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Avon has a fresh new range of polishes out next month that give a gel finish. They boast base coat, top coat and colour in one.
Noticeably different to Bourjois and Nails Inc’s gel-like formulas, the emphasis is more on the appearance of looking like gel without the professional salon price tag and without the commitment of a real gel manicure with a whopping 24 shades.
There are three collections within the range – Paint Ball (full of bold and bright colours like reds and pinks), Wild Orchid (sumptuous vampish shades like plums and purples) and Gelato (light pastel sugary shades).
I’m guessing this cherry chutney shade is called Wine and Dine with Me from the press release (the bottles aren’t labelled). I wore this for four consecutive days and put my talons through hell with cooking, cleaning and slamming the dishwasher door shut and do you know what? No chipping.
Mind you, I dispute the claim that these polishes give “full coverage and rich colour in just one coat”. Wine and Dine with Me cost me two coats, as did the shimmery Limoncello. Oddly, the opacity differs in the polishes I tried. The blue (Royal Vendetta) and red (Fabulous or is it Fire Cracker?) have a thicker formula and so one coat works.
The beige (Barely There) and baby pink (Sheer love) are very sheer even after two layers. They also look hideous on me (mannequin hands, anyone?) but will be better suited to those with a lighter skin tone to mine.
Avon’s Gel Finish nailwear launch on 17th April. Which ones do you like the look of?
A couple of weeks ago, I popped into see the new spring/summer collection from Leighton Denny. The new polishes usher in the season with vibrant, carnival shades flattering for all skin tones. There is also a nude shade for those a little shy.
Housed in the slick Leighton Denny square bottles with the nail expert’s name emblazoned down the side, there is a spectrum of six colours in total with a seventh one exclusively to M&S Beauty. My radar beeped over Glamazone, a stunning bright green with a gold shimmer. Reach For The Sky, a blue, is another close favourite with its silver shimmer.
The other colours are equally eye-catching: yellow (Passport to Shine), tangerine (Bon Voyage!), pearl white (Pure Paradise) and bright pink (this one is for M&S). If you’re interested in the nude, that’s called Mirage or Not.
Leighton Denny polishes are known for their impeccable quality – the formula is opaque and smooth to apply, leaving a flawless and beautiful finish. I also like the design of the bottle and handle – not just to look at but easy to grip and use. There is another bottle pictured above that deserves a mention – Leighton Denny’s Undercover matte base coat which dries fast to leave a smooth base for application.
The International Collection is available through Leighton Denny’s official website, John Lewis and M&S, priced at £11 each.
Last week the latest collection from Illamasqua rolled into town. Glamore is a fusion of colour, shimmer and texture. It’s also a collection that is accessible and likeable for all – there is nothing even a wallflower would be afraid of.
Three lipsticks and three nail colours complete the capsule collection. Today I am sharing the nail varnishes: Fire Rose (pink), Trilliant (champagne gold) and Marquise (orangey red with gold).
Illamasqua has created a new formula – Shattered Star, glitter with a very fine, textured matte finish. Glitter is usually my least favourite type of nail polish because I hate how it’s such a pain to remove but what’s won me over with the Shattered Star polishes is how flattering the appearance and texture is on the nail. It also distributes evenly (something which is quite difficult with regular glitter polish), chip-resistant and is fool-proof in application so I always do a neat job of it.
The fiery Marquise and the bubblegum pink Fire Rose are my favourites (and I’m not normally one for girlie pink colours). I hope Illamasqua develop more colours in the Shattered Star finish because I can foresee some other shades looking incredible (emerald green, please?)
The Shattered Star polishes are priced at £15 each.