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The Model's Own range
Despite having a rather out-of-control collection of nail varnishes, and a love of make-up in general, Models Own is not a brand I am at all familiar with. Although there is a full range of Models Own make-up available, nail varnish certainly seems to be the main product they sell.
The range is available in some branches of Boots, as well as a brand new standalone store in the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush. You can also buy direct from the Model's Own website (which is well worth a look at if you like your make-up!) as well as asos and other sites.
My review is for Models Own Ibiza Mix - Hed Kandi nail varnish, which cost £5.
A bit of sparkle
Glitter nail varnish seems to be everywhere at the moment - which I have to say is fine by me! The fashion magazines are full of sparkly nails in all colours of the rainbow ... but I have to say that whenever I've purchased a glittery varnish I've been a bit disappointed by the results. I tend to find that in the bottle the varnishes look packed full of sparkle, but once on my nails the varnishes are clear with just a few flecks of glitter. You have to experiment with the glitter over different colours to find an effect that works - and even then you may need several coats of glitter polish to create a look that comes close to how the varnish looks in the bottle.
I actually had some Boots vouchers recently which is why I decided to treat myself to a new varnish (as if I needed one!). Looking at the Models Own range, which as I say I have never purchased from before, there were lots of pretty glittery varnishes on display but this one really caught my eye.
Pretty in the bottle
This looks ridiculously pretty in the bottle - chock full of big bits of glitter in every colour you can think of, and if you have an eye for sparkly things I am sure this would appeal to you too! It is different to other glitter varnishes as the glitter particles are bigger and not tiny flecks.
I did hesitate before buying this as I really did question whether this would look any good once on my nails - but I was really keen to give it a try.
Applying the varnish
And my initial reaction was sadly one of disappointment! As soon as I took the brush from the bottle I could see that there wasn't much glitter on the brush and, applying this to my nails, I found I had to manipulate the varnish on the rim of the bottle to try and get more than just a few flecks of glitter onto my nails.
The varnish itself is clear and thick, and has a slight shine to it. The glitter itself is very pretty and there is a good mix of small and larger flecks, as well as lots of colours. But out of the corner of my eye this can look a little odd on the nails as the larger flecks almost make it look as though there are just weird dots on the nails - it is only when the light shines on your nails that you can spot the glittery shine.
It takes a good three coats of this varnish to achieve the type of effect I was after ... and even still it doesn't create the look that I had hoped for. Even with three thick coats of this varnish, this really doesn't look all that great I don't think.
And to add insult to injury this varnish is IMPOSSIBLE to remove! Even when I've applied this over another varnish, this glitter seems to magically stay on my nails despite using loads of nail varnish remover. I find I almost have to scratch at my nails in order to shift this, and even then it seems glued on fast! I have actually read online that one way to remove glitter varnish from nails is a process involving cotton wool and foil wrapped around the nails, but in all honestly I can't really get bothered, especially when the varnish itself has failed to impress me.
I have experimented with this over various shades of varnish and I am yet to create a look I'm really happy with. This is really disappointing as it does look so pretty in the bottle, but sadly this is another varnish that will have to be confined to the "glitter varnishes that don't seem to work" pile.
Sadly, this looks good but just doesn't deliver. I have tried several different ways to make this work but it really is disappointing. I can't possibly recommend this, unless you just want a nail varnish for a display cabinet!
Models Own recently had an offer of 2 for £8 on their nail varnishes, so I decided to try this glitter polish rather than a colour polish. Models Own have been around for a few years and are available in Boots, online and from their bottle store in Westfield shopping Center. The polish is 14ml in quantity, so the bottles are slightly larger than most. They usually retail at £5.
Ibiza Mix is a glitter nail polish, the bottle is jam packed with glitter, colours of pink, blue and gold can be seen through the glass. The brush is of standard size and length and this helps achieve effortless application. The varnish can be dabbed on to increase the coverage of the glitter, or the brush can be swept over the nail to distribute the glitter. Both of these methods are easy to do. The glitter is made up of small foils of colour, there are 2 different sizes of foil in the glitter, which help to give a diverse and more professional effect. I like to wear this varnish over the top of a nude colour, to give a different look.
The varnish dries clear with the glitter showing within minutes, and the coats can be built up for a dense glitter effect. This polish dries smooth on the nail, it isn't rigid or bumpy because of the glitter, if you run your fingers over your nails you can't feel that you have glitter on your nails.
A great thing about the glitter effect is that chipping is difficult to notice. The effect lasts for around 5 days and then some of the foil glitter does come off - but this is not noticeable unless viewed up close.
Removing the varnish is a little more complicated than its application! They best way to remove it is to soak a cotton pad with varnish remover, hold it over the nail, then wrap your fingernail in tin foil to remove all of the varnish and glitter. - for more info have a look on line for instructions! This method does work, but it takes around 20 minutes to remove all the varnish from all 10 fingers, so considerablly longer than standard varnishes!
Overall, this is a lovely addition to my varnish collection. It instantly updates any colour, giving a bit of glam. It is easy to apply and lasts well on the nail. The only thing is that it's a pain to remove! Because of this, this will be a product I save for special occasions. I recommend this to those who want to inject a bit of glamour to their nails