Having dabbled with acrylic nails for the past few years I haven’t really had a need for nail varnish, however I am currently trying to let my nails recover from the constant damage that acrylics do to them and so thought I would try jazzing them up a bit with nail varnish.
I used to buy Rimmel nail varnishes and have over the years tried pretty much every different type they have and I am never pleased with the result. So I thought I would pay a bit more in the hopes that the effect would be better and the first shop I went into was Boots. To be honest I went in thinking about what colour I wanted instead of what brand (anything that wasn’t Rimmel!) and it just so happened that the exact colour I was looking for belonged to the Boots no 7 range. The colour I chose “Rose Truffle” is a gorgeous raspberry red, which looks lovely and not too tramp like! It cost £5.95 for 10ml, which is a good few pounds more than Rimmel’s polishes, however as I would soon discover it was so worth the money, as the saying goes you get what you pay for! Also on a money note, if you normally have acrylic nails you pay upwards of £15 every few weeks for in fills, so £6 for a nail varnish that will last a good few months doesn’t seem too extravagant. There isn’t any packaging surrounding the bottle; however there is a sticker on the top that contains all the relevant information such as the ingredients, that it is hypo allergenic and flammable.
Using the nail varnish is pretty straight forward; you unscrew the top and apply one or two coats, depending on how dark you want the colour to be. The first thing that I noticed was that this nail varnish didn’t have the characteristic nail varnish smell, which is a good thing! Also I think it must have something to do with the shape of the brush, but application was very easy, it literally glided on and one sweep of the brush would coat my whole nail without any mess. This meant that as I am right handed, painting the finger nails on my right hand was a lot easier than normal and resulted in a lot less mess.
The Stay Perfect range does not state just how long the nail varnish will stay perfect for, however 2 days later, when all Rimmel varnish would have started to chip off, the No 7 Stay Perfect nail varnish was still going strong and looking just as good as it did when I first applied. Normally you are advised to apply two coats of colour and a clear top coat to ensure that the varnish lasts, but I only applied one and the colour lasted for a week before it started to show signs of wear!
I would highly recommend this nail varnish as it really does stay perfect for a very long time, it just goes to show that you get what you pay for!