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I have a ridiculously large collection of nail polishes for someone who rarely uses them but one of my absolute favourites is an inexpensive bottle of Maybelline Express Finish in a colour called Turquoise Lagoon. Mostly I paint my toenails rather than my fingernails and that's because the effort to paint toes is rewarded with a couple of weeks of chip-free colour compared to a finger-nail job that generally lasts only a day or two at most before chipping. I can explain it simply: I don't open things or type with my toes.
Turquoise Lagoon is a pretty green-blue and it's great for toes. I like colours that are a bit different but not so loud as to interfere with what shoes or other clothes you can wear. I always apply a couple of coats of base coat before moving on to the colour. With some polishes I need three coats of colour but the Maybelline one is good with just the two. I then finish off with a top coat.
Do I find that it dries noticeably quicker than a standard polish? No, not really. I can't say that I have noticed but I take my time over my toes and this hasn't been a problem.
The brush is very normal in length and breadth - not one of the short stubby ones you sometimes find these days. The polish goes on smoothly and without lumping or catching. My only problem is that it's now a couple of years old and the contents of the bottle have started to separate. Considering it's only got a 24 month life after opening, I can forgive that. But I do find a good shake gets the polish back to normal and I'm not yet ready to bin it.
I love painting both my toe and finger nails and often change the colour that I'm wearing for a bit of variety. My nail varnish collection is constantly growing, despite not needing the 20 odd different colours I currently own! One nail varnish I use is this express finish from Maybelline.
The nail vanish comes inside a clear bottle, one thing I like about the bottle is that both the front and back are straight edged with curves only around the sides so it is easy to get a good grip on it when you are mid polishing your nails. It is totally see through so that you can see the colour that is inside and how much you have remaining.
The lid is simple to unscrew and once open you will find the brush attached. The bristles of the brush are of a nice length and quite wide. I find the bristles are wide enough to only need two swoops over my nails to get a good coverage. The less amount of times the brush is used on my nails means that it gives them an even coat easily. The consistency of the varnish is quite thin so after one coat it doesn't give a good enough look for my liking so I wait for it to dry then apply another coat.
The express finish name goes along with the tag line of a 40 second drying time. The quicker the better for me as I usually end up smudging it. The 40 seconds is a bit optimistic, I don't think it dries this quick but it is quicker to dry than other fast drying nail varnishes I have used in the past. I find after I have applied the second coat it tends to dry quicker than the first.
There are a variety of different shades available to buy in this range including the more traditional pinks along with turquoise, cherry and others. I personally have the cherry colour. With one coat of the cherry coloured nail varnish I find it lacks the oomph I like from red nail varnish, it almost looks like it's watered down. After the second coat however, I find it is very red and vibrant looking. I find the nail varnish usually looks perfect for the first few days then it begins to chip quite quickly, once it does start chipping it doesn't stop so I tend to just remove it and apply a different nail varnish then.
I paid around £3 from this nail varnish from Superdrug. It's available to purchase from most places that sell nail varnish and I think £3 is the going rate for this brand.
I would definitely recommend this nail varnish, there are many different shades, it is quick to dry (just not 40 seconds!) and easy to apply. It has quite a thin consistency but this can be overcome with two coats.
I have been writing a few nail varnish reviews today basically because I have fished out my nail varnish box as part entertainment for my daughter as we are spending the day in. After hunting them all out she decided she wanted to watch one of her dvds instead hence me looking through and I couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed them in the past. One of my nail varnishes that I have used a lot has to be the Maybelline express finish. I love dark blue colours so when I seen this polish in the pound shop I bought 5 of them hoping I would like them since they were Maybelline goods.
The shade of the polish is denim dash and mine actually says that the product is 50 second nail polish although I am aware that the normal versions state that the polish is 40 seconds. The polish comes in a 14.7ml bottle that is rounded off it displays the express finish logo on the front and the back consists of a bar code and some information regarding the polish. The top is rather small and silver in colour and it can be a bit tricky to get a good hold on to apply.
The brush is exactly the same as any other random priced varnishes and the consistency is a tad gloopy so you have to really scrape the brush onto the side of the jar before applying as you tend to get too much on the nail which doesn't create a very nice finish. This varnish promises to provide an anti -chip cover that dries and sets within 50 seconds. I must admit, the product does dry very quickly and one coat is enough however I always apply two coats to any varnish. Once dried the colour is deep and shiny and looks pretty impressive however it ends there.
I use this product a lot basically due to the colour as I haven't found a nicer dark blue that is available, however it isn't very durable at all and as for the non- chip formula i don't agree at all. On fingers my nails are chipped by the end of the night and if you have to do any cleaning or dishes then they chip almost immediately which means it has to be removed and applied a lot. Luckily for me, due to the colour being dark I only tend to use it on my toes and it does have a more lasting effect there however still not as good as I would have wanted.
You definitely get what you pay for where nail varnish is concerned and unfortunately for me this one isn't that good. I hope I can find a blue that is similar to this one in the future as I won't hesitate to change brands when I do.
I love nail varnishes and I have them in plenty of varieties and plenty of colours. When planning my three week trip to America, I wanted to buy lots of new ones to accompany me on my trip. One that I chose was the Express Finish nail polish by Maybelline.
What does it do?
The product promises to give you vibrant colour on your nails that goes from wet to dry in 40 seconds. It promises that it won't chip or fades, and that it can be applied quickly and easily.
I bought a lovely shade called Turquoise Lagoon which is a minty green colour. There are enough shades to suit everyone, including blues, greens, pinks and reds. They each come with a really cute name such as Blushing Bride, Sunny Bunny, Sunset Prism and Denim Dash.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear glass bottle and you can see the colour of the varnish inside so you know what you getting. The bottle is wide and the decoration is kept to a minimum. The brush is found inside the lid which is a screw top and the bristles are long.
The product costs around £3 and it can be bought from many places including department stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
The product is really easy to apply. You only need one coat to get a good coverage which matches the colour that you see in the bottle. It can be done in three strokes but you need to wipe the brush on the bottle or too much varnish comes out. It is dry within a minute, just as promised, and so you can quickly go about your daily business shortly after applying.
The colour is gorgeous and vibrant. It has a slightly shiny finish and it makes your nails look very eye catching. Unfortunately, after only applying the varnish in the morning, my polish has worn away and chipped badly by the evening. I had been on the beach so it was extreme conditions but my nails looked awful by the time I got home so I wasn't impressed.
The product looks lovely and dries fast but it doesn't live up to its anti chip promise. The product would be ok for a evening out but it doesn't pass the beach test and I wouldn't ever apply this on holidays again.
I have the following colours in Maybelline Express Finish:
Grape Times (a dark metallic purple)
A year or so ago I finally stopped biting my nails and I developed a bit of a nail polish addiction. These Maybelline Express Finish polishes were the ones that got me back into it!
=== Application ===
Applying nail polish can sometimes be tricky if the consistency and the brush are not good. Maybelline Express Finish applies very smoothly and evenly. The brush is reasonably wide and splays out nicely on the nail to cover a good amount in one stroke. You can easily cover the whole nail using the typical 3 stroke technique - one for the middle and one for each side. I have never experienced any problems with gloopiness, polish running down the sides of the nails, or getting polish onto the skin.
I found that one coat of these polishes gives quite good coverage, with some shades such as Grape Times already looking opaque after one coat. Two coats are enough to get a perfect finish.
=== Drying Time ===
Quick drying time is this nail polish's big selling point, so does it live up to its claims? The UK bottles claim the polish is dry within 40 seconds, whereas the US bottle claims 50 seconds (my Grape Times shade is a US bottle bought from a Sears department store in Florida).
Without a doubt this is the fastest drying nail polish I own, but I am not sure if it is really 100% dry in 40 seconds. Touch dry, yes. Completely risk free dry, not quite. However, it does reach the completely dry stage within 60 seconds for me. This will probably depend on how thick your coats of nail polish are.
You can put this nail polish on very quickly and easily which is an advantage if you are getting ready to go out in a hurry. There is no waiting around, afraid to touch anything!
=== How Long Does It Last? ===
I generally find this nail polish long lasting and quite chip resistant. On a few occasions I had it on my nails for a week with no chipping. However, sometimes it has chipped after only 3 or 4 days when I have subjected my hands to rougher activities such as dragging a lot of luggage around an airport. On the whole it is good.
=== Removal ===
This comes off easily with nail polish remover and it has not stained my nails. I do use a base coat underneath, especially if wearing a darker shade, and this also prevents staining.
=== Colours ===
My one criticism of this nail polish is that the colour range seems quite limited. In my local Boots they only had a few colours, mostly pinky or purpley varieties with the turquoise green as the brighter exception. Turquoise Green is my favourite as it is a lovely bold and vibrant colour. All of the colours I have are slightly metallic.
Over all I think this is an excellent nail polish which is easy to use and looks great on for days without chips. I just wish I could have a bigger choice of colours!
The UK bottles contain 10 ml for £4.09 in Boots, but it is often on often such as currently there is a 3 for 2 deal. The US bottles are larger, with 15 ml of nail polish.
I used to buy Maybelline nail polish frequently. This wasn't because I thought it was the best around, I just liked some of the shades then available. Recently, I have switched to cheaper brands such as MUA and N.Y.C, as I feel that they offer excellent products at half the price. However, my sister recently treated me to a couple of Express Finish Nail Colour from Maybelline, so I decided to put their "dry in 40 seconds claim to the test!"
WHAT IT PROMISES TO DO
Maybelline claim the polish goes from "wet to set" in 40 seconds, and that it has an anti-chip formula that provides an "fresh vivid look that will last for days." It's available in 12 shades. The two I have are "Fuchsia", which is quite a bright pink, and "Sweet Rose" which is a subtler and softer shade.
The nail colour is packaged in a glass bottle that is much the same as any other similiar product, although it has flattened rather than curved front and back. I think this makes the bottle slightly easier to hold, but it isn't such a great advantage that I would pay any more for it. The brush design is apparently trademarked so I expected it to look somehow different from others. It doesn't really. It is quite wide, but I don't think it lives up to the claim that it always delivers the exact amount of polish to the nail. [See bellow.] The polish looked rather thin to me, which seems to be the case with many of the quick drying products. Smellwise, I wouldn't say this was the strongest smelling polish, which is a positive thing considering how awful some of them are!
APPLICATION AND COVERAGE
The width of the brush makes it easy to apply the polish in just a couple of strokes which leads to a smoother finish. The fact the polish is thin means it is necessary to be particularly careful to wipe excess polish of the brush to avoid drips, as I discovered when I first applied it. I think that one coat provides a just about acceptable level of coverage when I am using "Sweet Rose", but "Fuchsia" definitely looks too thin and pale until I had apply a second coat. Once I have done that, I am happy with the depth of colour and the smooth and glossy finish.
As for the advertised drying time, I find that 40 seconds drying time is certainly not sufficient. It is still liable to pick up imprints or dents at that point. However, another 20 seconds or so makes all the difference, and I feel happy to put on flip flops then, for example. The second coat takes longer to dry but only by a fractional amount. So in my experience 40 seconds for drying may be a bit optimistic, but it still ranks amongst the fastest I have tried recently. When I was in Poundworld recently, I bought another colour "Mod Mauve", without realising at first that this was an American imported product. It is identical to the ones in the U.K with the exception that it is said to dry in 50 rather than 40 seconds, which I thought was interesting. There is no real difference in the drying time between the U.K and U.S versions in my experience, so if you like this product, take a trip to Poundworld if you can!
DOES IT LAST?
I can usually get my finger nail polish to last in reasonable condition for a couple of days at least, and longer on my toes. I was disappointed to find that this Maybelline product lasted just one day before chipping when I first used it. I was only spending my time sightseeing in London, so I don't feel that I put it to a very testing conditions. Since then, I have mainly used it on my toes and I find that I have to re-apply every 2 days, as it has small chips at the edges. I would not have thought this was supposed to have a more than an standard durable finish at all. At least the colour itself does not fade, but it hardly has a chance to!
I don't think this is the best value for money polish because the thin texture means you end up getting through a bottle faster than you expect to, and secondly it doesn't last well. If drying speed is the most important factor to you, then this may be worth a try as it is fast, even outside of the 40 seconds claim. I myself will be sticking to MUA and N.Y.C, unless I see an attractive colour in Poundworld! The standard price for this is £4.09 [14.7ml] in Superdrug, it is also widely available in other chemists and online.
(Please note that the colour shown above is not the colour I am referring to in this review.)
As I am already thinking ahead to preparing for my summer holiday - the perfect way to pass some time during this cold weather - I recently decided to experiment and branch out from my traditional deep red nail varnishes into a slightly livelier deep pink. To be precise, what I was looking for was a classy deep fuchsia pink. During my exhaustive online search, I found two that I really liked the look of. One was this Maybelline Express Finish Nail Polish in Fuchsia (shade 155), and the other was Yves St Laurent's Long-Lasting La Lacque in Fuchsia Pink, but at a whopping £16-£17 I initially decided that the latter would have to wait until my pockets were a little deeper. Although I changed my mind overnight, and splashed out on the Yves Saint Laurent nail varnish (which I have also reviewed - and which I love), I had already found - and ordered - the Maybelline version from Cheap Smells.
I recently reviewed a grey shade of Maybelline's Forever Strong Nail Polish, and while I really liked the way that lasted, I hadn't been 100% convinced by the colour/coating. So I was eager to see how its sister version held up.
Because of ill health, I tend to do the vast majority of my cosmetics and toiletries shopping online. This can make for a slightly nervous wait until the product arrives, as the colours shown on websites can vary from what you actually receive. This ended up being the case with the Maybelline Express Finish Nail Polish. Although the colour is lovely, and the shine is good, the pink is brighter than that shown on Cheap Smells' website. I found this to be the case on other websites too, where the colour looked darker than it actually is - and the darker shade was what I had been hoping for. If you Google 'Maybelline Express Finish nail polish' and follow the 'Shopping Results' link, the Fuchsia shade is shown as the first option. And the photograph provided there shows what I consider to be both darker and more of a purply-pink than the real article. I have found that the best representation of the colour comes from an eBay seller, who is selling this shade and others for £2.95 (see below).
After wearing and comparing the Maybelline and the Yves Saint Laurent nail varnishes, I asked my husband what he thought of the brighter Maybelline 'Fuchsia'. He said he didn't think it was as classy a colour as the Yves Saint Laurent version, but he liked it, and said he thought it was a 'happy' pink. Which I think describes it really well - it's bright, quite lively, attractive, and I'm sure if this nail varnish was a person, she would be outgoing, ready to party, and fun to be around!
It's what I would call a 'hot' pink, with perhaps just a hint of coral, rather than a purple-pink. It's definitely a 'fun in the sun' sort of colour, and I think it would look gorgeous against tanned skin.
I wasn't sure that such a bright colour would suit my pale skin tone, but I was pleasantly surprised. And it looks absolutely gorgeous on my toenails. I do think perhaps that it's a shade more suited to the warmer months, and would be perfect for wearing on a summer holiday. Because it dries so quickly I think it would be brilliant for applying just before heading out for a night on the town - or in my case, wandering sedately down for dinner.
In order to test the staying power of this nail varnish, I applied a base coat and two coats of polish. I definitely needed two coats, as the first was a bit thin in places. Then, on one hand, I also applied my Sally Hansen Double Duty (see separate review) as a top coat. This certainly added an extra glossy shine, which I thought looked nicer than the nail varnish on its own. The other hand was left without the Double Duty, so that I could compare the durability of each version of my manicure. Maybelline's Express Finish claims to dry in 40 seconds, and although I didn't time it to the precise second, it really did dry extremely quickly. I even pressed the pad of my thumb into one of my fingernails to see whether it would leave any impression, and it didn't. My manicure certainly lasted for quite a few days, until I next needed to shorten my nails with an emery board. However, one of the nails without any top coat did then chip slightly at the top of one nail, although those with the extra protection are still intact some days later.
I bought the Fuchsia shade from Cheap Smells, going via TopCashBack, and it cost £2.99 with free delivery (the RRP of this nail polish is £4.09). My order came in good time. Boots sell this nail varnish, and they currently have an offer of 3 for 2 on selected Maybelline cosmetics. It can also be found at a number of online outlets, including eBay. I found the Fuchsia shade there, costing £2.95 with free delivery from a top-rated seller. The photo supplied there also showed what I consider to be the truest representation of the colour.
I haven't tried any other shades in this range, and the Fuchsia isn't what I would have chosen if I'd seen it for myself in a shop. However, the Express Finish nail varnish does what it claims, and dries very quickly. It also comes in a wide variety of shades. So in that respect it lives up to its promise. However, because the first coat was rather thin, and because my manicure didn't live up to my perhaps overly stringent expectations in terms of durability, I am giving it four stars rather than five.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)