Product Type: Primark makeup
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Primark Opia Nail Laquer
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Primark Opia Nail Laquer
Advantages: cheap price, large range available, smooth to apply, lasts a long time on nails
Disadvantages: can be slightly uneven, brush picks up too much nail varnish, crackle effects are very brittle
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.
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.
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, 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.
Summary: Neon Nails!