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      28.10.2011 13:48
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      Nail polish that dries quickly, available in a variety of gorgeous colours for pretty nails.

      Maybelline New York is an expert in cosmetics and its innovative products made it the number one brand in USA since 2000. The company was initially founded in 1915 and expanded to nail products in 1970. It contains the reputation of one of the biggest brand worldwide by maintaining the high quality standards and constantly develops by adding new shades every season following the fashion trends.

      My brand new nail polish is the Maybelline Express Finish 40'' in Rouge Flash color. I've used it only a couple of times and it always gets the attention. It is absorbed quickly from my nails, the red color is vivid and has a beautiful shine.

      What I love about this nail polish is that it dries in 40 seconds so I can apply it 10 minutes before leaving home and still have gorgeous nails. The brush is flat and it keeps the right amount of nail color for easy and fast application. So if you don't have the patience to be very detailed, this brush will be very useful. It's the ideal solution for having pretty nails at minimum time!
      The only drawback is that it needs a top coat to last without peeling off. This is why I usually prefer professional nail products from a nail salon, they are a bit expensive and have limited colors but they are steady and they last for a week or more.

      With the top coat the color can last for about 4 days if you are careful in the first 20 minutes. For longer lasting color, I apply a new layer of a fast-set top coat every 2 days to protect the nail color and maintain the shininess.
      When I want a full treatment to make my nails look perfect, I start with the base coat for hardening and protection against yellowing from the red polish. Nails should always be clean to absorb the nail color in order to have uniform results. Then, two thin layers of the nail polish are enough to get deeper red and smooth results. Wait until the first layer dries before you re-apply.

      The Red Flash color looks more "cherry" after the second coat and it's the right shed for autumn and winter. It's sexy and impressive and can be matched with almost every outfit. Personally, I am a big fan of red palettes, from the brightest to the darkest shades.
      The nail polish is also soft for the nails and comes off easily. An amazing variety of colors is available and it is updated frequently with new fabulous colours. Details about 12 new quick drying shades can be found at the official site www.maybelline.co.uk and the cost is around £ 2.5-3.
      I would definitely buy it again because the colour selection is amazing!

      This review is also at ciao.co.uk

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      22.02.2011 14:55
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      Maybelline makes painting nails easy!

      I love to paint my nails and I often experiment with different colours and finishes. I have a bit of a childish streak so no colour is off bounds for me even though I'm no spring chicken any more! I was attracted to this Maybelline Express Finish Polish after my sister bought a bottle for her teenage daughter. The nail varnish shade is called Flash Cosmic and is marked as shade number 103/840D on the top of the bottle. Maybelline call this a 'finish' rather than a 'shade' in the Shock Finish range along with their pearl and lacquer varieties which means it can be used over nail enamel to create a finished effect. In the bottle the varnish looks like a cream soda kind of colour - a bit creamy or like cloudy lemon juice. The varnish is swimming with tiny little sequin circles that shine like rainbows.

      The product comes in a thick glass square shaped bottle which contains sized 10ml of varnish. The bottle has a sturdy bottom which helps to steady the bottle to avoid accidentally knocking it over. There is some information about the product on the label at the back of the bottle. It has a hidden panel on the peel off label which reveals the full ingredients list. Maybelline created this varnish for those of us who can't wait around huffing and puffing trying to dry our polish. This polish is designed to dry in around 40 seconds and the applicator is designed with a flat brush for an easy and rapid application technique.

      The applicator brush measures half and inch on the end of a 3 1/2 centimetre long wand. The brush is flattened so you have to use the widest edge when sweeping the brush over your nail. The brush is so soft that it pans out when you flatten it on the nail and all the bristles reach out right across the nail, meaning that on all of my fingers except my thumb I can just pull the brush over once and my entire nail is covered in polish. On my thumb I have to sweep twice.

      This particular shade, Flash Cosmic, dries as a transparent colour and is not very shiny when it dries. I'd say that it has an almost matte effect and doesn't look much different or shinier from my unpolished nails. The pieces of sequin that are in the polish get set to the nail in little speckles. It varies how many sparkles are swiped onto the nail and the pattern they set into. The spectrum of colours that the sequins shine includes various degrees of green, purple and blue. They also have a silvery appearance in the light. Sometimes the sequins hang over the edge of the nail so be careful with this or it looks a bit raggedy. The effect on the nails is very nice overall although it is quite a youthful look. It is definately a shade for fun loving girls and ladies. You can also use this polish over the top of coloured nail polish and this works a treat if you want a bolder effect. I find it looks good over purple shades as the sequins compliment the base colour and don't clash although I'd experiment with almost any base colour. It's a good party look. It works the same on top of other polishes but make sure your base colour is completely dry before adding this.

      The polish has a consistency like children's glue paste and it is very easy to paint the nails with this. It doesn't dry instantly on the nail so you can piant along the nail without the brush sticking. The polish has a very mild fragrance which doesn't make you choke and which smells more like a fruity cocktail than it does toxic fumes! Infact there is no noticable scent unless you smell your nails after applying.

      The polish behaves extacly as Maybelline claim it does and dries within about 40 seconds. I don't need to blow or wave my nails around. It has no horrible fumes which make you gasp for breath and it's ultra easy to apply. One coat is enough with this polish and the clever brush design ensures that I can paint my nails quickly and easily. The Flash Cosmic shade is very versatile and allows me to wear nails that look nude until I wave them in the sunlight. It's also a great trick to glam up coloured nails.

      The polish dries into a thin layer so it's impossible to really chip it or flake it off your nails. The sequins stay in place unless you really scratch at them. If you feel your nail you can feel the crisp edges of the sequins raised up on the nail. My nails don't really feel any stronger, as some polishes can make your nails feel tough and unbreakable. This polish is very light.

      Overall this is a great nail varnish that I enjoy using and like the appearance of on my nails. To find out more about the Express Finish Range go to:

      www.maybelline.co.uk

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      10.11.2010 13:50
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      Great if you want sutble glamour and nothing over the top

      Amongst the plethora of nail varnishes I seem to have acquired over the years, is my little bottle of Maybelline's shock control nail varnish. Although it's available in various shades(13 to be precise), the one I have and will be reviewing today is shade 103 Cosmic Flash, which is a clear polish with lots of glitter and sparkles.

      I bought this particular polish 4 years ago, when I was looking for a suitable nail varnish to go with my prom dress, which was a light blue colour. I didn't really want blue nails or white ones, so I chose this one as although it's clear, from the bottle you can see it's bursting with glitter, which when you tilt the bottle appears to shine blue.

      Applying the polish is simple, and on the day of my prom, was actually done by a beautician using the bottle I had brought in. The lid is long and silver, making it easy to grip and although the applicator is quite thin, as long as you have enough product on the wand it should glide smoothly.

      The overall effect is quite subtle, yet pretty. Since it is a clear polish it is also extremely quick to dry, and is much thinner in consistency. My only gripe really, is that over time the liquid which all the glitter is contained within, has discoloured and now looks a little yellow! This isn't so noticeable once I've applied the polish however it's still a little odd. I find this polish really excellent for coating over other shades, such as red or pink as it changes the colour of the polish slightly and of course makes it super glittery! As the bottle has warn down, I find the number of the tiny sequin things has decreased, although there is still plenty of glitter.

      I always find that clear polish makes the nail look that bit more groomed, and is very quick to achieve which is why I'm such a fan of it. It is also great as a base or top coat to protect your polish underneath. With this particular nail polish, it is great at giving extra glitter and sparkle to your nails, although the glitter itself is not terribly varied in colour so beware this is more subtle than perhaps the Barry M glitter nail polishes.

      Overall, I would rate this 3/5 Dooyoo stars, simply because of the discolouration and the fact the glitter effect isn't as amazing as it's rival brands. If you wish to purchase this product, it costs approximately £3 from the major cosmetic retailers and online.

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      24.02.2010 12:00
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      Maybelline Nail Varnish

      I was given this nail varnish as a little christmas present from my gran one year. I have quite a few maybelline nail varnishes so i knew it would be quite good. It is also i a colour which i love too - Fushia.

      I think i was most impressed with how quickly it dried. I often find that nail varnishes can take ages to dry and therefore smudge really easily. I find it infuriating. This, however, dried within one minute so you can add another coat quite soon after.

      I also love how this nail varnish lasts so long before it chips! with about two coats and being in and out the shower each day the varnish still stays intact for about a week!

      I think the nail varnish is between £3 and £4 in the shops, which is around the same prices as competing brands. This also a little more expensive than cheaper brands but i'd say it was definitely worth it. I wouldn't buy another brand of nail varnish now!

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      04.01.2010 15:28
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      Quick applying product with decent staying power.

      My Review:
      I'm always interested in products that claim to have 'flexible' properties, I file a lot at work and my nails get flexed regularly from picking up heavy files.

      I would challenge the company's claim that the polish goes from 'Wet to set, now in 40 seconds!'. I wait a good couple of minutes before I'm confident to start doing other things after using this.

      I have this polish in a pale violet colour but the rest of the shade range is pretty poor, I think theres only about 14 shades and they're all safe 'classic' colours. Maybelline is one of those brands I'd like to see a bit more 'out there' in the polish department because their formulas can defintely handle it.

      I found that one coat was sufficient for a 'paint and run' if I was in a rush, and the finish was good if I didn't have time to use a top coat, I did prefer two coats for a high shine finish.

      The polish would last chip free for approximately three days without a top coat, and approximately five days with my usual topcoat.

      I find the formula to be quite thick (I presume in order to facilitate fast drying) but I find that this means the product dries out before it runs out which is a bit disappointing.

      Background:
      I purchased this product about four months ago, I probably only use it once a month, its not my go-to shade but I can count on it to last for a long weekend if I'm going away and don't want to drag along a manicure kit.

      Packaging:
      I like these more oval bottles as I find them easier to hold securely between my small fingers.

      Price:
      Its another drugstore polish retailing around the £4.00 mark (price correct on date of review) and for the price it performs above its price bracket.

      Also reviewed on Beauty Judge.

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      16.12.2009 23:41
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      LOVED IT! ...... go and buy a bottle......

      How many fidget bums are there out there? How many of you ladies (or men....) can't sit still for more than 10 seconds at a time? or at least can't keep your fingers from touching and poking things you would never ordinarily touch, if you hadn't just painted your nails? Sound familiar? Then this is definately a product you need to try. I was bowled over by this quick drying, one coat product. By the time I'd painted my second hand, the first hand was dry - I didn't have time to smudge anything!
      Determind that you should always apply two coats, I actually ruined the finish by going for it a second time in one application, you really only need one coat for a thick glossy finish.
      I'm not a particulary girly girl, so painting my nails wasn't something I did regularly, until now...hand on my heart, it only took me two weeks to own every colour in the range! The varnish can be used on top of each other easily for styles such as polka dots etc, as I say two full coats doesn't work so well.
      I found this varnish at Boots, selling for £4.61 each, the colours are grown up and range from soft pinks, corals, shocking pinks, reds, browns to black. The more ecclectic colours tended to be in other ranges by the same manufacturer.
      The application is smooth and the brush sweeps over wide nails in three to four gos ( I have my Dad's nails, believe me, they're wide!) The bottle is glass, as per most polishes, but does have a distinctive shape with a silver top. I will also mention that whilst the brush top seems to be quite long, I found this to be advantagous as it gave me more control and stopped me drawing all over my hands!
      One slight warning: beware of applying without a base coat - darker/stronger colours (black and red for sure) will stain your nails and finger tips upon removal.
      All in all; FAB product......I'm sold

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      14.04.2009 12:32
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      If you know me at all (or just happened to have read my previous review), then you'll know that I have an addiction to beauty products. This includes nail care and although my addiction is probably slightly unhealthy, it hasn't come to the point that I need the help of Jeremy Kyle, so I'm good for now :). I currently have over 150 nail polishes, one of which is the Maybelline Express Finish with the Diamond finish (I'll explain this later).

      The Maybelline Express Finish nail polishes can be found in the Maybelline stands and counters at your local Maybelline stockist. They are generally displayed in order of finish and then colour/shade. It is very easy to navigate your way round these polishes and makes your whole experience of purchasing nail polish that little bit easier.

      Maybelline Express Finish comes in 3 finishes, Diamond, Pearl and Lacquer.
      The one I bought was Diamond, which is filled with chunks of iridescent glitter. Pearl is a shimmery finish and Lacquer is a basic solid colour. Each of these have their own separate shades, and I decided on the Flash Cosmic Diamond one. This is a semi transparent white colour with blue/purple glitter.

      The nail polish comes in a flat, square shaped, clear glass bottle with a silver plastic lid. The bottle is around 1.25 inches tall and the lid is around 1 inch tall. The print on the print dictates the name and brand of the nail polish in silver font whilst the back of the bottle hosts a silvery grey label with all of the information you could need - most of which is written in French.

      I didn't want to apply this to nude nails, so I applied a base coat then some black polish and put this on top. As I opened the bottle I was shocked by the thick consistency and extremely strong smell. The only way I can describe this polish is like glittery sperm. Sperm for the girly girls maybe? The brush is bendy but not floppy and is quite short.

      I wiped the excess (a hell of alot) of product off of the brush and applied it to my lovely black nails. It was thick, gloopy and just not great at all. The one good thing? It was PACKED with glitter.

      After it dried (which took around 5 minutes and 20 seconds longer than the promised 40 seconds), I realized that this was an extremely thick polish that wouldn't dry properly for around 2 or 3 hours - I was pretty pissed off considering I was going out 4 hours later and still hadn't done my hair, make-up or decided what to wear.

      By the time I was sitting in the bar, I realized that my pointer finger on my right hand had smudged - ugh. Not only this, but the glitter had sort of sunk into the black polish underneath and the colour had faded to a silver glitter.

      Other than the smudging after 4 hours, I have no other comments on chipping or peeling as I removed this polish as soon as I got home.

      As aforementioned, you can purchase this anywhere that stocks Maybelline for around £5 or £6 for 10ml. Sadly I can't give you an exact price as it varies depending on the store and I can't remember how much I paid for it as it was 2 months ago.

      I most definitely won't be buying this in the Diamond finish again, but whether or not I buy it in another finish is undecided.

      Comes in 15 shades and 3 finishes.



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        05.01.2009 22:50
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        A very economy feeling polish

        When it comes to nail polishes I can't resist buying new one's although I do to be honest own well enough! However I'll see a nice new shade and think I must buy it and nail polishes always seem good value to purchase as they tend to last me ages! Maybelline however, although it has been on the market ages really isn't a brand I'm overly familiar with as I prefer No7, Bourjois and Max Factor as a rule however when I saw this particular colour I had to buy it as I have said!

        The Packaging....

        12ml glass, squarish and recyclable bottle you can see your chosen colour through it and to the top of the bottle there is a gold (in my case opposed to the silver as shown on the review photograph) twist on/off cap which holds the long black and rather thick good quality brush. On the front of the bottle in gold writing (again in my case) I'm told it is Maybelline, New York, Express Finish, Fast-Dry Nail Polish. On the back of the bottle there is a gold sticky label and on that in black writing I'm once again told it's Maybelline, Express Finish, some stuff is written in a foreign language (I don't understand), the size is stated (as I've listed already), the recycle symbol is displayed, contact details for Maybelline are given and I'm told it is made in France and finally there is a bar-code shown. It's an ok bottle and I like the fact I can see my colour through it and how much I have left etc. I don't like the fact that my colours name and/or number is not written on my bottle though. If I wanted someone to grab me a bottle of a colour in-particular I would in this case have to say oh it's turquoise and hope there isn't more than one in the range lol

        Using It....

        Well as I said the brush is of really great quality and I have used this nail polish many times over the past few months and not once have I found the brush to malt into the polish or 'hairs' have come off and settled into my finished look.

        The polish liquid itself is rather thin and for that reason I do think you need a couple of coats of this. My colour in-particular is so thin and not highly pigmented in colour that to get a desired result I'm happy with I need about 4 coats of it however I have owned this product before in darker colours and found 2 coats to give a really nice even colour.

        It's glossy enough and takes about a couple of minutes between coats to dry. It's very easy to use because of the brush and none drippy or messy if you are careful with it and the smell isn't too strong at all or anything.

        The Results....

        Well once dried on my toenails I get about 3 days, none fading or chipped wear out of it. After 3 days the colour really does fade quite badly and it chips off and needs reapplying badly. On fingernails I don't even get one perfect days wear from it, no matter how careful I am. It chips very easily and you can almost peel it off. It does remove very easily and with no fuss at all.

        Overall....

        It's ok but nothing special. Usually from my other nail polishes such as No7 and Bourjois I can get up to two weeks wear on my toenails from them if need be but this really isn't up to that kind of job at all. The consistency appears to be rather thin on the lighter colours which means you have to really work on it to stay put with more coats and probably for best results with some of the colours you'd be best to use a base and a top coat. It doesn't stain the nails (even darker colours) but that's because you can't leave it on indefinitely anyway if you care about the appearance of your nails.

        I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this and not sure it's worth it's price when there are so many other better nail polishes from other ranges for around this price mark.

        Costs about £3.91 per bottle in places such as Boots, Superdrug and other places.

        This review is also published under this same username on Ciao.

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        05.01.2009 21:33
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        I recommend giving the lighter shades a try.

        I usually purchase my nail enamel from Avon but I needed something before my next delivery was due for a party. I needed black nail enamel of all things for a costume party I was due to attend and I could only find that shade in this range of nail colours in Boots. It cost £3.99 which I thought was very reasonable.

        When I first used this product I was really pleased with it. It really does set in just one minute. It is easy to apply and the brush is just the right size and flexibility to provide even, speedy coverage. It only took me about two minutes to paint all of my nails and I only needed two coats. So overall it took me about five minutes to get a solid, perfect set of painted nails.

        I did have a problem with this product the next day unfortunately. Perhaps it is just because I used a black shade and this blocks out much more sunlight than lighter shades, but my nails were very much damaged by this product. Several snapped and the others were left brittle and weak.

        I would give this nail polish another chance in lighter shades and make sure I use a better base coat in the future too. I think it does what it is designed to do but perhaps does not fair very well on nail condition in the darker shades.

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        12.11.2008 21:59
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        Great product well worth the money. You will not be disappointed!

        Ok let me just say to start off that i am such a HUGE fan of Maybelline products. I think they exceed all other brands in my opinion. So when i decided to purchase some new nail varnish i thought i would give 'Maybelline Express Finish Shock Control' Nail Varnish a go to see what it was like. I had already recieved great comments from one of my friends about this product before i bought it.

        So i went to Superdrug one day and spent about 15 minutes picking my favourite shade which turned out to be 'Rose Turbo'. Its a shade of pink that isnt too bright but not too dull at the same time. Great for someone girly who likes pink like me. When i applied the nail varnish i found it to be really easy to apply(because the brush is slightly longer than others). I did find i needed two coats of varnish however this is usually the case with most nail varnishes so that u get a smoother finish. I found it dried in approximately 2 minutes without feeling tacky, which is good for me because i tend to forget and end up smudging it! It lasts quite long too and doesnt chip easily at all which i love!Infact i found that i loved this product so much i have since then gone back and purchased about 3 other shades!

        So i have no bad words to say about this product all. Definately worth the £3.99 i pay for it from Superdrug!

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        15.08.2008 18:48
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        Nothing special but definitely adequate.

        I must say that I am no nail polish expert. I tend not to wear it on my fingers, but I do like to make my feet pretty once in a while and that's where the Maybelline Express Finish comes in. Basically what I'm looking for in a nail polish is easy application, good colour, and stamina. Polishes that require precision application or fiddly under or overcoats are not going to be for me as I simply don't have the time or inclination. So an 'express finish' should be perfect, right? Well, sort of...

        I bought this polish in 'brassy', which is a sort of salmon pink pearl with a hint or bronze. It's a reasonably pale colour in the bottle and comes out even weaker when applied. I wouldn't recommend it for your fingers actually as I think it would look rather insipid. On my toes though I quite like the colour as it's 'nude' enough that you don't see my toes before you actually notice anything else about me, but gives a nice little bit of sheen and a slight colour to prettify my feet. That being said though, I do find that I need two coats (especially on the big toe) to get a full coverage and an opaque colour. So that's one point off the Express Finish already in my books.

        So how about the application? The bottle is shaped like a very thin oval on the bottom, which means that it's a lot easier to tip over that a regular round bottle. I haven't actually managed to tip it over yet but I have a feeling it's only a matter of time and definitely makes the process a little trickier as I am stretching to paint my little tootsies. The brush is quite nice and long and doesn't seem to get clogged like some brushes. I still have quite a bit of the polish left in the bottle as I don't use it too often, but the brush bristles look long enough to get almost to the bottom of the bottle - so hopefully there won't be too much tipping the bottle around trying to get the last half out!

        I find the nail polish glides on quite smoothly and doesn't get sticky like some other polishes. However, it does seem to sit quite unevenly when first applied, and because it's fast drying you can't even it out before it starts to dry in which case you just end up with a very unattractive looking surface. I've found the best way to get around this is to paint all the nails once, and ignore any unevenness, and then come back and paint them again when they're dry. This is annoying, but I must admit that the Express Finish is fairly true to it's claim of drying in 60 seconds.

        Beware though! Once you've applied the second coat it does seem to take longer to fully dry so you need to be careful not to dent your lovely new polish. What about Maybelline's claims that this polish utilises 'shock control technology' to reduce chipping? Well I would say that this might just be true. Even on my toes I find that the polish tends to wear off slowly as opposed to chipping off in great chunks. To be fair though this is probably, in part, because the polish is so thin. More opaque and bolder nail polishes that I've tried do chip more but that's probably because there's more to chip off in the first place. So you do get more stamina, but probably at the expense of some of the colour impact. That's ok for the look I'm going for but might be annoying for others.

        Removal is quite easy I find, although I am using quite a light colour so not sure if it would stain or be harder to remove in the darker shades.

        The ultimate question then is, would I buy this nail polish again? At around 4 pounds this is neither a super expensive nor a bargain basement polish. I have been reasonably happy with the results, and therefore I would probably buy another bottle when the one I have is fininshed or if I found a colour I really loved. I think though, that if I wanted a bold look or a deeper colour I'd probably give something else a try first.

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        17.07.2008 22:06

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        I've been going few loads of nail varnishes lately, looking for the right one, when i came across the maybelline one! It's got to be my fave nail varnish ever ! It drys extreemly fast- like it says. Someimes it dries even faster than it says, infact . It's unbelievable. Say i was going out at 7.30 and have forgotton to put on my nail varnish- it gets to about 2 mins before i have to leave- i could definitely apply it and have it dried by half past! The only downfall is that it chips quite eaily, so you may want to apply another few coats- but with it drying so fast theres no need to worry! The colours are really nice, too- i have a pink one which looks really cute and summery- but put it together with a funky, quirky outift and you can illiminate he girly side- if your in that sort of mood!

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    • Product Details

      Chip-resistant nail colour / Wet to set in just 1 minute / Shock-control technology / Available in 18 shades /