“ Brand: Primark / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Laquer / Suitable for: Nails „
Ok so I'm not against buying cheap beauty products but I must admit buying primark nail varnish was not on my list. In my latest christmas beauty hamper I received a set of 4 I was so exited to try these as I have never used these before. They came in the most beautiful colour colours - sparkly glittery colours along with 2 matte colours. It's a great combination really you can apply the matte colours and then the glitter on top to jazz it up a hit. Ok so what what I thought about the products, I always paints my nails. The colour went on so well and even if if is thick enough for one coat I always still apply 2, that's just me. The colours go on well effortlessly and give a great finish, I wouldn't say they dry as quick as other nail varnishes I've tried. They lasted a few days without chipping but again along with any other nails varnishes it was what I expected. Overall a good product which I would recommend.
'Primark Opia Nail Laquer' I would never really think of going to my local 'Primark' store for cosmetics, however this time I am glad I did. I purchased the 'Opia nail lacquer' in a wide range of colours for only £1 each, I thought I may as well try them seen as they were so cheap. When I first applied them to my nails the first thing I noticed was the very strong 'nail polish' smell that I have often experienced in the past with cheap nail varnishes, so I highly recommend using it in a well ventilated room. I was not too put off by the smell although it was strong, it was to be some what expected. I found that the nail varnish had ok coverage, when I applied the first coat they were a bit thin and watery but I found that the darker colour gave better coverage than the paler ones, maybe it had something to do with the darker colours be being more pigmented overall. It took several coats (3-4) for me to get the coverage and thickness I desired, I feel the only major down side to these nail varnishes is that even after it is dry the smell still lingers on your nails for up to a day after it has been used. The nail varnish applies quite easily and does not chip off if applied evenly to the nail. I found the brush allowed for a more even coverage so the nail varnish will last a lot longer than most. Although I did like the brush I found the overall look of the packaging to be quite cheap, I suppose you get what you pay for with this particular product. Even though it does have a strong smell I would recommend this nail varnish as it is hard wearing and good value for money. They also come in a wide range of colors to match all styles and tastes.
I have just taken a recent trip to Primark and although I wasn't too taken on any of the clothes, they have introduced some new nail effects and colours to their nail varnish range so I decided to give them ago. I had never used a Primark nail varnish before, so I was unsure of what to expect; especially after finding the quality of their items a bit of a hit and miss. ==~~Price and Availability~~== These nail varnishes are sold in Primark, my nearest Primark never used to sell nail varnishes or any other beauty related products, but since getting a new, larger store they have expanded the range so the nail varnishes may only be available in some of the larger store. I have found that the prices of these nail varnishes vary and depend on the type you buy. In some cases you can purchase 3 nail varnishes for as little as £2 and in some other colours it will cost you £2.50 for one colour. So although the prices vary considerably for what you get, I do feel that all the nail varnishes are very reasonably priced and are priced at the lower end of the market. ==~~Variations~~== As mentioned previously Primark have recently expanded the range of their nail varnishes and there is now a very large range to select from; covering anything from pastels, to crackle effects, to neons and glitters. All the colours offered seem to be very on trend and I tend to find the colour options available can change quite often in order to keep up with all the new trends. There is a wide enough colour selection to suit almost anyone and the nail varnishes are always highly stocked up so the colour you want is more than likely to be available. ==~~The nail varnish~~== I chose a couple of nail varnishes from the range, including neon's and pastels, though in this review I will be focusing on particular one named 'Hip Hop'; a bright neon pink/orange. I don't normally go for neon nail colours, however thought it would be nice to add a pop of colour. The first thing I noticed about the nail varnish was the smell. Although most nail varnishes do smell I tend not to notice it anymore due to using them so often, yet this nail varnish had a very strong, chemical smell. I did find that after a minute or two it did not smell quite as strong (perhaps because I had got used to the smell), nonetheless if was not an altogether pleasant smell and when I had gone back into the room that I had painted my nails in I could still smell the chemical scent. ==~~Applying the Nail Varnish~~== The nail varnish was quite runny when applied and the colour did seem a little diluted. I was pleased to see that it applied very smoothly to the nail on the first coat and did not seem to have any air bubbles; though I did find that the brush was picking up too much of the nail varnish and as of such it did run a little into the bed of my nail and looked a little messy. I did find that I needed to wipe a lot of the nail varnish off of the brush before applying, which did leave the edge of the nail varnish bottle a little messy. Though, I did find that the brush size worked very well, it was not too wide and not too thin, though was quite long in length. I found that 3 strokes over the nail with this brush was enough to cover the nail. Once the first coat had dried I was a little disappointed at how translucent the nail varnish looked; it seemed to be a wishy washy bright orange colour, rather than the bold neon colour I had expected. The first coat dried very quickly, about 1 or 2 minutes until it was touch dry and 5 minutes until it was completely dry due to it being quite a thin coat. I decided to apply a second coat once the first had dried, again I found the nail varnish just as smooth and easy to apply, yet it was still a little runny to use. I was pleased to see that once this coat had tried, the colour on the nails was a little more opaque, however, was not quite as bright or neon as I had expected and the colour seemed ever so slightly uneven. I decided to then apply a third coat of this colour due to the fact I did not feel the nail varnish was quite as true as I had wanted it to be; despite the fact I normally tend to apply 2 coats of nail varnish. After I had applied the third coat the nail varnish was much more true to the colour I had expected it to be. I did find that the final coat took a little longer to completely dry, around 10 minutes, although it was touch dry in around 5 or so minutes. ==~~Results~~== After three coats of this nail varnish (having used some of the other Primark nail varnishes I bought I do find that 3 are needed in order to achieve a true colour) , I was very pleased with the way in which it looked on the nails. The colour 'Hip Hop' was a very bright neon pink orange colour, which really made the nails stand out and just added some colour to a plain outfit. I did find that although the nail varnish was really very smooth to apply, it was ever so slight lumpy, though I think this may be due to the fact that when applying it did seem to be a little uneven. Also due to the fact the nail varnish was so runny, it was still a little messy around the nail bed, though this was very quick and easy to remove with just a little nail varnish remover. I did find that although it was a very neon colour, it was not all that shiny (although it wasn't matte) so I did feel it needed a top coat over the top. Once the top coat was applied I was very pleased with the results as it seemed to even out any slight unevenness and gave the nail varnish a more manicured look. I was also pleased with finished results of both the crackle and pastel nail varnishes I had purchased, although unfortunately I found the crackle effect nail varnishes by Primark extremely brittle and seemed to dry up with a couple of uses. ==~~How long did it last on the nails?~~== I was pleasantly surprise with the staying time of this nail varnish as it lasted 4 or 5 days without beginning to look tired or chipping, which I sometimes find that the higher brands cannot last this period of time. I did find that I needed to apply the top coat for it to last this long on the nails as without it I did find the nail varnish begun to chip within 3 days. ==~~Was it easy to remove?~~== The nail varnish was easy to remove and only needed a little amount of nail polish remover in order to get all the polish off. The first time I applied this nail varnish I unfortunately made the mistake of applying the neon colour without a base coat and in such it stained my nails a yellow/ orange colour, so I would recommend applying a base coat before a bright or neon colour. I did find that if I applied the same nail varnish with a base coat underneath it did still stain my nails a little, but much less to the previous. ==~~Overall~~== Overall, I would be happy to recommend these nail varnishes; there is a wide range of colours that last a long time on the nails for a very good price. When choosing the nail varnishes, I would pick one from further back on the shelf as I often find that the ones nearer the front can be a little messy and have often been used. The colours are really lovely and although I do need an extra coat than what I would have normally applied, I feel that it is worth this for the final colour. I would recommend all of the variations, except for that of the crackle effect nail polishes as I feel these dry up far too quickly and therefore you are not getting enough uses out of the product for the price. I will continue to buy these nail varnish as I was impressed with the quality for the price, though will steer clear of the crackle effect ones.
I am not often impressed with Primark- especially the make up range! However I was pleasantly surprised when my sister bought home some gorgeous shades from the nail laquer range to try out- very bold blues, pinks, purples and yellows- which are very on trend. When used with a top coat and base coat the varnishes last about a week- sometimes more, depending on how much you use your nails for! The varnish is lovely and thick and two coats is plenty for some real stand-out nails. They can smudge easily so they need to be well-dried first but at £1.50 can you really complain?! The bottles are 10ml and a chunky, rectangular shape with a black screw on top. They last quite a while and are actually really good. As a fan of lovely nails, I have tried a lot of varnishes and this is one of the best brands- perfect for girls on a budget who love their colours!!
I'm a big fan of nail varnish and usually buy cheap-ish (£3-£6) brands from my local Superdrug. I've been aware of Primark's cosmetics for a while now but rarely look in that section as most of the range does quite honestly seem cheap and cheerful and i simply prefer other brands, but a few weeks ago was in need of some new nail varnish and wanted a change, so decided to get myself some of primark's Opia Nailvarnish to try out. It was priced at £1.50 so i decided if i didn't like it, it wouldn't be a total waste of money! The nail varnish comes in a small but chunky 10ml clear glass pot with an optional white or black screw-on lid which ofcourse has a thin bristle type applicator attatched to it which sits inside the varnish when the lid is closed. The applicator reaches the bottom ensuring no varnish is wasted; a frequent problem i've had with other brands. The pot has "Nail polish - Designed to accentuate your nails" written on the front allowing you to know what it is, however it's packaged in a bottle that's the average nail-varnish type bottle so it's obvious to most people anyway. The fact that the pot is clear allows the colour of the varnish to be seen as it truly is, with no misleading colour promises such as 'red cherry', then only to discover it's a burgundy! So that's definetly a great feature and the bottle/pot is overall stylish. The varnish is nice, with an average nail varnish consistency, average nail varnish smell and it's overall a very average nail varnish. Applying it is simple and works just as it would with any other brand. It drys within 30-60 seconds and looks great; really shiney and bright. I find 1 coat is enough but 2 coats looks good too and it doesn't get clumpy. After application, it lasts me well for a week or so before it becomes chipped, at which point i remove it with nail varnish remover and it is removed easily. I've had my varnish for around 3 weeks now and considering it's only a 10ml bottle, it's lasted me well and has plenty of varnish left for atleast 5 more uses! There are lots of colours and shades available, including gold, pink, black, blue, etc. I have a red and black and they're equal in quality. Overall It's nothing special but it's certianly not bad and i've found it to be of good quality - especially for £1.50! Will be stocking up on my next visit to primark!
I begrudge paying lots of money for something that i do not wear very often, especially if it is polish for my toes that will be covered by socks and shoes for most of the year, so i will always try out a bargain. I am a bit of a primark fan as it is cheap and cheerful and i believe that the company is making good efforts these days for better working conditions for their manufacurers too. They have been doing a make-up range fairly recently and i thought id take a look. The make-up itself seems to have 2 different themes. The extremely cheap and cheerful range, with basic make-up pieces such as lip and eye liner in clear plastic wrapping, is basic to say the least but is priced between £1 AND £1.50. There is then the more advertised range, which to be honest looks a little like the packaging to Benefit products, dare i say it. All the pieces in this range are boxed with very stand out packaging and funky design. Back to the product though, this Nail laquer as Primark like to call it was in the cheap of the cheap range and cost me £1 - bargain! It came in the transparent clear packaging with the solid pink varnish inside. Once out of the packaging sits a round cylindrical pot made of glass with an opaque white plastic lid. The pot holds 10ml of varnish, which is actually a decent amount! The labbelling is minimal with the writing 'Nail polish - Designed to accentuate your nails'. The rear of the bottle states that it is flammable, and where it is produced. ONce opened, the limit to use the varnish is 2 years and to be fair, with the amount i use varnish it will still be sitting with my other products then too!! Now the brush/applicator on the varnish is bristle and roughly 1cm long coloured in black. the Varnish is quite thick and as stated previously, a fuschia pink in colour. I found it very easy to apply to be fair, but i needed 2 coats and around half an hour to allow it to dry properly. The colour is very bold and the coverage once 2 coats are applied is good. I have worn both sandals and shoes with socks since applying the varnish over a week ago, and have only found 1 chip on my little toe, other than that all the colour has stayed! For £1, i cannot really ask for a lot more, you cant expect gold plated applicators and super glue like stay for a quid. Well worth a go, 5/5 from me!
I noticed that Primark had been doing a makeup range for quite a long time and as it was so cheap I decided to pop a few bits in my basket to try out. Their makeup range is under the same name as their jewelery and accessories range of "Opia". They stock quite a good range of nail varnish or lacquer colours as well as different makeup such as eyeshadow palettes, primers, moisturizers, face wipes, eyeliners and more. They are all under around £3 but I have recently heard that they are meant to be discontinuing the makeup range so you may well be able to pick up some heavily discounted makeup products for even less than £1! I got a lovely pinky colour (unfortunately they do not list the shade names on the bottle) and they come in very simple clear glass bottles with black plastic lids. The brush is quite thin but I sometimes find this better than the huge brushes that come with some other polishes. The polish itself is of a good consistency and applies well. It suggests two coats of polish which I would highly recommend as with 1 coat it is very thin and doesn't show up very well. I applied two thin coats and a top coat and there were no streaks and it was a very even all over colour. It applies to near on identical to the shade in the bottle which is great as I have often used a nail varnish that ends up looking nothing like it does in the bottle. My polish lasted about 2 days before chipping which I'd have said that's about the same as most of the ones I own. It comes off very easily without staining or marking the nail which is great. I would definitely repurchase especially for only £1!
Primark is well known for its low price range of clothing, jewellery, shoes and make up. Indeed it has earned itself the somewhat ironic nickname of "Primani". I'd used some of the moisturiser in the Primark make up section and as most of the products are only £1, I thought I'd buy some nail varnish. ***THE PRICE*** Obviously at £1, you can't argue with the price. Even though the packaging etc (see below) isn't particularly flashy, you're getting what you pay for essentially. I found the nail varnish to be of a good quality and so definitely worth the pound I paid for it. ***THE PACKAGING*** I chose a deep red/cherry sort of colour, which looked really quite nice in the clear, see through bottle and the black lid. As I mentioned, it is pretty much no frills/low maintenence stuff, but the product is what's important and so the bottle doesn't really make too much of a difference. ***THE PRODUCT*** The instructions on the back of the bottle advise you to paint two coats of nail varnish on, and that is what I would reccomend too. The first coat can look a bit thin and you can see the nail through the colour, which on the first coat is a bit blotchy. The second coat makes it look totally fine, though. I would probably say that maybe three coats would be the best way to get the most out of this product, as this ensures your nails will be shiny, a lovely colour and more resistant to chipping. I would also reccomend maybe using a base coat or finishing coat to ensure that it doesn't chip too much. ***SUMMARY*** I was actually very surprised at what good quality this product was. It lasts a fairly long time and you can't really argue with the price. A new staple for my make up bag.
I have often tried the budget make up ranges when buying nail varnish as I have found them generally to be on a par with really expensive makes especially as once I see one chip I like to take the whole lot off - or I get bored with the colour after a night out and take it all off. I was shopping in Primark and noticed a really bright blood red in the range. The packaging is really basic, but the contents is the important thing.The bottle itself has a good chunky top so it makes it nice and easy to hold. Ideal when you are trying to do your "opposite" hand. I thought initially that I was going to be disappointed as the initial strokes were a bit streaky. The brush dispenses the polish fairly evenly but the colour just didn't seem to reflect this. I had forgotten to use a base coat, but even subsequently when I have used a base coat it can be a bit smeary. However as long as you are prepared to put three or sometimes four coats on your nails then the coverage is ok. This means that you need to leave plenty of time to complete your nails as it can sometimes be a bit slow to dry with that number of coats. It lasted fairly well, and only started to deteriorate after about 3 days of wearing, and then only small chips and cracks appeared but this is fine for me. I would recommend putting a base coat or a coat of clear nail varnish initially as I found the colour bled into my nails a bit. Overall a good value for money product.
There are so so many nail varnish brands out there who will practically commit day light robbery charging you near £10 for an average sized bottle of nail varnish. This outrages me! Especially when I would only like to buy a colour for a special ocassion that may only see my nails once, maybe twice. So when I discovered that Primark sell nail varnish I thought that i might as well give it a go, seeing as a bottle is only about £1. On getting home and busting out my new nail varnish colour, I chose a nice red by the way, I wondered how many coats I would have to apply before I actually got a colour that resembled red. I was shocked, it only took one coat and my nails were the colour of the bottle! (Naturally I applied another coat to avoid any chipping though!) I was very very pleased and have bought quite a selection of colours from Primark since! And anyway at a pound, can you really go wrong?
Known for their budget priced, high fashion clothing, they have been raved about in magazines for ages now. But there has been a much more quiet revolution happening because of their products that has gone relatively unnoticed. I only realised this today when going through my make up when I realised - Primark are slowly but surely taking over my make-up bag. And it started out with the simple purchase of nail polish. Hidden away in the accessories section of the store are the stands for the make-up products. They have lipstick, blusher, eyeliner, shadows...well, they make the works essentially. But what first caught my eye was the twin pack of nail polishes. You get two small but decent-sized bottles of nail polish for £1, that's 50p a polish! For me it was the twin pack grey/silver glitter combo that got me hooked. Grey nail polish had been en vogue for a while and I have to say, I don't follow fashion but the grey nail polish trend was one I had to get on board with. But with the bigger brands costing from £5 upwards at the time I wasn't keen on trying it and finding out it looked silly. This was a low-cost way to indulge in a trend, which is pretty much the ethos of Primark at this point. The polishes come in little square bottles with black plastic tops. Very simple but nice. The square bottle is especially useful as the corners make it easier to grip to open, especially when they get a little stuck sometimes. They have a sticky label on stating their Opia brand and that they were nail polishes - incase you get drunk and confused as to what the little bottles are I guess! Colour-wise the polishes aren't as dense in colour as some bigger brands, meaning you will need 2-3 coats as opposed to other brands where you can easily get away with one. It isn't too thick or too thin and dries quickly on the nails. Nothing exciting scent-wise - it smells like nail polish, but then there aren't many that don't. for me the grey shade was great, it applied well and evenly and dried fast enough that I didn't smudge it like some other brands do. The colour itself was a lovely slate grey shade and was a spitting image of a Barry M one. It lasted for 4 days without chipping as I applied a top coat and was easy to remove with remover when required.
I love primark! It seems to have anything and everything! I'm the type of girl that likes to have matching toes and finger nails, so I get through a lot of nail varnish, I have massive vanity case loaded with different colours and brands and a lot from primark. I have tried their orange, blue, black, yellow, torquise and purple. Their black Is my favorite by miles, although that sounds pretty boring, I just think you can match it up with anything. Once you have applied, although you have to put a few coats on, its stays shinny, doesn't go dull like a lot of black's I've tried before and doesn't chip, which us girls no is very important! The brush is a meduim size so its easy to apply to, as black is quite hard to remove if you get it anywhere else but your nail. Their nail varnishes are a bargain aswell at Just a £1 for 1 or £1.50 for 2. Believe it or not I actually keep getting the black for 50p I keep going in when its been reduced, so if you see primark reducing their varnishes, stock up!
I didn't even know that Primark stocked make up until I started to read reviews about it on here, and as they always seemed to be very positive, I thought that I may as well give them a go, especially as most of the range comes in at £1. The Opia name is exclusive to Primark, and at first glance it is easy to see that this is a no singing, no dancing, and definitely no frills range; but that suits me fine as long as the products are of a decent quality. My first purchase in the range was a varnish, or "nail lacquer" as they like to call it. The varnish bottle comes sealed in a plastic bag; presumably so that it can be hung on a stand in store. The plastic packaging tells you nothing else other that the ingredients, that it might stain your clothes and that it has a twenty four month shelf life once opened. The varnish itself comes in a chunky glass square bottle, which has very little information on it; in fact, it doesn't tell you anywhere what shade you are buying, but I suppose it doesn't really need a name, as long as you can see the colour! I chose the darkest red that there was, so from the outside it looks almost black. The top of the bottle contains the brush, as with most nail varnishes. As the lid is square (the same size as the bottle) it doesn't fit into your hand very well, and takes some getting used to. I prefer a slimmer top that I can hold like a pen, so this takes some getting used to and my first application was a bit messy. The brush is quite thin but it holds the varnish well without dripping, so once I had got used to it, I found it easy to apply accurately. The varnish is runny in consistency, so it floods the nail nicely, but does only leave a thin coat. I was disappointed with the colour, as it was very light pink and not the deep red that I was expecting, but once I had applied a second coat (as advised on the bottle) the colour was a lot more sumptuous and it was exactly what I was looking for - I did give my nails a third coat for good measure, and the end result is stunning: No streaks, and very evenly coloured with a rich, dark gloss. Each coat only took a few minutes to dry, and it is probably one of the fastest drying polishes that I have ever used, possibly because you are only applying a thin coat each time. I get through a lot of varnish as it usually lasts about 24 hours on my nails before it starts to chip, and I have to say that this product did the same. I do not think that this is a reflection on the product though, they all do it with me, I think it's because I'm not at all careful and I just carry on with my usual day to day life which includes gardening, washing up, cooking - normal everyday tasks, but I'm a lot more upset when I've finished a £7 bottle of varnish, than I will be when I finish this £1 bottle! This varnish comes off easily with my cheap nail varnish remover, and the dark colour hasn't left any stains on my nails even though I didn't use a base coat. Overall I am really pleased with this varnish, and at only £1 it's an absolute bargain that I would recommend and that I will definitely buy again.
I bought this product for £1 from Primark and I love it. It is certainly no frills but how many frills does one need with a nail varnish? I bought a deep red colour. It comes in a square shape bottle with rounded corners - see through glass with a soft black coloured rubbery feel lid. Its very attractive and looks very posh in my nail varnish box! It has 16ml of polish in it, with the back advising to apply two coats. The two coats iare necesary. The first coat goes on quite thin and can be see through in parts. However it drys quickly and by the time you have painted your tenth nail the first is dry and ready to recieve a second coat. The second coat achieves a nice rich colour. It is easy to apply and after serveral uses (i.e. opening and closing, contact with the air) it has maintained its original quality. It only lasts a few days before chipping but in my job I find this to be the norm with even expensive nail polish. As always it helps to seal with a top coat but I don't always have time and it is still worth putting on. I find that what it lacks in durability can be seen as a plus if, like me you like to change colours regularly (even daily if I have time off work!) to match outfits etc. It is very easy to removed and doesn't stain my nails. You can remove it and opt for a clear varnish is no time at all. The price means you can have a variety of colours at a fraction of the cost. I have since bought colours I wouldn't usually choose as I didn't think I'd suit them and found that I love them! A definate must for a self confessed fickle fashion victim like myself!
I have written a few (to say the least lol) reviews on this site about Primark products. Some have been really great and some not so but all at about a quid mark and all have two things in common. That's that they are offer excellent value and are not rubbish even if not the best thing you have ever used. Which is why I decided I would try the nail polishes on offer. As a 34 year old woman I know what I like by now. I don't mind spending out a little over the top on make up if need be and I like nice packaging and big brand names. Like I don't go out with my mates carrying a Miss Sporty or Collection 2000 item (though I'm not saying I don't own a couple lol) but my mates are all so glam that it's battle of who's paid the most for something lol Competition with friends don't stop as you get older it's just more silent and people clocking this that and the other! So it's like keeping up with the Jone's and somewhat like being a kid at school all over again but yes it's a battle of who is the most up to date and flash in our group lol So pulling out a Primark lippy say is just not right lol. Also it's not ok if friends come round to your house mooch about and come across this stuff so I hide it! Nope it has to be hidden away and only the best stuff you own on display. Otherwise your mates assume your poor and before you know it they're trying to give you their cast offs and a shoulder to cry on! So me, I decided last time I was in store that to stop any items from Primark being spotted by my friends I would buy a nail varnish because they don't go into that drawer and no one needs to know about my spend thrift ways lol. Good plan! The Packaging.... The bottle itself came in a clear plastic bag apart from the top part which simply told me it was a 'Opia' Nail Laquer. The bottle itself is square in shape with a black plastic square lid that holds a see through coloured short wand with a long clear bristle brush at the end of it. On the front of the bottle I'm told it is Opia, Nail Laquer and that it's 16ml in size. On the bottom of the bottle there is a small, round, black sticky label and all that is written on there are contact details for Primark and a batch number. That's it lol. No colour is stated, no directions for use are given, no telling me it's long lasting...nothing it is what it is and that is a decent sized nail polish that costs a pound and how I choose to use it is entirely up to me I guess! Good job it's not rocket science I reckon lol. Using It.... Well I opted for a transparent colour containing lots of tiny pieces of multi-coloured glitter in it. Within the range I saw about 10 colour offerings from a dark red and yellow to shimmery pinks and this glitter shade. Not alot on offer but the size is great for the money and that's what attracted me to it to be honest lol. I do appreciate value for money after-all and my thinking was this is so light I could use it on my nails alone or over the top of my usual No7 nail varnishes for a bit of gloss, glimmer and a more party time kind of look! lol So you can of course use a base coat/top coat if you want to. This particular colour is so light and glossy because it's transparent I don't use either of the products in this instance because there is nothing in it colour-wise to stain my nails. I did however use both the products the first time I used it and as I say it didn't change the over-all feel or appearance of the varnish but it wasn't hard to use over the top of a base coat either so it's optional with this range I would assume. The consistency of the varnish is smooth, not too thin but really not gloopy or difficult to use at all. I personally always use two coats of polish with anything I use and I find it dries in about 2 minutes (between colours and final setting). The brush really is excellent with no malting or bits pinging out to make a mess and the overall result is really rather good. Bare in mind though (as I have already said)....this is a transparent nail polish with glitter particles ground into it so I don't need to worry about consistency with this as much as I would with a deeper colour choice. However I find this easy to wear, gives a nice glossy shine that is hard wearing and the glitter transfers itself onto the nail really evenly surprisingly. Another bonus is even if I put a few coats of this on for a really blinging thicker look I find it removes really easily still and cleanly with even a cheap nail polish remover and leaves my nails in great condition. I also found I got 3 days perfect looking wear with this until it started to chip and when that happened the polish actually started peeling off all by itself and gave up it's will to live. Verdict.... Easy as anything to apply and get great results that I achieved although they didn't last ages looked nice whilst it was on. Ok 3 days isn't a long time for a nail polish to last really but at 99p I'm quite happy with that and I do like the versatility of this clear offering cos I can put tips on nails with this glitter, can wear alone of course for a bit of subtle sparkle or build it up for a more in you face bling appearance or layer it over other polishes! So it's versatile for me! Recommended to try at this price! Only available in Primark Stores. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.