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I intend to write a review on my bottle of No7 ‘Stay perfect’ nail varnish, I write this in inverted commas as my nails right now are definitely NOT perfect! Boots claim that that you should use it ‘for a beautiful glossy colour that stays perfect up to five days’ …well I am currently sat at my desk typing away with my terribly chipped nails…two days later! I think this is a perfect case of promising too much and not delivering enough!
I purchased my bottle with a £5.00 off coupon that you receive when buying products from boots at certain times, this coupon gives you £5.00 discount on all No7 products. With the use of my coupon my bottle of nail varnish went from its usual marked price of £6.75 down to £1.75 – what a BARGAIN! – take my advice and grab those steals whenever you can!! It was because of the coupon that I decided to purchase the nail varnish, I wouldn’t have bought the product if it was marked at full price but if you have read many of my reviews in the past you will know that I am a typical northerner and I love to grab a bargain.
The application of the product was about average, and the brush is also thicker than normal meaning it applies easily. I decided on Damson Dream a deep purple colour which I LOVE, the varnish applies really well and has a very wide applicator brush meaning no part of the nail is missed out and it gives a great end result with great coverage. I applied two coats of the nail varnish to get the colour I like to achieve, it is a little red and see through with the first coat so two coats work much better than one. I always use a top coat over the nail varnish as it gives a nice glossy effect and it is also is great protection for the nail underneath which helps strengthen. Once applied the varnish does dry quite quick…you’re not sat waiting around for half an hour and warning everyone not to move/touch you like you can be with others.
Chip resistant – 2/10
Colour – 9/10
Application – 10/10
Time to dry – 9/10
Overall – 8/10
Overall I WOULD buy this product again and I WOULD recommend…but…ONLY ON OFFER and not if you are looking for a nail varnish for holidays or a long period.
I bought this nail varnish from Boots for £6 which is a little more than I typically spend on a nail varnish so I expected good things from this product! The main positive of this product for me is the colour. There are a huge range of colours on sale to choose from - around 42 currently, so you can find your perfect shade. The colour looks great once applied to the nail too. I am often excited by a nail varnish because the bottle colour looks beautiful but am disappointed once it's on my nails. This nail varnish did not disappoint in that aspect - it was a bright, vibrant colour that matched that on the bottle. I typically apply two coats to my nails to get a really bold colour and I think it looks a really good quality.
The main negative of this nail varnish for me is its lasting power. With two coats I would normally expect a nail varnish to last around a week before showing signs of damage or chipping. I was quite disappointed with this varnish, particularly considering its RRP. I found that it started to chip after just two days. I don't look after my hands too well though and I tend to get my hands fairly wet so this may be a contributing factor.
For me this product has a lovely vibrant colour but it just wasn't durable enough for my busy lifestyle. I would recommend this for people who have the time to look after their hands.
The product I'm reviewing is Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour nail varnish. I got my nail polish from Boots a while ago without realising at the time that I was buying a limited edition shade, Warm Gold in the Metallic range, which is now not currently available. However, hopefully my review will give a good idea about the quality and performance of this particular brand and product.
So I have used the No7 range before. The brand seems to be slightly higher end and therefore the prices are a little more expensive than many other high street brands. However, I've enjoyed many of their products in the past and in general have had more good experiences using their products than bad ones. I therefore trust the brand to deliver before I've even tried a product.
My nail varnish comes in a small glass bottle which contains 4ml of nail varnish. The bottle is a nice lightweight one so ideal for putting in a handbag. The glass bottle is shaped so the base is slightly wider therefore I feel it's safe to stand it on a flat surface without worrying about knocking it over. The top is black plastic and is cone shaped so your fingers find it easier to grip. The wand measures approximately 3 centimetres whilst the brush is around 1 1/2 centimetres of this length. The brush itself is very thin although it is slightly flattened to enable faster coverage.
The shade I have is Warm Gold. This was part of a limited edition set which were all based on gold/bronze and silver metallic shades. The other shades included Night Night, Gold Dust and Secrets. You can still get other metallic or shimmery shades now but they are coloured ones such as the Metallic Lilac shade. My Warm Gold is a really rich shade of golden brown. In the bottle it looks thick and dark but when painted on the nails it looks totally different. It actually provides a rather fine covering and is the type of colour that even when painted with two coats you can still see the edging of your fingernails underneath. The power of the shade comes from it's beautiful shimmering. When the nail colour is dry it actually looks like a very light caramel shade which then sparkles with a silver and bronze coloured glitter under any light. It's very pretty and eye catching. The brand describe the look as being "ultra gloss" which I'd have to agree with. There is something about the shine and appearance that makes the nail colour look almost wet, like a pool reflecting starlight.
The nail polish is one of the easiest to dry and seems to require very little sitting around and blowing until it's set! I would describe the first coating as thin and almost like a second skin to the nail bed. The thin layer means it's not as easy to chip the polish. I often put a second coat on as this intensifies the colour and covers up the transparent appearance this particular shade has. When a second coat is applied the polish feels strong but it's easier to chip as the paint sits more thickly on the nail surface.
The polish doesn't have any amazing long term staying powers but it's no worse than other top brand nail polishes for durability. I am the type of woman who gets her hands dirty often so I tend to scuff my nails often anyway. I've found that with one coat of this polish, however, that I don't need to update the look too often or repair many scrapes or chips. I can just forget about it and don't worry about how it looks as I know it hasn't come off. Two coats and touch ups last a few days but I like to remove and start again after at least the fourth day of wearing.
One thing I don't like about the polish is that it has a very strong chemically smell which is one of the worst amongst all the nail polishes that I use. This one stinks so badly it makes me catch my breath when applying. It also smells like ink and household cleaning fluids when dry too, but is not too noticeable unless you have your fingers near your face.
In general I like this product and I find it good enough to want to buy it in the future. I would recommend it to anyone who likes experimenting with nail colours. The range has an amazing 42 plus colours to choose from and there is something there for every taste. If you've never tried the No7 brand before this is a great way to be introduced to them. A bottle of this costs £6 and is available in store or online.
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As much as I would love to be able to visit a nail bar every couple of weeks unfortunately my budget just won't stretch to it. But I still like my nails to look nice so often purchase nail varnish and carry out my own manicures. I love the No7 range of cosmetics and always look out for the £5.00 off vouchers which are normally given out several times per year when you spend £5.00 on other items in store. If I am not in need of any other cosmetics or skin care products from the range then I will usually take a look at the nail varnishes and see if a new colour catches my eye. The last No7 nail varnish I purchased was the Stay Perfect one in the Sparkly Khaki shade.
The stay perfect nail varnishes are currently priced at £6.00 each for a 10ml bottle. I used my No7 £5.00 off voucher when I purchased this nail varnish so paid just £1.00 which is a complete bargain as it is hard to find any nail varnish at this price.
The nail varnish comes packaged in a clear glass bottle which has a Black screw top lid. The lid is slightly curved on the sides and is quite tall, the brush is attached to the inside of the lid so it being curved and quite large allows you to grip it nicely to make it easier to apply the nail varnish. There is very limited information about the nail varnish on the bottle and the writing is Silver which makes it quite difficult to read on the background colour of the varnish. It simply displays the 'No7' name on the front and on the back states that it is 'pigment rich colour and has a quick drying ultra gloss finish. It also informs you that the nail varnish is flammable so obviously this means you need to keep it away from heat sources or any naked flames.
There were quite a few colours to choose from in the stay perfect range but the Sparkly Khaki stood out to me as I love the colour green as it was quite different. The colour also appeared to have a lovely subtle shimmer which I thought would make it suitable for day or evening wear.
The nail varnish is very easy to apply with the lid/handle of the brush as stated being quite wide and curved so easy to grip. The bristles on the brush itself are shaped into a slight curve at the bottom so makes it easy to apply to the base of your nail as it follows the natural curve. I always apply my nail varnish in three strokes, the first down the middle of the nail then down each side to ensure my full nail is covered. The varnish itself is a fairly thick consistency but is not at all gloopy and applies evenly and gives fairly good coverage although I did need to apply a second coat to ensure the tip of my nail could not be seen through the varnish. Although it did not state that this was a quick drying varnish it did appear to dry very quickly and after a couple of minutes I was able to apply the second coat which glided on easily over the top of the first. The strong chemical smell that you normally get from nail varnish also wasn't too bad with this product and didn't linger after applying.
As far as longevity goes this is where I was disappointed with this nail varnish. I have an office based job and after applying the nail varnish in the evening I proceeded to go straight to bed so my nails were not exposed to any harsh tasks or environments but after a days wear almost all of my nails especially my thumb nails were chipped. I will admit that I did not apply a top coat but I haven't always with other nail varnishes I have used and have not had chipping to this extent. I personally expected at least two days wear before I had to reapply and start again.
As the nail varnish didn't remain intact for long then I soon found myself reaching for the nail varnish remover. It was easy to remove by simply placing some of the varnish remover onto a cotton wool pad and sweeping over my nail and didn't leave my nails stained at all.
Overall I have mixed feelings about this nail varnish, it was easy to apply, looked lovely to begin with and was easy to remove but I was very disappointed with how easily it chipped. I think if you want a one day wear then this would be great but is certainly not a nail varnish for heavy or long wear.
My Nan recently sent me some Boots No.7 vouchers thinking that I could put them to good use. By the time I got them the expiry date was only a few days away, and since I could only use them one at a time, I went to a few different Boots stores to use them. One of the products that I purchased was the 'Stay Perfect Nail Colour' in 'Vivid Violet', which I'll be reviewing.
I liked the thin brush in this product; although I see the benefits of a wide brush, sometimes I prefer a thinner brush. I know that thicker brushes can make the application smoother and easier, but as I'm not brilliant at painting nails perfectly, sometimes a thin brush stops me from getting in too much mess. The product itself was quite runny, which surprised me, since I was expecting a nice thick product from No.7. This wasn't too much of a problem however, since I've had runnier nail varnishes in the past, and this definitely wasn't one of the worst ones. I would have liked a thicker product, but it wasn't so runny that it ran off of my nails, so it's not too much of a problem.
The first time I used this I didn't have any bottom coat or top coat. Since I started using a bottom/top coat, I hate painting my nails without it. But I decided to use the nail varnish without it anyway, so I could get an accurate review with and without a bottom/top coat.
WITHOUT A BOTTOM/TOP COAT
With no bottom coat, the nail varnish seemed to clump slightly when I was applying it. I'd just removed some nail varnish, so there was no dirt on my nails causing this. I can only put this down to the product being runny; instead of drying smoothly, it ran together and started to clump. The colour of the product is lovely, it lives up to it's promise of 'Pigment rich colour', and I was really pleased with the shade, since it actually looks the same as when it's in the bottle. In order to get this lovely deep colour however, I did have to use two coats, which I normally do anyway, but the coverage isn't very good with one coat. However, without a top coat, it definitely wasn't as shiny as I would have liked, and it chipped after a few days. I was expecting it to not last for very long, but since No.7 products are quite pricey, I'd expected it to last a bit longer.
WITH A BOTTOM/TOP COAT
After I'd bought some new top coat, I thought I'd give the product another go. I used the top coat as a bottom coat too, and the nail varnish glided on without any problems or clumps. When the first coat had dried, it was just as easy to apply a second coat. After applying the top coat, the colour was once again a lovely deep shade of purple, but the top coat added a brilliant shine, and I was very pleased with the results. It did last longer this time, but I've had cheaper nail varnishes that last longer than this. It only took around 5 days for the first chip to appear, and it was a large chip that couldn't really be repaired.
There is a large range of colours available in this product, including reds, blues, greens, pinks, oranges, and neutral colours, as well as black, brown and white. I'm sure that those shades are just as vibrant as this one, and I'd try some others if they lasted a bit longer.
This nail varnish sells for £6, which I think is pricey, considering it doesn't last for long. I got mine for £3 due to my £3 off voucher, and I wouldn't have paid £6 for it, since it's quite a small bottle at 10ml. I definitely wouldn't pay full price for it now that I know it doesn't last as long as some others I've tried.
I loved the colour of the product, it was deep, vivid and rich. Without a bottom/top coat, the colour and finish isn't as impressive as it could be and even with a bottom/top coat, it doesn't take long to chip. I wouldn't pay full price for this, but if I had another voucher, I'd consider it.
=Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish=
Boots have three own brands within their makeup ranges, they are
-Natural collection - these are the basic range and are priced very competitively at £2 per item and generally have offers such as 3 for £5.00
-Boots No 17 - This is the mid priced collection items, and these vary in prices.
-Boots No 7 - This is the top of the range priced items and the nail polish comes from this range and is priced at £6.00
The nail varnish claims to give a pigment rich colour and has a ultra gloss finish. The product also claims to be quick drying.
The bottle for No 7 nail polish is a slender bottle, it has "Stay Perfect" in gold lettering on the front of the bottle, and gold "no 7" on the lid. The lid is black, and this has the brush built in. The nail polish is 10 ml.
There is information on the back of the bottle regarding safe use and the manufacturer contact details.
I brought a metallic silver shade, which was called "disco nights". I did put a clear coat on my nails first, with it bring a darker shade, and applying the nail polish I needed to use 2 coats to get a good definition of colour.
I noticed the brush had a larger bristles than previous brushes, but when I looked on the bottle there was a blue sticker that said "new and improved brush", so mystery solved, this brush also seemed improved on the cut of the bristles, and they were flat and more compact, and on most of my nails, I could get one sweep of the brush and they had painted the nail.
This was quick to dry, and by the time I had painted the first coat, the nails were perfectly dry and ready to do the 2nd layer of polish,
I was really impressed as this did last 5 days before it chipped, it was 7 days and it still had not chipped, so the staying power on this polish was really good and I could not fault it, I have used this bottle so far on about 4 different occasions and each time, it has been a week and there has been no chips on them.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these nail polishes, although they are £6 each, they do last, they come in a wide range of colours to suit all occasions, and it is worth keeping an eye out for when Boots do the till split coupon, offering £3 off the makeup range.
~*~*~ Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish ~*~*~
As it is now finally summer (hooray!) I thought I would start doing some nail varnish reviews, as I always use a lot more nail varnish in the summer. I like vibrant colours which are eye catching and bold. I normally opt for pinks and oranges, and I like to match my toe nails with my finger nails. I find that nail varnish always lasts longer on my toe nails than my finger nails, so it is always annoying when a varnish starts chipping on my fingers very quickly as I have to change my toe nail colour as well!
I, like many others, decided to purchase this varnish because I had a £5.00 off voucher for No7 products in Boots. The colour I choose is called 'Me Me Me', which is a bright, barbie, pink colour. Please see below for my thoughts on this varnish...
~*~*~ What Is It? ~*~*~
This is a nail varnish by Boots own range, No7. It claims to give pigmented colour which dries quickly leaving an ultra glossy finish. This varnish comes in a wide array of colours, there is around 30 to choose from, which range from soft and neutral to bright and bold.
This varnish comes in a clear, glass, bottle with a black screw top lid. Attached to the lid is the brush applicator. On the front of the bottle, in gold writing, it states 'Stay Perfect Nail Colour, Pigment Rich Colour'. And on the back of the bottle, also in gold writing, it states 'Quick Drying Ultra Gloss Finish', the Boots website address (www.boot.com) and how much the bottle holds (10ml).
To apply, you simply unscrew the lid, remove the applicator from the bottle and apply to the nails.
~*~*~ Price And Avalability ~*~*~
You can purchase this varnish from the Boots store, or website, for £6.00. It is currently on a 'buy one get the 2nd one half price' offer.
~*~*~ My Thoughts ~*~*~
Overall I generally like No7 products, I wouldn't say it is my favourite brand but I do try and take advantage of the £5.00 vouchers when I can. I think the No7 branding is simple and sophisticates. This varnish fits in with the brand nicely. It actually looks more expensive than it is.
The first thing you notice when you look at the bottle is how chunky the lid is. When you hold the lid it fits very comfortably in your hand which makes it easier to be precise. The brush is quite standard, not too thin and not too thick, and it holds a good amount of varnish. The varnish has a nice consistency to it, it is not too runny which means it doesn't drip of the brush.
Applying the varnish is easy and it goes on without much effort. This varnish takes around 2 or 3 minutes to dry completely. You do need to apply two coats of this varnish to get an even, bold coverage. I have used this varnish with and without a top coat and I must say it only lasts around 2 days without a top coat which I think is pretty poor, however it doesn't seem to last a couple of days longer with a top coat. This varnish started to chip after 3 days. It is not the best varnish, in terms if durability. If you do a lot of washing up then this does come off quite easily.
One of the downsides with this varnish is it seems to dry up quite quickly, I have used it 5 or 6 times, throughout 2 months, and it has already started to get thick and gloppy. This makes it much harder to apply.
The colour itself it lovely and very eye catching, because the colour is so vibrant. It looks beautiful on my fingers and toes.
~*~*~ Would I Recommend? ~*~*~
Yes I would recommend this varnish, especially if you have a £5.00 off voucher. The final result is really nice and there are loads of colours to choose from. The only down side when it comes to this varnish is the durability. It didn't last as long as I would have hoped for and I can't always be bothered to apply a top coat, or have enough time. Overall this varnish is fairly average so I am going to give this varnish 3 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
I more often than not buy my No 7 products when I have a £5 off voucher to use and using the voucher gives me a chance to try a different product each time and also a chance to save lots of money. I have long nails which are in a good condition and I bought this nail polish to give it a go to see how it performed on my nails.
It comes in a transparent glass bottle and has a screw off top which is very easy to twist on and off. The top is quite chunky and very easy to get a good grip to apply the polish comfortably onto the nails. It has a good length wand and at the end of the wand the bristles are quite long. The bristles are really soft too.
The polish is very easy to apply to each nail and I find that because the bristles are very soft, the brush simply glides across my nails perfectly and gives a really even coverage. The polish holds onto the bristles really well too and doesn't drip from them. The polish is quite thick and not a runny consistency.
I always use a base coat first before applying nail polish, this way I find the colour of the polish doesn't stain my nails and helps protect them. I then apply one coat over my nails and allow it to dry completely then apply a second coat, then a clear top coat. When I first used this polish using this routine I found the polish gives a really nice look but the following day my polish began to chip. So the next time I used it I used the base coat, one application of the polish and the top coat. Again it began to chip the next day, so I wasn't a happy bunny but I didn't give up all hope. So the next time I used a base coat, then one coat and no top coat. Found it still began to chip the next day. Still not giving in I applied the same method but applied 2 coats, no top coat and again chipped. I found this very annoying because No 7 is a good brand. I found no matter which way I used this polish it gave the same results and chipped.
Not a good look for my nails, I like my polish to last far longer than one day before it begins to chip. Would have been happy if it chipped after 2 days but not one.
It dries really quickly and in a few minutes so I am really happy with this length of time and it allows me to apply the polish and get on with my day. The polish gives a really nice glossy look to the nails and a really nice sheen in appearance. Feels really smooth to the touch once dried.
I have continued to use this polish because I don't want to waste it and my money but I don't really like it because of the chipping etc.
The colour I bought was the Me Me Me which is a vibrant pink colour, the colour is super in appearance on my nails and I have no grumbles with the way it looks on my nails at all. Pink is my favourite colour so this one suited my choice when I chose it. It is also available in a few dark shades of pink too and lots of different colours such a few different shades of blue, purples and lots of colours to suit everyone. I think the choice of colours is vast compared to some other brands of polish. I don't think you would be disappointed in the colours available in my opinion.
It is priced at just £6 and I bought it along with some other items from the range so it cost me far cheaper using my £5 voucher. I don't think it is very good value polish for £6, I don't think the quality is good enough in my opinion, not from my experience of using it.
I won't be buying this polish again in the future, it isn't one I like very much because of the chipping. If it didn't chip I would be more than happy to buy it again. The only good points I can say about this product is the choice of colour, how it covers nails really well, the drying time and the glossy appearance.
I don't recommend it if you are wanting to apply a polish which lasts longer than a day before it begins to chip. I think you may find it as annoying as I did in my opinion and I wouldn't waste money buying this one from No 7 range. I have used cheaper brands and found they don't chip after a day.
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I am going to give this polish 3 stars. Dropping 2 stars because I think the chipping is a huge issue for me and I like my polish to last far longer than one day.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
So as part of my quest to reduce down my makeup bag I have been wearing all my nail polishes to work out which ones to keep and which to chuck which brings me to this No 7 nail polish. Like most of my No 7 products it was bought using the famous £3 off vouchers (or £5 when they were £5). I have this polish in a number of colours but am currently wearing a glittery Barbie pink which I bought when I was feeling particularly girly and isn't in my normal range of colours (red, nudes, sorbets and brights). However, they do a vast range of colours so you should find one to suit you fairly easily.
When it comes to No 7 nail polish it seems they are following the 'if it's not broken don't fix it' philosophy as the style hasn't changed for a while. It has a slim line glass bottle and a reasonably sized brush (you would need about two strokes for smaller nails and three for larger nails with this brush). I also find the brush quite easy to hold as the neck is reasonably long.
The consistency of this nail polish is very good as it has nice coverage and with some of the lighter colours I find you can actually get away with one coat (however two coats will look slightly better). Because it is neither too thick or too thin it is easy to apply and has a nice finish when it is dry.
In terms of drying time it is pretty standard for a nail polish with about three minutes before it is touch dry and five before it is completely dry so nothing particularly special or out of the ordinary there.
A big issue for me is how long a nail polish last before it starts to chip and this is ok and fairly standard for most nail polishes. I find that without a top coat I get about two days before it starts to chip - three if I am being especially careful with my nails. I also find that the polish itself last quite well and doesn't go as gloppy as some polishes do when not in use.
At £6.00 in Boots it's not the cheapest nor the most expensive but when you can get Barry M for a lot cheaper that lasts about the same time if not slightly longer and Ciate for only £2 more which lasts around a week it's not always the best value (which is why I have knocked a couple of stars off). However, if you have got a money off voucher it is a pretty good bet.
This is a nail varnish from the Boots No7 range. This stay perfect nail varnish claims to give a pigment rich colour with an ultra gloss finish. It also claims to be quick drying. The nail varnish is available in a variety of shades including basic colours but also metallic ones.
The packaging consists of a glass bottle and a black lid. On the front of the bottle printed in gold is the name of the product "Stay Perfect". On the lid in gold it says "No7" and there is also a blue sticker that says "new brush and formulation". The sticker on the back of the lid states the shade of the varnish in my case "disco nights" and on the back of the bottle it says there is 10ml of the product. There is also some safety information and manufacturer details.
You can purchase the nail varnish from Boots for £6.
I feel this is a very good nail varnish. I don't use varnish very often but when I do I like to know that it will stay on my nails for a long time and this "stay perfect" varnish lived up to its name. The varnish lasted 5+ days on my nails and this was even without a top coat!
The brush is also very large and flat, something else I really like when buying varnishes. The shape of the brush means you can do most nails with one swoop. Although the first coat of my disco nights shade which is a metallic dark silver is usually pretty good I still feel I need to apply a second coat to get the definition I want so the varnish may fail a little bit on it's pigmentation claim but this doesn't bother me because I always apply at least two coats of nail varnish anyway.
Because of the quick drying time too (a minute or less approx) this means that you don't have to wait to apply the second coat. Once you have done your second hand you can go back to your first and begin reapplying the product.
As mentioned above this nail varnish has really good staying power, I was very impressed.
A nice nail varnish but a bit pricey. It lives up to most of its claims but doesn't come out as pigmented as you would expect. I'm not sure whether I would purchase this again because of the price, I only purchased in the first instance because it was new and on offer, if however you can afford it I would definitely recommend trying this nail varnish.
I have just painted my nails with this product so I thought I would give it a review. I started buying these nail varnishes when boots gave away the vouchers, I think it was for £3 off when you spend over £5. Im not sure. Anyway I had a nose around the no.7 range looking for the cheapest option because I am a savvy student bargain hunter. Anyway I came across these which are the cheapest thing you can buy for over a fiver anyway. These are £6 each and I have 3 colours. One in "Stand back" which is a bright true blue colour. I have the "Clear 20" which is just a typical clear nail varnish. I also have "Blackberry" which is a dark almost black purple shade.
Anyway I picked these up for around £3 which I was so happy about considering they contain 10ml of product. I really like the packaging. There are no sticky labels it is just simply the plastic glass like bottle, with a large black lid with No.7 printed on it. The large lid makes it very easy to hold the brush, making it very sturdy and easy to control your strokes. As a clumsy messy individual I can say I have made the fewest mistakes using this nail varnish, it is very easy to use. The bottle simply has "Stay perfect, Nail colour, Pigment rich colour" on the front (not on the clear one obviously as it has no colour)
And on the back all it says is "Quick Drying Ultra Gloss Finish". Boom. Done. Simple as that. None of this small print mega descriptions about how wonderful a product it is. Just straight forward description of what it should do. The best thing is, it isn't lying!
I have just used the clear nail varnish as a base and top coat for my nails and I think it dried in around 5-10 minutes, which is very fast drying in my opinion. I used "Stand Back" as my weapon of choice today, and that also too around the same amount of time to dry. Application is very straight forward. Like I mentioned before the large lid makes it very easy to apply, but also the brush itself is very very thick so it can hold a lot of product at one time. However you don't end up with too much product on your nails at any one time. It is easy to distribute the product but the brush means you are not constantly going back and forth to the pot to pick up more of the nail varnish. As it is thick it also means you can paint your nails in a hurry as with two strokes you've covered your nail in polish which is a brilliant bonus for me. The brush on the coloured nail varnishes is much thicker than the clear one. Probably because you only want a thin layer of the clear product whereas you want a thick one of the coloured. Even in one coat the product is so pigmented that you could get away with it. The blue covers my nail brilliantly. I can't comment on paler colours but with the thick formula the others seem to have I believe it wouldn't take long to do your nails in a paler colour. Even though you can get away with one coat I believe that 2 makes your nails stand out even more and also less prone to chipping. If I'm going to spend time doing my nails I like to make them last as long as possible.
Having said that with the two coats I tend to use, I can make my nails last 5-7 days which is what I expect from a higher end nail polish. Therefore I think that it is worth the cost of them full price even though I did get them for only £3. I would consider buying them myself full price but like I said I am a bargain hunter in search of a great deal.
These are brilliant nail varnishes, I can't fault them and I would definitely recommend them. I think I will purchase more in some more pinky colours in the future.
I was first given a No7 nail varnish as a give many years ago, I was really impressed with it and No7 became one of my favourite nail varnish brands. I no longer have the large collection of colours that I had before having my girls but I still like to treat myself to them now and then.
I like the shape of these bottles as it's very slimline, this allows me to fit more into my drawer than those with larger bases. The glass bottle warns you that the product is flammable and a barcode label on the bottle tells you the name of the colour. I'm not that keen on this barcode label as it spoils the look of the bottle, a coloured label on the top of the brush would be an improvement.
Even in my reduced collection I still have this nail varnish in a nice variety of colours my favourite being Temptress which is a dark chocolate colour. I like to wear dark colours on my toes and this is ideal. Boots regularly update the colours in the range and there are currently 41 to choose from so you can always keep up to date with the season's latest trends.
The colours in this range that I have tried are all strong colours and they have a lovely glossy finish to them.
Applying the colour
As with most nail varnishes there are ball bearings inside to allow you to mix it upon shaking, you can hear them rattling inside and if the varnish has started to separate this soon mixes it back together.
This nail varnish comes with a decent sized brush which is easy to unscrew from the bottle. It is easy to hold and when you lift the brush out of the bottle plenty of polish is loaded onto the brush. Before applying I wipe any excess back into the bottle to ensure that not too much is painted onto my nails.
The nail varnish goes on smoothly and the brush allows you to have good coverage with a few strokes, I usually do one down the middle of my nail and then fill in either side.
This polish is quick drying and by the time I have painted all my nails they are dry enough to start again with the second coat. I always apply 2 coats to ensure that I get an even coverage and then finish with a top coat. Once I have finished my 3 coats I try to give my nails a good hour or so to really dry properly and avoid any smudges occurring which they do if I do anything too soon.
How well does it wear?
When I used to wear this nail polish before having children it would easily last several days before I had to remove it. However it doesn't like all the washing up that I do when at home with the girls and within a day or so it needs removing due to chipping at the tips of my nails.
On my toes this nail varnish lasts really well and can easily last a week and still look great.
I just use an own brand nail polish remover and it comes off pretty easily, dark colours don't stain my nails either which is good.
Price and availability
These nail varnishes cost £6 for a 10ml bottle which is quite expensive compared to other brands. You can currently buy one get one half price on No7 cosmetics and Boots are also running their £3 off No7 make up promotion where you get a voucher with your receipt. They are a Boots product and as such are available in their stores and at Boots.com.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these nail varnishes are really good quality and easy to apply. They come in a large range of colours so there is one to suit all tastes.
I love painting my nails however I hate waiting for all the different layers to dry and it really puts me off doing my nails sometimes, a friend of mine recommended this one to me and told me that it didn't take too long to dry. The nail varnish is a No 7 one so is one of Boots own and it cost me £5.50 which I would never have paid if it hadn't been recommended to me.
There are loads of different colours in the range and I don't feel it would benefit the review to list them all, the nail varnish I picked from the range is a rich purple colour which I picked to match my outfit for a wedding I was attending.
The nail varnish comes in a little glass bottle which is a sort of triangular shaped and then the black twist top cap is the same sort of triangular shape so that together the shape is sort of like an egg timer. On the front you simply have the boots name and the name of the product and the No 7 symbol on the top of the lid.
I find that this nail varnish is nice and thick and the brush applicator doesn't have too many bristles which makes it easy to paint with, it paints on the nail really easily. When I paint my nails I always do it properly so I have a base coat and then you need 2 coats of this nail varnish leaving and then a top coat to finish and I was disappointed to find that it actually takes about 15 minutes per coat to dry which is exactly what I didn't want.
I find that my nails last 2-3 days before the tips of my nails start to crack and chip, I have never managed more than a couple of days without chipped nails so this compares to other branded products as far as my nails go. I think you get a lovely finish with this nail varnish and my nails look really glossy and the colour is lovely with a metallic quality to it.
I really like my nails painted with this varnish but do think it is a shame that it takes so long to dry and also think that the price is a bit much, the most I usually spend is on the Rimmel brand which I usually pick up when there is an offer on. I give this nail varnish 4 stars as I think there is better.
I must say I'd never actually used Boots nail polish at all before Christmas 2011 when I was given a till-spit (that's a voucher you get with your receipt, savings watchers!) in Boots for £5 off my next No7 purchase, no minimum spend. So I decided to add the princely sum of 50p to it and get a bottle of Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish, which normally retails at £5.50.
The bottle is nice; tall, and thin, and with a glass base and tall black lid / handle for the brush applicator. The shade I went for is 'gunmetal', which though it sounds shimmery is a matte grey, an odd choice maybe for a nail polish but I prefer mattes for work, and I wear lots of grey in the office. Plus, Leighton Denny the nail expert on QVC did assure us all that 'grey is the new black' and 'concrete chic is in' before telling us all about a new colour, greige, which is apparently a cross between grey and beige... anyway, this is a nod to his advice and a practical colour for my office nail collection.
So, application. I can honestly say that Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish is very easy to apply as the applicator brush is very good, long and elegant, like the handle, with the perfect amount of splay to allow for a nice, neat, two stroke application.
It being a heavily pigmented colour, the gunmetal needed two coats, but it took only 15 minutes per coat to be acceptably dry and probably an hour to be solidly dry. Once it was done I loved the look, full coverage, matte and very neat, you can tell Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish is a quality nail polish.
In terms of lastability I suppose it does really depend on what you do. I spend all day typing in the office, and then in the evenings cooking, cleaning, changing nappies and generally bashing my manicure about! But that said, I can get three days out of Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish, which for me is good, before I see any chips. It never peels, always chips. If you have a slightly less hectic nail life then you can probably eke it out to 5 days.
For 50p I am obviously very happy with it but for £5.50 I still think it's an excellent nail polish well worth the money, as it gives impressive results I'd only previously seen on higher end nail polishes like Nails Inc. The range of colours is quite 'safe', that said - no outlandish neons on offer - but it does have a good selection of wearable nail polishes for all occasions.
Removal of Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish was very good, too, it removed cleanly and evenly with regular acetone free nail polish remover. Certainly it was easier to remove than other nail polishes I own, matte and gloss.
So, overall, I do of course recommend Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish, and I've gone on since to buy others both for myself and as gifts (at Christmas they do miniature sets which are lovely). I can't criticise them at all for the money, design and quality of the nail polishes and will be sure to buy more. So I'll give Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish 5 out of 5 because they do deserve it.
Nail varnish is something I enjoy wearing, it is probably something I indulge in more than any other make up product, simply because I know it is not going to irritate my nails, or even skin when the odd bits get onto my skin. No 7 has so far been the best brand in the nail varnish department, that I have used, mainly because they are not as quick to chip off as many other varnishes. No 7 also have a very wide range of 'mature' colours, meaning they're not exactly bright and colourful and playful, but they are nice for wearing to work, or those special nights out, or even colours that just make you feel good.
I have used a few of the Stay Perfect range varnishes, and will review them below:
This varnish is a shiny pinkish colour. What is interesting about this varnish is that it comes with a sort of angled brush, which presumably is to make it easier to apply the varnish within the contours of your nail. The varnish and brush look very soft, and when applied looks very elegant. The brush in certain areas makes it easy to apply the varnish, but it does need to be turned around and requires use of both sides of the brush depending on what side of the nail you are painting. This can make it a bit uneven when you are getting used to this different style brush, but is not a huge problem. The colour itself blends in well with my brown skin, particularly on my toes where my skin is bit lighter, it makes my feet look pretty. This colour goes well with most of my clothes which are mostly dark colours, but it also goes well with grey and light yellow tops or dresses. This is a colour for all year round.
The varnish itself lasts three days on both toes and fingers before starting to look dull. The varnish on the toes last a couple of weeks before starting to chip away, and the varnish on the fingers, tends to last a couple of days before showing mild signs of chipping, a week or so before it starts to chip away properly. With just one layer, it doesn't really peel away as easily as when you have applied two or more coats.
This is basically red. What reminds me of a devilish red, and it really stands out. To me this is a summer colour. Much like the oyster varnish the same details apply, except for the brush, which is the normal brush you find on most varnishes, no angles. In some ways I do prefer this brush, it is just easier to apply the varnish without getting too much excess varnish onto the nail. The only other difference is that when this colour starts to chip away, it is more obvious as it is a brighter colour.
This is a colour that requires two coats for a deeper and more devilish look.
This is a colour or a non colour that I like, because it just makes my nails look shiny. It can be used as a top coat. The varnish comes with a thick brush but not angled. While it makes it easy to apply this varnish in a single brush stroke over the nail, it also collects a lot of the varnish and may leave your nail with excess varnish which makes things a bit messy sometimes. This varnish does peel off easier than the other colours for some reason, but of course as this colours peels or chips away, it is barely noticeable except to the person whose nails they are peeling from.
The nail varnishes are available in Boots at around £6.50 last time I bought them, though I did use a £5 off coupon. These are varnishes I would definitely recommend over most others as they do last longer, and they look good.