All About Face: Scarlet Red
Sometimes I wonder about some companies’ quality control departments, I really do. My other half has this saying “Buy Cheap, Buy Twice”. Sometimes I disagree as there are amazing cheap things out there (Diamond Cosmetics, Sleek Make Up, for example), but other times, I agree with him.
All About Face is a brand I’d never heard of until walking through the beauty aisles of my local Tesco. I have a watchful eye on the supermarket beauty ranges as you never know when you’re going to stumble upon a little gem. Sadly, this wasn’t one.
All About Face is a “no frills” cosmetics range that was launched by Tesco in 2005. When it comes to nail varnish, I’d consider a “frill” to be fab packaging a la Rococo Nail Apparel, or perhaps a fancy glitter or holo finish. What I do not consider to be a “frill” is decent quality.
This nail varnish is so sheer I think it was literally the teeniest bit of pigment per million bottles. What you see in the photos is about eight coats, and it needed more. I only swatched this, really couldn’t be bothered to wait for each coat to dry.
OK, it’s a nice red, not too blue, and not too tomatoey but really there are plenty of nice reds around without the frustrations and hassle that this presented.
I know there are many of you out there that only use high-end polishes, but there are also plenty of you who shop in Tesco and like a bargain. All I can say is, if you see this on the shelf at the bargainous price of about £2.00, don’t bother. All About Face? Maybe. It’s definitely not All About Nails.