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I have bad nails! As a consequence of my daft thyroid gland they are soft and prone to peeling. Hence I've been looking for one of those strengtheners to paint on my nails in the hope of making them tougher. And I thought I'd find it in this pale pink looking liquid which had the words Forever Strong +Iron written on the front. It was also on offer in Tesco for 99p so I grabbed what I thought was a bargain.
Except it wasn't really, as anyone who knows what this particular product is. It is actually just a nail polish, it does though, have extra iron and added calcium. Quite how that's going to benefit me I'm not sure, surely iron and calcium needs to be absorbed into the body to be of use? And before some smart alec points out that nails are porous I shall point out that it is actually recommended that you put a base coat on first to avoid your nails going yellow.
So I have purchased myself shade 285, Pink Shimmer. From the outside of the bottle (a very chic rectangular shape I must say), it looks like the pink that you get with a French Manicure, slightly deeper colour maybe.
Now the brush with this bottle is apparently a new innovation, it has a curved brush. This gives you a 'higher degree of accuracy' As someone who usually splodges this all over the place, this is a welcome invention.
It is actually easy to apply, as long as you brush the excess off, it is thinner than other polishes I've had, I am impressed, just for once I don't have to dab around the edge of my nail with a cotton bud and varnish remover.
It dries extremely quickly, surprisingly so, so its all dried and I look down to see my lovely high shine (for that is what they promise) pale pink nails. And you've guessed it, pale pink they may have been, shiny they were not. What I had was this yucky matt pink in which you can see every separate brush stroke I did. It actually looked as if I'd put too much on, but I did follow the instructions of 2 thin coats. My nails certainly didn't feel any stronger either so it negated the usefulness of wearing it under a nice shade. Being lazy I did leave it on for a week even though I disliked it and it didn't chip the whole time which was possibly the best thing about it.
I think it may work better in stronger colours but I personally wouldn't buy it again just in case I ended up paying £4.99, its usual price, for a product which I needed to keep re-doing in case of lingering brush strokes. Its probably worth it for 99p to test it out though. Have a rummage in Tescos, you might find one like I did and have a cheap experimentation!
Forever Strong Professional Nail Varnish is a range of nail varnishes from Maybelline. It comes in 20 different colours: Tornado Rose, Extreme Blackcurrant, Deep Red, Glden Brown, Crystal Clear, Ivory Rose, French Manicure, Porcelaine, Transparent, Rose Poudre, Nude Rose, Bubble Gum, Flamingo Pink, Really Rose, Midnight Red, Couture Orange, Hot Salsa, Rosy Sand, Tape Couture, Cloudy Grey and Couture Grey. The bottle, which the varnish comes in, is a curved square shape clear glass bottle. The lid is black plastic which is connected to the brush applicator.
I purchased my nail varnish, 155 Bubble Gum, from Boots for £4.09. You can also purchase it from many other shops including Superdrugs/Tescos/Chemists. The bottle holds 10ml of nail varnish. I have never used a whole nail polish before as it normally gets really thick and sticky quite quickly after a couple of uses.
When I am looking for a good nail polish the four key factors I am looking for are: How easy is it to apply?, How many coats will I need to apply?, How long does it stay on my nails? And, how many times can I use it before it goes thick and gloopy ( which means it needs to be thrown away)? So this nail varnish is very easy to apply as the brush is slightly curved and fits to the shape of your nail easily. I need to apply two coats of this nail varnish, as I do with most nail varnishes. The colour is really bright, bold and shiny which looks great. Now it claims to last for 7 days (or upto 7 days) which it doesn't quite do. It normally lasts for me around 4 or 5 days, which I think is actually quite good for a nail polish. I do not use a base coat or a clear coat on top, but if I did it would probably last longer. I have had this varnish for about three months now and it is still usable but is slightly starting to get a bit thicker and gloopier. Now I think this is great as I use it at least once a week and with other nail varnishes it normally last for about a month. The nail varnish does not chip very easily, unlike other nails varnish, and is very easy to remove with nail polish remover. The smell is not overly strong and doesn't bother me, as I quite like the smell of nail varnishes.
This nail varnish is great value for money, as it lasts a long time (on the nails and the amount of times you can use it). I will definitely be buying this varnish again in number of different colours, as they all look gorgeous. I would definitely recommend this varnish as it is probably the best nail varnish I have ever used. It is certainly a 'chip' of the old block.
This review can also be found on Ciao! under the username of Sassy2929 :)
To fill you in on the background, I slammed my finger in a door a while ago and now have a gorgeous purple-black patch on one fingernail. I'm told it should grow out soonish but in the meantime I'm wearing nail polish every day. I'm therefore in the market for one that will cover up the patch thoroughly in as few coats as possible, and most importantly STAY PUT. Is Maybelline Forever Strong up to the challenge?
* The colour
The shade I own is called Deep Red, and it lives up to the name. Just one coat turns out opaque and glossy, thoroughly covering each nail in a blood red colour. It's darker than I normally wear day to day but definitely gives a dramatic edge to a plain outfit. On this occasion I could still see a shadow of the black patch until I applied the second coat, but that's still pretty impressive.
* The application
The brush is very precise which makes the polish easier to apply than most - very good from my perspective because usually it goes everywhere! With Forever Strong there are still a couple of overflow bits to be wiped off with a cotton bud but generally they're very neat. It takes a few minutes to dry completely - I leave it for three minutes to be completely sure - and dries evenly without drips.
* Staying power
It lasts "Up to 7 days" is what Maybelline say, and when you're buying a product called 'Forever Strong' then staying power is probably a priority. I'm reasonably easy on my nails - my job doesn't involve much physical work and I'm not the most enthusiastic cleaner - but I'd still stay "up to" is a very important part of Maybelline's claim. I get minor chips after about four days, wearing one coat. However, I agree that it does last longer than most polishes in a similar price range (around £4 in Boots but less if you search online). I'm quite impressed with its resilience.
This comes off quite easily with a standard polish remover. As it's fairly thick and a vivid colour you do need to rub it off thoroughly, otherwise you'll be left with a red stain on your nails.
I'd definitely recommend this, particularly for someone who wants their nail varnish to last, and until my nail grows out I might go and check out some of the other colours in the range.
Available from Superdrug for £4.09 in a range of colours, I chose Purple Reflect as I had run out of my previous bottle of purple.
The brush is a good size, and flexible enough to spread nicely across my nails in two or three strokes without missing the edges and dried quickly. The colour looks like a fairly bright almost metallic purple in the bottle, but the first coat looked patchy so I had to apply another, after which it looked a lot darker.
It wasn't quite the shade I had hoped for but I still really like it, it just gives me an excuse to buy another one in another shade of purple!
It says on the bottle that it lasts for 7 days. I'm always wary of such claims, especially in the lower priced nail polishes - and there is always the question of what exactly does "lasts" mean? Does it mean there is still a bit on your nails after seven days, it takes seven days before it all wears off, or does it mean what I think it should mean, which is that it doesn't start to chip (at least not more than a tiny bit) for 7 days?
I found it lasted very well - there was no chipping at all for 2 days; which for me is excellent, and then only a little. I did make sure I wore rubber gloves to wash up though; I don't think any nail polish would stay on very long otherwise. By seven days I had done what I always do and scraped it all off. If I had used base and top coat I don't believe there would have been much damage to it after 7 days.
Really like this and will be buying it in other colours.
I purchased this polish in shade "sable rose" when looking for a vivid neutral (if that makes sense!), and was not disappointed! It is a rich caramel colour, which has high colour pigmentation and looks classy, despite its low price tag.
The bottle is a little bit chunky, but the brush applicator is excellent - it really does deliver as a precision brush. I can apply it quickly and accurately, and it goes on very smoothly. The brush is so great I would recommend it on this basis alone! It doesn't remotely fan out or go off course when using it.
The colour is opaque and vivid, and I always only need one coat. If you have longer nails you may need two coats, as the very ends of my nails are slightly transparent through the polish. It dries to a lovely shine, which looks smooth and glossy. It takes a few minutes to be touch dry, and I find it lasts reasonably well even with one coat and no base / top coat and always gets compliments.
The polish is great value, looking much more expensive than it actually is, and the range of colours is impressive too.
I already have a rather large collection of nail polishes but one more never hurts and when shopping in Asda recently, I noticed that the Maybelline nail polishes were reduced so I thought I might as well put one in my basket!! I chose the Forever Strong nail polish.
What does it do?
The Forever strong nail polish comes with the promise of lasting a massive seven days!! It promises to be rich in colour and high in shine and not only that but it is enriched with calcium and iron to strengthen the nails as you wear the polish which is great for someone with weak nails like mine.
The product comes in 20 different shades so there should be something for everyone in the collection. They have pretty names like Hot Salsa, Crystal Clear and Tornado Rose, and they range in colour from pinks to blues to neutrals. I chose the rather daring Flamingo Pink because, quite frankly, it was too pretty not too!
Packaging and Price
I found the product on sale in Asda for £3 instead of the normal £4. It can be bought from most large supermarkets, a variety of department stores and also from a variety of online websites. The product comes contained within a large glass rectangular container which has a flat surface and you can clearly see the colour inside. It has no detailing other than the white writing and the brush, which is supposed to be high precision has long black bristles.
Application and Performance
The product is easy to apply to the nails and the brush does allow you to apply the polish precisely. The consistency of the polish is good so you won't get it running off the brush and you won't find it too gloopy. The product dries completely within a few minutes so you can go about your daily business fairly quickly after application. The colour is absolutely gorgeous after just one coat. It is bright and vibrant, and has a beautiful shine to it, just like promised.
The colour lasts on my nails for around 5 days which isn't the promised seven but was good enough for me. If I was doing a lot of house work however, it did chip a little bit after three but it mostly stayed perfect for the duration. The colour is easy to remove using my usual nail polish remover and the colour doesn't stain my nails. I'm not sure if the product has made my nails any stronger but it certainly hasn't made them any weaker.
The polish comes in delicious colours that look beautiful on the nails after just one coat. It has fantastic staying power and although it doesn't actually last the full seven days, it does come pretty close. I'm not sure if it actually strengthens my nails but it doesn't weaken them. The next time I pop to Asda, I'd say it was pretty likely that I will be popping another one of these beauties into my basket.
I love nail varnish of all different colours but generally I only wear colour on my fingernails if its a special occasion as I think for everyday colour just doesn't work for me. I do however like to wear clear nail varnish on my fingernails so they have a bit of shine and a nice look to them.
I have been using Maybelline Forever Strong clear varnish for a number of years now and really like it. It is described as a varnish with high shine and is enriched with Iron & Calcium. It also has something called silica in it which, according to an article I read is, "The chemical compound silicon dioxide, also known as silica (from the Latin silex), is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formulaSiO2. It has been known for its hardness since ancient times." I am guessing then that it is added for its hard properties to strengthen your nails and keep them nice and strong.
What I like about this clear varnish is that it is very thick, you can see this when you pull out the little brush in the bottle. The varnish is quite thick and gloopy and so I find that I only need to apply one coat to get a really nice, even finish on my nails. I have used clear varnishes in the past that are really thin and they don't give your nails a nice shine like this varnish does. Its a really nice sheen and clear colour that you can achieve with this varnish too.
The varnish is easy to apply. The little bottle has a screw top lid to which the brush inside is attached. The brush is in the varnish so when you pull it out you get a nice amount of the varnish on the brush. The bristles are quite long and fan out really well so I find you only need to brush the bristles over your nail once and they will cover the whole nail with the varnish. The thing I like about this nail varnish too is that it really lasts, I can apply this and quite a few days later the varnish will still be in once piece and will not have chipped or flaked away which I like. After that it does start to peel away at the corners of my nail but I think if you can get over three of four days of nice coverage that is good.
A bottle of this varnish cost in the £5 region so a bit expensive for clear polish but it is really good quality and a nail varnish brand that I recommend.
I wear a lot of nail varnish and usually have a colour of some sort on my nails. Maybelline is a brand which I find to be generally very good for nail varnish and I have quite a few of their quick drying "Express Finish" nail varnishes. About 6 months ago or so I ended up picking up this Forever Strong nail varnish with some of the Express Finish bottles as I wasn't really paying attention. I wasn't actually really intending to try the Forever Strong but I am glad I ended up with it!
=== Colours ===
I have the colour Golden Brown which is a lovely metallic pale pinkish brown. I think it actually looks quite similar to the new Chanel "Delight" nail varnish shade so this could be worth a try if you want a cheap dupe of that! My mum also has a bottle of the same shade, so this one obviously appeals to women across the ages as I am 25 and my mum is 60. It is a classy colour which is definitely safe for work in my opinion.
The colour range in Maybelline Forever Strong unfortunately does seem quite limited. Whenever I see them in Boots or Superdrug there only ever seem to be about six or seven colours, and they are all quite classic, tame colours on the pinky or bronzey end of the spectrum. There seems to be no chance of getting this in bolder or vivid colours such as teal or aquamarine shades, which I would like.
=== Application ===
The nail varnish comes in a sturdy glass bottle containing 10 ml. It is wide and thin in shape, not really cylindral like a lot of nail varnishes. The cap is quite long and very easy to hold in your hand while applying the nail varnish.
One of the best things about the Maybelline nail varnishes in my opinion is that they are so easy to apply and always end up looking really smooth and neat on my nails. I never get any streakiness, unevenness, any clumps or nail varnish on the skin around my nails when I use them, and that applies to both this Forever Strong and the Express Finish. The brush is quite broad, so you can get good coverage of most of the nail in one stroke. I tend to do one stroke down the middle and then a couple more strokes closer to each side to ensure the whole nail is nicely covered. The nail varnish is not too runny so it doesn't drip and is easy to control.
I can get a fair level of opacity from just one coat, but if you want a richer and fuller colour it is worth doing a second coat, which I normally do. I find that two shades achieve a colour very true to the colour shown through the bottle.
It is not as quick drying as the Express Finish, but still dries fast compared to a lot of other nail varnishes. I would say it is touch dry in two to three minutes. I usually leave it longer just to be on the safe side but there is no question of sitting around for an hour afraid to touch anything!
=== Forever Strong? ===
This particular Maybelline range is named Forever Strong for two reasons. Firstly it has calcium and iron which is intended to strengthen the nails and secondly it is supposed to be long lasting and remain in good condition and chip free on the nails for up to seven days. Both of these aspects really appealed to me.
I'm not sure that I really give this nail varnish the chance to strengthen my nails as I use a Sally Hansen clear nail strengthener underneath as a base coat. However, on the few occasions when I have used this nail varnish straight onto the nail without a base, I did not get any staining and it did not seem to damage my nails in any way. I wouldn't say I noticed any improvement or strength, but really all I ask and hope for from a coloured nail varnish is that it does not weaken and ruin my nails!
As for lasting seven days, it is quite a big claim but I do actually find it lives up to it. Some nail varnishes chip on my fingers after two or three days but I find Maybelline ones in general last better. I can definitely get a week out of this with no chips, especially if I use a clear top coat to protect it. It has lasted even longer than a week on my toes before.
=== Value ===
At less than a fiver I think these Forever Strong nail varnishes are good value. They will last for ages as you don't have to keep touching up your nails every few days, you only need two coats for a perfect finish and I don't waste any by making a mess and having to take it off and start again.
I really love this range and the Maybelline nail varnishes in general as they make it so easy to achieve nails which look well manicured and groomed.
I don't usually wear Maybelline nail polish, nor do I really go for nail polishes which promise a long lasting finish as I tend to find that they never really live up to expectations, however my Nana bought me this nail polish as a gift so I was more than happy to give it a go.
I have the Maybelline Forever Strong in Porcelain and the colour isn't too great. Although it is only meant to be a pale pink I was imagining the colour to be somewhat bolder. After applying a first coat I could still see my nails clearly through the polish. After a second coat the colour was more solid but still lacked a bold colour and you could see my nails underneath. The pink was more of a pearly white and although extremely pretty was not the pink I imagined at first.
The nail polish itself is pretty durable, for every day wear, it does not chip easily, but what you have to watch out for is it peeling. After four days I noticed that under the hot water of the shower the nail polish had began to peel off. This occurred mainly around the base of the nail and left big un-painted patches on my nails. Despite this, the nail polish that was left was very difficult to get off. I used a basic nail polish remover and with that alone it was quite hard to get rid of.
Although the polish did not last ten days as promised on the bottle the colour did not chip easily and seems to be nice and flexi and difficult to damage. A reasonably good nail polish, just make sure you get the right colour for you.
Although I don't always follow fashion trends, preferring to keep my wardrobe fairly classic, there are two trends that I decided to try this season. One was for a statement piece in red, and I was lucky enough to find a fabulous red coat at a bargain price. Another of this season's trends that I found really interesting was grey nail varnish. I have seen models in glossy magazines wearing this colour, and I decided I would like to try it for myself. I did some fairly intensive online research, as I didn't want anything too dark - some grey shades are closer to black - and nor did I want a pale grey. Delicate shades just don't suit my skin type, and pale nail varnish makes my hands look as if they are suffering from some strange disease - I'm sure you can understand that this is not a look I wish to go for!
One of the reviews I read was InStyle magazine's recommendation of Maybelline Forever Strong Professional Nail Varnish in Couture Grey. They included this colour as one of their favourites for autumn/winter 2011, and described it as a slate grey with a touch of blue that would suit all skin tones.
I bought the nail varnish as part of an order from Boots' website, and it cost me £4.09. Some colours from this range can be found cheaper online, from eBay as well as from various cosmetics outlets. At the time of writing (30th December), Superdrug have an offer of 3 for 2 on selected Maybelline products.
One of the claims made by this nail varnish is that it will last for up to seven days' wear, and my own experience would certainly agree with this. The varnish contains Iron and Calcium, presumably to add strength to your nails. I was very pleased with how long it lasted. It survived a later manicure where I shortened my nails with a heavy-duty emery board, wrapping a ton of Christmas presents, as well as pre-Christmas housework - both with and without rubber gloves.
The nail varnish comes in a slender, almost square bottle, that has a long black handle. There is a range of about twenty shades, which can be seen on Maybelline's own website as well as the product description page on Boots' website. I personally found the colours shown by Boots to give a more accurate representation.
Maybelline suggest that you first apply a base coat. I always do this, as I like to wear strong (usually deep red) colours, and a base coat helps prevent staining or yellowing as well as (with the right product) acting as a conditioning treatment. They then suggest that you apply the first coat up the centre of your nail, and finish by applying the varnish to the two strips on either side. I definitely needed the recommended two coats. You should then finish with a clear top coat. I found that the varnish dried quickly.
The brush is described as 'Precision Curved', and is quite a long brush. The long handle means that the brush is easy to control, but in spite of this the colour coverage was the one aspect of this product that I found slightly disappointing, and it was the same with both the first and second coats. There were a couple of tiny 'gaps' in the colour that did not give a complete covering, and although I admit to being something of a perfectionist when it comes to painting my nails, I did think that this was not up to my demanding expectations. I paint my nails regularly, and do a good job (she said modestly), so I would have to say that it wasn't my technique that was lacking. My husband pointed out, however, that these flaws were barely visible to other people (it was not as if someone was going to point to me from the other side of the room and gasp in horror at the tiny flaw), and perhaps it would not have shown if I was using a paler shade.
I'm going to deduct one star because the application wasn't absolutely 100% perfect, but I admit to my perfectionist tendencies, and agree with my husband's verdict. In all other aspects I consider this to be an excellent nail varnish, and definitely worth a try. I will almost certainly consider one of their red shades for my summer holiday - either Deep Red, Really Rose or Hot Salsa. However, I will make my choice in store rather than buying it online. The Couture Grey was an experiment, and I was happy to go with the recommendations I'd found online, but for red nail varnish I prefer to see the bottle for myself.
Couture Grey is definitely a stunning, striking colour, and I would agree with InStyle's comment that it would suit all skin tones. It is a beautiful dark slate grey with a high shine, and was just what I had been hoping for. Because it was such a change from my usual choice of deep red, it took me a little while to get used to. Although I liked it very much, I do think that perhaps (for me, at least) it is a colour more suited to a night out than for everyday use.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
While browsing in my local superdrug I came across this nail varnished in the clearance isle marked down to an amazing £2 for a 10 ml bottle of nail varnish. I have a few other maybelline products on my dressing table so I knew they were great value for money and so decided to purchase this. There are many shades available mine is ivory rose which is a very neutral colour and perfect for me.
It comes in a small glass bottle as most nail varnishes do which is transparent so that you can see how much of the product is left. It has a screw top lid with the application brush attached to the lid. The brush in thin and long which works well for applications I have very small nails due to biting them so it only takes a few strokes and my nails are completely coated.
The consistency of the varnish is very good its not too runny so coats the nail well without any mess but at the same time it is not too thick so does not leave streaky uneven nails. They dry in around 2 minutes this is bone dry so I can start doing other things which compared to some nail varnishes is rather quick. The result of the varnish is fantastic very sharp and metallic and even and pretty result.
The true test is in how long it last and its brags about being forever strong and with my hectic life it really is put to the test with three children under three. I found it did last very well it lasted around 6-7 days without chipping and then when it did chip it was only minimal and remained mostly intact I had to remove with nail polish remover and reapply after around 9 days to neaten them up but there still was no sign of any more deteriorations which is great.
I love this nail varnish an it has quickly become one of my favourites it lasts for ages which is great as I don't need to keep reapplying over and over again.There are a range of colours available in case I change my colour with my mood and at only £4 regular price it is not bank breaking and the bottle lasts for months a clear winner with me.
There are some great bonuses to being a girl. The ability to wheedle your way out of speeding tickets with little more than a smile. Being able to multitask without falling over. Knowing the difference between a flattering haircut and one which makes you look like a muppet. One of my personal favourites, though, is painted nails. It's probably terribly anti-feminist, but I really like how nice and elegant a set of polished nails looks. The problem, though, is that my nails don't tend to be in terribly good condition: I never remember to wear rubber gloves on the rare instances that I clean, I'm forever biting at them rather than filing off rough edges and I wash my hands a lot. All of this leads to flaky and weak nails. Just recently, though, I have been looking after my nails and that was all the incentive I needed to buy a new nail varnish (despite the fact that I currently have a collection that would put the average teenage girl to shame). This one happened to catch my eye in Tesco, as it was on offer and promised days of no chipping.
The one I got is '78 Porcelain' which is something of a misnomer as it's actually a very pale, sugary, pearlescent pink. One coat gives a very subtle effect that isn't that far removed from the natural colour of my nails, albeit with a nice shine. Two coats gives a more definite effect but it's still very understated - more suitable for work and daywear rather than going out clubbing.
The brush works brilliantly, nail varnish manufacturers having seemingly caught on to the idea that a shortish, rounded and broad brush gives much better, even coverage than a long narrow brush. If you're careful, one stroke will cover the whole nail. If you're cack-handed, like me, you'll probably find that you have to take a couple of goes at it. Pleasingly, the varnish copes well if you're doing multiple brush strokes - it doesn't show bristle marks or start looking gloopy. The first coat dries very quickly - the left hand is completely dry by the time I've finished the right hand. The second coat, as with all nail varnishes, takes longer but is still quicker than Nails Inc. - I'd say that it's touch dry after 5 minutes and properly dry after half an hour.
As to the 'up to 7 days wear' claim, well the bit to pay attention to is 'up to'. You'll only get a week out of this if you never use your hands and have an army of servants at your beck and call. If, like most girls, you use your nails to peel off labels, open cans of fizzy drink, do the dishes etc. you'll find small chips start to appear. That said, it lasts much longer than Rimmel and the aforementioned Nails Inc., both of whose nail varnishes chip on my nails after mere hours. I'd say that I got 4 days out of this Maybelline varnish before it needed to be removed. I suspect darker colours may not last quite as long as that, as they show the chips at the tip of the nails much more clearly. Still, for less than 4 quid this is a nail varnish which performs better than most others I have, including a Lancôme one which cost 15 quid and looked terrible after just 2 hours.
NB. It's worth noting that the bottle has changed since Dooyoo's pic - it's now a flattish, square bottle with a black lid.
Do you want chips with that?
I love wearing nail varnish but I'm also a bit of a lazy bones, and I do get fed up of having to reapply nail varnish quickly when colours start to chip. This is why I like to occasionally opt for a paler shade - you don't need to have 100% accuracy when applying, a few overlaps onto your skin won't matter too much - and you can get away with the odd chip here and there for a day or two before it becomes too noticeable. That is why I always have a few nice pale pink or pearl shades on standby when I want something quick, and don't mind a bit less drama.
I have no idea where I picked this nail varnish up - although I have a strange feeling it may have been a £1 shop. It is a bit tricky to get hold of and I don't think you'll find it in any of the high street shops any longer. But searching online, lots of cosmetics websites seem to sell it, as does ebay, so it is still possible to get hold of. Prices vary a bit but tend to be around the £3 mark.
I won't talk too much about the packaging - it's only a nail varnish after all. This is a flat, square-ish bottle with a grey lid - nothing special but nothing awful either. Looking online, it's available in a range of shades, mainly light pinks and beiges as far as I can tell.
The product says it's long lasting and strengthening, and "delivers rich colour and high shine". The varnish contains " unique iron-hard complex plus conditioning agents to help strengthen nails".
The colour I have is Petal Pink and it's a pale, almost silvery pink - I would describe it as a frosted pink shade. Inside the bottle is the usual brush as you would expect, and I have to say that this nail varnish is very easy to apply - it glides on smoothly and evenly and it isn't too thick or thin - the consistency is just right. As mentioned, I always find I can be a little bit hasty when applying pale shades - darker shades are much less forgiving but the odd wobble or shake here and there doesn't matter so much with a lighter colour. So I managed to do all ten fingers in hardly any time at all. Result!
The nail varnish dries within a few minutes and compared very favourably to other nail varnishes I've used. A little dent in the varnish on my thumb was due entirely to me, reaching rather over-zealously for the remote control seconds after application - with a darker shade this would have meant reapplying (and how do you take nail varnish off one nail without ruining all the others while trying to hold your remover-soaked cotton wool??!) but frankly I wasn't bothered on this occasion as it really wasn't noticeable.
In the pink
So I have talked a lot about how much I like using lighter shades now again, but how does this one look? As mentioned it is a pale frosty-pink colour, and I decided to apply just one coat of this. It is so pale that out of the corner of your eye you may not even notice I was wearing any polish on my nails. However, if you look closer, there is a definite healthy pink sheen to them and, in some lights, it does have a slight metallic sheen to it. The varnish itself isn't particularly glossy or shiny, but this hint of silver gives it a nice sheen and adds a bit of an edge to what would otherwise be a pretty standard pink colour. This also stops it being too pink and girly. This is a great, subtle daytime look for nails and is ideal to apply on a Sunday night if you've had a more dramatic shade on over the weekend, but need to tone it down for work. As I say, it is also a great shade if you haven't much time (or inclination) to spend ages on your nails - one quick coat does the job, and you can even get away with the odd dent or chip as it just isn't noticeable with a colour this subtle. Despite my imprecise application, and the fact I didn't bother with any overcoats or undercoats, the nail varnish stayed pretty much intact for a full three to four days, and only after four full days of wear did I feel it was time to take it off. If I'd applied it properly, and done two coats, I reckon I would have got a few days extra wear out of it.
Overall this is a great little nail polish and I'll be using it frequently when I want a nice subtle pink sheen to nails! The only problem is, if I want a new one it may be a bit tricky to get hold of!
Product Name: Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Varnish 10ml
Colour: Golden Brown 19
My Experience: I purchased this nail varnish from Boots for £4.09, you collect 16 advantage points with this item and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on Maybelline products.
As I applied the first coat I noticed that it gave quite an even coverage and at a push would look ok left at one coat. However it does look much better after applying the second coat as it looks a bit smoother. This nail varnish has a curved brush which really helps with application. Especially for me as I tend to get the colour everywhere I haven't got very steady hands.
The varnish dries fairly quick too and I was able to apply the second coat fairly quickly. After wearing the varnish for a day I didn't really notice any wear and tear but then on the second day I did notice a slight chip on one of my nails. Fast forward to about 4 days and this is when I noticed quite a few more chips. Although with me choosing a fairly subtle colour you couldn't really see the chips unless you looked closely. I have to admit that I do alot of typing and washing up etc so I was quite impressed that there weren't alot more chips on my nails.
Overall: It was easy to apply and was fairly long lasting in my experience, the price isn't cheap but because of the good quality it is worth paying a bit extra for. It is very durable and I was impressed with how long it lasted without any major chips. On my nails the varnish didn't last 7 days but I find it impossible to find a varnish that does. The finished result is quite professional a look and it helps that this varnish has a strengthing aspect to it as it contains Iron and Calcium.
There is also quite a good selection of colours to choose from in the range, probably around 26 shades and I am tempted to get a more vibrant colour to use for a night out.
I would have to give this item 4 Dooyoo stars!
It's Murphy's Law, I guess, but just when I find the perfect colour of lipstick, eye shadow or nail varnish, the manufacturers discontinue that shade. I was very disappointed to discover that this was the case when I recently ran out of my usual No 7 Stay Dry deep red nail varnish only to find it no longer available, so I had to set about looking for a replacement. Eventually I found one that was an almost perfect match which was one of the Maybelline Forever Strong Pro range and the shade I chose was 06 (Rouge Profund) Deep Red.
There are twelve colours in this range at present from a palest pink French Manicure to Midnight Blue plus a clear varnish. The finishes include high gloss, pearly and metallic.
Price and availability:
Maybelline products are sold just about everywhere from high street chemists and department stores to most large supermarkets. I bought mine in Tesco for £4.04 for a 10 ml bottle although I believe it can be bought for less on various cosmetics websites.
This nail polish comes in the usual clear glass bottle so it's easy to see the exact colour you're getting and the white lettering proclaims Forever Strong and underneath in smaller lettering "Up to 7 days wear. Calcium + Iron + Silica." My bottle also came with a little removable tag stating "100% precision" which led me to believe the applicator brush must be a revolutionary new shape. The bottle top is 3.5 centimetres in length and circular in design making it a good length and shape to hold when applying the polish.
Once opened, the nail polish appeared to be a good, creamy consistency which adhered to the brush without immediately dripping off. The brush, contrary to my expectations, looked to be like most other nail polish applicator brushes. However, the proof would be in the application.
This brush may not look any different to other applicator brushes but it certainly fulfils Maybelline's claim concerning precision. As long as you've loaded the brush with sufficient polish, the soft bristles of the applicator brush fan out just enough to allow complete application in three strokes. The polish dries to a high gloss finish which is very slightly darker than its liquid form. When I apply nail polish, I use a base coat incorporating a nail hardener, followed by two coats of polish but with Maybelline's Forever Strong, it's possible to get away with only one coat, although two coats is recommended if you want the polish to last any length of time.
As for the claim of longevity made by Maybelline (along with most other nail polish manufacturers), their "up to 7 days" probably means as long as you always wear rubber gloves every time you do the washing up or any other housework and never touch a keyboard. That being said, although I found that the polish did wear on the tips of my nails from bashing a keyboard morning till night, this only needed a minimal touch up. Some of the high glossy shine did wear off and become slightly dulled as the days progressed but the polish certainly didn't chip and seemed resistant to knocks and lasted well into the fourth day before needing to be fully reapplied.
All things considered, I'm really pleased with this nail varnish in terms of its wearability and with the ease of application. Although I could wish for a wider range of colour options (I would especially like at least one really deep dark red similar to Rouge Noire) this is an excellent nail polish and deserves the full 5 stars.
Why you'll love it / Lasts up to 7 days / Precision curved brush / Rich colour and high shine / Enriched with Iron & Calcium / Available in 20 long lasting shades.