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I've been making a real effort in the last couple of years to leave behind my goth tomboy image, and the following tired-mum-in-slop-stained-tea-shirt image, and hopefully cultivate a semi-fashionable ladylike look. This has involved a lot of experimenting with makeup,most recently with my nails.
For many years, I was a nail biter. I never had any nails worth painting, and by the time I had the nails I had neither the skills to do it tidily or the knowledge of which colours worked for me and which didn't. On the search for some cheap nail varnishes to experiment with, I came across La Femme on Amazon, and paid £15.53 (plus £1.45 P&P) for 21 assorted shades. I didn't get to pick the shades, it was a bit of a pot luck deal, but when they worked out to be only 81p a bottle, it wouldn't hurt my wallet too much if some of the shades were undesirable.
They came securely packaged in a box stuffed with polystyrene packing peanuts, and I liked the design of the bottle right away. A nice bell shaped clear glass bottle, with a tall rounded polished chrome effect lid. No fuss or faff, and I could see the colours right away.They did have a plastic label stuck on the the bottle which made them look a little cheap, but then they are budget polishes, I can hardly expect embossing!
I got a good mix, I won't list all the colours individually, but I received three clear/tinted top coat,(in pink, blue, and clear), 4 opaque Neons, six fine glitters, three effect glitters, 1 metallic opaque, and 4 dark opaques. I will say that the selection doesn't really contain any classic shades such as pinks, reds, and burgundy but I still thought it was a nice variety of fun and funky colours. Out of the 21 shades, there were only three that I instantly dismissed as not being usable for me - but my daughter was delighted to receive them.
I have noticed a variation in performance with this polishes. The opaque polishes I found went on nice and easily, with the brush easily coating the nail and no need to excessive strokes. I did find they had rather a strong smell to them when the polish was wet, but once the polish was dry this wasn't as obvious. The drying itself was quite a long process - it took a good 4 minutes for my nails to feel touch dry, and a few minutes longer than that for them to be smudge proof. This was true for the opaque colours and the glitter polishes.
The clear/tinted ones seemed to dry much faster though, and also seemed to be of a thinner consistency, which would have helped the drying time along. I did find all the polishes to be quite thin when compared to premium brands. I also found that they did chip easily, but I had rather been expecting that for the price, and a good strong top coat on the top did wonders for prolonging the life of my nails.
Overall, I think these are good polishes for experimenting with as they are so cheap. I've never seen them in shops, but Amazon have various job lot offers on them, and individual shades can be purchased for around £1.60.
Overall, I think that, although these nail varnishes aren't the best performers out there, in terms of drying time and chip resistance, I think they are very fair money for the price I paid, and would be a great gift for teenagers who are just beginning to experimenting with makeup, and adults in the same position! 4 stars!
I have recently got into nail varnish a lot more than what I used to! Although with my job, I constantly have my hands wet and most nail varnishes tend to peel of and chip easily.
I have tried a few colours from this brand, and I really do not like the way they settle on my nails, the brushes can be too rough and the varnish becomes thick and gluey very easily!
However, I no longer use the plain shades of varnishes, as I find I am forever having to redo the tips of my nails, and it looks messy straight away, and no brand easily covers over previous layers without looking a mess! Because of this, I now only use the recently popular glitter types!
I recently bought one of these nail varnishes for just £1 from the market! I am unaware of any shops at present which stock it as a usual thing, and as far as I am aware, it is only available in the cheaper stores such as saves or online. On amazon, you can buy this brand for between £1.49 to around £3 for different shades or designs.
I picked up a clear nail varnish, with pink glitter and small pieces of sequins inside!
As with this glittery nail varnish, I find it very easy to apply as I don't need to worry about getting it as a smooth or even layer! The varnish is quite gluey and thick, although does apply quite easily for this design. I find it easier to stroke the varnish on to coat my nails, and then dab it on to get more glitter and sequins, to attain the depth of glitter I wish!
The first mistake I made when using this, was painting one hand, then the next, then going back to the first hand to add a bit more- with this nail varnish you have to wait until it is completely dry before adding anymore layers, as the varnish becomes even more gluey and sticky, and it makes a mess of your nails if you try to add anymore before the first layer is bare dry!
Although I did learn from that mistake, and I can now apply it with ease!
Because the varnish is very thick and gluey, the drying time seems to take forever! Even when I apply this outside and waft my arms around like a daft looking bird trying to take off, it still takes about 20 minutes to become completely dry! I find if I do try to pick something up or touch them before that time, it is very soft and can easy be pushed off your nails!
I do find if I apply a layer which is quite thick- to get the most glitter and sequins, the thicker areas tend to peel off a lot easier, although in other places it does last quite well. As my hands go through a lot with work, I never expect much from my nail varnishes in terms of them lasting! Which is why I only tend to paint my nails on my day off! Although I am very impressed with the lasting power of this varnish! The first time I used it, I put quite a thick layer on, so the tips peeled off quite easily, however towards the center of my nail, I even struggled to try to pick it off! Instead I ended up just painting another layer over the top of the old one (of the same glittery colour) and its fantastic as theres no obvious signs of it!
I have now started trying to paint a top coat, or just a clear varnish over the top to smooth out the feel of the sequins- which isn't that rough to be honest, and give it a firmer hold, so fingers crossed this helps!
As I only paid £1 for this nail varnish, I wasn't expecting much. However I am quite surprised, it is now one of my favourites to use! I will definitely keep using it, and I may even get some different shades from the glittery range! The varnish is quite thick and gluey which is the only thing which puts me off, as it makes it harder to dry! Although once the varnish is on and dry, I find it quite hard wearing and very decent!
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I don't often wear nail varnish (I love it but hardly ever have the patience to wait for it to dry!), but I have built up quite a collection of the stuff for the occasions when I do. I have nice strong nails that grow nice and long, so I find I never need false nails, I usually get asked if I'm wearing them when I have a nice nail polish on! The latest nail varnish in my collection is this La Femme Nail Polish which I bought because I loved the colour (it's a beautiful red called fiery planets).
The bottle of varnish comes with no extra packaging around it and is pretty standard as far as nail polish packaging goes. The bottle is clear so that you can see the colour of the product inside and the lid is a silver colour. The bottle doesn't look expensive (which it isn't anyway!) and doesn't really stand out from the crowd.
I bought my nail polish from a make up counter at my local indoor market for £1. I don't recal seeing this nail polish on sale anywhere else but a quick look on google tells me that it's quite easy to find in online shops for around £1.25.
I have found 20 different colours of this nail polish available, which means you should find a colour to suit you. Some of the colours are more standard nail polish colours like pink and red, but some are glittery and others are neon.
La Femme also seem to do a nail polish similar to the Barry M crackle effect, which looks like it might be worth a try!
When applying the nail polish I found that it went on fairly evenly, it was neither too stick or too runny. I only needed one coat to get a good coverage, which is great as I hate waiting for coats to dry just to apply more!
The brush is just a standard nail polish brush attached to the inside of the bottle's lid. It was soft, flexible and not too thick which made it easy to apply the polish to my nails.
The colour I chose (fiery planets) is an orangey red colour. I would say it definitely looks fun rather than sophisticated, which is what I wanted. Looking at the other colours I think you could find something a little more grown up and sophisticated if that is what you were after but many of the shades are bright fun colours.
There is a slight bit of shimmer to the polish that makes the colour nice and shiny when on.
The nail polish was mostly dry within one minute and fully dry within three. I think this is about the same as other nail polishes I have.
This nail polish lasts at least 24 hours without chipping, which you might think isn't so great but when you consider that this was lasting through me doing dishes, bathing kids and getting housework done then I think it's not bad for a cheap nail polish.
I didn't have any trouble removing this nail polish with a proper nail polish remover lotion and cotton wool and it did not leave stains on my nails (I'm far too lazy to do an undercoat most of the time!)
I love the colour of the polish I bought and I'm very tempted to try some others as they look so lovely and bright and are a great price. Although this isn't the most wonderful nail polish ever, it's not bad (especially when it costs just £1 or a little over). I am happy with my purchase and I would recommend this product to others
I love nail varnish and have a ever growing collection. Although I do have some favourite brands but wouldn't say I was particulary loyal to any one company and I am always willing to try varnishes that I have not tried before. A few months back I was shopping in a little make up shop not far from where I live and noticed some nail varnishes in some lovely bright colours, I had not heard of " La Femme Beauty" before but as they were priced at only 90p each I decided to try a couple.
I purchased two colours in pink and green. The varnish comes in a standard 15ml nail polish bottle which is clear thus the varnish colour is clearly visable inside. On the front is a quick sketch style picture of a flower with "La Femme Beauty" written in joined up writing above it. On the back is a fairly long list of ingredients. The lid is black and once unscrewed reveals the attached applicator brush.
Application is fairly obvious, you simply use the brush to apply the varnish to the nail.
"La Femme Beauty" nail varnish smells very strong, and has a distinct unpleasant acetone smell to it. The product goes on quite well but I have found I have to apply at least 2-3 coats to sufficiently cover the nail. It takes a few minutes to dry. Once applied the colours are nice and match the colour inside the bottle, they also have a luminous quality and a nice bright shiny gloss finish to them. However, it does not take long before the varnish begins to chip, infact I have experienced this happening within a few hours of application, even with a top coat having been used. The varnish is very easy to remove by using nail varnish remover and a cotton wool ball, I have found only a couple of wipes is enough to fully remove the product. I have had no problems with the varnish staining my nails, but I do always apply a base coat.
The fact that this varnish chips incredibly easily means that these varnishes have sat pretty much unused in my nail varnish box since I bought them. I have applied these to my daughters nails a few times when she has specifically chosen them from the box. On sorting out my nail varnishes in preparation for writing some reviews I discovered that the pink varnish has become quite thick inside the bottle and has therefore been disposed of. I would also note that the writing on both of the bottles has rubbed off and they look rather ugly and tatty.
I guess its true that you get what you pay for and there is a reason why products are so cheaply priced. Since I bought these varnishes for only 90p each I am not overly disappointed by them, but find they chip far to easily and therefore they are not a varnish that I am able to recommend.
I have a vast collection of these nail varnishes because of the cheap price tag!
one pound buys you 15ml of a colour, you can see they're cheap with the packaging, the label is a see through label that gets quite grubby and the silver lid cheap looking too! The bottle is big and the colours are very bright inside so they still look very cute. The lid tends to gets jammed.
The application can be very difficult, the brush is long and thin and is very fiddly, one coat is enough because the colour is strong but it takes three minutes to dry which is far too long, the nail varnish can also tip of the brush and stain stuff because of the watery texture.
The colours are defiantly the best thing, I have hot pink and electric blue among others and find the colour to be very strong even after one base and two bases seem to bring them out more. Its very shiny and there's always a lot of glitter in them and there is always a glossy finish.
-The feel and do they last?-
The nails are sadly quite sticky, They also don't seem to last any longer than a day. The smell is also very strong and stays on after application
Overall, for the price and the amount and colour they are worth buying but if you want something longer lasting I would go elsewhere.
I have a bit of a compulsion to wear black nail varnish. I wear it 99% of the time and it must be perfect. I go through about a bottle a month. I spotted a black "La Femm" nail varnish for the bargain price of 99p and thought i'd give it a try.
La Femme Nail varnish looks nice and thick on the first glance. it seems to go on thickly rather than being thing and see through like the first coat of many other nail varnishes. I found that after a couple of coats my nails looked good and were covered evenly. The brush is quite wide too, which also helps with a smooth application as you don't need to go over it several times to cover the whole nail.
Something I noticed right away was the smell. It seemed to be stronger smelling that other nail varnishes and actually smelt like gloss paint rather than the usual nail varnish smell.
I found that the nail varnish started to chip after a couple of days. It didnt come off in large segments like other nail varnishes sometimes do, it was more the ends of my nails that lose a bit of the nail varnish. I found this quite easy to touch up and rectify. After a further couple of days the nail varnish chipped again and this time it was in larger pieces and it didnt take longer before half my nails looked scruffy and no longer well manicured.
This is a perfect example of getting what you pay for. Its not completely awful but it really isnt up to standard. Its ok for a cheap alternative but dont expect the effect to be long lasting.
On my local market the woman sells hundreds of polishes all for a pound each, I cant recall seeing these in most of the big shops ( boots/superdrug ect..) so I am pretty sure they are only available online and in places that sell cheap cosmetics.
The polish comes in a slightly curved glass bottle and all the La Femme ones which I have seen have silver lids and the same writing over them, the only thing which is different is the actual colour of the nail polish.
The brush is quite thin and doesn't feel or look like the best quality.
On the front is a picture of what looks like a rose/some kind of flower in white, the font is also in white.
I am pretty sure from looking at the bottle and going by most other polish bottles the amount which you get is 15ml.
My opinion on the bottle is Meh, its not really eye catching and you can instantly tell from just looking at it that it was never really an expensive product to buy.
'Whether you like nail polish that's flirty, feminine, or fun, look to La Femme to meet your manicure needs. Choose a single polish for a quick colour change on the go, or opt for a manicure kit if you have a bit more time on your hands. With depth of colour and staying power that can't be beat, La Femme nail polish is a safe bet for value-conscious beauty shoppers.'
I found this on a website called blush cosmetics and basically this is telling us that la femme has perfect colour, and it has lasting power so it shouldn't chip easily, its also very cheap so great if you are on a budget and want the results of an expensive polish!
The colour which I have is a very nice bright pillar box red, its a lovely colour and I am sure you would agree!
The bottle is comfortable in your hand, no complaints there from me! To use you twist off the lid, this then reveals the brush...oh god, the brush.
It is awful, it just doesn't feel sturdy at all in my hand and it looks so cheap, the bristles on the brush are awful, they feel stiff even though they are soaked in polish, trying to paint your nails with this brush is awful also, it goes very clumpy and its hard to get it looking all even..this is where I bring in another one of my nail polish brushes which is actually decent ( if you do this, make sure you soak it in some boiling water with nail polish remover! )
So now I have my new brush, how is the polish?
Well, its a lot better, the texture is very thickand the colour is exceptional, it looks gorgeous and vibrant and it is indeed very pillar box red, it also looks really glossy and makes my nails look healthy and in better condition than what they actually are ( due to biting and picking at them! )
Two coats does it very nicely and they look so good, the polish dries in around 1 minute as with most polishes and then you are free too touch.
The smell is quite strong but you cant really smell this when your nails are dry!
If you get this, change the brush and your getting a bargain.
I bought this nail varnish from an independent shop near where I live because the colours caught my eye when i was out shopping. I hadn't heard of la femme before but i liked the bright, bold colours and at only £1 for 15ml i thought it was a bargain. The colour i bought was a neon pink colour, and it was available in yellows, oranges, greens and blues. However, a wider range of colour may be available elsewhere.
The bottle isn't very attractive; it looks cheap and plain. I am usually good at applying nail varnish because i wear it a lot and therefore get a lot of practice. However i found it difficult to apply this one evenly. I'm not sure if this was due to the unusual, gloopy consistency or the this brush. It usually apply two coats of nail polish, but I found that this one looked much better with 3. It seemed to take around the same amount of time as any other nail polish to dry, and I found that it started to chip after about 2 or 3 days which is normal I think.
I don't think i'd buy this brand again, unless i was on a tight budget or really needed a colour i couldn't find elsewhere. It's cheap, but there's a good reason for the price.
For my daughters birthday, my friend asked me what she could get for her. She is at the age where perfume makeup and Twighight are her main priorities so I aked my friend to get her some nail varnish. On her birthday my daughter was thrilled when she opened her gift. Amongst assortment of other make up products were three bottles of La femme nail polish.
The colours my daughter had were all neon. There was yellow, pink and green. I was really impressed with the wow factor of these colours. Especially when I considered how popular in fashion neon colours are this season. My daughter was desperate to use these products so much so that she decided to use all three colours and alternate. In order to achieve a more younger and funky look.
I was quite put off when I saw the consistency of the nail polish when I removed the wand to piant her nails. It was very gloopy and really thick. I had to dip the brush quite a few times, in order for the polish to become a consistency that I was happy to apply with.
When applying the polish, I was far from impressed with the brush. It was too limp and was quite difficult to control. Especially when trying to get into the corner areas of the nails. I also noted that despite it's thickness, it was not as vibrant on the nails as in the bottle. It seemed to loose it's shine and boldness. However this did improve with a few more coats.
The nail varnish seemed to take an age to dry. Because of it's thicker consistancy it remained tacky to the touch for a good ten minutes after application. However once in place it did remain in a good condition for a day or two.
What I didn't like regarding this nail polish is the finish it offered. Considering that this varnish was in neon colours, I was suprised to notice a very pearly sheen in the finish. I thought that this just didn't bode well with the young and funky look it was expected to achieve. I found that the sheen to this nail polish looked odd and somewhat dated.
The actual packaging of this nail varnish is quite dated. There is nothing exciting or different regarding the look of these polishes. However the colour range in the bolder colours is very impressive and works well in attracting a younger market. It is just a shame that this product is not as nice on the nails as it is in the bottle.
My friend bought these nail polishes from a large independent chemist in our town centre. I think she paid around £4 a bottle. Although I can see that they are advertised for a much more inflated price of £8 on Amazon. I personally wouldn't pay £4 for this product as I don't like the look of it at all. My daughter was happy enough, but I thought it was a very poor offering as far as nail polishes go.
To celebrate my brother's birthday, the family had decided to go for a meal together. When I had decided what to wear I looked through my collection of nail polishes to find that I didn't have any colours which would go.
I took a walk into town and popped into Boots, which happens to be a very small branch and the only make up it stocks is 17 and No 7, and 17 is the only nail polish they stock but they didn't have the right colour. So I went along to a different chemist, who only stock Rimmel and again the colours were wrong. My final port of call was an independent shop who stock lots of different household cleaning products and a few cosmetics. Looking at the range of nail polishes on offer I spotted a blue shade which was just the colour I was looking for, and at 89 pence I thought I may as well give it a try.
I didn't even look at the brand first. When I got home I noticed that the brand was La Femme Beauty - not one I had ever heard of before, but for the price I paid if it was rubbish it could go straight into the bin.
The bottle shape reminds me of a slightly curvier bottle of No7 nail polish but the chrome effect lid/brush handle make it look like a cheap brand in my opinion.
The colour I chose is Electric Blue and in the bottle looks to have a slight pearl to it.
When I took the lid off to apply the first thing I noticed was how thin the brush was although the bristles are quite long. The brush isn't the only thing that is thin though, as when I went to apply the consistency of the nail polish is really thin as well almost watery. Applying it to my toe nails it didn't glide on like other brands I have used would do, and due to the thinness of the polish it was clear I would need to apply a second coat but I usually do this anyway. The biggest problem I did have was how much the nail polish dripped, luckily I had my feet on an old magazine otherwise there would have been several blobs of bright blue nail polish on my cream carpet and I don't think it would have gone down too well with the other half when he got home from work. On a more positive side it was dry enough to apply a second coat within a minute or two, and with the extra coat the coverage looked decent enough considering the price I'd paid for it. The second coat was touch dry in a few minutes.
Painting my fingernails I found that the brush didn't spread out much which meant it was difficult to apply an even coat. Again it was noticeable how it didn't glide, and was probably more apparent on my fingernails. There was less drippage this time, I put this down to me being able to work closer with it being my fingers rather than my toes. I found it difficult to get a smooth finish, even on the second coat and some of the nails seemed to have a bubbling effect on them. Although it was only when you looked closely at them that you could see this.
I can't really comment on the staying power of this nail polish as I removed it after less than a day, although my hands were washed several times and also in and out of a bucket of water while I was washing my car and it only started to peel and flake off of two nails.
I think for 89p this nail polish would be one to choose if it was a colour you wouldn't wear often, but I would spend a bit extra for something I would wear regularly. It would also be good for younger girls who wanted to buy a nail polish with their pocket money, in fact it reminds me of the sort of nail polishes I would buy when I was at school.
You can buy this online from Amazon for around £1-£2 for a single 15ml bottle or £8-£35 for sets of colours. Also available on ebay from 99p plus postage.