“ Brand: Leighton Denny / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish / Suitable for: Nails „
Over the last year or so I've become a huge fan of Leighton Denny nail products and now have several colours from his vast range of nail polishes. The colour I keep returning to, however, is the one which goes with absolutely everything and that is Supermodel, a mid-beige neutral shade.
For those who've never heard of him, Leighton Denny is an acknowledged and award winning expert on nail care and as well as being manicurist to the stars, he's also developed his own range of nail products which includes his very effective Renovate Cream which is a nail resurfacing treatment as well as his range of nail polishes featuring every colour under the sun and many more besides that you've never dreamed of, so there's a colour to suit everyone and in all the usual finishes whether it's elegant creams, shiny metallics or shimmering opalescents. His range includes several neutral shades which go with everything but for me Supermodel just has the edge. The full range of colours can be found on his website (address at the end of this review.)
The Supermodel shade was first introduced as a limited edition colour but the response to its introduction was so overwhelming that the colour has now been added into the Leighton Denny permanent range and is not only a best seller but the most popular colour of all the shades on offer. It's a warm mushroom beige and because it's such a neutral shade, it complements any outfit from super casual jeans and t-shirt right up to evening wear. In fact, the true benefit of this shade is that it seems to take on just a hint of whatever colour you're wearing so, say, you're in bright red, the nail colour seems to warm up with a slightly more reddish tinge or if in blues, it seems to take on a cooler blueish tone. It's simply the most adaptable coloured polish I've ever used.
This nail polish comes in a 12ml clear, square shaped bottle with a silvered top encased in Perspex, giving a very classy look to the packaging and the squared base means the bottle is very stable in use. The design doesn't end with the bottle, however, as the integrated brush is the best one I've ever used in terms of its ability to apply colour to the nail quickly and easily. Like all Leighton Denny nail polishes Supermodel though a cream polish has an ultra high gloss as well as being high quality and it applies easily and evenly. In fact, it's such good quality polish that it's possible to get away with only one coat, the coverage is that good. However, I normally apply two coats on top of a clear base coat and finish off with a top coat. (Of course, Leighton has all these available in his range of products.) The polish dries pretty quickly and is touch dry within a matter of a few seconds, although as nail varnish hardens from the inside out, full hardness takes somewhat longer. When fully dry, you're left with a super hard and glossy finish which will last at least five days without chipping or peeling, at least it will if your nails are in good condition and you protect them by wearing gloves when doing housework, gardening and the like. I guarantee whether you choose Supermodel or any other colour from the range for that matter, it will enhance your nails however long or short they may be or whatever condition they're in.
There is one great big drawback to Leighton Denny products and that is the cost: They don't come cheap. In fact, they're very expensive but it has to be said that with these products you really do get what you pay for. The 12ml bottles of nail polish retail at £11 although it's possible to buy these more cheaply from eBay which is where I bought my latest bottle of Supermodel which I managed to snap up for £5.
The Leighton Denny nail care range is mainly sold through QVC which sells not only individual bottles of nail polish but also some of the special Leighton Denny sets which offer better value for money. There are other outlets for these products, including Marks & Spencer, as well as plenty of new and used bottles on offer on eBay. If you get the opportunity it's well worth watching QVC when Leighton Denny products are being promoted and on which Leighton himself appears, because he gives lots of really useful tips on nail care and on effective application of his products as well as how to create special effects by mixing and matching nail polishes.
Although I do still use cheaper nail polishes, whenever possible I now buy Leighton Denny colours. As I finish off a colour, I'm now replacing with a Leighton Denny equivalent simply because they're the best I've ever come across in terms of quality and wearability. In every way this is a five star nail polish.
Leighton Denny: www.leightondenny.com/