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I recently bought this nail polish from Boots. It cost me £4 which I thought was quite an expensive price for a nail polish. Normally I would spend around £1.99, as I am a student and trying to save money. I bought this one because my cheaper nail polishes always chip, and I liked that this one is called 'Stay Perfect'. I was hoping it would stay perfect and not chip for at least a few days. However, I was disappointed to find that after only two days, loads of the polish had chipped off, and there was hardly any left on my nails! Anyway, read on to find out more about this product and my experience . . .
The shade I chose was a shiny purple colour, it is called "Vivid Violet". I loved how it looked in the bottle, it was really glossy and looked like it would be suitable for days and nights out. Purple is my favourite colour and I was instantly attracted to this shade. I was really excited to try it and see what it looked like on my nails.
When I painted it onto my nails I was not disappointed by how they looked. The colour looked just like it did in the bottle - very shiny, lovely and glossy - a striking purple colour. I hoped they would stay this perfect for at least a few days. I was going to be at uni so I wanted my nails looking nice. I was fed up with having to re paint my nails every couple of days, which is what I always had to do when I used cheaper nail polishes. I thought that maybe because I had spent a bit more this time, it would last a bit longer. But I was wrong . . .
I had filed and buffed my nails before I painted them, and seen to my cuticles and everything like that, but for some reason this still chipped off almost straight away. By the next day they looked really bad, and I felt a bit embarrassed about how chipped and scruffy my nails were looking, already. I was a bit annoyed that it had all come off so soon. It had looked so nice when they were first painted, but then after that it all just chipped and even though the colour was still really bold and striking, the chips in it made it look terrible and I decided a couple of days later that I would have to remove the nail polish.
The good thing about this nail polish is that it was easy to remove, it came off quickly and easily with some cotton pads and some nail polish remover. I decided this wasn't right for my nails as it chipped so fast, but I have now decided to use it on my toes instead, where it seems to last a lot longer. I love the colour of this nail polish but just don't like how it chips off so fast. However I would recommend it for toe nails.
I am a lover of nail polish and tend to paint my nails at least twice a week as I like to change the colour of my nails to compliment my clothing. I love the Rimmel 60 seconds and although it does chip quite quickly it's easy to remove and reapply with minimal staining so thought that the No 7 version might last longer due to it costing more and being a reputable brand, unfortunately, I was very very wrong. I purchased two shades one called Iced Mocha which is a cool bronze shade and Coconut Ice which is a neutral ivory pearl shade and was lucky that Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on at the time so purchased an eyeliner as well. Normally these polishes retail at ~£5 and there are a wide array of fashionable colours but the ones I went for were more work appropriate and neutral. The polish is contained in a glass bottle with a large brush which is held in the cap and you are provided with 10 mL of product.
Well the first time I used this polish I tried the Coconut Ice over my usual basecoat and the first layer was very difficult to manage and I found it bled into the sides of the nail staining the skin and the overall effect was a streaky messy nails. Admittedly the polish did dry quickly for the 1st layer and after I removed the excess from the edges with a brush and acetone I then attempted a second layer which again bled out even though I wiped off the excess and was incredibly streaky and nasty looking. The second coat took a good 15 min to dry and in the end I gave up and removed all the polish as it was so cheap looking.
My second attempt with this the Speed dry polish I used the Iced Mocha which still bled very easily and was very runny but didn't streak as badly as the Iced Coconut. After I had applied 3 coats I had wearable but by no means perfect nails and left the house. Within 4 hours pretty much most of my nails had chips and were badly marked as the polish was soft and wouldn't dry properly. I even tried on another occasion using Sally Hansen Insta dry polish with No 7 speed dry and it was useless. I really think that the major flaws of this product are the thinness of the polish and the cheap applicator brush which sweeps the product unevenly over the nail and is a terrible size/shape for painting your nails as it catches the skin around the nail bed.
I would honestly not recommend this polish to anyone and would suggest people use the Rimmel 60 seconds or collection 2000 fast dry polishes over this one as it's over priced and pretty much useless. I am pretty cheesed that I am going to inevitably throw these varnishes away with them having at least 7ml left in each of them. Boots really need to check these products out before hammering a No7 label on them as I don't seem to be the only one in the UK that thinks these polishes are terrible.
This is a review of No7 Speed Dry Nail Polish which I have in the shade Beautifully Black (70). I loved the look of this varnish in the bottle as it has a kind of galactic sparkle to it and my experience of other No7 nail varnishes is largely positive.
The nail varnish is quite tall and A line in shape, with a glass bottle body so you can see the colour of the product inside. The lid is sliver with No7 printed at the top and as with most varnishes has a brush inside the lid.
At the time of purchase, I had a £5 off voucher for No 7 so I managed to get the price down to £2.50. Just as well considering the performance of this product! These varnishes are also currently in a 3 for 2 offer so you can pick up a bargain at times.
The polish is a nice consistency in the bottle and on the brush and the final dried version is not knobbly as some glitter polish can be. The actual brush is long and a good width when applying the varnish so you only need a couple of swoops. I always finish with a top coat to gloss it over and make it dry quicker. The main claim for this varnish is that it is quick dry and I didn't notice this was any quicker to dry than other brands I use. My main beef with the product was the colour. I just found it impossible to get a neat finish with this and darker shades always show up the slightest mistakes. I just found it a really messy nail polish to use and cleaning up mistakes was difficult. It felt like my hands looked dirty around the cuticles and underneath the length of the nail.
Whilst this varnish looks great in the bottle it did not look great on my nails. It was one of those purchases I later regretted and although it remains in my collection and every now and again I think I will give it another try, which I always end up removing as it looks a mess. I can't comment on the longevity of this particular colour as I have never been satisfied enough with the results to keep it on my nails.
I am disappointed with this nail colour but have had good experiences with other ones in the No7 range so I won't be put off trying other colours. I think the colour was all wrong for me and I don't normally struggle to do manicures on myself with other colours. I realise that every now and again a purchase will be made that doesn't deliver the expected outcome and this is just one of those to mark down to experience. I just wish you could take things back when they don't meet expectations but I will probably find a friend who wants to give this one a go and they will be welcome to it!
On one of my recent visits to Boots last month, I was given one of their vouchers which entitles you to £5 off any Boots no.7 brand products. Being myself with my fetish for nail polishes (I have a HUGE collection!) I decided to pick up one of their Speed dry nail polishes.
This range didn't come in a wide varying selection of fantastic colours if I'm honest which is their major downfall. This could be due to the selection in store however and so may have a lot more options online. I settled on a pink/purple-ish shade with a glitterish shimmer to it as it was quite unique and a colour I do not already own.
The bottle comes in a neat little pot, with a cylindrical shape that curves in at the middle so has a nice look to it, and looks nice on my table with my other collection. Slightly larger than other pots of nail polishes I own it comes in at a hefty price of £7.50 (in central London Boots stores, slightly cheaper online!) for a 10ml nail polish. I mean, its nice but its a bit steep! As I had my £5 discount voucher, spending the £2.50 on it was far more reasonable and I was happy to oblige.
All credit to the polish it is absolutely lovely! It is thick, gives a good even coverage and after giving a good base, it soaks well into my nails. It is supposedly a "speed dry" but I have numerous polishes from rimmels 60 second drying range, which is a lot faster. In any event I still always use a quick freeze nail drying spray from Avon (which I swear by!) which always allows my nails to dry extremely quickly and so I can get up and go with little fuss and no smudges!
The brush on this polish is a lot thicker and the bristles more softer in comparison to other brands which I prefer. Only 2 coats is needed of this polish to give a good even finish, as one coat often looks far too thin and watery. In terms of longevity it lasts the same amount of time as my other cheaper brands, and literally started to chip away after about 2 days even with a base coat and top coat!
Overall, I really love this polish, but for the price it is nowhere near worth it! The £2.50 is reasonable and I would buy it again with the £5 voucher but I would not recommend it for £7.50.
==No.7 Speed Dry Nail Varnish==
I don't often have time to do my nails but when I do I want a nail polish that is going to dry quick and give a good result and although I don't do my nails often I seem to buy a lot of nail polish in the hope that it will give me both a fast dry and a lasting finish. The nest I have in my collection is this No.7 Speed Dry Polish and I think I only because of getting one of the £5 off no.7 Vouchers in Boots
Now this polish is only available from Boots as the No.7 is a beauty range made by Boots for Boots. I do use lots of their creams and make up removers but I don't often buy their make up or nail polishes apart from buying this bottle of polish.
I have now nearly come to the end of my bottle which is called "secrets" and is a dark red type cherry shade. I really liked this shade as well as the speed in which it dried and this is probably why I have nearly used it all up when I seem to have bottles that dry out rather than get used up over taking my collection. I think the bottle cot around £6-£7 when I purchased it but I used a £5 off coupon so would have got it for a more than reasonable price.
The polish itself has a nice brush which is easy to use and the product never seemed to thick and could be applied within the three strokes needed to give the best look and coverage of each nail. The smell of the polish was strong like any other I have used although not overpoweringly so. I have to say that the polish did indeed dry on my nails very quick indeed although I was still very gentle for a good few minutes after I didn't need to be as cautious as I am when using other brands.
I would say the nail varnish is totally dry within a minute or two and dry enough so that I could start doing things around the house like picking up toys and the other bits that have to be done a good few times each day. I made sure I didn't apply each cost too thickly as I knew this would hinder the speed at which the polish was to dry. Each and every time I apply I will always use it sparingly but this actually still gives the nails a good colour and a good finish.
The lasting abilities of the polish is fairly good although I must say when I have used a top coat over the polish the lasting effects do seem to go on a lot more than without so I would always suggest doing this. The polish itself didn't seem to chip excessively and all in all the coats I have applied have always last 2-3 days of me still using my hands for housework and the usual chores of a working mum. This is about right when compared to mostly every other nail varnish I have used before.
Overall I have to say that this is a really good fast dry, long standing polish in my eyes. I will definitely be going out and getting the same shade from the same brand next time I am in town and I would highly recommended this product. It seems quite rare that these nail polishes actually do dry as fast as they claim but this one is quick and looks good once applied. I cant' really find any fault with it.
I think a top score of 5 out 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I am quite a big fan of the Boots No7 range of cosmetics and over time I have tried quite a few of their products. One product that I do really like from the No7 range is the Speed Dry nail varnish which comes in a variety of different colours.
The No7 speed dry nail varnish comes in a 10ml bottle which is currently priced at £7.00 from Boots stores or online at www.boots.com. If any of you are regular shoppers at boots you will be aware that they often give out £5 off vouchers for No7 products when you spend £5 on items in store. This brings the cost of the nail varnish down to just £2.00 which I think is a great bargain and this is how I normally purchase these nail varnishes.
The nail varnish comes in a chunky clear glass bottle which enables you to see the exact colour of the nail varnish inside. My last purchase was of the hot pink (40) shade which is very vibrant and looks lovely on my dressing table. The glass bottle has a sliver screw on lid which has the brush attached to it on the inside. There is very basic information on the bottle with it only containing the name, colour, company contact details and that the varnish is flammable. To be fair the bottle is very small so there is not really room for any further information and really how to use nail varnish is pretty self-explanatory.
I personally find this nail varnish really easy to apply, the lid to which the brush is attached is quite big and slightly curved which makes it very easy to grip. The brush is made of quite fine black bristles and the varnish coats the brush well to make it easy to apply to my nails. The varnish is of a great consistency and neither too runny or too thick and gloopy which I have found with many nail varnishes in the past. This varnish glides onto my nails smoothly and easily giving a nice even, glossy finish. I always use two coats of the varnish to give a good coverage to prevent my nails from being seen underneath. The polish certainly does dry faster than some other that I have tried which claim to have fast drying times and I am able to get on with tasks after a few minutes rather than sitting scared to touch anything in case the varnish smudges.
As far as lastability goes than I also have been impressed by the results of this nail varnish. I have fairly long nails and spend a lot of time cleaning, typing and using my hands in general all day but if I apply two coats of the varnish then I tend to get two days wear before I begin to notice little chips usually on the ends of my nails, with me normally reapplying after three days.
Personally I think this is a great nail varnish from No7 it is quick and easy to use, dries quickly, fairly long lasting and great value if purchased with a No7 £5 voucher.
A few weeks ago I found myself with a £5 no. 7 Boots voucher to spend. These nail polishes cost £7.50 each so with a couple more purchases I was able to get myself another voucher and bought my second bottle of this nail polish with it.
The bottle is quite small at 10ml, it has a wider base, a nice large lid attached to a small brush, and the signature gold writing.
I bought the pinkest colour I could find which is the one pictured above. You dont need too much polish on the brush, and try to apply it in 3 strokes so that it is applied evenly.
The polish is quite thick but not gloopy and works best when the bottle is shaken before you apply it.
Once applied even though it is fast drying you still need to make sure your nails dont touch anything as it is not scratch proof straight away. Also if you do a lot of washing up wear gloves as I find that the product breaks down and chips when wet a lot.
I wouldnt normally spend £7.50 on a nail varnish but as I had the voucher I am glad I tried this one, it works really well and looks nice and shiny and expensive. It really is a nice beauty product.
I was recently in my local Boots pharmacy, and while waiting for a prescription, I took my oppurtunity to browse through the 'no7 range.
Brief Background On No7
'The no7 range is Boots Brand and consists of a huge variety of products from men to women- make-up to skin care.They are particulary famous for their anti-ageing products, having been voted best anti ageing product on the popular Doctors Tv Show, and winning numerous other awards. Overall they have a name that is associated to as being a high quality product.
The Cost Of Beauty
I was impressed with the shape of the bottle, and the fact that there seemed to be a large quantity of liquid (10ml)inside the bottle.There was a colour to match every oufit including glitter and special bottles with 'Speed Dry' written across them.However after the beauty has distracted you for quite some time, that yellow sticker with a euro sign at the beginning becomes too obvious to ignore.For a 10ml bottle, the price was 9.50 euros which, however attractive the bottle may look was, in my opinion simply too much money to waste on a .01 litre of liquid.
After spending over 10 euros on my prescription, I coincidentally received a 7.50 euro voucher for the no7 range!Within a matter of moments, I had my nail polish purchased at a total cost of 2 euros!
The bottle itself looked expensive, as the bottle which I had choosen (out of a choice of gold or silver) had a golden cap on it.I particularly enjoyed the hidden height of the actual bottle containing the liquid which was much higher than it looks as the cap of the bottle is concealing part of the 'hidden height.'I really loved the shape of the bottle, as it has a larger top than the bottle, which makes the polish easier to apply, as it fits into your hand perfectly.I was particulary impressed with the shape of the brush, as I always believe no matter how good the quality of the polish may be, it won't matter if it cannot be applied well to give the desired effect.The brush is long(the length of the bottle)which is exactly what is required for accuracyt.The bristles are strong ,of long length, and are good quality.They are not like cheaper brands where the bristles clump together, as they are too thin making the polish difficult to apply.On application, the bristles spread evenly making application effortless.The bristles spread wider or narrower depending on how the brush is held, so each nail can be coated evenly and fully.
Little Pot Of Gold
Because the brush provides brilliant precision coverage, the application is smooth, reaching all corners and bends in the nail.The colours are just as expected from how it looks on the pot.The nails dry extremely quickly, as due to precision the coat is not excessively thick and the fact that this particular bottle was 'speed dry.'After a day or two, the polish did begin to chip, which was disappointing however, the nail polish was very easy to remove.
Glitz 'n Glam!
After being so impressed with this nail polish(and partially by getting sick again and having to purchase another prescription therefore receiving another no7 voucher)I decided to purchase a purple sparkly polish.Without a doubt it was the best nail polish I have ever purchased!FACT!The glitter was so plentiful, that there were no gaps of missing glitter, and was completely flawless.It was incredibly durable and lasted for weeks!As a result it was difficult to remove, but if you want a polish that lasts forever without you needing to be constantly retouching it this is definitely for you!
Overall this is a fantastic product.The colours range from a gentle nude colour to a glittery bright pink, and have a colour to suit everyone.The shape of both the bottle and brush make for an excellent and precise application.Although it chips quite easily, if an overcoat is applied this shouldn't be a problem.
At it's current price as displayed above, for 10 ml it is incredible value for money, and ultimately will work out better value compared to some cheaper brands and select nail polish.
Tips On Applying Nail Polish
To ensure precise application, stroke the centre of your nail first, stroking away from the nail, followed by a stoke to the right and left side of the stroke which you have just applied.
For even coverage apply 3 coats of nail polish to each nail.It may seem like a large quantity of liquid, but it will be worth it!
To avoid nail polish from chipping, apply a good quality overcoat or alternatively whatever clear nail polish you have.This will also make nails appear more glossier.
If your nail polish is clumpy, before applying leave in the fridge and shake the bottle to achieve a smooth liquid as a result.
Thank You Very Much For Reading. x
No7 Speed Dry nail colours are 'fast drying nail varnish that can be used on the go'. According to claims, this nail polish dries fast enough that you can apply just before going out and will have perfect nails, pretty much, instantly.
My sister brought me this nail varnish in 'poolside blue' for my birthday (as I was wearing blue for my night out), so I'm not sure how much she paid for it. The Boots website has this priced at £7 but Boots always seem to be giving away £5 No7 vouchers which would allow you to buy this for £2.
** The Bottle **
These nail varnishes come in a long, chunky bottle. The pot that holds the varnish is clear glass, which allows you to see what colour you are buying. The top is a silver, screw top lid, which holds the varnish brush when pulled out.
** Application **
Apply this nail varnish as you would any other, using the brush to apply a thin layer of colour to you nails. I find that one thin coat is enough to cover my nails, as the varnish is thin but does not apply lightly, where you can see through to your nail.
**Speed Dry **
I am very impatient when it comes to painting my nails and always end up smudging them because I end up moving on and doing something else before they dry. So, when I first applied this nail varnish, I did as I normally would and started cleaning up and, to my surprise, my nails did not smudge! They seemed to have dried within a minute!
This nail varnish definitely lives up to the Speed Dry name!
** Would I buy it again? **
This nail varnish is great. It dries quickly and comes in a funky bottle. From looking online, there is a decent range of colours to choose from and I like the look of most of them. I love the poolside blue colour that I already have as it is bright, stands out and is perfect for summer!
I always make sure that I have this nail varnish on my toe nails so that, if I decide to wear sandals and the varnish is chipped, I can touch it up before I go out and they will be dry quick enough to slip my shoes on a couple of minutes later and run out the door.
However, I do have two small issues with this varnish.
Firstly, as the lid to the bottle is quite chunky, and the brush is on the end of it, I do find it difficult to hold the chunky lid and apply the varnish without getting it all over my fingers. This isn't too much of an issue as I can always clean the excess nail varnish off after but, if you are in a rush, this isn't very convenient.
My other problem is that I find this polish chips quickly. I tend to have to touch up my finger nails every 2-3 days as they have chipped that bad, but I find that the polish on my toe nails lasts a lot longer?
However, I could put this problem down to the fact that I work in care and am working with my hands all day. I have also read a couple of reviews on this polish and no one else seems to have had this problem.
I recently received a £5 No7 Boots voucher for spending over a certain amount in Boots. They often do this promotion and whenever I get a £5 voucher I usually go and spend it straight away on their face wipes. However, I decided to look at the make-up and see if there was anything new for me to try (as I do already own a lot of No7 products).
This speed dry nail polish in the shade 'violetta' immediately caught my eye. I am not sure if this shade is new to No7 or not, but I had never seen it before. Violetta is a deep purple shade, and as I love purple this is why it caught my eye.
It is priced at £7, but with my £5 voucher this would mean it only costs £2, so I didn't even hesitate and straight away I purchased it. This is a speed dry nail polish, No7 also have another range called 'stay perfect', but to be honest I didn't even take notice of this when I bought it, I just wanted it for the colour. It wasn't until I went to apply this a few days later when I realised it had 'speed dry' on the bottle.
When nail polishes state that they dry quickly I don't usually take much notice of them as they usually always don't, and I'm always impatient and end up getting it all over and having to redo my nails because I can't just sit and wait for them to dry! However with this particular nail polish I can honestly say it does dry quickly! Not very quick but quicker than any other nail polishes I usually use (Rimmel 60 seconds is one example - and that does not dry in 60 secs!)
One coat of this nail polish is enough, but if you want it to look as bold as it does in the tub, then I would apply two. I applied two and it went much darker, just how I wanted it. I only wish that this particular shade was more purple though, as in some lights it actually looks dark blue. I am not sure if this is because I applied two coats or not, but next time I am only going to apply one and see if it still appears blue or not in some lights.
I have had this nail varnish on for three days now and only two nails are chipped and need repainting. This to me is good as I am used to them chipping the next day with other brands of nail varnish. The only reason the two nails that are chipped are chipped is in fact because I was picking at them without realising, and so they might have still been perfect if I didn't do that. I also never applied a clear top coat over this nail polish either, like I sometimes do.
This is a very good nail varnish and for £2 it was a bargain! If you want nail varnish that dries quickly then I would recommend this. If you are going to get one then I would also suggest getting a No7 gift voucher first which can be done so by spending only £5 in Boots. I do believe this promotion ends sometime at the end of June though so I would be quick! The voucher means you can get it for only £2 instead of £7, which I think is a bit pricey for a nail varnish.
No7 is a Boots own brand so is only available in Boots stores or its website. There isn't a wide variety of colours like there is with other nail varnish brands such as Barry M and many of the colours are boring.
I have only bought a No 7 nail varnish once, in the colour gold, and have not bought another since because i wasn't impressed.
I was expecting a deep and intense gold but the colour barely showed up on my nails because the consistency is so thin. After one coat you can still see your nail.
It was really gloopy and just seemed to run on to my skin so was very messy to apply. Even after applying a few coats the colour didn't show up that much and the colour that did was uneven.
Considering its called Speed Dry, it seemed to take forever to dry because it was so runny. I also noticed that after a few hours some of my nails had chips.
This costs £7.00 which is overpriced for what it is.
My nan bought me one of these nail varnishes about 2 years ago and I never really use it - the fact that I never used nail varnish then sort of tells you why. On Christmas my mum bought me a load of things, including the No7 Speed Dry nail varnish in Heather.
I was totally and utterly in love with the colour - it was a nice light reddish-pink and it reminded me of spring/summer time.
I opened my new nail varnish and noticed that the brush was perfect. I hate really big brushes because I have small fingers so I have small nails, and small brushes just make it harder to apply. As I applied the nail varnish I saw that it wasn't that sheer. I hate sheer nail varnishes because I can't be bothered to take the time to let it dry completely then paint another coat on top.
The name actually does tell the truth - it dries so quickly! I can apply the nail varnish to all of my nails and the first nail I painted is already completely dry!
Most makeup brands don't have a good selection of nail varnish colours. Before I discovered No7 nail varnishes I was hooked onto the Rimmel London and Collection2000 colours. But now, they've both got nothing on No7!
My favourite No7 nail colours are Heather, Betty Blues and Totally Teal. They're not glittery, but they're so gorgeous and simple!
The only thing I'm going to say is that the colour Crystal Lilac is very very sheer and watery so I never use that one.
You can't really tell what the life span of a nail varnish is. Bad quality nail varnishes usually last me about 3-6 months while good quality nail varnishes can last years. A girl on a forum said that she has two nail varnishes that lasted about 7 years.
I've had all these nail varnishes for about 5 months now and they are all good as new. None of them are lumpy or really thick or gone hard. Hopefully they'll last we even longer because I love them!
-On My Nails-
My nails are short and ugly and it's very hard for a nail varnish to look good on it. But, oh my God, when I first put on the one in Heather I was amazed. They looked even better with Betty Blues!
I put a top coat on one set of nails to see which one chipped quicker, and really, none of the nail varnish on both hands chipped for at least a week. And I'm not exaggerating.
These nail varnishes are my new nail-varnish-holy-grails. They dry quickly, there's some amazing colours, they're not sheer (except for Crystal Lilac), they last for ages, they don't chip and they're a bargain buy!
I'm recommending this nail varnish to everyone who's reading this, so go along to the Boots store and try one out! They are worth £7, trust me!
I've got horrible nails for a lady really. They're cracked in places, short and not smooth. As a rule, I don't bother to put nail varnish on, as it is normally off again within a day or two. I only bought this nail varnish, as again, I had another £5 No7 voucher given to me when I bought the their powder foundation, and wanted to spend it.
I noticed the selection of No7 nail varnishes when shopping in Boots, and some of the colours were lovely. I'd never tried the No7 nail varnishes before, but assumed they would be good, as the powder I used from their range was fantastic, and they're expensive! There's a variety of colours, from pale pink to dark blue's and purples. I'm more into a light, slightly girly colour, as dark vampish nails aren't my cup of tea.
I opted for the Fuschia daze colour which is a pearly pink colour. It's not just pink, it has a shimmer running through it which is really nice and unusual. It glimmers when you've got it on your nail.
I'm useless at applying nail varnish, I normally end up just painting frantically, getting it allover the skin on my fingers, then trying to wipe it off afterwards. I can never sit still long enough for it to dry either so it normally ends up with fingerprints on it and smudges anwyay. With this one, I noticed this nail varnish is quite thin and runny rather than being thick and gloopy. It was quite easy to apply really, even for me. It only took two strokes to apply the nail varnish on most of my nails, and I applied a fairly thin layer at first, so it didn't drip and make a mess. It dried suprisingly quick, not giving me chance to smudge it which was really nice. I then applied a second coat, which made the nail varnish look a lot better on my nail, more colourful and full than the first thin coat. When that layer dried, again really quickly, I applied a layer of clear nail varnish to try and seal it a bit so it lasted more than my normal 2 days.
The nail varnish looked really nice when it was done. It had a lovely shine to it, with a shimmer in the colour which was lovely. The colour was quite bold too and people complimented me on my nails which was a first for me! When it was dry, it didn't have that slightly sticky feeling that some nail varnishes have even when they've dried. I could rub my nails and it didn't budge.
The nail varnish lasted for about 6 days on my nails without chipping, peeling or fading. A record for me! Considering I was washing up and gardening after I'd put it on, I was suprised it lasted a day. I was very very impresed with this. I'm not someone who takes great care of my nails, but it still stayed on and looking great.
The nail varnish is £7, and only available from Boots stores or Boots.com as it is a Boots product. It's only £2 with the £5 vouchers that Boots often give out, which I think is fantastic value for money. I think I'd even pay the full price for this nail varnish, as although £7 is expensive, it's really worth the money.
Overall, I really like this nail varnish. It's easy to apply, dries quickly, looks great and lasts for ages (to me 6 days is ages). I can't wait to get another voucher to try some of the other colours from the No7 range. I'd definitely recommend this brand of nail varnish others, I'm very glad I tried it and will use it again in the future.
I had a Boots No.7 Voucher, which meant I got the nail polish for only £2, which I defiantly think is a bargain, and as I have never really tried No.7 products before, but I thought for £2 you can't really go wrong!
The packaging of the nail polish is really simple but effective, with a silver top and a clear glass bottle,, the design on the bottle, mainly consists of the No.7 logo. The bottle contains 10ml of nail varnish, which is slightly bigger then a lot of other brands. The packaging is simple, but really effective, and as No.7 is seen to be Boot's premium make up and skin care brand, it also adds a certain appeal to the product. Information on the product states that the product is "fast drying" and "helps strengthen and protect the nails, which is a real plus for nails.
The No.7 Speed Dry Nail Polish come in a range of 15 colours, I am reviewing the Hot Pink shade, which is really good, as there will always be a colour that you will love. The colours are:
- Foxglove (dark red)
- Coconut Ice (white)
- Heather (baby pink)
- Iced Mocha (beige)
- Siren (red)
- Hot pink
- Poolside Blue
- Grey skies (grey/blue)
- Beanie (grey)
-Violetta (darker blue)
- Fuschia daze (shiny pink)
- Queenie (silver)
- Berrylicious (medium red)
- Coral Kiss (dark orange)
- Cherry Tang (medium orange)
Applying the nail polish is exactly the same as any other nail polish, you paint the nail with the small brush, but the biggest difference from other brands, is the No.7 brush is large, which makes it so much easier to apply in one sweep, which gives a much more even coverage. The brush also enables to get a better coverage on the nail, such as the sides of the nail, which I often find it difficult to paint. The brush is also a decent side, so makes it easy and comfortable to hold, so much better then other brands.
The results of one coat were very pale and I would defiantly advise doing a second coat, as it gives just better coverage and a stronger colour. The colour does dry really quickly, which is a real advantage for quick nail colour, so would defiantly recommend if that's why you buy it. After the second colour, I noticed that the colour was very similar to the colour on the bottle, which is a massive advantage, as it makes it easier to get the colour you exactly want, but also the colour is really strong once dried, which is a real advantage, especially for statement nails. The colour also has a really nice glossy tint to the nails, which I think looks really nice, but other people might not, which I would advice to avoid, but to me the added gloss make my nails look really professional. The colour is really durable aswell, as it coped with me working and doing art, which often puts colour under pressure, but it lasts perfectly, just amazing!
Boots No.7 Speed Dry Nail Polish is available only at Boots stores and online at Boots.com, and costs £7, but there are a lot of offers on, like spend £22 on No.7 and get this free and with a voucher it is only £2, real advantage.
No7 is a beauty brand available in Boots stores. They offer an extensive range of makeup, skincare, bath and suncare products and also a small range of beauty electricals. The price of the products is mid range - not the cheapest but not up there with Chanel and Dior.
~~~Product and Range~~~
The Nail Care section in No7 is quite extensive. They offer various products to take care of your nails and make them look pretty. Aswell as offering strengthening products and French Manicure sets, they currently have 3 ranges of Nail Colours.
*Stay Perfect Collection- colours which offer up to 5days perfect nails. 19 colours to choose from.
*75th Anniversary Collection - released to celebrate the brands anniversary. There are 7 colours to mark each decade.
And then there is the Speed Dry Collection. The Speed Dry Nail Colours are designed to dry fast when applied to the nails. They contain a formula which helps strengthen and protect your nails and are also hypo-allergenic.
No7 previously offered a range called Ultimate Nail Colour and Speed Dry is recommended if you liked this range.
So the main reason for purchasing a nail colour is for the colour. Everyone is different and some prefer brighter or bolder colours to others. No7 have covered the colour choice well and the Speed Dry nail colour is available in 15 colours.
I won't list them all but you can see swatches on the Boots website. There are very few light colours in this range and most seem to be bolder red, pinks and blues. The lightest colour is Coconut Ice and the darkest is named Foxglove.
The nail colour is housed inside a curvy, glass bottle. The bottom half of the bottle is clear with No7s signature gold writing stating the product name, company address and telling us the bottle can be recycled. The top half offers us a silvery, screw off lid bearing the No7 logo and a label stating the colour.
The lid once opened, reveals the applicator brush. The wand is white and quite thin running the full length of the bottle. The black brush used to apply the nail colour, is thin and quite flat. It nestles just inside the wand and flows out a bit at the end to allow even application. The top of the bottle is ridged and narrows to allow the brush in to grab some nail colour without overloading it.
Nail colour can be applied to both your finger and toe nails. I recommend cutting and filing your nails beforehand. If you prefer to add a base coat, do so first and allow this to fully dry.
*Remove the wand a lightly dab any excess back into the bottle
*First sweep the brush up the middle of your nail ensuring no brush
strokes are evident
*Next sweep the brush round the side parts of your nail ensuring you do not touch the surrounding skin
*Allow to dry and apply an additional coat if required
*If you wish, apply a top coat to seal the colour in
Have some cotton buds and nail varnish remover at hand incase of any mishaps. To remove any mistakes, dab a cotton bud with nail varnish remove around the offending area. I recommend doing so once it has fully dried to avoid smudging.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
All the No7 Nail Colours are 10ml and available in Boots stores or online at www.boots.com priced at £6.75.
Nail varnish isn't an overly important beauty product for me. I am much more into my body moisturisers and makeup and rarely take much notice of my nails. I do however like to have a few nail colours in my beauty box for those times where I take a notion to apply it or for special occasions.
So why did I pick No7 for my nail colour? Well No7 is my ultimate beauty brand and I own several of the makeup products they offer. I find their products to be of excellent quality and whilst higher priced than some brands, totally worth it. What makes it affordable to myself and I am sure many others, is the regular offers they run. Several times a year, £5 off vouchers are issued for spends over £5.00 in Boots. This is bargain and allows a £6.75 nail colour to be bought at a purse friendly £1.75! I usually use the Stay Perfect range but during the last voucher deal, I picked up a Speed Dry nail colour.
My nail colour is shade 05 Coconut Ice which is a nude, pink shade and the lightest one in the collection. Unlike the Stay Perfect range, I feel the colours are quite limited to mostly darker colours. There is certainly nothing extravagent or garish about the colours offered. This makes them ideal for everyday wear. The reason I chose Coconut Ice is due to how light the colour is. I personally favour very light but still noticeable colours or very dark colours. For this reason, my collection includes pale pinks, lilacs and gothic blacks and strong, dark blue - no deep reds or greens for me!
I like a pale colour on my finger nails and opt for a darker colour on my tooties. The bottle is basic yet stylish in design and colour. It is well made shape wise as it curves at the edges and nips in the middle allowing it to remain steady on surfaces. The brush is quite thin but manages to obtain a decent amount of colour once dipped into the bottle. I find the consistency of the nail colour to be very runny and therefore I need to allow some to slide back into the bottle before applying.
I prepare my finger nails by trimming them down to a decent length and ensuring that they are clean. As I am applying a pale colour, I don't feel the need to apply a base coat but I would recommend it should you be applying a dark colour. I am left handed and cannot work well with my right hand. I tend to make slight mistakes when applying colours to my left hand so I always lightly soak some cotton buds in nail varnish remover and have them at hand! I feel only decent cotton buds will do as the ones which fluff too much aren't any good for this purpose.
Before applying, I steady my hand on my table and start my swishing the brush up the middle of my nail. This annoyed me at first as the appearance of the colour on my nail, appeared quite streaky with light brush strokes being visible. I kept going and gently swished the brush around the edges. Normally I find one swish up the middle and one at either edge sufficient but this brush was different and I needed an extra swish right in at the corner of my nails resulting in some transfering onto my skin.
The colour once applied was a soft and shiny pink. My fears of brush marks were put aside as the finished result was even and smooth with no bumps or brush lines in sight. By the time I had finished the last finger on one hand, the first one had dried. To me this is quite impressive as it took less than a minute. I don't like to take risks though as I feel the colour can still be fragile for some time after application so I like to let it settle for a bit longer. Applying to my left hand was easier than with other nail colours as I felt the lid was easier to hold and manoever. I used the buds to remove any dried on colour and it came away easily.
With the Coconut Ice, I found one coat sufficient to completely cover my nails. The colour was natural and shimmered slightly in the light. I find it to be perfect for everyday use but would like something a bit bolder if I was going to a party or night out as this one would be too pale. It is true to its swatch colour which is a benefit and makes choosing a colour easier.
My nails benefit from wearing this nail colour. Not only do I have beautifully coloured nails, they are soft and smooth and even after I remove the colour, they remain protected which is an added bonus for me! The colour lasts well, perhaps 3-4days without majorly chipping but it depends on what I am doing. I find the lighter colours last longer, probably because I don't notice them chipping as easily. My hands do dishes, other cleaning and general day to day things so I am quite pleased with the 3-4days. After that, I use cotton soaked balls to swiftly remove the colour remaining.
At full price, these nail colours aren't cheap but as they last so long, there is no need to buy them at full price..wait til the vouchers are released!
Thanks for reading!
Nail varnish / No7 Speed Dry Nail Colour a fast drying nail colour that can be used 'on the go' / Helps strengthen and protect the nails /