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I had heard really good things about Models Own so I bought a few of their items in a promotion that Boots were running. I was especially looking forward to trying their nail polishes as everyone had told me just how good they were but I was left feeling decidedly underwhelmed by them.
The nicest one that I got was the Disco Mix one as it looked far and away the nicest and most expensive on my nails whereas the other ones that I bought just looked cheap and nasty. The Disco Mix polish is a lovely mix of blue and purple glitter and although it sounds a little tacky it looks really nice on my nails.
The consistency of the polish is a lot thicker and gloopier than normal polish obviously considering that it has loads of glitter in it and that is probably the best thing about this polish. Some glitter nail polishes really scrimp when it comes to the amount of glitter that they put in the polish but this one had loads and it was extremely noticeable that I was wearing glitter polish when I was out.
It is quite difficult to brush on smoothly die to the glitter so it does take a little longer than normal polish to apply and make sure that you get a nice even coating. It also needs more than one coat. I found that if I was using this on its own then I needed three coats of it for it to look like my nails were fully painted. You can get around this by using an undercoat in a similar colour but I actually wanted to add a few coats as I wanted the maximum glitter effect.
I also found this seemed to take ages to dry and when it was dry it was very bitty thanks to the polish which didn't feel all that nice especially when my nail caught on my top/tights etc.
Removing the glitter was hard work too and it took a lot of rubbing and several cotton wool balls to get it off my nails. Even once I thought it was all removed I was still finding bits of glitter stuck to them for days afterwards.
The main thing is though that this looked really pretty on and it was definitely a vast improvement on the other Models Own polishes that I tried. I would definitely buy this again and would recommend it as long as you are prepared for the almost industrial remover that you are going to need as it sets like concrete.
The third and final Models Own nail polish which I purchased not too long ago is from their range of glitter polishes and called Disco Mix. As well as having a range of matt polishes and others that are a bit different, I love a good glitter nail polish. I think they stand out extremely well and look fantastic for nights out. Models Own products are available in either most Boots stores or online from their website which is www.modelsownit.com. Although I got my nail polishes from Boots, the website does have regular offers on so it is worth checking out.
The nail polish comes in the usual Models Own nail polish bottle, which is round and made from glass. The bottle is clear with the Models Own logo on the front in white text while on the back is the company address and website information. On the bottom of the bottle you can find the name of the nail polish. The lid is white which matches the text on the front of the bottle. The bottles are very plain but it does make it possible to see the colour inside and it will match any other Models Own nail polishes that you may have.
After unscrewing the lid and pulled up the brush, I could see it was quite long although not much different than any other nail polish brush. As this is a glitter nail polish, the liquid did not look the same as it did in the bottle. Glitter nail polishes generally need a good few coats to get the desired colour, especially if you want it to look like it does in the bottle. However, with glitter nail polishes, I always put on a coloured coat underneath as it tends to make the glitter stand out more. I had never thought about doing this before but the guy who used to do my nails told me about the trick and showed me how well it worked. The size of the brush meant that the polish was easy to apply and it coated my nails well.
As I already had on a purple undercoat, the glitter looked quite effective after only one coat. I did put on another one though just to make my nails super glittery but one coat would have been enough. However, if you do not use a colour base coat like I do, you will be looking at having to do at least 3 coats of this nail polish to make your nails very glittery. With glitter polishes too, I always use a clear top coat. This nail polish especially felt quite rough on the surface and a top coat fixed this problem for me. I love the colour and think it's fab for nights out. I would happily buy from the glitter range again.
My only problem with this product is how hard it is to get off. Normal nail polish will make hard work of removing the polish. I would strongly advise buying a bottle of Acetone instead. This kind of thing is used for removing tips and acrylic nails so it makes removing this kind of nail polish much easier.
This particular colour is worth the £5 I paid for it!
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This product is a nail polish from the range called Models Own which can be purchased in most Boots stores and from the Models Own website. I have used some of the nail polish in this range before and have been really impressed with the results so I decided to purchase some more colours and write some reviews on the individual colours rather the nail polish range as a whole. A lot of the nail polishes are in different ranges which have different names. The nail polish I am reviewing is from the Glitter range. The Glitter range contains 11 glittery shades. Each bottle contains lots of glitter to give your nails a sparkly, shiny finish. The colours in the Glitter range include Bluebelle, Disco Mix, Emerald City, Silver Fox, Mixed Up, Purple Haze, Magenta Divine, Pink Fizz, Gold Finger Scarlett Sparkle and Juicy Jules. I loved the look of the Disco Mix and had previously seen this on ebay and it looked great so when I saw that they had one bottle of this left on the shelf I took the chance and purchased it. I probably wouldn't wear this product until a special occasion such as Christmas or a birthday, as it is very sparkly and glittery looking.
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I purchased this from my local Boots store for £5.00; how-ever you can also purchase this from www.modelsownit.com. They currently have an offer on the models own range which is if you buy 2 nail polishes from the range you will receive a free nail art pen which is available in a range of different colours. I thought this was pretty good as the nail pen is actually priced at £6.00 each.
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The nail polish comes in a round bottle which is made from glass. The top half of the bottle is white and made from plastic which is what holds the brush. You can clearly see on the front of the bottle that this product is part of the range Model's Own. On the back of the bottle it gives you the address for the brand and also gives you their website details as well so you can look at their full range of products. On the bottom of the polish is a sticker which tells you the colour of the nail polish, in this case it was 'Disco Mix'. I could see the colour of the polish through the bottle which was a mixture of blue, pink and black glitter. The nail polish looked really sparkly and glittery and I couldn't wait to try it. I was hoping I wasn't going to be too disappointed with the results of this polish & I was hoping it would look as good on my nails as it did in the bottle.
Using the Product
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I always apply a base coat to my nails to stop them becoming stained or discoloured. I then unscrewed the lid and got ready to apply the polish. I shook the nail polish very well before applying it to my nails. As soon as I opened the bottle I noticed the strong smell of the product and it smelt a lot stronger than other nail polishes I have used before. I applied one coat and although lots of glitter was on the nail I would probably need to apply at least another 2 coats to ensure the nail was fully coated in the glitter polish. I applied a 2nd coat and again decided that my nails would need one more coat. The polish was starting to look really sparkly and shiny and I loved the look of it. I applied the 3rd coat to my nails and decided that they didn't need a 4th coat (thankfully).
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After applying the 3rd coat the colour was a little darker that what I had thought it was going to look like, how-ever my nails were so sparkly and shiny and caught the light really well. The mixture of blue and pink glitters really stood out and made my nails very eye-catching. I loved the finished results and couldn't wait to show it off when going into town. The nails didn't actually feel as rough as I expected, they actually felt quite smooth which I was surprised at. As the polish contains so much glitter I was expecting the nails to feel slightly textured after the polish had dried.
The nail polish stayed looking great for at least 3-4 days before the colour around the edges started to wear away a little. After it had been on for 5 days I decided to remove the polish myself as it was starting to wear off quite quickly now. I wouldn't have said the polish chipped much; it just wore away around the edges.
Removing the Polish
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This is not the easiest mail polish to remove. I put some nail polish remover onto a cotton wool pad and started to rub at the nail. Most of the cotton wool just stuck to the nail and it took at least 4-5 cotton cool pads with nail polish remover to remove every trace of polish. I also had to rub quite hard at the nail as well. I think nail varnish remover pads would be much easier to remove the polish. As you are removing the polish the glitter tends to stick to your fingers as well.
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I loved the final results of this nail polish and loved the way it sparkled and shiny. My nails were very different looking and they certainly caught some attention when I was out as I had a few people ask where I got my nails done. As the nail polish is very glittery and sparkly this would made it perfect for occasions such as Christmas. The polish takes a good 3-4 days to start wearing off and I find that the polish didn't actually chip off. The nail polish isn't very easy to remove which is the only downside to the product. When you take the polish off the glitter can become a little messy. I think I would only wear this nail polish during seasonal times as is it very sparkly and glittery and reminds me more of the festive season. If you like sparkly, glittery looking nails then this is a great product, if you don't mind spending a good 5minutes trying to remove it when it starts wearing away. As this polish was so good, I would also be very tempted to try some of the others in the glitter range.
(review also on ciao)