Essie Merino Cool
I love colours that are hard to describe. I’ve wanted essie Merino Cool for ages and remember trying to find it on a massive essie display in Dubai with Aaron helping me. “It’s kind of…purple-y…brown? Like a more purple taupe-y colour? No, more like a pastel-y plum? Like a mixture of grey and purple? It’s…ummm” *insert picture of Aaron looking confused and horrified*
And now I have it! I found it in TK Maxx in Kilburn for £4.99 (!!) and it has definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s such an unusual and pretty colour. It is somehow soft but also edgy – something that essie always do very well.
Essie polishes have a lovely formula: this needed 3 coats to get rid of any bald spots but Essie polishes are always quick drying so that isn’t a problem. I used to hate essie polish brushes as they were really thin and hard to use but they have made them a bit thicker now so I am now a full on fan girl.
I’m so pleased that this polish is now in my collection. What your favourite Essie polish? You can buy this stunning polish HERE.
W7 32 Navy
I have only tried a few W7 polishes. They’re pretty good nail varnishes: very cheap (I think this was £1.99), a fairly good range of colours, but usually there is nothing in particular that makes them stand out or make me want to seek them out over other polishes.
HOWEVER, this navy polish has been one of my recent favourites now that the weather has turned. It’s a very dark navy, in some lights it could be black which I like. It’s a nice change to the berry and red colours that are everywhere at the moment. I always think that navy nails look classy and elegant without being too boring.
This is two coats of W7 32 Navy topped with Seche Vite.
Have you tried any W7 nail varnishes? What do you think to navy polish? What colours are you loving at the moment? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
I can’t find this exact shade online but you can buy W7 polishes for £1.49 (!) HERE.
Seventeen Baked Cherry
I have always had a soft spot for the Seventeen brand (or 17 as it was before their rebrand). It reminds me of being young and my first forays into make up. Their nail polishes are usually very good: super affordable, tons of beautiful colours, great application… which is why this one really disappointed me.
The brush was a complete nightmare. The bristles were all different lengths and really stiff which meant that neat application was impossible. I had to do so much clean up afterwards to get them looking acceptable which is very frustrating.
I’m hoping this was just a bad brush as I’ve had other bottles from the same range that are brilliant.
So ignoring the crappy brush, this colour is truly gorgeous. A very deep pinky red, that was a perfect 2 coater. Topped with Seche Vite, but shiny without it and quite fast drying as well. Just a shame that I probably won’t wear it again due to the awful brush…
You can see the full Seventeen nail varnish range HERE.
Rapsodi Multivitamin 353
I have only tried one other Rapsodi polish (you can read about their seriously stunning neon pink HERE). I am so impressed considering these cost the grand price of 99p!
Kiko 389 Mint Milk Review
I am a huge fan of pastels and mint green is a personal favourite. It is bright, fun and pretty, but not as cloying as baby pink or yellow.
Kiko polishes have a seriously brilliant formula: this was full coverage in 2 thin coats, it is fast drying and gives an incredibly high shine. Kiko 389 Mint Milk is no exception. These pictures show the manicure topped with Seche Vite but it was ridiculously shiny without top coat.
I think this might be the perfect summery shade…now I just need summer!
You can buy Kiko nail polishes HERE.
Kiko 240 Apple Red Review
I firmly believe that everyone should own a classic red nail varnish. Red polish not only goes with everything, but it also instantly dresses up an outfit and makes you feel oh so glamourous. I would like to put this polish forward as a candidate for the ultimate red nail varnish,
Kiko Apple Red is a blue-toned, red creme polish that applies unbelievably well. It is so flattering with my skin tone I never wanted to take it off. This is two coat perfection, topped with Seche Vite.
You can buy this amazing polish HERE.
OPI When Monkeys Fly Nail Varnish
I didn’t want to write a negative review. I love OPI. True love, love them. I have raved about them in the past, but I couldn’t get over the issues with this nail varnish. When I saw the polishes they were bringing out to coincide with the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ film, I was so excited: Glitter ‘til the cows come home. And pretty, unusual glitters. Almost indie-polish glitter. *swoon*
Kiko 335 Ink Blue
Introducing yet another stunning blue polish from Kiko – one by one they are curing me of my aversion to blue nail varnish. It’s witchcraft, I am convinced of it!
Kiko 335 Ink Blue is shown here with 2 coats, but it could probably have done with 3 as there is still a bit of a visible nail line. This nail varnish dries very quickly and it is so shiny even without topcoat (the photos here do show the manicure with Seche Vite on though, I am not going to wait for nail varnish to dry. Ain’t nobody got time for that…)
You can buy this blue beauty HERE. I also did a comparison post as I have quite a few polishes that are similar in colour to this – you can find it HERE.