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Without a doubt in my mind, Jessica nail varnish is something of quality. A lot of well respected salons use it and for that this says that it is a good product. However, I do have my qualms with this product.
But first and foremost, the positives. The product comes in a lot of different colours and in this respect you are spoilt for choice. Also compared to other market leaders Jessica nail polish is considerably cheap. The nail polish also stays on for long periods of time which also makes it value for money.
However, I have a lot of problems with the product. Personally, I do a bottom clear coat then two coats of Jessica Nail Varnish, which begs the question whether it really is value for money if you have to apply a lot. The nail varnish bubbles a little (for someone who likes to keep their nails looking pristine this really bugs me) and even after four hours of having the nail polish on there was still some marks on the polish.
All in all, I do like the product but there are some major faults in it which really do cheapen the quality of what would be a really great nail varnish.
--- Introduction ---
I first received a pack of 3 dark Jessica nail polishes as a gift from a friend. I had heard that they are brilliant but was also under the impression that they are quite expensive. Since using these smaller bottles I have always bought Jessica polishes including the base and top coats and love them all. I also think that they are very reasonably priced considering the results and longevity (approx £5 per bottle).
--- Functionality ---
These nail polishes are brilliant! They slide on so easily with no bumps or blotches and also dry quite quickly. I have also found that they last longer than most (mainly in that they don't chip nearly as easily as most nail polishes I have tried). I pride myself on having nice nails for work and now swear by these polishes as my nails look tidy and pretty and only need attention once or twice a week (not a lot to have perfect nails). I would recommend purchasing the base and top coats. Whilst they are approx £10 each they will last and do a great job of protecting your nails.
--- Colours ---
These polishes come in a range of colours but my favourite would have to be "Dangerously Dark" which is a deep plum colour. I like quite dark striking colours and find that their range of reds and purples suits my tastes exactly. They also have a gorgeous sparkly top coat which goes on brilliantly and is perfect for parties. It also serves as a protective top coat and so again saves your nails from chipping.
--- Summary ---
I would definitely recommend these nail polishes as they come in gorgeous colours and last!
I recently went on holiday, and decided to have a jessica manicure - but ended up giving myself one due to expenses! I have a couple of the jessica nail polishes anyway, so thought I would give it a good go. I went on holiday for a week, and painted my nails (hands and feet) the night before. I was in water everyday, and still a week later there was very very little signs of wear on my nails, and my feet looked fab!
Usually with most bail varnishes there really is just a couple of days where they do look lovely and professional, and then the chips begin. However, with this for me (it was a bright red nail varnish by Jessica) there was no chips at all.
For you out there that are searching for a nail varnish that stays on and looks good I would definitely recommend this brand. It is more expensive that ones that can be picked up in boots and superdrug but for me it has been worth it.
**This is a quick guide of how I applied the varnish!**
I have decided to just give a quick write up of the application of the varnish and how I prepped my nails, because that could have had something to do with it stopping on.
First off all I filed my nails so there were no sharp bits on the ends (I usually bite them off later, causing the varnish to come off!). I then used a Jessica base coat on my nails. After applying one coat of varnish, I applied a second once dried. When this coat had dried I then added a polish coat on and THEN added quick dry onto to my nails. (which needed it after all those coats!).
Somehow my nails really did last a week and I was really glad!
Disadvantages.. One disadvantage with this is it does have an overpowering scent, but I guess this is quite common.
The cost.. this is a disadvantage! Purely because it is rather expensive at around £10 a bottle. However, it is the only one that has lasted so well for me.
Advantages.. Lasted a long time! Looked professional! Comes in a huge range of colours and there are also base coats and polish coats too!
New nail polish
I have never tried this brand of nail polish before and I had seen it before but it was never something that I thought was good. But I received a single jessica nail polish for my birthday and I have tried it today and I think it is good. I have tired a few nail polishes before including OPI, nails incs, kiko, bourjois and rimmel, but my favorite has to be the kiko one!
*About the product*
I have the nail polish in the shade 639 which is called for your eyes only (like the james bond film) and it is like a cross between a deep purple and a inky blue. It comes in 14.8ml or 0.5 fl oz bottles.
I like the packaging of the product but I do prefer the bourjois or kiko one. But it does look nice. It is an American brand and you can buy these products in the UK.
*My opinion of the product*
I have just put it on and it does come off the brush/applicator quite easily so make sure you have a piece of paper or something to protect the surface under neath. It is a bit runny, but when actually painting my nails it was a bit thicker and it did not run anywhere.
With some nail colours, the colour in the bottle may be a bit different to the actual colour on your nails, but not with this one. It looks almost the same as the colour when it is in the bottle.
The applicator brush its self is quite small and I do refer the larger fan like brush of the bourjois one second nail polish, but it is still good and it is quite precise - so that I can get right close to the edge of my nail and not get any on my skin.
The colour is really really nice - it is very pigmented so that I only have to put one coat of this polish on! Which is good as with others you have to put more coats on, but not with this.
It was fairly easy to apply and I don't end up getting any on my skin with the brush, it goes on really glossy looking and it looks really nice like than but then when it dries it does look a bit more matte and not as shiny as before.
It does take a while to dry, especially when compared to the kiko polish or the bourjois polish which take like a minute to dry at the most. But this one took about 15 minutes to dry completely. And then places where it was a tiny bit thicker than the rest was tacky for the longest.
I don't need to put a top coat on as it does stay put for a while and it does not chip very easily - but it does chip less and last longer if you put a base coat on then the polish and finally the top coat.
I did not buy this as it was a gift but it can be bought from various online sites such as www.lookfantastic.com which is a UK site. They also have lots of different ranges that come out too. The polishes individually are about £8.95 which is cheaper than the nails inc and opi which I have.
*Very pigmented colour - so I only needed one coat of the polish
*Lots and lots of different shades to chose from
*Colour in the bottle is almost identical to what it will look like on your nails
*Fairly easy to apply
*Small applicator brush - makes applying the polish longer but it is more precise
*Very nice colour - 639
*Stronger smell than others I have used
*Quite expensive - but cheaper than nails inc and opi
*Does not dry quickly
Thank you for reading my review
We used Jessica in our salon for years and found that some were fantastic colours that lasted for a long time and some colours that wouldn't dry or just chip even when being careful!
I have just painted my toe nails with Jessica strawberry fields (vibrant pink, get me in the mood for summer) and it has chipped within 2 days! I'm not even wearing open toed shoes or walking bare foot! They're being protected by socks and shoes! I am not a happy bunny! However I use there "Lana" (christmas sexy red) which lasts forever? Can't work this one out!
Even my clients, one lady in particular comes to see me every 4 weeks and sometimes her toes look like they've just been done then other times they look dreadful and look as if they haven't been done for months from the amount of colour that is left on.
We have now stopped using Jessica for this reason.
The colours are out of this world, every colour you can think of they have the only down fall is you can't stock all there range it's too big! It would cost thousands!
They do two sizes 9ml at £3.50 which have a selected colour range and a 14.8ml at £8.25 that you can have in every Jessica colour!
I don't feel this is a bad price for such a big name and a good nail product, however I would be upset if I paid that price and it chipped within a day of being careful!
They also do a wide range of treatment varnishs that can also be used as a basecoat ie: fungal treatments, stop nail biting and so on, they also do a mens clear polish that once it dries you wouldn't know that he has a treatment varnish on them!
I am not sure these work to be truthful as my boss had a fungal nail and used this for a good few years and it didn't seem to do anything.
They again have a range of top coats from glossy to sparkly!
Jessica is an American company that was built by a lady called Jessica Vartoughian who had her own nail salons around America, had a huge reputation as an amazing manicurist known by celebrities in the 1970's.
Jessica's products are a good range but as I say some colours lack in something to keep a long lasting affect on the nails. I like the range as they do something for everyone including men!
I would give Jessica a two out of five as they have a few good points and a lot of bad points!
Thank you for reading and hope this has been helpful and interesting :-)
I find that nail varnish is a tricky one because it can look really garish or it can look nice for a day then be all chipped. but I'm really pleased with Jessica nail varnish. I got a light pink one and found that it applied really easily - not too thick and sticky like some low quality ones are - and dried pretty quickly too so I wasn't sitting around for ages waiting to be safe to touch everything! The colour looked really delicate, not too in-your-face and for once it lasted! I can apply some of this and it'll look fresh and new still a week later, which is good for people like me who don't like having to have a great big beauty routine to stay looking nice. I will definately be buying some more of this when it runs out (it seems to last for ages too - another advantage!) and would recommend it.
I was never really that bothered about going to a salon for beauty treatments and manicures. That all changed however when I started my current job. I work at a gym with a salon attached and they give us a 50% staff discount on treatments. Well, I'd be silly to pass up an offer like that so booked myself in for a manicure. They used the Jessica range of products, which I had never heard of. I was informed that it was an American professional nailcare range named after creator, Jessica Vartoughian, manicurist to the stars. It would normally only be found in salons. That explained my ignorance then! The nail polishes came in a huge range of colours with pearlescent, matte, glittery well, all sorts of finishes, so it took me some time to decide which I should have. I was told that they didn?t carry all of the colours at the salon because there were just too many. What a scary thought! In the end, I went for a French Manicure with white tips and a pearlescent lilac over the top, just to be different. The polishes seemed to apply very easily, although at this point I was sceptical that that had anything to do with the polishes themselves but rather the skill of the manicurist. The coverage seemed good though and the colours true to the colour in the bottle. Extremely pleased with the end result, I decided to buy the colours to try and get the same result at home. I paid £4.95 for each of the fairly small 9ml bottles. I noticed that the polish seemed to be touch dry quite quickly but it remained ?soft? for hours afterwards, particularly on the white tips. I was very careful but somehow managed to get little crinkley lines in the polish, like an imprint of the weave of some fabric. It wasn?t noticeable unless you were close up but still very strange. On subsequent applications and
also with colours I have bought from the Jessica Custom Colours range since, I have noticed this same ?softness? for probably the first 12 hours. Once dried completely hard, they last very well and resist chipping for the best part of 5 days. I?m very rough on my nails so that?s a good result for me. Other people at work get longer out of them. I find the polish very easy to apply with the good quality brush included and it doesn?t go on streaky. The bottles contain a couple of ball bearings to stop it going all gloopy and enable you to mix the colour thoroughly before applying. This is a very good range of nail polishes in my opinion but it doesn?t quite match up to the OPI range that I tend to use most. I find that OPI dries hard much faster and resists chipping that little bit longer bt Jessica deserves a place in my nail drawer. It?s lovely to take the time out and get them done professionally once in a while anyway! ~ Jo :O)
As far as I know you can only buy Jessica nail products from offical Jessica stockists which are beauticians and manicurists, I have yet to find it sold in any shop. I have had it used on my nails when I have had a manicure and have found it to be really long lasting. It goes on really well and it comes in a good range of colours including some of the currently fashionable ones like glitter ones and green/turquoise ones. My nails lasted nearly 7 days before chipping which I think is a good amount of time. Jessica also do lots of products to harden nails, protect them etc and I have heard good things about all of them. You can buy Jessica nail varnish if your manicurist stocks it and allows you to buy it but it is very expensive in my opinion between £10 and £12 if I remember rightly.