Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish
This is another of the polishes I got in the Kiko sale in France (2.50 Euro per polish… it would’ve been rude not to take advantage of that so I got loads!)
Kiko 372 Nude nail varnish is a creamy blush coloured polish with more than a hint of grey (and regular readers will know how I feel about grey!) I really like this barely-there polish, it is so classy without being boring and will go with absolutely any outfit.
This nail varnish needed 2 fairly thick coats to get full coverage, but Kiko polishes always apply and dry very well so that wasn’t a problem. This is shown topped with Seche Vite.
You can get Kiko polishes HERE.
Maybelline Color Show Midnight Taupe
I don’t have many Maybelline polishes but after trying this one I think may be getting some more. This is a nail varnish that is quite hard to describe: I’d say it’s a purple-y taupe creme polish. It is unusual as it’s quite a flat colour, in terms of depth and dimension, but is still very shiny and interesting.
This manicure was 2 coats but the polish is quite thin on application so maybe try 3 if you want to get a more opaque finish. Be careful when applying the polish – as the formula is so runny it would be easy to flood your cuticles and ruin your mani.
This is topped with Seche Vite – as always.
You can buy it HERE.
Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
This is only my second ever bottle of Sinful Colors polish and I’m glad I went for this striking red. ‘Ruby Ruby’ is a classic, pillar box red polish, with a great formula: this is two coats topped with Essie ‘Good To Go’ (Yes, I cheated on Seche Vite and I don’t like it as much. That’ll teach me!)
I can’t find this polish for sale in the UK at the moment which is a shame as it’s a really great polish and I’d love to try more.
I actually chose this polish for my wedding day manicure, which you can see HERE.
*I am on holiday and this post is scheduled.
Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat
Red, black and white is just such a good combination. This manicure gives me so much pleasure. ‘Head Mistress’ is a beautiful dark raspberry creme polish from the Stylenomics collection. It’s not unusual or different to other polishes I own, but I have really fallen in love with it.
This is topped with L’Oreal’s ‘Confetti’ top coat: a clear polish with a mixture of large, medium and small black and white hex glitter with tiny holographic particles mixed into it. I got this for my birthday, I had wanted it for ages but it was sold out in every Boots I went to. So glad that I finally have it – it is lovely! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it dries matte (which some people might like about it) – I have other glitter polishes like this and don’t find them a problems as I top everything with Seche Vite anyway. BUT this is SO top coat thirsty. The above photos show this polish with 2 coats of Seche Vite. Two!! And it still looks a bit matte. I can forgive it though, as it’s so pretty.
You can buy essie Head Mistress HERE and the L’Oréal Confetti top coat HERE.
Gabrini 398 Nail Varnish Review
Cabrini 398 is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home, apparently when I really like the look of a polish I don’t even bother to read the packaging! I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.
But this one was different. This is two easy to apply coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes – it’s softer looking and almost rubbery. It would be perfect for a first timer in the matte polish area.
Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one that I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!
You can look at the whole Gabrini Matte nail polish range HERE.
Gabrini 398 Nail Varnish Review
This is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home. I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.
But this one was different. This is two, easy to apply, coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes – it’s softer looking and almost rubbery.
Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!