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I have recently bought a few nail polishes in varying shades of purple, a departure from my usual deep reds and pinks. I've found some lovely shades, including a few from the Barry M Nail Paint range, and have also found a beautiful deep purple from the Jessica Custom Nail Colour range - Feather Boa, which is part of their Burlesque Beauty collection. (This is not the colour shown in Dooyoo's image above.)
The Jessica range of colours and nail products is used in many beauty salons, and this was where I was first introduced to these products - many years ago, while having a manicure at the beauty spa in a Norfolk hotel. As well as beauty salons, these nail colours are also available to buy online from a variety of outlets. It's a fairly pricey range - mine cost £8.30 from feelunique.com - although a number of colours can be found on eBay from as little as £2.99. As well as some of Jessica's nail colours, I have also used their protective and nourishing base and top coats in the past, although I now stick to the much more economical Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat.
According to Amazon, Jessica Nails are 'world renowned for their outstanding variety of classic and custom colours that offer something for everyone'. These nail colours are worn by 'a host of celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore and Scarlet Johansson'. Jessica provide a huge range of colours, some of which come under the heading of a collection name, such as Burlesque Beauty.
Feather Boa (number 640) is a deep mauve purple shade, and it has a crème finish as opposed to a high gloss. It comes in a large (14.8ml) bottle which has a black lid. The Jessica Logo is on the front of the bottle in silver, as is the name 'Jessica' and 'Custom Nail Colour'. On the reverse is the instruction not to use this product near heat or flame. The symbol describing how long the product will last after opening is too small for me to read even with my reading glasses, but I can see that the bottle is recyclable. The nail polish is Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP free.
This nail polish comes with what I would describe as a 'regular' brush - not too thin, and yet not so wide that you can apply your polish with one sweep of the brush. I always use the traditional method of three strokes - centre, left and right - as I find this helps give me the best coverage. The polish has a good consistency, and gives an excellent coverage with just one coat. Two coats give a perfect, smooth and even finish, and I found that the polish dries quite quickly.
For various reasons, I did my latest Jessica manicure over a number of days, rather than my usual application of a base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat all in one session. The base coat and first coat of colour were put on first, with the second coat going on two days later, and finishing with the top coat two days after that. I was therefore able to judge how well this nail polish would last in each of its stages. I noticed a slight chip on the side of one nail a couple of days after applying the first coat, but this was soon remedied and disguised with a tiny dab of colour to the chipped area. I then applied the second coat of colour, and eventually followed all this with an application of Sally Hansen's Double Duty top coat. After wearing Feather Boa for some days, I noticed a slight erosion of colour yesterday at the tip of one fingernail, but when I subsequently shortened all my nails with an emery board, this got rid of the tiny flaw - and my manicure remained intact.
I am very happy with the longevity of this nail polish, and will probably apply an extra layer of top coat soon, to keep it going even longer. I should point out that I don't do masses of housework (and always wear rubber gloves when I do), so I am not hard on my nails.
I have not owned this nail polish long enough to find out whether it goes a bit 'gloopy' towards the end of the bottle, but I remember having been pleased with Jessica Nail Colours when I used them in the past.
Jessica's UK website describes their nail polish range as 'constantly changing, with new collections, as well as colours being discontinued from the range'. They currently have over two hundred colours to choose from, and these come in a wide variety of colours - from a huge range of purples, reds and pinks, a number of pastel colours, as well as wilder shades such as blue, green, yellow and orange. They come in a selection of finishes, from a soft shimmer to a crème finish. The polishes come in a 14.8ml bottle (their standard size), and there is also a Midi 7.4ml bottle available for many colours.
If you Google 'Jessica Nail Colour Feather Boa Images', you will find lots of photos showing this nail polish in bottles as well as on models' nails. I like to take a look at these images because it gives me a good idea of what the colour will look like when I'm wearing it - much easier than trying to judge this from the bottle alone. I also like to check what MakeupAlley think of any cosmetics I am thinking of buying, and they give Jessica Custom Nail Colour a rating of 4.3 out of 5.
I bought Feather Boa at about the same time as I ordered my selection of Barry M Nail Paints, and when it arrived I initially thought that it was identical to Barry M's Bright Purple - and remonstrated with myself for having bought two nail polishes in the same shade. However, there is a difference between them - Feather Boa is a deeper purple, and it has a crème finish rather than a high gloss. It is a lovely colour, which looks very striking against my pale skin tone.
I bought my Feather Boa nail polish from feelunique.com, for £8.30 with free delivery. It's also available on Amazon, for £8.75 with £1.00 delivery. I have found it today (12th October) on eBay, from a seller in the USA. The polish is US $3.50, with postage of US $5.00 (an approximate total price of £5.27). This is the cheapest seller I have found for this particular colour. However, if you shop around for your chosen colour, you may be lucky enough to find it for as little as £2.99 on eBay.
I am delighted with my purple Feather Boa. It indulges my current passion for purple nail polishes, and gives me a deep and elegant colour that is very long lasting. I would certainly consider buying from the Jessica range again, even though they are on the pricey side (says the woman who paid £17 for an Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer). I am very happy with both the colour and quality of this nail polish, and even though it's expensive, I am happy to give it five stars.
Non-collection colours / Jessica Custom Colours are Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP Free / Size: 14 / 8ml / Due to monitor settings colours may vary slightly from actual colours / Please click here to view other Jessica Nail Colour collections /