Perhaps it's the way I apply nail varnish, or the way I take care of it, but I never seem to be able to find a chip-resistant varnish - even those claiming to be extra strong and durable. Unfortunately, L'Oréal Ceramide Resist is no different.
Available in a range of attractive colours, I opted for a bright red colour as a change from the usual neutral tones that I opt for. The varnish was easy to apply and is of a good consistency being neither to thick nor too thin. Once dried, the resulting colour was vibrant and dazzling (a definite plus - I have had experience with varnish looking beautiful in the bottle but not working when on the nail). The varnish was quick to set but I would advise that you allow the varnish to thoroughly dry overnight to increase your chances of it remaining chip-free.
I keep my nails quite short, just to the end of my fingertip. Without a protective top-coat, this varnish did end up chipping after a day of wear despite the claims of it being resistant. Perhaps I just wasn't being careful enough? Hopefully with the addition of a top-coat, the life of the varnish on my nails will be longer.
Overall I would recommend this product based on it's colour and appearance on the nail, but not for it's chip resistance. If you wear this colour, definitely use a harden top-coat to extend the life of your varnished nails.
I grabbed this nail polish from boots some years ago as it was on sale. I was drawn by the lovely bottle. I think it looks rather nice and simple. I would have not known anything about the quality.
This nail polish did not have huge selection of colours but one caught my eyes in particular, is a dark burgundy 502. The colour looks very rich is impossible not to like it.
When you apply it to the nails is truly well pigmented. I like the fact that one coat is sufficient so I don't have to use the brush again and waste my time applying a second coat of nail polish. It also does dry in a reasonable time.
As for resistance they claim that it has a staying power for up to 5 days and that is true indeed.... Up to 5 days, can even be one day lol. Perhaps it would last 5 days if you sit around doing nothing, perhaps not even have a shower or a bath. On me it lasts about 2 days, I can't say I am over active in washing the dishes.
I think is been 2 years since I had this nail polish and I did not got the chance to use it all. Comparing to other nail polishes I have this one has not dried out a single bit. It still is in the bottle like in the day I bought it. Perhaps that is what they mean about Ceramide Resist!
I have long been a fan of this nail polish and use it regularly. It is sometimes marketed as "Resist and Shine", though less so lately. It comes in a rather limited range of colours, (often Boots sells about 10 shades) which is a shame, but it is freely available in places like Boots and costs £4.99 for a 9ml bottle. That lasts me ages - months.
The great thing about this polish is it lasts a long time - they say 5 days and to be honest I don't find it lasts that long (that must be 5 days of lying on a chaise only picking up the phone to call your butler!) but it does last a good two days and sometimes three in normal working day mode - i.e. not using bleach and scrubbing the loo, but cooking, working, using the computer, sitting in meetings, etc.
The bottle is quite square and has a silver top. The glass is clear and they are quite wide bottles so you can get the last bit of polish out quite easily.
L'Oreal say it is supposed to improve the wellbeing of your nails. It has an ingredient called Ceramide Resist which is a sort of polymer I think. It is designed (i quote) to "combine long-lasting, beautiful colour with the benefits of a nail treatment. With Ceramide Resist; nails are left stronger and more healthy-looking that ever before."
Now I never read that until I'd been using it for ages, but I had noticed that wearing this nail polish helped my nails grow strong. I assumed it was because when I have polish on I'm less likely to bite them, but perhaps it's the magic secret ingredient!
I find it goes on your nails easily, doesn't clog the brush, though it can flood, and dries quite quickly (less than 5 minutes) between coats. Once it is on, it does take a touch up well, and it doesn't flake or chip too badly. The ceramide thingy gives it a slightly elastic quality, which is tempting to pick off as you can lift the whole nail polish coating off your nail like a bit of gloss paint, which is tempting in a very boring meeting.... So if I do need to touch up I tend to peel a whole nail's worth of polish off and re-paint. It's easy!
I'm going to give it 4 stars rather than 5 purely because of the limited colour range and I'm not sure if that is because L'Oreal don't produce the colours, or whether Boots just don't stock them.
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What do women want? I know what I want when it comes to the cosmetic products I buy. Performance matters. I want a foundation base that helps to make my complexion flawless and healthy looking. I want a mascara that lengthens and thickens my eyelashes without making them look like a collection of stiffened dead spider’s legs. I want a lipstick that doesn’t dry my lips yet doesn’t ‘bleed’ or disappear completely after one sip of my ice cold Chardonnay. I want a loose face powder that doesn’t make it look as if I’ve been dunked upside down into the flour bin. I want a powder blusher that doesn’t make me look as if I’ve been ‘tangoed’ I want a nail polish that doesn’t gloop as I apply it, doesn’t take ages to dry and then after all the care and attention, chip within hours. I’ve just discovered my last object of desire courtesy of L’Oreal Ceramide Resist nail polish which claims it gives strength and care and will last up to five days. Now these are some claims and I was eager to test them out. I take care of my nails and set aside a quiet period of time to give myself a home manicure. I expect my home manicure and nail polish application to last me anything up to a week. Many of the nail polishes I’ve been using recently from other cosmetic houses look disgusting after one day. They gloop, the polish chips, fades and cracks easily and nobody would believe I’d spent a full half hour on my hands and nails just the day before. I was impressed as soon as I opened the bottle of L’Oreal Ceramide nail polish with the good to feel chunky matt aluminium stopper. The brush was long and slim indicating easy application and the polish itself was the perfect consistency so that the brush can’t overload. That’s when you get gloop, when the nail polish is too thick and the brush too stubby. Trust me. I know these things. The instant I
applied the first coat to all my fingernails I knew this was going to be a good nail product. The glossy shine was very smart, the polish glided on evenly and one coat would possibly be sufficient for many wearers but I’m a two coat kinda girl. The first coat dried hard very quickly, as did the second, although L’Oreal Ceramide Resist isn’t one of the 60 second instant drying nail polishes. The finished look was incredible with a super gloss and certainly gave my nails a strong feeling sensation. Even more remarkable was how soon after painting my nails I was able to do things, like return to my keyboard, without the inevitable damage that often happens when I’ve just painted my nails. Whatever a Ceramide is the end result is a really tough finish. After five days of wearing the polish not one of my was chipped or scratched. In fact they looked exactly the same as they did on the day I painted them and even the colour remained bright and fresh looking, not dull and faded as many polishes appear after that period of time. Exactly what it says on the bottle. There was a beautiful range of colours to choose from, the palest silver through to the deepest browny-plummy-black. I originally bought Number 503, a very rich russet, coppery red from Superdrug priced at £3.99. I so loved the effect and quality of this L’Oreal polish that the next week I bought Number 302, a subdued but glossy creamy beige, from Boots for the same price. Both colours have had the same lasting qualities. I say this because sometimes the same product can behave differently due to the colour pigmentation. Ever tried changing the colour of a wall using red emulsion? If you have then you’ll know what I mean. I have been using this product for a month now meaning five home manicures and it’s been a total success every time. It even means I can do my nails on a Thursday and know I won’t have to redo them for a Saturday nigh
t out. Rather strangely I haven’t been able to comfortably go over the five days, it’s almost as if the nail polish is on a time switch and I can’t make them last six! It is difficult for me to judge the strengthening claims of the product because I have been using a specific nail strengthening product at the same time and my nails have been noticeably less inclined to split and flake and have grown considerably longer. This improvement could be due to the combined effects of using the two products but I would say that because of the hard, glossy, surface finish, obviously due to the Ceramide ingredient, that I sensed once my nail polish was dry this product alone would strengthen my nails. This L’Oreal Ceramide Resist nail polish is the best nail polish I have used for a long time in that price range and I’m delighted with the product and the resulting finish.