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Nail varnish is the only thing I don't want chips with!
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish
Member Name: redhead78
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish
Advantages: Lots of colours to choose from, not too expensive, great longlasting coverage
Disadvantages: None for me
I'm not a particularly girly girl, and getting less so with age it seems! So I tend not to spend much on make up etc anymore and don't often browse in shops, usually stocking up on something in particular that has run out, whereas is my younger (mortgage-free!) days I would often "just pop in to Boots" and come away £20 lighter in purse after having been seduced by eyeshadows, foundations and nail varnishes. As a result, my make up bag is a much easier place to manouevre around nowadays with only a few, carefully selected products rather than bursting at the seams with things I buy, try once then forget about (these haven't been thrown away, merely thrown into an overflow drawer, waiting patiently for special occasions and emergencies!).
One constant in my make up bag, however, is a bottle of the Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour. Yes, I know most people have oodles of makeup and nail varnish and wouldn't fit it all in one bag, but I'm strict enough with myself, and my purse strings now, to be able to fit it all in one ickle bag! In previous years I would have a rainbow selection of nail varnishes in all imaginable colours - enough to fill a Christmas Cadbury's Roses tin, and so usually bought anything that tickled my fancy and that was "cheap as chips". Unfortunately this false economy usually did end up with my nails looking cheap and chipped!
This all changed several years ago, however, when I had one of the No 7 £5 off vouchers and I decided to try a more expensive varnish to see if they really were worth the extra money. I was really surprised by how many colours there were to choose from as for some reason I seem to associate the cheaper brands with lots of colours and the more expensive ones with a more select choice of colours. But if you shop in one of the bigger Boots branches, especially, you'll be faced with upwards of 30 shades to choose from in this range, more than enough for anyone!
As I said, I'm not very girly, so I tend to opt for a natural look for day to day wear so chose the pale pink version of the nail varnish (150, Practically Perfect). This means I can wear it on it's own during the week for a natural yet groomed look, but it also works really well with a tip whitener to create a french manicure for weekends/special occasions. Sorry, but that's about as adventurous as I get with my nails any more!
There are many reasons why this brand has become a staple for me now and I never buy anything else. The bottle itself is nice and chunky and feels much better quality than cheaper brands, the brush provided in the lid is substantial...I found a lot of them could have very thin brushes which make it harder for me personally to apply nail varnish neatly. This one, however, is the perfect size to make 3 sweeps down each nail, once down the middle then one down either side, as recommended to me by a nail technician once. The varnish itself is thick but not gloopy, so whilst it doesn't "dribble" down your nail, nor does it stick in impossible to spread clumps either. And, last, but definitely not least, it remains chip free on my nails for at least 4 days usually (more if I reapply a top coat of clear varnish every couple of days), which for me is a real bonus. As I do a lot of cooking, baking and crafting in my spare time I don't want to have my hands out of action for an hour every couple of days waiting for varnish to dry, so the fact that I only have to apply this every 5 or so days is great.
Another bonus for me, not am important one granted, but a bonus nonetheless is that it doesn't smell so overpoweringly chemical like some nail varnishes do. It still has a slight smell to it, but nowhere near as bad as others I've used in the past!
I've been calling this Stay Perfect Nail Varnish "more expensive" in this review but really, at £7 from Boots stores and online (and usually to be found on some kind of offer, often 3 for 2) it isn't really all that expensive when you consider that the equivalent from Dior or Chanel would set you back more than double that. Obviously, there are cheaper varnishes out there, but for the quality you get from No 7 (and the often to be had £5 off vouchers!) I think it actually is really good value for money. As I said, I probably use this varnish 6 or 7 times a month on average (only one coat at a time as I feel 2 coats of pale pink varnish gives a less natural look) and the bottle usually lasts me about 8 months.
So, unless I read some really rave reviews on here about another nail varnish I'll be sticking with this for the forseeable future!
Summary: A good, longlasting, easy to apply nail varnish