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      20.02.2014 13:56
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      Great colour and easy to apply, also wears well.

      Item: Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polish
      Size: 12ml
      Price: £4.59 (bought as part of a 3 for 2 deal so worked out cheaper than £4.59)
      Colour: 381 Jade Green
      Bought in: Boots

      I was looking on Instagram and saw Cherry Healey wearing some lovely bright green nail polish so I went on a hunt to get myself some.

      Packaging:
      This nail polish comes in a glass bottle with a rigid black plastic lid/applicator handle. The bottle is 2.5cm wide and 7cm tall (3.5cm of that is the bottle and 3.5cm is the lid). As the bottle is 2.5cm wide it gives the bottle a good base and when I have the lid off I don't worry about it falling over while it is sitting. The bottle is clear glass so you can see the colour of the polish though it. The lid is black. Both have white writing on them that stands out nice and clear from the background colours. The lid has a picture of the brush in it so you can see that it is a wide brush and it states "anti fade, colour system" which is really eye catching as I've not seen that many nail polishes with a picture of the brush on them. The bottle has details of the brand (Rimmel) and of the type of polish (Lycra Pro, Professional Finish, up to 10 days) It is strange to see the Lycra logo on a nail polish as I would usually associate this with clothing but again this caught my attention and made me look closer at the polish. The colour is written on the bottom of the front of the bottle. I like this as it means that you can see the name of the colour on the shelf without having to pick it up. If you are looking for a colour that's fine, to just literally look at the colour through the bottle, but if you are replacing one that has run out and you are looking for a certain name it is annoying to have to loft out the bottles to look under them. I like the look and feel of this bottle. It is sturdy without being so big that I worry it will start to dry out before I have had time to use it all. Aside from the colour attracting me to the polish on this occasion as I was looking for a jade green anyways, the picture of the brush and the "Lycra" symbol encouraged me to pick this one.

      Application and results:
      The brush on this nail polish is around twice as wide as the average brush you get in a Rimmel nail polish and it is also flatter too which means that you can apply a full coat in one to two strokes. It only took one on my pinkie nail and two on my thumb nail. This is really good as it means that you are not going over the same area more than needed as that sometimes causes glooping or actually drags off the nail polish you already had on. I applied one coat and let it dry for around three or four minutes then I applied a second coat. This polish doesn't state that it is fast drying but it did dry quite quickly and the second coat went on smoothly and without any dragging on/off of the first coat. The colour is really bright and also has a nice glaze over it. The polish has stayed on my nails for 3 days now and has only ever so slightly starred to show signs of a tiny bald patch line at the very tips of my nails. During this time I have been washing dishes, applying make-up, typing etc and not been careful of my nails at all. I have never managed to keep nail polish on for ten days so wasn't expecting this one to last that length of time. I am happy to get three full days of wear out of it. I like to change my nail colour regularly anyway so will take it off tonight and go for another colour. If you really wanted to get 10 days out of it, you could patch up a bald spot and you most likely would get ten days wear. The polish went on smoothly and easily and the colour is really bold and eye catching. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but for a change I really enjoyed having bright green nails. I will buy more colours from this range as the polish itself is good and when I was shopping for this one I did see other colours I liked too. However didn't buy them as part of my '3 for 2' as I needed other make up more urgently haha. Also as you know I love to do a sniff test and this polish has an average, not too lingering polish scent.

      Overall I am happy that I picked this polish out of the other options available. The colour is perfect for what I was looking for. The price at £4.59 on its own would have been too expensive, but as part of a '3 for 2' was a good deal and the brush being wider and flatter than others I have used was a real bonus too. I will keep this in mind for taking on holiday as it will be even nicer with a tan haha

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        30.08.2013 10:10
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        Soft bristles, glossy and easy to apply.

        I have quite long nails and like to use polish on them to give them a nicer look. I rarely don't wear any polish because I like to colour them with a variety of different colours and some are quite bright colours. I also like to paint my toes nails too.

        I am not loyal to one particular brand of polishes because I think there are so many nice ones out there. I bought lots of polish from this brand quite a lot because it is a good one and one I like quite a lot. It does deliver most of what it claims to deliver and good quality.

        The bottle is fairly small and it has the name clearly on the front. The wand is fairly long and it has a nice sized brush end, one which is also quite wide and a little wider than some other brands. The bristles are really soft and they brush perfectly over my nails nice and gently. It just sweeps over them and because the brush is quite wide it reaches the edges of my nails in the way I like a brush to work, means it takes less time fiddling about having to move the brush to reach the edges. The colour also paints on evenly and it isn't too thick and not manageable, this one is so easy to apply to the whole nail area with no problems at all. The polish is a nice soft, smooth texture too but not too soft it drips from the end of the brush.

        It contains a lycra formula enriched with UV protection to help stop chipping from the nails and to give a lasting effect on the nails and to help the colour from fading and to last on the nails for up to 10 days. I have found this one doesn't however last 10 days on my nails but it does last for around 4 or 5 days or so before it begins to chip and the colour begins to fade. It does all depend on what tasks you are doing because I do find if I am busy at home doing chores or doing tasks with my hands, I find it does chip more easily but that is expected with more nail polishes. This one does stay on the nails for a good enough length of time which I am happy with. It does remain on my toe nails for a very long time and much longer than the 10 days and so I think this one is super for painting toe nails to help make the feet and nails look much better to look at.

        The polish looks really shiny and glossy on the nails and give a nice look to them. It comes in a variety of colours and the one I chose was the Pink Amazon, I chose this shade because my favourite colour is pink and I liked the look of it inside the bottle. Some of the other shades are green, blue, red, purple, white and lots of other colours which all have lots of fancy names, too many different names to mention here but a lot of shade colours to suit every individual and lots of shades I would like to try real soon. Some nice bright colours too and ones which would suit any age group. I love brightly coloured polish and often use 2 or 3 different colours to paint my nails, one colour on each nail on each hand, my family think I am nuts at my age being in my 50's lol but I do like to experiment with colours and my nails do look funky in my opinion when I experiment. I may be in my 50's but it doesn't mean I cannot be funky too and a little crazy lol.

        It also feels nice and smooth once it has dried and I always use 2 coats when I use nail polish because it is something I have always done but you could most certainly get away with just one application with this polish and so the bottle would last a lot longer but I just think my nails look better with 2 coats. It doesn't take long to dry and it dries in a couple of minutes or so and so a second coat can be applied soon after. It is always best to have patience and allow it to dry in between coats otherwise it will smudge and then it will have to be removed and a waste of time.

        I only paid £4.59 and I think it is a good value polish and one which is a good quality nail polish in my opinion.
        I will keep on buying this polish, it gives my nails the look I expect from a branded polish and I am very happy with the results it gives to help my nails look nice and attractive as possible.

        Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.

        I give this one 5 stars.

        Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        25.07.2013 10:43
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        A reliable nail varnish which provides great results

        I have started wearing nail varnish more recently to make more an effort with my appearance. After having my girls and finishing work I tended to wear the same style of things every day, jeans and top, hair scraped back etc. So this is the new, smarter me!

        Rimmel is a brand of makeup that I recognised and trust. I normally stock up on products when they are on offer. This was a nail varnish I had bought a while ago in but have just started using it again.

        The bottle is the same design as the one pictured above, although I think the packaging has changed now. The nail varnish colour I chose is 307 - Grape Sorbet. On the front of the bottle it has the Rimmel London in silver lettering, with Lycra Pro Professional Finish in white lettering and it claims the nail varnish lasts up to 10 days. On the back of the bottle it says it is a long lasting, chip resistant colour.

        It is very simple to apply due to the shape of the brush, it is a 'maxi brush', which is said to provide mistake free application. I would actually agree with this, the brush is flatter so you only need approximately 3 strokes per nail. It is quick to dry too, I find it looks best when this colour has had two coats. It is a pale pearly pink colour. I find it is a good safe choice for me! I don't time to sit around and paint my nails and wait for it to dry so this provides reliable and fast results every time.

        Having a look on the Boots website I can see now that this packaging has changed but they still use the maxi brush to apply the nail varnish. It is priced at £4.49 a bottle but there is a promotion on which is buy 1 get second half price on Rimmel cosmetics.

        I find this is an easy to apply, pretty shade of nail varnish which I would buy again.

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          16.06.2013 12:41
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          Most long lasting nail varnish I've ever used. Worth it's price tag.

          I love to paint my nails, especially when I'm going out. Lately, I've really enjoyed buying myself some really nice shades of nail varnish, but none of them ever seem to last, many of them chip after just a day. And once there's one chip, the rest of it will just lift off as soon as I touch anything. I got Rimmel Lycra Pro for my birthday, in Fancy Fuchsia. I don't usually wear pink nail varnish, since I've never been a big fan of pink in general, but I really liked this shade of pink. It's not too bright, it's just nice and feminine.

          APPLICATION

          I found this very easy to apply, it comes with a maxi brush, so you can paint a whole nail with one stroke, minimising the risk of getting it all over your fingers, which I seem to do a lot, since I'm quite clumsy when I'm painting my nails. However, even I managed to only get a tiny bit of varnish on my fingers, so I'm sure everybody else can do a tidy job with this brush.

          The varnish itself simply glides when you use it. There were no clumps, and the whole nail was covered smoothly. I usually apply a second coat when I'm painting my nails, since it can help it to last longer, and makes the colour more vibrant. After applying the second coat, I left it to dry, before using a top coat. I also like to use nail varnish remover, even if I'm not wearing any nail varnish, since this makes sure the nail has no dirt or oil on it, before I start painting. I recommend doing this, and using a base coat, which helps the nail varnish to settle on the nail.

          DURABILITY

          This nail varnish is made with Lycra, and promises to last for up to 10 days. In my experience, as long as you don't really scrape your nails on anything, it will last for that long. The first time I used this nail varnish, after 10 days, there were only a few very small chips, which is brilliant for a shop bought nail varnish. With other nail varnishes, after 10 days, there's only small amounts of nail varnish left, but with this one, they were almost perfect.

          However, the second time I used this, I was in the library trying to get a book from a shelf, and I lost a whole nail's worth of varnish in one go. This was due to the books being packed too tightly on the shelves, so therefore, I had to get my hands in between the books, and the nail varnish was scraped clean off. I never found it, so it must be in a book somewhere; that will be an interesting surprise for someone...

          COLOURS

          This nail varnish comes in a variety of colours, including reds, blues, greens, purples and browns. There are several different shades in each colours, so the variety is brilliant. I'm planning on buying some purples and blues next time.

          PRICE

          This varnish is fairly expensive, compared to what I usually buy, at around £4.50 from Boots and Superdrug. Although, it's a fairly large bottle, at 12ml, so for me it's definitely worth the price. I've had some trouble finding this in shops though, so I might have to buy it online if I can't find it. Although Superdrug sell it, I've not been able to find it in the shop. I'm planning on trying Boots next, and then the Supermarkets, before I look at buying it online.

          Overall, this is a great nail varnish, at a fantastic price. It does last for much longer than most nail varnishes in it's price range, although I did lose a whole nail's worth in one go. As long as you don't scrape your nails on anything, it should last for more than a week. It's definitely the most long lasting nail varnish I've ever used, although I'm currently testing a different nail varnish at the moment, and will be reviewing that after I've come to my verdict.

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          21.05.2013 17:09
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          Good varnish, will be purchasing again

          DESCRIPTION

          This is a nail polish range from Rimmel. The Lycra Pro polish is a pretty popular choice with consumers and I'd read about the range on several blogs so decided to try it when I was looking for a lilac polish to go with an outfit for a night out. The range consists of several shades and is available from most chemists.

          PACKAGING

          The packaging consists of a glass bottle that is rather large and a small thin black lid. On the front of the lid there is a sticker saying "maxi brush" this was part of the reason I chose the varnish. On the front of the bottle it says the name of the product and the shade in my case "ultra violet" it also says that the product lasts up to 10 days. On the back there is manufacturer details and ingredients and also a statement saying the polish is long lasting, chip resistant and has anti-fade colour. It also says on the back that 12ml of product is in the bottle.

          To get to the nail varnish you simply twist the black lid which reveals a very big flat nail varnish brush.

          PRICE

          Currently available in Boots for £4.59.

          PERFORMANCE

          I was pleased with this nail varnish on nearly all levels. Firstly the large flat brush makes it extremely easy to apply, I haven't used a brush as good as this yet and one stroke application is usually possible. The nail varnish spreads easily along the nail and I very rarely make mistakes using this brush.

          The colour considering I bought quite a light shade is also very pigmented, most people would probably be happy with just the one coat but I always apply two coats of any nail varnish.

          Due to the quick drying nature of the varnish you also don't have to wait long to reapply another coat. The varnish seemed to dry in about a minute which I felt was pretty good.

          The product claims to be "anti-fade" but I personally can't comment on this because I've never experienced a "fading" nail varnish. In terms of being chip resistant though it performs pretty well, I lasted about 5 days before needing to take off the nail varnish but this is only half the amount of time the product claims it can last. With a good top coat I have found that the polish lasts a little longer though but I've never reached the 10 days that it states it can achieve without chipping.

          OVERALL

          Overall I think this is a good nail varnish, you get more product in the bottle than you do with some varnishes of a similar price and so this makes me feel better when spending just over £4 for the product I will definitely be buying the product in some other colours at some stage.

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          07.05.2013 13:43
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          One of Rimmels better products

          I am very fond of the lycra pro professional finish nail varnishes by Rimmel. They are not as cheap as the other nail varnishes Rimmel produce like the 60 second range. However I would say that this is one of Rimmels better products.

          The product claims to have an anti fading system which is supposed to last up to 10 days. I can't say that I have noticed much of a difference in that respect but my nails do last for around 5 days without chipping. This product does claim that it is chip resistant and I can't say that it is as good as other products that have a similar claim. Other nail varnishes such as Revlon which do not give this claim I actually find last longer. I got this nail varnish in the colour 'urban purple' which is a dark pink/purple colour and it leaves a smooth matte finish with a shine. I've had so many compliments on how nice the colour is and how professional it makes me nails look!

          The brush itself is very thick making it quick to paint your nails. With 2 strokes and one for your little finger and then you're done. The formula is also quite thick so you could get away with only doing one coat and you're good to go.
          Drying time I would say is about as long as most nail varnishes. Around twenty minutes to half an hour to get them completely dry, not just touch dry. So if you don't want to wait around then Rimmels 60 second varnishes may be better for you but you do not get the same look and finish that this product gives you.

          Overall, definitely one of the better nail varnishes I've tried simply because of the finish and the amazing brush that comes with it. I would recommend giving it a go!

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          06.05.2013 22:02
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          A nail polish that lasts well for the price

          As a nail polish fan every time there is an offer on I have to use the excuse to buy some more nail polish which is how I came to buy this nail polish from Rimmel as I originally wanted the matte polish from Rimmel as it was on 3 for 2 and as the top coat I wanted was out of stock I bough the Lycra Pro range in clearly clear. While not an official top coat I do use it as a top coat for cheaper nail polishes and find it very effective.

          ***The packaging***

          It comes in a standard 12ml clear glass bottle with Rimmel branding on it. It also comes with a nice thick brush which can cover an entire nail really effectively in about two strokes (and one on the little finger). The brush is gives a good even finish because of the brush.

          ***The polish***

          The polish itself claims to have an anti-fade colour system and is supposed to last for up to 10 days. I applied it over a 17 lasting fix nail polish (which from an earlier review lasted less then a day) in a bid to give the colour more longevity.

          The polish itself has a nice consistency as it is neither too thick nor too thin so it is easy to apply and has a nice finish when it dries. The polish itself also has a nice shine and makes even the cheapest polish look better and I can imagine in a colour it will also look great with a nice shine. It also lives up to its name of having anti-fade system as the shine stayed right until I removed it.

          ***How long does it last***

          Well it doesn't quite live up to the promise of 10 days but it does prolong the wear of a lot of my cheaper polishes. I usually get about four days wear out of the polish but last time I wore it one nail chipped after 3 days but that was after some heavy duty cleaning so overall it has quite good wear just not 10 days.

          ***Price***

          At between £4.00 online or £4.59 at Boots it is a good price for a clear nail polish that extends the life of cheaper fashion colours but next time I shall invest in a coloured version.

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          02.02.2013 22:41
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          Great range and very reasonably priced

          I enjoy taking care of my nails. They aren't long, probably what I'd call medium length, but I like to treat myself to a nice nail polish now and again. I can't really afford the expensive brands so I have go for something at the cheaper end of the scale. I always find that Rimmel nail polish (and all Rimmel make up I've used, actually) are quality products at reasonable prices.

          I've been trying Rimmel's range of Lycra Pro Nail Polishes. I've tried out some red shades and light pinks and their current one I'm using now is Camouflage Chic (no 520). I particularly like this shade as I think it's suitable for either day or evening wear. It's a subtle grey blend which is nice to wear for a night out but still understated enough to be able to wear for work.

          This particular range of nail polishes come in a wide choice of colours to choose from and I'm slowly working my way through as many as I can. Each small 12 g glass bottle costs £4.99 each but I only buy them when they are on offer of three for two, or I have some Boots Advantage Points to collect. This way, it costs me nothing at all - and that's always the price I like to pay!

          These little see through glass bottles come with the applicator brush attached to the bottle top, as with all nail varnishes. The brush is squat but flat and this makes applying the polish very easy and I'm less likely to make a mess and get it all over the skin around the edges of the nail bed. With all the colours in this range I've tried so far, they all have given me really good coverage and the polish is easy to apply and obtain a really professional finish, even with my shaky left hand.

          As with all nail polishes, I apply a base coat before applying the varnish. Then finish off by applying a topcoat which seals the colour underneath and helps to make it last longer. This varnish dried really quickly. With this colour I like to apply two coats to get a good depth of colour and then the topcoat.

          This range of polish really seems to outlast other nail polishes I have tried. I have to use a keyboard at work and so my nails are constantly being hammered. However, this polish will last me from Monday through to Friday before I start to notice the first signs of wear along the very top edges of my index fingers. I call that good value for money.

          I can't really say anything negative about this range at all. They have a good choice of colours, they're inexpensive, they dry quickly, apply well and last ages. Top marks from me!

          Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons

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            03.12.2012 02:03
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            Decent finish even for the less experienced nail painter!

            I got this bottle of nail polish when I was going through one of nail polish phases, they happen every few months, I buy a bunch of bottles, paint my nails constantly then it kind of fades out.
            I havent worn this polish many times if Im honest simply because of the colour. Its called Urban Princess and is what I'd describe as Barbie Pink. I pull it off better with a little bit of a tan to be honest.

            THE BOTTLE
            My nail polish is just as you see in the picture- only pink. The black, easily gribbed top has a sticker on it which claims to provide "mistake free application" with a new maxi brush.
            The bottle itself has the Rimmel logo printed in gold. It then has the brand name in white, the stament "Up to 10 days" in gold and the colour in white again. The back of the bottle states "Long wearing, chip resistant colour. Flammable" and then repeats this in a few other languages. It then has the copyright statement of "Lycra" and company address.

            THE PRODUCT ITSELF
            I must say I was impressed with the application. I dont have the steadiest hand and as I dont paint my nails all the time i dont always get the best results i usually have to redo at least one nail!
            However the first layer which I put on slightly too thick if I'm honest dried great, it didnt look uneven at all. It also dried fairly quickly- a few minutes or so- which is a big plus for me as I'm hugely impatient when waiting for my nails to dry and have often ended up chipping them or the ultimate mistake fingerprinting them when i check to see if they have dried yet.
            For a solid block of colour I'd have to reccomend at least two coats but this is the same for many polishes.
            Now it claims to be chip resistant for 10 days. This wasnt the case for me. Within 2 days i already had a bit of chipping. To be fair this does normally happen within a day, my nails are very weak and I'm not the most careful person with them but it didnt live up to its promise there.
            The maxi brush was slightly fatter and possibly longer than most brushes. It has a sort of rounded bottom. It covered my nails in two strokes. The only downside of it for me is that it applied the varnish a little thicker than I prefer but when i wiped a little off onto the edge of the bottle it then applied a little too thinly!
            I was pretty impressed with how it looked after application though, sort of shiny and not at all streaky as I do get with some polishes. Its definitly one of the most forgiving polishes I own.

            PRICE
            If I remember correctly this bottle cost me about £4.59. If you shop around online you can probably get it a little cheaper. I do think its a tad expensive for a nail polish but I am pleased with the finish look so I probably would buy again if I saw it in a shade I really liked.

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            29.11.2012 13:01
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            A decent nail polish from Rimmel.

            I work near a large Boots store and this means that I am often browsing the aisles looking for a bargain and getting swept up in to making an impulse purchase!

            I like to have pretty nails but I often find that I will paint my nails and within a day they are starting to look chipped and not very pretty again. This is hugely disappointing and often means I end up removing the polish on my nails and not bothering to repaint just because I am then strapped for time. Because of this I am always looking for the next must have nail polish that is going to save me time and keep my nails looking fantastic.

            There is a lot of sale spiel that accompanies this particular nail polish and it is advertised as providing chip resistant and fade proof colour for up to 10 days. Of course that sounds a little too good to be true but at £4.59 a bottle it does have a price tag to make you feel that it is going to be good quality. There are over 20 shades available and it took me some time to decide eventually going for an off white pearl colour called white orchid. This really was something different to the normal vibrant colours that I go for but I figured that if it did fade or chip a little that it might be less noticeable than a bold shade.

            Now the nail polish itself is quite standard in appearance. It comes in a glass bottle and there is a screw top lid that is removed and contains the applicator brush built in to it. The packaging looks quite nice and it is clear to see that this is Rimmel.

            To apply this is very simple and I always use a base coat first to protect my nails and ensure my nails aren't stain by any colour. This is force of habit and probably isn't necessary with a light colour such as this one. There is no need to do anything to this before using it because there is a small bead inside to keep it from drying out which is very handy. The applicator brush is quite short but it is nice and wide for easy application. As with any polish I dip the brush in to the bottle, wipe some of the excess on the edge of the bottle and then start to apply it to my nails. I have been able to cover my whole nail in just two strokes which is fantastic and much quicker than lots of nail polishes I've used this year. I have found that this brush is ideal for my nails and it seems to an out towards the edges nicely without overflowing on to my finger or cuticles. I used two coats of this polish before finishing with a glittery Rimmel topcoat that finished the look off fantastically. This meant that I was left with nails that looked shimmery, sparkly and glittery too. The colour of the white orchid shade is ideal for workwear as it isn't overpowering or too bold.

            Now in terms of longevity I have found that this lasts very long, far longer than most other polishes, and I have been able to go at least five days before I have to remove this and reapply. I am able to do my housework and type on the computer and this stays strong. Also the colour did not fade but then with a base coat and a glittery top coat I wouldn't have expected any fading. I would say that the 10 day claim is too optimistic but perhaps if you are a bit more precious about your nails than I am then it will last 10 days however I am not going to put my enjoyment of life on hold just to protect my nails.

            When it comes to removing this polish it is done simply using cotton wool pads and nail polish remover. There was no staining of my nails and when it comes to smell this does smell like nail polish but this soon wore off and the smell didn't transfer to my nails or become lingering any more than with any other nail polish.

            Now this nail polish didn't live up to its claims of 10 day chip free wear but I always find polish claims to be grossly exaggerated so this isn't a big deal really. I found the colour to be long lasting and this definitely withstood me bashing it around more than most nail polishes. I noticed that it lasted days before any bad chips happened and I'm sure if I had topped up my top coat that this would have lasted even longer. There is a great range of colours available and I am sure that I will use these again in the future. Particularly as there are regular 3 for 2 offers on Rimmel products at Boots. I would have to give this 4/5 stars as while it didn't completely live up to its claims it generally is a pretty decent nail polish that was long lasting and looks good.

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              Rimmel lycra pro

              I bought several nail polishes when shopping and the Rimmel polishes were buy one get one free.

              WHAT DOES IT PROMISE?

              The polish promises to create a long lasting chip resistant professional finish for up to 10 days. It apparently has an anti fade system and this combined with the Lycra technology, it will provide superior shine and wear.

              PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...

              The nail polish comes packaged in the usual nail polish kind of bottle with a screw on/off lid. I have the colour called Urban Purple but when looking at it through the bottle it is more a dark red/brown than a purple and comes out the colour it looks through the bottle.

              When I unscrew the lid, the brush is not too long and the advertised Ultimate Maxi brush is nice and thick. This brush promises to enable me to apply the polish without making mistakes which is a good thing, because I really dislike thin spindly brushes which leave lines of polish on my nails. The thick brush does actually enable me to apply the polish really easily and because there is plenty of the polish loaded on the brush then I don't have to keep painting over my nails. I can with this actually paint my nails with three brush strokes on each nail so it doesn't look patchy.

              PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...

              The polish is available in supermarkets and chemists and costs around £4.50. there is a range of colours to chose from including several pinks reds and purples and the recent autumn range features 3 colours which are much more earthy.

              VERDICT...

              I love the way I am able to apply this polish easily and effectively. The one thing I would say here is to be careful with the amount of polish loaded on the brush and make sure you take some off on the side of the bottle; the large brush will always ensure that there is plenty of polish for effective and neat application. The colour does go on true to the shade on first application but for a really smooth finish I always apply two coats and a top coat. Although it promises to last for up to 10 days I find that flaws appear after a day or two and the polish does look a bit raggety on the tips of my nails. This is better than a lot of polishes and because the colour is nice and smooth and if I am in a hurry I am able to apply just a little of the polish to the affected areas to see me through another few days. This length of coverage is fine for me because I do like to change my polish.

              It is easy to remove using normal nail polish remover but because it's a dark colour, its important to wear base coat so as not to stain nails.

              An effective and easy to apply nail polish; I will be investing in some other colours.

              Thanks for reading

              Daniela xx

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                01.11.2012 11:30
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                I'll be purchasing more shades from this range

                As the Halloween season has just passed I've been experimenting a little more with the outfits I wore and the make up to match, I thought it might be quite fun to have a dress up month, as you do. For one of my newly acquired looks I chose to go for a 50's Monroe look, which heavily relies on deep but vivid colours. I spent a while looking at all the different options in boots but in the end I decided to purchase the Rimmel pro polish in Double Decker Red for a fair price of £4.50.

                -Application-
                The whole point of the lycra pro range by Rimmel is that the brush has been designed to be thicker and wider creating an easier application, or so they say. The brush is fairly thicker and wider than a 'typical' nail polish however as I only have small fingers I found it fairly difficult to get a clean stroke which only went on my nail, the upside to this is that if you have average sized finger nails you should be able to apply this polish with just one stroke to each fingernail.

                The brush does have a silky smooth quality to it and effortlessly creates streak less finished on every nail, I must say I do find this quality great and makes me favour this bottle over most of my others.

                -Durability-
                I find that the polish stays on my nails untouched and un chipped for roughly 4-5 days before they start getting damaged and looking a bit tatty. This is without using a top coat so its worth considering that the durability may be longer depending on what other products you use too. I personally think that the durability of this polish is acceptable as the pot is a generous size and the colour is so vivid that I only need to apply one coat/stroke to each nail; giving me great value for money.

                -Overall Opinion-
                I think this polish is great, the only flaw I can think of is that the brush is too thick for those who still have baby fingers and finger nails! However this hasn't put me off using this range of nail polish as the other aspects of application more than make up for it. A little tip for those who do have smaller fingers is to buy a corrector pen to just neaten up the lines, or better yet just have damp cotton buds at the ready!

                Great range of nail varnish with beautiful vivid colours to suit most, Recommended.

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                01.09.2012 09:33
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                Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polish

                The product
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                The product is made by Rimmel whom makes a large range of make-up and cosmetics. The nail Polish is called Lycra as it has Pro Colour Memory which means the colour is anti-fade so your nails stay looking bright and vibrant for up to 10 days. The nail polish claims to give your nails a chip free polish and the new maxi brush helps to deliver a professional, mistake free look. The nail polish is available to buy in 23 different shades and includes red, pinks, purples and more. I actually purchased a light pearl coloured shade called White Orchid. I normally buy Barry M nail paints as I love the colours and how long lasting they are. I decided to try this nail polish as it claims to last up to 10 days and the colour was quite subtle as well.

                The polish comes in a glass bottle and had a black lid which holds the brush. On the front of the bottle it states that it's Lycra Pro and lasts up to 10 days. On the back of the bottle it states that the product is long wearing and chip resistant. The small label on the lid of the bottle states that it has a new Maxi brush for mistake free application.

                Price/Availability
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                I purchased a bottle of the nail varnish from my local Boots store for £4.59, this is a bit more than what I would normally spend on nail polish, how-ever if it was going to last for up to 10 days then I didn't mind. You can also purchase this from the Boots website and from Superdrug online and in store.

                Applying the Product
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                I always apply a base coat to my nails before applying any other nail polish to my nails. I shook the polish well and as I did this, you could hear a small metal bottle in the bottle. After shaking the bottle for about I minute I unscrewed the lid and got ready to apply the product to my nails. The brush definitely looked different and was shorter, but slightly wider. The brush was more rounded around the bottom. I applied to the product to my nails in just 2 easy strokes. The brush definitely covered a large surface area when painting the polish on and there were no mistake such as accidentally painting the skin on either side of the nail. The product had the typical nail polish smell to it, but I expected this anyway. As the colour I chose was quite light I would need to apply at least another coat over the top to ensure the colour result looked good. As soon as the top coat had dried I then applied a 2nd coat to my nails. This made the colour slightly stronger and it was more noticeable than it was from the first coat. The colour on my nails looked nice as it wasn't too bright, and my nails had a shiny finish to them as well. I was now interested to see how long the colour would last for.

                Results
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                I got ready for a night out on the town and after washing my hair and applying make-up and doing various other things my nails were still looking good without any chips. I went out for my night out and then got up the following morning to do a few chores and things around the house which I would normally do during the weekend. When I looked at my nails later during that day I noticed there were a few chips in the colour, which I was really disappointed by considering this product claims to be chip resistant and that it would last up to 10 days. I left the nail polish on all weekend and decided to go to work as normal on the Monday. By the time Tuesday came the nail polish had chipped even more than it had done over the weekend. When I got home that evening I decided to take the nail polish off.

                The nail polish is easily removed with nail polish remover. The product didn't stain my nails but that's probably because I always apply a base coat when using strong or dark colours on my nails.

                Overall Opinion
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                I have to admit that I am a little disappointed with this nail polish as I expected it to last a long longer than it did. The colour looked great when applied to my nails, but it didn't last as long as it claimed and it definitely wasn't chip resistant either. The range of colours in the Lycra Pro range is quite good, especially if you like pinks and reds. I personally won't be buying this nail polish again as I find that cheaper nail polishes last a bit longer than this. In terms of value I would only pay over £4.00 for a bottle of nail polish if it was really good and did what it claimed. As the nail varnish didn't live up to its claims I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars.


                (review also on ciao)

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                31.08.2012 20:17
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                A nice nail varnish for 2-3 days, but no way does it last 10 days without chipping

                I have quite a big collection of nail varnishes and I like to have my nails painted in one colour or another most of the time. I decided to try out this Rimmel Lycra Pro nail varnish recently as I was buying a primer from Rimmel and noticed that their products were on 3 for 2. I didn't really need anything else and I don't really use any other facial makeup from Rimmel, so I thought I would give the nail varnish a try and bought one for me and one for a friend. I got the shade "Peppermint" for both of us, which is a nice minty pastel shade, but more of a bluey mint colour, not too green. This shade does not seem to be available on the Boots site but I have seen it in store many times and also in Superdrug. There is a fairly wide range of shades available, including bright shades, pastels and your usual pinks and reds.

                The claims made by this nail varnish are that it wears for up to 10 days, it has anti colour fade technology to keep the colour fresh all this time, and that it looks good quality and professional. We are also informed that it has a new maxi brush for "mistake free application".

                === Application ===

                On opening the bottle, I did really like the look of the brush. It is very wide and reminds me of the brushes in the American brand Wet n Wild, which I have found very effective and easy to use. The Rimmel brush is wide enough that I can cover each nail pretty well with just one stroke, as the brush is so wide and spreads out evenly, giving an even coating of nail varnish. It holds a good amount of nail varnish on it, not too much to cause drips but neither does it go on too thinly so you can see brush marks from each bristle!

                One coat made the colour fairly opaque and gave okay coverage, but it wasn't fully opaque and I definitely though it would benefit from a second coat. A thin coat dries fairly quickly, allowing a second coat to be applied without waiting too long. Two coats definitely make it look much better - more complete and polished. I have not made any mistake or mess with this nail varnish. I can normally do my nail varnish neatly anyway without getting it everywhere, but the brush definitely did make it easier and quicker.

                === Wear ===

                This nail varnish looks lovely at first, but I definitely think the 10 days claim is wildly exaggerated. I have worn this nail varnish a few times now, and it has always chipped within 3 days at the best. The first time I wore it, it chipped quite badly within 24 hours and that was even with a clear top coat on top to protect it! I don't think the finish is particularly professional to be honest. It looks fine, but not really better than other mid priced drugstore nail varnishes.

                The longest I have worn this nail varnish in one go was about 5 days (it had already chipped but I didn't get around to taking it off and replacing it) and during that time, the colour still looked fresh and good, so maybe there is something in the anti colour fade claim, but on the other hand pretty much every nail varnish I have ever used in my life still looked the same colour five days later, and I have never really encountered fading as a big problem, so I don't think it is much of a claim.

                === Removal ===

                I did not find that this nail varnish stained my nails at all, but I did use a base coat underneath and it was a pale colour, so I can't speak for how a dark colour would be on a bare nail with no base coat. It was easy to remove without having to scrub too hard.

                === Over all ===

                It has its good points - nice colours, very easy and quick to apply, fairly quick drying, not too expensive (£4.59, currently on Boots 3 for 2), but some of these claims made by Rimmel just aren't true at all in my experience, and I think they have gone a bit over the top saying it is a professional nail varnish which will last 10 days.

                If you don't mind changing or touching up your nail varnish after 2 - 3 days, this is a good option to try, but if you really want it to last perfectly for days on end you should look elsewhere (try Maybelline's long lasting ones - they really do stay on).

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                23.08.2012 10:21
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                Great nail varnish

                I don't usually wear nail varnish unless it's a special occasion. I find it requires too much faffing and it never seems to last very long anyway. The only exception to this is my toenails, which I always like to paint in bright vibrant colours. I think it's because I find feet quite unattractive, so I like to make an effort with mine to make them as presentable as possible. I own a few different colours in this range from Rimmel, as I find they are much longer lasting than others I have tried in the past.

                ==Price and Availability==

                The nail varnish is widely available in places which stock the Rimmel range. I usually buy mine from Boots or Superdrug, but I've noticed more supermarkets have started to stock the range recently. According to the Boots website, it currently costs £4.59. I think this is good value as it lasts a while, and I don't think I've ever finished a bottle of nail varnish in my lifetime!

                The nail varnish is availalble in an extensive range of colours, across the spectrum of reds, pinks, greens, browns, and oranges.

                ==The Product==

                The nail varnish is advertised as having a "revolutionary" maxi brush which makes applying the product simple and easy. The brush has a wide, flat design, which adapts to all nail shapes and allows fast application whilst retaining full control of the brush.

                I did wonder what the name of this product actually meant, "LycraPro". Well, apparently the "Lycra" is the formula they use, and it is enriched with UV protection. The "Pro" refers to the professional results you can expect from this nail varnish, which is a relief because for a second I thought it was promising to make me look like an actual prostitute...

                I digress. Further claims made by Rimmel are that the formula is enriched with UV protection, and delivers durable, chip-resistant and fade-proof colour for up to 10 days. That's a lot to ask from one product, but they actually deliver quite well on their promises.

                ==The True Test==

                I am pleased to say that this nail varnish is excellent quality compared to most I have used. I always come back to Rimmel nail varnishes whenever I try something new, as I find it difficult to find anything that performs as well as Rimmel. Colour-wise, I own a few of these, one bright red and a couple of more subtle pinks/coral colours. The colour is always vibrant, so even the more subtle colours are bright rather than being insipid.

                Application of the nail varnish isn't overly time consuming, as the brush allows good coverage with just one stroke. The brush is flat which I find makes it easier to control and aim where you want it, i.e. the nail rather than your skin! The only problem I find with applying it, is that on my smaller toes the brush is too large, meaning I usually end up blobbing the varnish on my toe and having to remove it with a cotton bud soaked in nail varnish remover. Having said that, I think this is an issue all nail varnish has, because otherwise the brush would be tiny and it would take forever to do your bigger nails.

                I rarely have any chips in my nail varnish after applying, which is good because they would show up quite badly in the bright colours. The results also last a long time, I've never actually counted but I would say their 10 day claim is probably about right. It lasts as long as I need it to before I get bored and want to change colour anyway.

                Removal of this nail varnish is also surprisingly easy, sometimes with darker colours they can take forever to remove, or leave stains, but this one just comes off easily with nail varnish remover.

                Overall, this is my preferred brand of nail varnish, which I use time and time again. The only time I deviate from this brand is when I'm looking for a particular colour to go with an outfit, but it's rare that I don't find something suitable from this range. Five stars from me.

                (This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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