If you’re anything like me, spending upwards of $20 on one nail polish is a little cringe-worthy especially when you can find a similar shade in the pharmacy. Although I admit I do enjoy some of the more unique colours higher end brands release there are still some really fantastic quality polishes everyone can afford.

Covergirl XL Nail Polish full review
Think gel nails without the appointment at your local salon OR the tough time removing it. These are the closest thing in finish you’ll gel to a gel manicure finish. The formulation is opaque, vibrant in colour and lasts fairly well on your nails. I think the colour range is fun, although some of the shades are questionable, and the brush could be improved but honestly the finish is that gorgeous high shine we all love!

Color Theory Nail Polish 
These seriously affordable so if you’re a younger reader worth checking out. I don’t like the thick, round design of the bottle because it’s just not as comfortable to use however the colour range and formulation is great. These don’t last terribly long but if you frequently change your nail colour or just want a unique shade for a special event these would be one to try.

Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour
I’ve got the full range of these so expect a swatch review of them very soon but for now you need to know these are seriously good. I don’t think they’re that ‘gel nail colour’ they promise but the wear is very good compared to other regular nail polishes. The colour range is just gorgeous offering a great range of deep shades to lighter mauves so there will be something for everyone. The brush on these is awesome too – one swipe and you’re done!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gels 
I owe this range a public apology because I shunned these right at the beginning as no good however I had only tried the lighter colours at the point. Since trying the more bold shades I’m thoroughly impressed with the wear. I wore the red shade from a Sunday-Friday with no chips and the only reason I had a chip on the Friday was because I nicked it in the shower with a razor (I always do that!!!!). The wear of these is AMAZING and probably the best in the pharmacy. I do think the lighter colours need to be more opaque and the finish can appear dull with them as well but the dark more bold shades are the ones to try. If you’re after something low maintenance and long-wearing these are the ones to go for.

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What are your favourite affordable nail formulations?

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    Everyone swear on those Maybelline nail polishes, but to be honest, to me they have the same look as the ones in the 80’s. And I don’t know about the colours. I think it’s just the packaging putting me off. I wanna try the Sally Hansen ones though!

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    Can’t wait to see all the maybeline nail colours. I feel the same, I love opi but it’s so expensive and there’s always a similar alternative I could go for! Xx


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    I love the Sally Hansen gel nail polishes! Even though I don’t paint my nails that much (:

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    I bought 4 of the CG XL polishes. It was so hard to choose the shades because they are all so bold! I love the formula, the brush would be better flattened but it still worked for me and they last for a good 5 days (before I changed colours).

    xx Kat @ Katness

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    In Australia “Sinful Collections” (available in Target, K-mart etc) is incredible quality! And prices range between $2.50 and $5! Try them for yourself!

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    I pretty much never buy expensive polishes because there are just so many good formulas for so cheap! I love Ulta 3 for that reason, though Sally Hansen definitely offer a huge range of shades and finishes! I’ve heard amazing things about the Maybelline polishes too :) I’ve been getting more into Essie lately, since they go on sale at Priceline and I also have my work discount heheh :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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