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I recently ran out of my nails inc tip whitener which I was gutted about because I loved it but I quite simply could not afford to replace it. So while shopping one day I popped into my local boots store and had a look at the range of tip whiteners that are on the market. I like my nails to look good and for me the best look is a french manicure. Some people like the bright white tips and others like the more natural look. Personally I like the bright white tips so I was looking for a tip whitener that would give me this look.
A I browsed the different brands I came across Rimmel Tip whitener. It looked like a bright white and I liked the fact it said '+minerals' as i'm always looking to maintain my nails strength. Another thing that interested me was sticker on the lid of the bottle that showed an angled brush, anything that was supposed to make putting the white tips on easier had to be a good thing.
So I bought the whitener for £4.99. For a 12ml bottle this struck me as a little pricey but with the angled brush I thought it might be worth it.
but was it worth it?
well, I normally have a very steady hand when painting my white tips but to my surprise the brush seemed to make things very complicated for me. I could not do the tips as straight as I usually do them so decided to use the brush from my last whitener with the new rimmel tip whitener. Not something I expected to have to do and not something that I find acceptable for a £4.99 product. Anyway, I carried on and was very pleased with the colour of the whitener and the texture. Using the other brush it was easy to apply and dried quickly, great to achieve a great look if you don't have much spare time to do your nails.
I have read the other reviews and was surprised that the rimmel tip whitener had been described as not a bright white and a natural look because I find it one of the brightest and whitest I have used. Not something I complain about cos this is how I like mine.
I was dissapointed that such a nice whitener was ruined by the brush. If this product had a normal nail varnish brush it would certainly be one of the best whiteners I have tried. I would have to seriously think before buying this product again because fiddling with swapping brushes is a pain.
Hope you liked my review and thankyou for reading.
Some french manicures can make your nails look very fake with the tips being very white. Some people may like this look but I like them to look more discrete. I use rimmel whitener for the tips of my nails when I do my french manicures and I find it works really well. Once I've coloured the tips in I use rimmel french manicure nail vanish to finish the nail off for the perfect finish. This product can also be used on it's own to reduce yellowing.
When applying you'll only need one coat, at first this doesn't look like it's made much difference but once it drys it brings natural whiteness back to the nail. If you wish for your nail to be a brighter white then you can apply another coat.
I paint my nails myself but you do need a steady hand. The best way to do it is to rest your hand on a firm surface such as a table and paint across the tip of the nail in one line. The varnish is very quick to dry (about 2 minutes) so you don't have to put a whole evening aside to do them, they'll be done in half and hour.
When I paint my nails with rimmel I can leave it on for a week and the nail vanish still hasn't chipped. Other makes I've used chip on the first day and you end up re-painting your nails again.
There's 12ml in each bottle and costs around £3.50 from boots and superdrug but will cost more from pharmacies. This is cheap compared to having it professionally done but give you the same sophisticated look. It's also cheaper than most manicure sets, I've tried many over the years but rimmel works the best for me.
Why buy this product
Only need one coat
Brings back whiteness
French manicures in my opinion, are the most sophisticated and stylish nail look. However, I always find that "Do it yourself" kits don't always give you the professional results you wish for and often the pink colour is too pink. I prefer a more natural look so thought I'd try buying just a tip whitener rather than wasting my money on a kit which included something I always threw away (the pink polish).
I'm not a beauty buff and I don't spend loads of money on beauty products, but I do like my nails to look nice. They all grow pretty evenly and I trim them down to about 1cm each. They're not very strong and chip quite easily so I have to be careful not to paint them too often.
I bought the tip whitener on offer, it was 3-for-2 on Rimmel products and since I was buying Rimmel eyebrow pencil and a Rimmel Clear Polish I thought I'd give this a go.
As mine was part of an offer, it was almost a freebie, but usually it retails at around £3.90 which I think is quite expensive. However it's widely available and you can get it from Boots and Superdrug as well as some supermarkets and chemists.
For a smooth and professional result you can buy stencils to make sure you create an even line. I always cheat and use small bits of cellotape, why buy something you're only going to use once when you can use something you already have? However, if I'm feeling slightly lazy I'll just freehand paint and tidy up with a cotton bud and varnish remover.
The consistency of the tip whitener is quite thick but it's smooth and not at all gloopy. This is good as you don't have to do lots of coats, sometimes only one will do the trick. You apply it as you would normal nail polish except just to the tips.
If you're painting freehand I find the best way it one swift stroke from right to left (but I am left handed so it may be vice versa to righties) but if you are using a stencil of some sort you can do small upward strokes.
As I've already said, you sometimes only need one coat, but you need to allow your nail tips to dry before deciding if you need to do another as painting on wet or tacky tips could ruin the look completely.
After my nails are completely dry, I seal the tip whitener in with a few coats of clear polish and voila! La French Manicure au professional!
So overall, I think that this is quite a good product. The polish isn't gloopy or too thick nor is it runny. It's not as expensive as other products nor is it the cheapest but it does the job brilliantly. If you're careful, you can achieve manicure perfection for ages but thankfully if you do chip any you can easily repair your nail.
A must have for polished perfection.
Create the perfect French manicure by starting with the tips!