“ Brand: Marks & Spencers / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish / Suitable for: Nails „
The other day I found myself in a Marks & Spencer's store browsing with my mate. I had a couple of quid spare to treat myself with and got a few items as a lot of the toiletries and beauty products were on offer at buy one get half price and this cost me £3.00 for the bottle and I got another one for £1.50! I love nail polish though only ever use it on my toes as I bite my nails and one colour I got was a dusky pink called Chiffon and the other other I got was Cear as I had ran out.
The bottles these come in is simple. Square in shape and glass with a black twist on/off black lid that holds the brush within it and on the front of it we are told that it is Nail Colour and on the base of it the colour is given and the size is given which is 8ml. Its a cheap looking bottle this but informative as it needs to be to be fair to it
The Nail Polish Itself
Available in 22 colours from black to clear, I really like the quality and choice of colours in this collection. It smells like nail polish usually does and is a nice consistency not being too thick or too runny to work with. I find like most nail polishes that for best results I need two coats of it to get an even look and the best colour possible
It goes on smooth, is really fast drying and is deemed to be chip resistant. I found with two coats of this on my toes that it was easy to apply (the brush doesn't malt or anything adverse at all), the colour is rich and glossy (the colour one of course!) and I found that this stayed put beautifully for a good 5 days wear without colour fade or anything at all!
I really like this nail polish and feel that it is very worth the money! Classy product, shame about the bottle though, I did expect a bit more from that!
Only available in Mark's And Spencer's stores.
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I was recently in London on a business trip and it was the first time I had visited the city on my own. As I exited the tube station I was swept up in to a wave of busy, speedy commuters who dragged me along in to the crowd, suddenly, a paper publication was thrust in to my grasp by some poor girl, trying to weather the storm of fast moving, suite clad workers. I took the paper graciously, not wanting to be rude. When I later boarded my train home (relieved!) I settled in to my seat to start reading. To my delight the publication I had reluctantly but courteously accepted had a fashion and beauty section (I didn't expect that of the Evening Standard!!) I skipped everything else and began reading; my attention was held by an article about a Chanel Nail Varnish which had been a limited edition which was now selling on Ebay, circa £200. They had found an identical one in Marks and Spencers and it was only £2.50. I decided to try it, as from the beauty pages of the paper, I think that would be about all I could afford!
The next morning I ventured to M&S in search of the Chanel-esque polish. I soon found it, to my surprise there were only 2 left in the shade recommended, 'Mint', so I grabbed one and took it to the check out to pay. The polish comes in 19 shades in total, these range from clears and classics, to real a la mode colours. I was delighted that it was in fact £2.50 for a decent sized 8ml bottle of nail varnish; much cheaper than most of the others I have purchased over the years; in fact around the same price as Collection 2000 - a well known budget beauty brand.
The varnish came in a clear, square bottle, with a black lid, standard fantail black applicator and subtle black lettering on the bottle. It claimed to be 'High Gloss, Fast Drying and Chip Resistant. It is also Formaldehyde and toluene free, always pleases me when my beauty products do not contain cadaver preservatives. As everyone I know will tell you, I always rush home when I have made a new beauty purchase to try it out, and this occasion wasn't any different...
I went home and I prepped my nails. For me, this involves applying cuticle oil / balm, filing and shaping, gently pushing back my cuticles, buffing the nail surface and finally applying a base coat. I then set about applying my new polish.
I have quite wide nails; the three stroke rule would be impossible for me unless they were very wide strokes, so I tend to do 4 smaller ones. The polish was incredibly thin in consistency and the first coat really didn't look like I had applying anything. I was quite disappointed. So I left my nails to dry for around 5 minutes; after 30 seconds they were dry to touch, but I like to make sure they are properly dry before applying any more coats. I then applied a second coat; this didn't make much difference so I waited and applied a third. This did begin to look a little more 'minty' so I left them to dry. About an hour later I popped to a children's tea party, and I helped myself to a plate of buffet food. I looked down at my nails to see that 2 of them had chipped! So much for the polish being chip resistant, I'd hardly lifted a finger!
Later that night at home, I applied a little bit more to some of the areas which were slightly transparent or had chipped off. Again it dried in no time and 3 days later, it's still on and, touch wood, no more chips! Overall I think it's a decent nail polish for the money, I like the fact it's a fashionable colour and I only paid £2.50; so I wont mind when it goes out of fashion. I also like the fact it is very quick drying. It is also very high gloss, once you have applied about 3-4 coats. I wouldn't say it was chip resistant to be honest, I would say it looks great, but carry the bottle in your bag and top up if you get a chip as it dries so quickly. Its thin consistency put me off a little, would be better if it was a little thicker. So to sum it up, good value to keep up with the trends, great colours, super quick drying, poor coverage and definitely not entirely chip resistant!
Enjoy experimenting with all of the colours; available online and in store, thanks for reading.
I have a terrible habit of going out shopping for one thing and coming home with about five other things in addition to that one thing. I must admit that I have got better over the years and now attempt to limit my unneccessary purchases to around £20 but they always seem to creep into my shopping basket, especially at Marks and Spencers.
Now if there's one thing I can't stand it's untidy nails, as such I have a manicure every fortnight and manage to keep my fingernails in pretty good shame. However when it comes to my toes it's a slightly different story as I can never justify splashing out on a pedicure as well when no one ever really sees my feet, unlike my fingernails you see!
I do try to keep them neat and pretty looking but tend to paint them myself and am always on the look out for new colours to treat myself to. So on my last visit to Marks and Spencers I splashed out (if you can call it that when you find out the price) on a new nail varnish from their Outstanding Value range which boasts affordable cosmetic products.
The range itself is relatively new to Marks and Spencers and only became established a couple of years ago. However it offers a full range of products including blushers, foudations, eye shadows and nail varnish at really affordable prices. Products start at just £2.50 which is exactly how much the nail varnish I bought was priced at... what a bargain!
The nail varnish itself comes in a small glass bottle which is rectangular in shape and has the words "nail colour" written across the front in plain type. The lid is black and screws onto the bottle as you find with the majority of nail varnishes. On the bottom half of the lid is the applicator brush with which you apply the varnish to your nails. The packaging itself is a little plain looking and does border on looking a little cheap, it's certainly not as glamourous as a more expensive nail varnish would be but again this is justified by the price.
The nail varnish itself smells just like any other nail varnish and is pretty much identical in consistency. To apply it simply use the applicator brush which is attached to the bottom half of the lid and paint your nails using long and steady strokes. It's always a good idea to tap a little of the excess varnish off when you first take the lid off as otherwise it can gush a little when it first hits the nail and doesn't make for the easiest of applications. It's always a good idea to build two coats as you'll find this makes it last longer on your nails.
I bought the nail varnish in black to be a bit dramatic as I was going out that evening although it is available in around fifteen different colours ranging from your typical pinks and violets to more daring blues and greys. There's quite a good range of colours and most people would certainly find something to suit them, although not every colour is accounted for as you find with some bigger brands. The black did appear a little weak when I first applied it but with a second coat the intensity soon increased and gave an all over coverage.
And so what about the finished effect? Well it dried incredibly quickly, I managed to sit still for about ten minutes and then started rushing around to get ready and was amazed to find that it didn't smudge at all. Even when I put on my shoes an hour later it had fully set and didn't budge at all. As I didn't have time to put a top coat on I was a little worried about how much gloss and shine the nail varnish would give off but it was incredibly rich and shiny looking, one of my friends even commented on it that night and said it looked beautiful!
I personally think that at £2.50 this nail varnish is an absolute bargain and you'd be hard pushed to find a cheaper version on the market. It's really easy to apply and with two coats it gives a really great colour with plenty of shine as well. I applied it on Saturday night and by Tuesday it was still intact with not a single chip or smudge. However when I've come to look at my toes today (Thursday) I have to admit that there are one or two chips but I think this is just general wear and tear rather than the nail varnish itself being of poor quality. I wouldn't hesitate to go out tonight in sandles that would show off my toes! With my toenails I tend to apply another coat of varnish after a week and find that it'll easily last for another week before I have to remove it and apply a fresh new colour. So this not only passes the colour test, the lasting test but the price test as well! 5 out of 5 for this bargain nail varnish!
Thanks for reading.
Providing a high gloss shine for a professional looking finish, this nail polish is available in an array of fashionable colours