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Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish
Member Name: cyberem78
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish
Advantages: Great choice of shades. Looks good.
Disadvantages: Is pricier than some other nail polishes. Strong smell.
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.
Summary: I'm pleased with my purchase and would recommend.