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I love to paint my nails and I'm always on the lookout for new colours and effects to paint my nails with. While browsing for new makeup on Xtras.co.uk, I came across this Rimmel London Precious Stones nail polish in Ruby Crush.
When buying makeup online, it's not always guaranteed that the colour will be the same as the picture. However, when this arrived in the post, I was glad to see that the picture was very true to the shade of nail polish. I didn't really want a very bright red nail varnish, but at the same time I didn't want one that was too dark. The colour of this nail polish is just as I expected, and it's also just as sparkly as the picture portrayed, as you can see that the whole bottle is filled with gold glitter. The bottle is also quite large, at 8ml, so you'll get a lot of use out of it.
---Using the product---
It's recommended that you use two coats of this nail polish to get the best effect and I would strongly advise that you do so. I always use two coats of nail polish anyway, so I can get good coverage and a good strong colour, but you really do need two coats of this. The first coat honestly doesn't look like much, as it appears quite thin and only really seems to coat your nails in glitter, rather than give them a nice red colour. However, after a second coat, this nail varnish is gorgeous. Although the first coat appears thin, don't be fooled into using a lot of product on the second coat, as it is actually quite thick on the second coat. Two thin coats should work just fine, but of course if it still seems too thin then another thin coat can be applied on top.
I'd recommend that you file and buff your nails, as well as using a base coat, before you use this nail varnish. Buffing your nails will give the product a smooth and even surface to cling to, as well as removing any dead skin. And of course, the base coat will help the nail varnish to last longer. I also use a top coat when the two coats of polish are dry, as this gives an additional layer to the nail polish and helps protect against chipping.
---How does it look?---
I love this nail polish. I couldn't stop looking at my nails after they were painted with this; the red nail polish and gold glitter really compliment each other, and it's perfect for wearing around Christmas time. This would be great to wear to any Christmas parties you have planned, or even just to wear in the weeks running up to Christmas for a special festive touch. I especially love how the glitter catches the light and gives off a gorgeous sparkle.
I'm not sure if this would be suitable to wear at any other time of year, as of course the red and gold are colours usually associated with Christmas. Although I might not wear this for everyday wear when it's not Christmas time, it would look great on a night out. You could even use this on your toes during the summer for a lovely sparkle in the sun.
Of course, one of the most important elements of a good nail polish is how long it lasts. I can't say that it lasts a particularly long time, and I do have nail polishes that last longer than this, but it's certainly not the worst either. I did start to notice very small chips a day after using this, and after around three days the small chips turned into large chunks coming off. I'm not too bothered about this though, as the glittery effect is lovely, and I honestly didn't expect it to last too long anyway, as the consistency is quite thick making it easier for large chunks to come off.
---Removing the nail polish---
This is the only real downside for me. When the nail polish had chipped beyond repair, I decided to remove it and paint my nails a different colour. The glittery particles in the product make it quite difficult to remove, as even after the red nail polish was removed, there was still a lot of glitter clinging stubbornly to my nail. This certainly isn't the end of the world, but it did take quite a lot of effort to remove. I use a cotton wool pleat to my remove my nail polish, which usually works very quickly, but this nail polish is quite stubborn.
I bought this from Xtras.co.uk, which is a discount makeup website. I use this website quite often, because as well as the hefty discount on branded products, they also provide free UK delivery. This nail polish cost me £1.99 which is a great price, as the RRP according to Xtras is double, at £3.99. I had a Black Friday discount code, which meant that along with a few other products, I only paid around £5.00 in total.
Xtras are still currently selling this for £1.99, and they're also running a promotion at the moment, which means you can buy any three £1.99 items for just £5.00, effectively giving you an item for free. With the free UK delivery, this is a great deal.
As you can probably tell from my other reviews I love nail polish and nail art so when I saw this in nail polish in Asda I couldn't wait to try it. I love the idea of full coverage glitter and the fact it looked more edgy then a regular glitter polish because it promised full glitter coverage with different sized particles for full coverage. I then had to decide which colour to go for as although this range only comes in two shades - ruby crush and diamond dust. As I already had a large number of red shades I went for diamond dust.
This nail polish comes in a standard size nail polish with a standard size brush but because of the nature of the polish I think I would have preferred a slightly thicker brush. However, you can cover your nail in about three strokes which isn't bad.
According to the Rimmel website "This is not your every day top coat! This is high coverage glitter nail polish! Supercharged with sparkles, turn your nails in to dazzling gems. All the gems you'll need for the party season and beyond, and right at your finger tips!"
But what's like in real life well the first thing I noticed was that it was quite thick and gloopy but that was the glitter effect. When applied it for the first time I found it quite hard to get a nice even coat because of the glitter so it did look a little bit strange but after the second attempt I got the hang of it but it was still hard to get a nice finish so it is not a quick thing to do. When I removed the nail polish and tried again I did only need one coat which was nice. It did look quite nice on with lots of sparkle but it was a little duller then I expected but overall I liked the look. However, it didn't last very long as it chipped quite easily and quickly after about a day.
But the most annoying thing about the polish is how quickly it dries out. I haven't used it for a few months but it now completely unusable as it has hardened so much it can't even be loosened down with nail polish. In fact when I tried to open it the brush itself broke in the polish so I now can't use it at all in fact the polish is rock solid so a complete waste
At £3.99 this isn't a particularly cheap polish and while it isn't expensive as some because I got so little use out of it it was very poor value for money. Overall I can't recommend it.
This is "full on glitter...high coverage...8ml...precious stones nail polish". I defy the Magpie in you not to oooh and ahhh at how pretty this looks. I went for the charcoal colour, i.e 001 Diamond Dust. This nail polish is not expensive, just a couple of pounds and also comes in a pink colour. It genuinely looks like there are precious stones ground up in this little bottle. It does not look like cheap, dressing-up glitter, the charcoal means it has a sophisticated air. Even if we are not 15 anymore, why can our nails not shines along with the best of them? Im rather partial to a glittery polish if truth be told, on hands and feet! ha!
As per usual, to achieve the 'fierceness' of the look in the bottle you need to apply two thick coats, and finish with a clear top coat. I find it best to glide and 'tuck' slightly under the tip f the nail, this helps to protect from things like typing and housework. the effect is just beautiful, shiny, (grown-up shiny), sparkly, sets off an evening outfit or gives a bit of perzazz to a pair of jeans.
However, my adoration of this nail colour was very short lived! Despite applying the top coat and really not doing anything particularly strenuous the little bliters chipped when i was not looking! Not just a small chip on the corner of your thumb that you can cover up very well, but huge chunks little a 5yr olds peel-off, fake nail polish. i was gutted! You can imagine that with such a strong colour it is very exposing to have chunks of it missing, it looked tatty and unkempt very fast.
Removing the nail polish is also a chore - from what was left of it after 24 hours wear - the amount of glitter in it means that your cotton wool is ripped to shreds and you need a very oils remover to do the job. I normally swear by the bottle and cotton jobby, but in this case, it needs the oils pads in the travel pots, else your scrubbing simply destroys the cotton wool. We all know that picking nail polish from your fingers means that you damage the nail; nails are left looking 'scratched' and not very pretty. For thi polish, i found it easier to slide my nail under the offending colour and simply lift, it came off easily and i wish i hadnt wasted time using nail polish remover on the first hand. It did damage my nails, but it was not anything that a quick buff couldn't fix.
Despite my disappointing results, i cant help but love the colour. I took it to my friends house whilst we were getting ready for a night out (2 weeks after my first use), i was not fussed about the chipping as i figures it would have the desired effect for our night out. However, yet more disappointment! the brush has clogged! Believe me i have plenty of nail polishes, pearl, glitter, dusted, bits of shiny things and i have never seen the likes of this clogging before. The brush wa almost impossible to use, i tried cleaning the brush, wiping off the excess etc but the actually brush was very much like emulsion on a paint brush that you have forgotten to white-spirit. It was impossible. i had to throw it away. gutted.
What a waste of money. Ladies, dont be fooled by how pretty, generally with things that look to good to be true, they invariable are! Shame. but i wont let this put me off glittery polishes, i am only glad that i wasn't greedy and didn't buy both the pink and the charcoal in one fell swoop.
I love trying new releases of nail varnishes by different brands, so when Rimmel released their new Precious Stone Collection I just had to try it; although I am not sure whether I would call a collection as such as at the time of purchase there were only two colour options available in diamond dust and ruby crush. It is described as a full coverage glitter nail polish, rather than a top coat style which you would apply over the top of the nail varnish, I really liked this idea as often with other brands I have to apply around 4 coats of glitter nail varnish in order to achieve a full, opaque glitter look. I opted for the colour Ruby Crush as I purchased it around Christmas time and it seemed perfect for that rich, yet vibrant red colour.
===~~Price and Availability~~===
The nail varnishes cost £3.99, which I find to be very reasonable. It is a little more expensive than some of the basic Rimmel nail varnish, though I still feel it is a very good price for a full coverage glitter nail varnish. Rimmel products are also often on 3 for 2 or have a pound or two off, so it is also very unlikely that you'd have to pay full price for this item.
Alike most Rimmel products this is available in both Boots and Superdrug along with some of the larger supermarket stores such as that of Asda and Sainsburys. Rimmel products are also available widely online from many different retailers along with the likes of Amazon and eBay.
===~~Applying the Nail Varnish~~===
The first thing I noticed when applying this nail varnish was the very wide brush, which had a rounded tip. I really liked the shape of the brush as the curved edge meant it was easy to get a smooth and even shape towards the nail bed area and the wide brush meant it was very easy to cover the whole nail. In three strokes of this nail varnish my nail was covered very evenly. To apply is in fact very smooth, although it does feel a little thick. The glitter does not drag on the nail and neither does it clump up the brush and actually transfers from the brush to the nail very well. I was actually very pleasantly surprised at how opaque this nail varnish was with just one coat and did not have to dip the brush again into the bottle per nail which I do sometimes have to do with other brands. The glitter was not at all sparse and the combination of both larger and small pieces of glitter allowed the nail more coverage.
In between applying the coats of nail varnish it was very quick to dry and was actually touch dry in 2-3 minutes which is probably due to the fact that the majority of this nail varnish is made up of glitter. Due to this I found the nail varnish did not smudge as much as other nail varnishes and even if I did, it was very easy to correct due to it being a glitter nail polish. Applying the second coat was just as easy and again did not drag or feel to lumpy on the nail despite having already applied a coat of glitter. Again this coat was just as opaque as the previous achieving a look on the nails that was very true to that of the bottle.
I was very impressed with the results from this nail varnish. I very much believe this is a full coverage glitter nail varnish, as stated, rather than that of a top coat. The glitter was not at all sparse and instead covered my whole nail and I could not see any of my natural nail coming through. I really liked the contrast of the red coloured glitter with the grey/ silver coloured glitter as it gave the nail a slightly 3D look and actually made the nail look even more shiny. Despite this nail varnish being extremely shiny when the glitter catches the light, I would not say it actually has a shine or glossy finish and actually believe it to be fairly matte and therefore did feel the need to add a topcoat. Due to the slightly thick, almost gloopy consistency of this nail varnish it did mean that the nail varnish did look a little thick on the nail; yet did not look at all messy and actually had the appearance of gel nails. I also felt the need to add a topcoat as although the nail varnish appeared to look very smooth on the nail, when I ran my finger across it I actually found it be quite uneven and rough feeling due to the glitter.
Although I was really pleased with the results of this nail varnish, unfortunately I was very disappointed with the lasting power. I personally found that this nail varnish chipped terribly and after a few hours of wear almost all my nails were chipped and some of the nail varnish had peeled off the nail completely. This was despite the fact I had applied both a base coat and topcoat to prolong lasting power; once dried the nail varnish seemed to have this flaky, dry texture which seemed to allow it to chip very easily. This meant that I could only really wear this nail varnish if I was going out of an evening and applied it an hour or two before I left otherwise I found that it just wouldn't last of my nails.
Due to this being a glitter nail varnish I also found it extremely difficult to remove, although this is something I do find with most glitter nail varnishes. When using a cotton pad to remove the nail varnish I did tend to find that bits of fluff were becoming stuck to the glitter on the nail rather than actually removing it and it actually took me just over half an hour to remove this nail varnish where it normally takes me between 5-10 minutes. Therefore it actually seemed quicker and easier to allow the nail varnish to chip itself off then actually go through removing it! Despite it being a red colour nail varnish, due to it being a glitter formulation meant that it did not stain my nails, even when I didn't wear a base coat, though I would strongly recommend this to try and prolong the wear of this nail varnish as much as possible! Yet another thing that disappointed me about this nail varnish was that of how quick it dried out in the bottle. After just a month this nail varnish had completely dried up in the bottle with all the glitter having become clumped around and stuck to the brush.
Unfortunately despite the fact I loved both the opacity and the effect this nail varnish, I was left very disappointed. I am normally a fan of Rimmel products, however, other than the fact it requires just 1-2 coats to get a full coverage from a glitter nail varnish I am struggling to think of any other good points about this nail varnish. Although this was a nice nail varnish to wear of an evening out, I did find by the end of the night it did begin to show signs wear and began to chip and therefore do not feel I can really recommend this nail varnish. Although this nail varnish is not the worst I have ever used, it is still up there with some of the other extremely bad ones and am therefore awarding it just two stars; for the opacity and reasonable price- even then I feel I am being a little generous!
I absolutely love glitter nail polishes so when I saw the Rimmel Precious Stones bottle in Superdrug recently, I knew I had to have it. The nail polish only comes in two shades so far which are Diamond Dust (Silver) and Ruby Crush (Red). I opted for Diamond Dust but I may be going back for Ruby Crush at some point. As Rimmel is a big brand, you'll be able to find this product in most beauty shops such as Superdrug, Boots and many places online. The bottle of nail polish has a RRP of £3.99.
Rimmel describe the nail polish as:
This is not your every day top coat! This is high coverage glitter nail polish!
Supercharged with sparkles, turn your nails in to dazzling gems.
All the gems you'll need for the party season, and right at your finger tips!
This product comes in a pretty general nail polish bottle. The bottle is glass with a black, plastic screw top lid which when opened, reveals the nail polish brush. This product is all about the sparkle and even though you can see the colour of the polish inside the bottle, the lid also states that it is 'full on glitter' and there are pictures of diamonds there as well.
One the lid is unscrewed and the brush is pulled out, you can see that the thickness of the brush is also pretty average. With the nail polish on the end of the brush, it looks a lot thinner than it does in the bottle. I was slightly worried at this point because it didn't look as though the colour was going to come out well. Usually I use a matt base coat with glitter polishes but I was determined to give this one a shot without doing that. After putting on one coat of the polish, my nail was not full of glitter. However, I could see by this point that another coat would probably do the trick. After 2 coats, my nails did looks amazing and very glittery.
Glitter nail polishes are normally a bit of a pain to remove and that is exactly the case with this one. I use acetone instead of normal nail polish remover and even with that, this was hard to remove. Luckily though, the polish lasted just over a week so at least it doesn't need to be removed after only a couple of days.
I do really like this nail polish and it is much better than other glitter polishes I have used before.
I recently picked up a bottle of 'Rimmel Precious Stones high coverage nail polish' whilst shopping in Boots. It's also available at Superdrug and most supermarkets etc. It comes in a standard 8ml glass bottle and black lid with 'full on glitter colour' written on it. It cost £3.99 and there are two colours to choose from - Diamond Dust (grey and silver) and Ruby Crush (red and silver). I chose Ruby Crush.
The brush seems slightly larger than normal and the nail varnish has a thick gloopy consistency. I can understand why it has this consistency (it's packed full of glitter!) but it doesn't make it the easiest nail varnish to apply - I find that I have to smooth the brush over each nail a few times before letting them dry. I thought the drying time might be a little longer than most standard nail varnishes but it isn't, it dries very quickly. The bottle states that you should apply 2 coats. The first time I applied the nail varnish I was surprised at how much coverage it gave with just 1 coat, however it does look most effective when you apply 2 coats (and you can't see the natural nail colour underneath). The nail varnish looks brilliant when dry, it has a really fun and eyecatching effect. It's a mix of red and silver glitter and is very striking and sparkly.
There is a downside to this nail varnish and it's a big downside. It chips very easily and peels off very quickly. I notice chips within hours of applying the nail varnish and it's pretty common for whole nails to peel off in one go! For example I applied Rimmel Precious Stones nail polish to my nails late last night and by the next afternoon every single nail is chipped in some place and one of my nails is completely bare! For this reason I normally only wear this nail varnish for short periods, no more than a few hours at a time. I find that it's pretty hard to remove the nail varnish with nail varnish remover (soak them if you're going to try it) and usually end up picking it off!
I have also used Barry M's Glitter Nail Paint, which is similar to Rimmel Precious Stones. I found that Rimmel required less coats than Barry M, but they both dried at about the same rate and they both had beautiful effects. However Barry M is easier to apply and has much more longevity than Rimmel (and is a pound cheaper!), so I think I have to crown Barry M Glitter Nail Paint as king of glitter nail varnishes!
Now we are coming up to the Christmas party season I have quite girlishly become quite excited at the prospect of going to some Christmas nights out both with other companies I get invited to as well as my own firm's parties. Of course like most women I plan my outfits meticulously even down to what make up to wear. I knew the colour choice of outfits and I therefore wanted a nail polish which would suit all as three of the parties were on the same week so I didn't want to have keep changing polish colours.
After a bit of thought I decided to go for something a bit sparkly but also something quite dark. I had a base coat of black polish (review to come on that one!) but wanted something sparkly to go over the top but I didn't want an in your face glitter but something a little more understated but noticeable. After debating for what seemed like hours I opted for the new Rimmel Precious Stones Nail Polish which had only just been released and bought it an offer price of £2.99.
== Precious Stones ==
The new nail polish by Rimmel has only just been released for the Christmas period and are only available in two exclusive shades; Diamond Dust and Ruby Crush. The polish is a high glitter formula which according to Rimmel are "Supercharged with sparkles" and will "turn your nails in to dazzling gems".
== Packaging ==
The Precious Stones polish comes in exactly the same shaped bottle as the other Rimmel polishes which is a bit of a shame considering they are a limited edition product and only being made for the festive season it would have been nice for them to be in slightly different packaging. They do come in a circular glass bottle which is clear so you can easily see the colour of the shade. It has the Rimmel logo together with the 'Precious Stones' logo complete with images of what looks like are diamonds.
== In Use ==
"Get your Rocks On'!"
The shade I chose was Diamond Dust as although I loved the Ruby Crush shade the Diamond Dust shade was far more suitable for me considering I do prefer darker colours of varnish and the shade would suit my outfits far more making it an easier colour to wear. Diamond Dust is a lovely high glitter polish which is a combination of steel grey and silver glitter making it deeper glitter colour without being overly bright which is the type of colour I was wanting as it is glittery enough to be noticed just not over the top.
Precious Stones has quite a different consistency compared to other nail varnishes I have used even other glitter polishes as it has a thicker consistency almost a bit stickier but for me this isn't a problem as I find that when applying onto the nail it goes on easily without running and you don't get any excess making applying the polish quick and mess free as I cannot stand nail polishes that run right into your cuticles because too much comes out on the small brush applicator.
I used the Precious Stones polish over the top of a black polish as I wanted a dark shade as a base and it worked beautifully. The Precious Stones Diamond Dust was still bright enough to be noticed and it gave a lovely effect over the black base coat. I found that it goes on easily as stated above and it dries quite quickly which is good as I did think considering its thick, sticky texture it may take a while to completely dry rather than just be touch dry so I was impressed with that.
The finish it gives isn't a smooth finish and it does give a gloss look either, it does dry on the nail rather rough although it wouldn't catch on clothing or anything it just doesn't give a smooth sheen to the nail. I have even tried it with a clear top coat to soften it and to give it a bit of a shine but this didn't help either which is no great problem but it does give a slightly dull effect compared to a polish which gives a high gloss, shiny finish to it. It does last for a good few days without showing any signs of wear or chipping. I only wear my polishes for a few days at any one time but this wore well.
The only downside to this polish was trying to remove it. I found it incredibly hard to remove as the glitter would surface easily and the cotton wool would constantly snag. A job that normally takes me 10 minutes took 45 minutes to remove and I still had the cuticle areas to battle. Now, whether it was because it was on a base coat it stuck to it like glue or whether it is just very difficult to remove I don't know but this has really put me off using it as I like to change my polish a lot and generally find it an easy process but this isn't easy to remove in the slightest.
== Overall ==
I really love the effect that this polish gives as I love the colour combination of silvers and steel grey, ideal for anyone wanting a little sparkle without it being too over the top. It dries quickly which is great but the downside is trying to remove it, it isn't easy at all and takes quite a while. If your happy to take a long time removing it then I'd recommend it but for those who like changing polishes frequently may be it isn't a good choice. I will now only wear it should I be getting my nails done a few days after applying so I don't have the hassle of removing it myself! Just 3 stars for me, knocking 2 off purely because of the removal side of things.
== Product Information ==
Availability: Rimmel stockists such as supermarkets, pharmacies etc
Rimmel / Nail Varnish