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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