I purchased this rimmel French manicure nail varnish in French ivory from boots quite some time ago. I am not a fan of the French manicure look but just liked the colour. I can't remember exactly what it costs but it was certainly one of the cheaper brands.
It comes in a rimmel standard bottle with a white top and a transparent label which enables you to get a good look at the colour of the varnish. It is also useful for keeping an eye on how much you have used.
On the back of the bottle it claims that this is a super durable polish which will last for 5 days. Chip resistant.
The brush is a good size and quality allowing easy application of the varnish. I would however prefer the handle to be longer to give added control. The Polish is easy to apply although it does look slightly streaky after the first application. I always find that a second coat is required in order to even it out. The drying time is pretty average. No complaints but not as quick as the rimmel 60 seconds varnishes.
The colour as suggested by the name is an off white. The ivory colour is very flat and does not leave your nails shiny or glossy. I quite like the colour but find it yellows within a couple of days and needs to be removed. I quite like this shade, especially when my skin is tanned. However I am surprised that it is part of the French manicure range as I think of French manicure tips to be much brighter white than this.
In terms of the super durability claims, I think they are a little overstated. The polish does scratch and chip within the 5 days but with this being such a pale colour it is not too obvious. Also, as I mentioned previously, I tend not to leave the polish on longer than a couple of days anyway due to the colour change.
In summary this is a relatively cheap polish with average performance and colour.
I came across this product in Boots recently and paid £4.49 for a bottle of the French Ivory colour..
The varnish is in the typical Rimmel branding of a clear bottle so you can see the colour with the Rimmel branding in white.
The brush is a wide sort of flat brush which makes it really easy to apply to your nails whether they are wider or not so its just as easy to apply to your thumb nail as it is your little finger nail.
I must admit that the brush was really nice to apply.. I did apply a base coat and a top coat and the varnish stayed on for just under a week without chipping, but to be honest with the colour I had it wasn't that noticeable when it did chip.
As for giving you that french manicure look, it does make your nails brighter but it certainly doesn't give you that traditional white tip look. Having said that Rimmel do have a white tip nail varnish. I have actually used this and then applied the french ivory over the top and it does make all the difference, however it does chip easier as I think its a bit thicker...
A good product to have in your make up bag if you want to create French manicured style nails.
The packaging is pretty average. Nothing fancy its plain and simple and does what it says on the label. Its not one of the most pretty nail polish bottles but for the price I don't think you would expect that!
Price £3.99 is reasonable. Many of the larger retailers like Boots and Superdrug have 3 for 2 offers which means you can get this and the white tip varnish and a top coat for less than £8 which is a bargain!!
Claims- First of all the nail varnish does not last 5 days without chipping. Probably 2 if you are lucky but for the price you cannot expect anything else. A number of similar products from other brands claim similar and they also do not live out their claims so this product isn't a one off. The only nail polish that lives up to its claims is Channel polishes and you are looking at £17 per bottle!!
Look- the nail polish is a nice colour. The French rose colour is a natural looking pink colour which looks fresh and not a dirty pink colour like some of its competitors. The polish is not as shiny as its competitors and if you do want glossy looking nails then you will need a decent topcoat to achieve really glossy nails.
It's a pretty average product which achieves the French manicured nail look. It doesn't last 5 day without chipping like claimed.
I like to have my nails painted in neutral, inoffensive shades during the day and Rimmel's 'French Manicure' collection comes in a range of fleshy, pearly colours designed to look naturally stunning but understated. I hoped that by using this polish my nails would look similar to the 'falsies' used by my best friend!
I have this Rimmel Nail polish in the colour 'peach melba' which is a pale, baby pink shade. I was worried at first that the colour might be a little insipid and would produce that 'corpse' effect on the fingernails! Infact, when applied, the colour is very transparent and simply highlights and deepens the healthy pink of the flesh underneath my nail. There is a high shine and a sleek finish too.
The polish is available in a 12ml bottle, which I think is a reasonable size. The packaging claims that the polish is "up to 5 days super durable" and chip resisitant. I have found that my nails will begin to look battered and scuffed after a days wear though. It is not so much chipped as simply scratched.
The 'new' formula contains LYCRA. I find that the polish is not too thick and glides onto the nail with ease. The brush is just the right length and pans out when you pull it across the surface, so it gives even, quick coverage. The polish drys very quickly too and although it has a chemically smell it is not too strong.
The polish does not become gloopy after a few uses and mine has stayed fresh and useable.
I do find that with this particular colour I can add a clear, top coat or paint the tips of the nail white quite easily. The polish provides the professional appearance which the brand is aiming for with this range and really does make my nails look like they have had professional attention.
Nowadays you can buy nail varnishes in any colour that you can possibly imagine. Every brand seems to offer a whole plethora of different colours... from subtle feminine shades through to fun, funky neon brights.
I, myself, quite like to try different colours, but I do tend to limit these to my toes as they're not so easy to wear on your fingers. If you have long-ish nails like mine, heavily painted talons can look a bit garish. Not a look that I try to foster!
One look that is classic and easy to wear is the French manicure. They can give your hands a touch of elegance, and is an appropriate look for both the office and for nights out (and everything in between). Or, for a more natural look, a coat or two of pale polish - without the white tips - also gives a nice clean look to finger nails.
... Which leads me onto the subject matter of my review: Rimmel French Manicure with LYCRA® + Minerals... I have this in French Ivory (433).
I apply it in three strokes (middle, side, side). It goes on smoothly and doesn't take long to dry. I normally apply two coats, irrespective of whether I'm painting the tips white or not. Sometimes I will add a clear coat of varnish on top too for protection and extra shine.
Once my handiwork is done, I'm always pleased that I bothered making the effort. Pretty fingers for very little work! That's one great thing about pale polishes - they're very easy to apply - you don't have to be so careful, compared with, say, deep red. (unless of course, you want the white tips.... if you want these, your work suddenly becomes somewhat more fiddly). French Ivory is a nice, glossy pale pink colour - quite translucent. It makes your nails look healthy.
Rimmel claims that it "boasts up to ten days shine, thanks to the never-before combination of shock-absorbent LYCRA® and nail perfecting micro minerals".
Hmmmm, Rimmel's claims for this are a bit on the extravagant side, I must say. This is in common with the 60 second nail varnish that I've reviewed separately. Sadly, the performance always falls somewhat short of the promise...
After several days, the nail varnish has pretty much always chipped on at least a couple of nails. I'd say that, after a week, it really needs re-doing. As well as the chips, I'd also disagree that the shine lasts ten days...
It's funny.... I've bought Rimmel nail varnishes for ages, choosing them on the basis of price, availability (pop one into the trolley while at the supermarket) and 'the better the devil you know'. However, I've never stopped to consider whether they're that great. In fairness, I think they're probably fairly good value for money and they're okay performance-wise. However, they don't really live up to their grand claims....
Hmmm..... Anyone know any really great nail varnishes that aren't expensive?