted bristles, the applicator brush is a decent size and it coats half of my nail in one go so I do have to go over each nail a few times but this isn't a huge disadvantage. Each bottle holds 9ml of nail varnish which I think is a decent amount considering the price. There are nine shades available which range from basic matte colours such as red, blue and pink to metallic gold and silvers. Each shade has a different name, and I have the following:
Chicaboomboom: This is a lovely vibrant shade of coral, it would best be suited when worn in the summer as it's a very fresh and summery kind of colour that really adds vibrance and colour to an outfit
Looks great on you: This is a dark beige colour which has a hint of chocolate brown in it, is has a slight sheen once on the nails and it's very versatile
Golden treature: This is a 'foil' nail varnish which is gold, it's very shiny and pretty and it's as good as the Barry M foil varnishes which are more than a quid more than this brand. It's ideal to wear when i'm going on a night out and want a change from my usual matte nail varnishes and it looks very impressive once on my nails
Red nail: In the bottle this looks post box red however once on the nails it looks more burgundy, I usually wear this when i'm sporting the 'red lip' look
Midnight passion: This is by far my favourite colour, it's a deep vampy red shade which in certian lights looks almost black
I love that there's such a range of colours as there is a shade for everyone. Applying the nail varnish is easy and the formula has just the right consistency; smooth and thick but not so thick that it dries blobby or feels heavy. I have found with alot of cheap nail varnishes that the texture is a bit like runny wattered down paint, but this has just the right consitency to it. I usually put on three or four layers so that the colour is more block; with one layer it's very sheer, but four is more than enough for it to look bold and bright. I then apply a coat of clear nail varnish over the top as this makes the varnish last longer and also gives it that extra bit of glossiness, although it's glossy enough on its own anyway so this isn't a necessity.
The varnish has got the usual nail varnish smell and it dries within a minute and a half. It lasts me for, on average, a week before it becomes looking worn and chipped. Removing it with some nail varnish remover is quite an effort, it takes around 20 minutes to get it all off and it does leave a few random little blobs of the varnish so this is a bit of a downer however as the varnish is so affordable, has a wide range of colours and is long lasting, I overall reccomend it. 4/5 Stars.
I'm a bit of a sucker for buying lots of nail polishes, I have an absolutely vast quantity of them. I tend to always fancy a new shade or a new colour to match a particular outfit, or a new top I may have just bought. Sometimes I even just match my nail polish to my mood!
I do normally therefore just buy cheap and cheerfull nail polishes as I know that I will get bored of them very quickly and invariably end up giving them away to friends. I do occasionally splurge on a fancy nail polish, but not that often. I love H&M nail polishes as they fit my main criteria perfectly; they are cheap and cheerfull, and they always have a huge range of colours and finishes available - with new ones available all the time.
There seems to be two staple ranges that they do;
the regular sized square flat bottles, 9ml in size, which are available in around 2 dozen or more colours, and retail currently at £2.99 each.
and the packs of 3 mini bottles, 3 x 3ml bottles, which always seem to be located near the till points as a bit of an impulse purchase as you are queueing up to pay, and which seem to be constanly changing shades colours and finishes depending upon the season, and which also retail currently at £2.99.
Now H&M nail polishes are not the best quality in the world, but for the price and the choices available I think they are great. They do go on very easily, but I find that you do always need two coats. They can also chip quite easily, depending on the colour I've had as little as two days, but I've also had up to a week. Applying a top coat will make them chip proof a little longer. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes for the polish to dry completely, especially with two coats. Sometimes the shade is a true colour according to the bottle, sometimes not, hit and miss really, but the shade is never too far off.
Overall though I do like them though, and I am always picking another one up or a pack of the 3 mini bottles. For the low price I think that they are perfectly acceaptable nail polishes and I will definately continue to buy and use them.
I seem to be forever looking for new nail varnishes, all of the brands seem to have something wrong with them! If they aren't too expensive then they end up not lasting long enough, or having boring colours! When spotting that H&M had introduced a nail varnish line I knew that I had to try it since I love the shop!
One of the main things that attracted me to the H&M range of nail varnishes was the great range of colours that they had, it was a lot more interesting than the usual variants on pink and red! They had basically every colour, in a few shades. There was the usual pink and red, but also lovely colours like metallic green, dark blue, navy, purple, black, grey and more! I chose the grey as I'd been looking for a grey nail varnish for some time. Basically if you're looking for a bright nail varnish then get to H&M!
However even if it was a good colour if it was a bad nail varnish then it wouldn't have been much good, but thankfully I really love it! The colour looks the same as it does in the bottle, and you can usually get away with one coat if you're in a rush but I usually use 2 because this makes it last a lot longer - with two coats my nails don't chip it all for a good few days. Its also a good consistency, not too gloopy and not too runny, it is a good balance. I would definitely recommend you buy H&M nail varnish, and it is only £2.99!
I was in H&M beauty section a while ago looking for a water melon flavoured lip gloss which I had run out of when I saw these H&M nail varnishes. They were pretty cheap and one of them (a light purple) matched what I was wearing so I decided to buy it.
The nail polish worked okay, but I was not too impressed with the quality of it, though for such a small price I guess it wasn't too much of a loss. The product was pretty hard to apply because of two reasons; firstly, the applicator brush was very small, and was not very flexible, making it hard for the precision application around the edges of my fingernails. Secondly the texture of the nail varnish itself wasn't consistent enough for my liking, it was quite runny which also made it hard to apply as it tends to drip. The thin texture also effected the way in which the polish dried, it took quite a long time, and only coated my nails very thinly, so I needed at least three coats to give a block colour.
The nail varnish (after three coats) however did not chip too easily, and stayed looking quite nice for about a week, so if your prepared to deal with the hassle of applying it, the end results are okay.
I used to love H&M a few years ago and went in there almost on a weekly basis. However, I stopped going in as I started to shop in Miss Selfridge and Topshop a lot and even more so online. As H&M at the time did not do online shopping I just stopped shopping there and kind of forgot about it! Recently though I went in to buy a cheap skirt and on my way to the till I passed a range of colourful nail polishes.
There was lots of colours to choose from and as I was going out that night and had just bought a new outfit, I really wanted a new nail polish to go with it too. I wanted a subtle nude like colour and so opted for the colour 'pink mist', which is a very light pink/nude colour. There was many more colours to choose from including purple, red, black, dark blue, light blue, yellow and probably a lot more, I just can't remember all of them! They are only £2.99 which is around the price I would normally pay for a nail polish, so I was very pleased with my find.
I usually apply my nail polish around ten minutes before I leave the house, so I can just sit and wait for them to dry. Otherwise I get very impatient and attempt to do things while they aren't dry properly and end up smudging and chipping them, meaning I have to paint them again. I wish I hadn't left this particular nail polish to apply so late though, as it was very disappointing and I needed about four coats. I am not sure if it's because it is a light colour that I bought, and so it would need a few coats, but I have never had to do this with any other light coloured nail polishes I have purchased in the past from other brands. I usually only need to apply one coat, and if I have time I will apply a clear top coat on top of that.
After applying the first coat, I really couldn't tell much difference between that and what my nails were like before when I had no nail polish on them at all! I applied four coats altogether and still didn't really get my nails the colour I was hoping for. The colour of the bottle is very misleading and the polish itself is very watery.
It also took quite a long time for my nails to dry, and the four coats I applied wouldn't have helped them dry any quicker. I did wait a minute or so in between each coat, when I probably should have waited longer, but I just didn't have time. Therefore, if you do consider buying one of these H&M nail polishes then I suggest you apply it when you have a lot of time to do so and be prepared to apply quite a few coats. I am not sure if all the colours in the range will need a few coats or not to get the colour that it looks when in the bottle, but I am guessing that they will all be just as watery as the one I own, and because of this I won't be buying another, even if I really do like the colours available.
It does not state that it will dry quickly on the bottle, like some brands of nail polish do, so I wasn't really expecting it to. However, it still takes considerably longer than any other nail polishes I have tried before.
H&M have let me down with this product and I think I will stick to their clothes from now on, which I do love, so the nail polish hasn't put me off H&M completely. For those of you who also like to shop online, the nail polish is available on their website as well as instore.
Acting on impulse
Now I have to confess that this item was a 100% impulse purchase. While waiting in a long - very long - queue at H&M I spotted these in the little boxes that run alongside the queue (very clever marketing ploy there!) and, at only £2.99 for a set of four, and in super fashionable spring bright colours, I found it impossible to resist.
The bottles come nestled together in a small plastic box, and the bottles themselves are smaller than the usual nail varnish bottles at only 3.2ml each. At only 75p a bottle this isn't a problem, and actually I find I rarely finish a whole bottle of varnish so I didn't mind that these were little dinky sizes.
There are two sets available - the set pictured above which I am reviewing here, and another set that includes white, a pale beige, a more orangey brown and a dark blue. The colours in the set I bought are grey, coral, light purple and dark purple. Over the past week or two I have tried out each polish so will do my best to describe the colours and quality as accurately as possible!
Two coats required
Firstly, the each bottle has a white lid with the brush attached, as is normal with nail varnishes. The brush, like the bottle, is quite a small size but I find it easy to use and application is pretty straightforward. The varnish does have a slightly paint-like texture and you can tell this is a cheaper product and, with every one of the shades, you have to apply two coats for the varnish to look decent.
This is the first colour I tried and this is the mushroom shade which was everywhere over autumn and winter. It may not be so apt for spring but hey, if you like it then why not use it despite the seasons! I had seen this shade in a lot of magazines but hadn't tried it as I wasn't sure it would suit my olive-toned skin. But actually, after two coats were applied, I found I did quite like the shade. It is quite muted but it's unusual enough not to be boring. If you tend to opt for neutral nail colours but fancy trying something a bit different without going too far out of your comfort zone, then this shade is a good option. I think it's a nice one for the office, but maybe not bright or fun enough for a night out. Which is where the other shades come in ...
In the picture above this is the fourth bottle along. This nail varnish is the pinky-orange shade which is everywhere this spring - shoes, skirts, dresses - you name it, everything seems to be coral! So this is a fantastic way to inject this really fashionable colour into your look without having to spend too much money or do anything too dramatic.
I would say that this is a really accurate rendition of the coral shade - it's orange in some lights and pink in the other, and it's very bright - unlike the grey this shade is pretty unmissable. It has a slight sheen to it, and I think this is a fab colour for the spring months and would look amazing against tanned skin - it would be perfect for toes when wearing pretty sandals and flipflops!
This is definitely my favourite of the four shades and one I think I will be wearing a lot over the coming months.
This is a pretty lilac colour in the bottle, but after two coats, it is more of a light pink than purple, and although it it a pretty shade it isn't terribly exciting and is so subtle that in some lights you wouldn't even notice you were wearing varnish. But as with the other colours it is a nice summery shade and will look nice with all the pretty floral dresses that are everywhere right now - it's a girlie and cute bubblegum pink shade. And although at first I was a bit indifferent to it, in fact this really grew on me the longer I wore it. But, to me, it definitely can't be called purple!
This is the most dramatic shade in the set. Some dark shades of red and purple can almost look black once on the nails, but this definitely looks purple - it's very eye-catching and creates quite a stunning look on the nails. It's a deep, plum purple and avoids being too goth looking as with some other dark purple varnishes. This is the least girlie and springlike of the four colours, which is good as it's nice to have something a little different in the set. But as it's darker than the others, it's quite unforgiving so every wobble or shake of the brush, and every tiny chip or dent, shows up straight away. Still, if you like darker varnishes this is a great option, and I think I will wear it more in the colder months, and it's good for nights out too.
Considering how cheap this set of nail varnish is I am really pleased at the quality of it. Although one coat looks pretty awful, with two coats this nail varnish looks as good as some of the more expensive brands and it stays put for a good few days and doesn't chip at all - it just eventually starts to wear off the nail tips slightly. I wore one shade for four full days and it was still just about okay, which I think shows that these are pretty decent quality.
I think, for the price, this is a great set of colours and I think most people would like at least two or three of the shades - in fact I like all of them and will wear them all from time to time. The quality, for the price, is really good and I am pleased with my impulsiveness in the H&M queue! I think this would be a great set to chuck into a bag if you're off on a girlie holiday - there are shades here for night and day and the staying power is pretty good too.