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Now I have gotten rid of my acrylic nails, I decided it was about time I tried some new nail polishes. I usually stick to Rimmel's 60 second range or anything by Barry M. However, many of my friends use Models Own nail polishes and have been telling me how good they are. 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 offers on regarding pricing.
I decided to splash out and treat myself to quite a few nail polishes so expect a few reviews about the different colours I bought. The nail polish in question for this review though is Aqua Violet which comes from the Beetlejuice range of polishes. Models Own separates their polishes into different ranges although I didn't know this until I looked at the website. The Beetlejuice range is described as 'Duo-chrome shades in a range of hues'. I bought this colour because it was a lovely shade of purple and blue mixed together.
The nail polish comes in a clear nail polish bottle with a white lid. The glass bottle also has on it the Models Own logo in white text which matches the lid. The packaging is quite plain looking although this does make it possible to easily see the colour of the nail polish inside. The back of the bottle gives website information as well as the company address while on the bottom of the bottle is a sticker stating what colour you are buying. Also, as each Models Own bottle looks the same, they will all match if you have a large range of their products.
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. The liquid on the brush didn't look very thick though so it didn't give me much of a good feeling before starting to paint my nails. The polish goes on the nails easily but as the liquid is thin, it took a couple of coats for my nails to look anything like the colour in the bottle. I would have liked to have been able to achieve this colour in 1 or 2 coats, rather than 3 especially as I'm used to the 60 second nail polishes. This nail polish takes a fair amount of time to dry so doing 3 coats takes up a lot of my time.
As well as taking a long time to paint my nails, the finish was also not great. The nail polish doesn't go on very smoothly and I ended up with plenty of air bubbles. The colour began to chip after only three days which is another thing I am not used to experiencing with other nail polishes. This nail polish cost £5 and I don't think that is worth it for the end result. However, as this is a polish mixed with different colours, I wondered whether or not this would happen with the other colours I bought. That you can find out in later reviews of Models Own nail polishes.
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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 Beetlejuice range. The Beetle juice range contains 5 multi-tonal shades. Each bottle contains four pearlescent colours mixed into one gleaming shade for a high finish. The range is called Beetlejuice as it's inspired by the wings of a beetle which has different colours in different types of light. The colours in the Beetlejuice range include Indian Ocean, Copper Pot, Tropical Sun, Aqua Violet, Pinky Brown, Golden Green, Purple Blue and Emerald Black. I loved the look of the Aqua Violet which is why I decided to purchase this colour. I tend to go for darker nail polishes rather than lighter colours and I do like wearing blue coloured polishes which is what also prompted me to try this polish.
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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 'Aqua Violet'. I could see the colour of the polish through the bottle which was a pearlescent blue colour but also had hints of violet in it as well depending which way the sun caught it. The blue looked quite dark which is what I liked about the look of this polish.
Using the Product
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I always apply a strengthening base coat to help my nails but to also ensure the nail polish doesn't stain my nails as well. Once this had dried I started to apply the product to my nails. I shook the bottle well before unscrewing the lid ready to apply the product. The brush was quite long and there was a nice amount of nail polish on the brush. As soon as I started to paint one nail I could tell my nails were going to need at least 3 coats of this polish for it to look any good. Although the nail polish was a dark colour it went onto the nails very thin. The smell to the nail polish was the typical chemical type smell but slightly stronger than other nail polishes I have used in the past. I could already see the nail polish was a beautiful colour and I hoped that the end results would be worth it. I was also a little worried as after applying the first coat there were a few brush stroke marks on the nail which I couldn't seem to get rid of. I applied a 2nd coat and although the colour was beginning to look better and get darker I knew I would need a 3rd coat, but I was hoping I wouldn't need to apply a 4th coat! The polish didn't actually take too long to dry in between coats which was good. I was now ready to apply the 3rd coat. After applying the 3rd coat I was happy with the finished results of my nails.
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I loved the end results after applying the 3rd coat of polish and letting it dry. My nails looked blue and were really shimmery and slightly metallic looking, but then the light caught my nails you could see hints of purple in the nail polish as well which I loved. The nail polish looked really glossy and shiny and it also had a very smooth appearance to it and the brush strokes couldn't be seen anymore. For some reason a few minutes after I had applied the top coat there was what looked small grains or air bubbles underneath the polish which gave the finished results a slightly strange texture/look to it. I didn't like this at all, how-ever to actually test to see how long lasting the nail polish was I would leave it on for a few days so I could record my results. After going to work for the day and doing my usual chores as work such as typing on the computer and other things I noticed that the nail polish was starting to wear off a little on the tips of the nails. This wasn't really that noticeable thought unless you had a good look at my nails. The nail polish didn't actually need to be removed until at least 3 days after applying the polish which is when it started to actually chip.
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After using a different nail polish in this range I had high hopes from this one, but I was disappointed. I was surprised at how thin the nail polish was when applying the first coat. As the colour looked quite dark in the bottle I was expecting to have to do 2 coats at least but not 3. The colour was nice after applying it to my nails but then I noticed the strange looking texture which seemed to appear on every nail. It looked like bits of grain or air bubbles under the nail polish, which I have never experienced before. This ruined the smooth appearance that the nail varnish had for a short while after applying the final coat. If I hadn't of been writing a review about this product I would have then taken the polish off straight away. The colour of the nail polish is really nice and it looks unusual when it catches it the light as it looks a different colour, this is what I loved about the nail polish. I was disappointed by this nail polish and did feel a little let down by it. I wouldn't buy this colour again and after my experience with this colour I probably won't buy anymore in the Beetlejuice range.
(review also on ciao)