“ Brand: Leighton Denny / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish / Suitable for: Nails „
I hardly ever use nail polish; I guess it might be because I don't like to draw attention to random parts of my body and find it distracting. I never do anything to my nails and I guess because of that, they look pretty healthy and strong. A few months ago I got a GlossyBox from my other half. GlossyBox is one of several companies offering a monthly beauty box service in the UK. Each box will have, typically, 4-5 products for the price of £10 + £2.95 postage. Inside my box there was a full sized Leighton Denny nail varnish in Sex Kitten with 12ml of product inside. I'm the type that hates purchasing something only to leave it lying around, be it a book, a magazine, products... so I went ahead and tried it.
(GlossyBox.co.uk) Leighton Denny Expert Nails High Performance Nail Colour is a professional formula that is chip-resistant, easy to apply and long-lasting. The pigment in our polish gives an intense colour and a super-glossy finish.
~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
They're currently sold for £11 for a 12ml bottle from big online retailers such as BeautyBay.
They come in very nice glass bottles that are simplistic but show off the product really nicely. The lid looks quite unusual since it's see-through with a smaller silver lid trapped permanently inside. It stands at about 7cm tall and the widest part is about 2.5cm wide. Even text is kept to a minimal with 'LEIGHTON DENNY' on the front in silver, and brief instructions and safety warnings at the back.
Despite not being a big user of nail polish, I regularly read and watch beauty related blogs and videos on the internet, and have seen tons of recommendations for various brands of nail polish. I'd never heard of Leighton Denny though, so I was quite curious to try it out.
The brush applicator is quite long at around 1.5cm, which makes it quite easy to cover long nails. I thought that the varnish was a little too runny however with one application of the varnish looking rather on the translucent side; You can definitely see my natural nail colour in the background! It also looked quite streaky and not very flattering at all. A second coat of this nail varnish later and it looks a lot more opaque but not uniformly so; I can still make out patches where the varnish hasn't covered my nail perfectly, with my natural nail colour peeking through. Up close, the nail looks even streakier with two coats and even though my nails are pretty healthy, I have one that isn't perfectly smooth. The nail varnish has unfortunately highlighted this even though it wasn't very visible before.
I've worn this nail varnish several times and don't agree with the product description which says that it's 'chip-resistant' and 'long-lasting'. The nail varnish on my nails gradually chipped away bit by bit and didn't stay perfect for more than 1-2 days. The colour isn't what I would call 'intense'. It is quite glossy, but since the colour isn't very even on my nails, it doesn't look that flattering... so many negatives!......
For £11, I would have expected it to be better than it. The packaging and colour looked so promising so I am disappointed in a way. I wouldn't recommend this nail varnish since it looks streaky and doesn't give the true, dense colour easily...
I first saw Leighton Denny products on the QVC shopping channel, before that I don't think I had even heard of the brand. I was very tempted to try out their nail polishes, but I never quite got round to ordering. A couple of months ago I opened my Glossybox to find a full sized Leighton Denny nail polish. I was absolutely thrilled, despite the fact that the colour, Sex Kitten, is not one I would necessarily have chosen myself.
~~About the brand~~
The Leighton Denny brand is a fairly new one having only been set up in 2005. Leighton himself has apparently worked in the beauty industry for over 18 years and he started by creating a hand and nail range, but has now branched out into fake tans, namely his new brand Sun-believable.
The nail polish range has a huge amount of colours - ninety if I have counted correctly! There is something for everyone in terms of colours from sophisticated nudes and pastels, through to vibrant stand-out shades and glitter polishes.
The bottles are squared off glass with the Leighton Denny brand name written in silver subtly along one side. The lid is silver encased in clear acrylic. I have to say, the packaging of the nail polish is probably one of the best things about it! I had seen pictures of the bottles and of course seen them on TV, but 'in real life' I think they look even better and the quality is excellent too - to hold them feels like you are holding a top quality product.
~~My experience of using the product~~
On unscrewing the lid, I found that the brush is quite wide and the handle comfortable to hold. I did think that the polish was quite runny and I had to wipe a drip away on the side of the bottle straight away. Most nail polishes have a strong smell, but I felt this one was particularly strong. My fiancé who was in the same room complained about the smell and it actually made me feel nauseas. This really surprised me as this is not something that has ever bothered me in the past with other brands.
On applying this nail polish I have to be honest and say that I was very disappointed. The polish went onto my nails looking very streaky and the brush marks really stood out. The colour I have, Sex Kitten, is a silvery blue metallic shade and although it looks very vibrant in the bottle, it went on looking fairly watery and the colour was washed out. I don't think there is any way that I could have gotten away with just applying one coat of this colour as it looked very messy and unfinished. I also found that the first coat took a really long time to dry. Patience is not something I have a lot of when it comes to nail varnish and I felt quite irritated that after three minutes my nail polish was still feeling quite tacky to the touch.
When I felt the first coat of polish had dried sufficiently, I added a second coat. I felt the second coat went on more smoothly than the first and gave much better coverage. Unfortunately the polish was still streaky to a degree and the brush marks were still visible. I do wonder if other non-metallic colours may perform better, as brush marks are something I have encountered with metallic finish polishes from other ranges too.
The polish again took a long time to dry following the second coat and as such I found that one or two nails smudged, which was incredibly annoying! I ended up using a nail drying spray to dry my nails rather than sitting waiting around.
Once fully dried, the longevity of the polish was a reasonable three days before chips began to appear and four days before it was in a state where it had to be removed completely. This was without applying a top coat I should add, so if you do choose to add a top coat you might manage a couple of extra days from it.
~~Price and Availability~~
The Leighton Denny polishes are a generous 12ml size and the RRP is £11. This is the higher end of the scale in terms of nail polish prices and although I am happy to pay that for another favourite brand of mine, OPI, I do not feel the quality of this Leighton Denny polish matches up to the price tag.
Buy from www.leightondenny.com
www.qvcuk.com (usually as part of a set)
I have not seen these polishes anywhere on the high street and having looked online I can not find any high street shops that stock them. This isn't to say you can't get them there, I'm just not aware of anywhere you can.
I'm a little bit sad to conclude by saying that I am hugely disappointed by this nail polish and I can't see myself purchasing another colour. The packaging is stunning and it feels like it's excellent quality which leads you to believe that's what you'll get from the polish inside. Unfortunately I found this to be a poor quality polish which was watery, had a stronger than usual scent, took ages to dry and left a streaky finish. Needless to say I would not recommend this product - in fact, I'd say save your money and buy a Barry M nail paint instead!