With Valentines Day coming up, I'm busying swatching suitable nail polishes left right and centre in a bid to find the PERFECT colour to apply to this year. I wanted to share my musings with you all as I think there's some beautiful colours here.
The polish over there on my pinky is the Seche Nail Laquer in Snapdragon which is the only pink in my Valentines bunch. It is a very vivd Barbie pink but with a creamy appearance to it, it isn't florescent. This is the only Seche Nail Laquer I've tried- not even the much raved about Seche Vite Top Coat- and I've really impressed with it because it applied effortlessly and dried quickly. I could have easily left it at one coat as it was super opaque but I gave it a second coat as that's what I was doing with the other polishes here and I wanted to give you all a true comparison between them. The handle is easy and comfortable to hold making it simple to apply and the brush itself is a standard sized brush, comparable to Models Own.
|Seche Nail Lacquer in Snapdragon*|
The Seche nail polishes are great for your nails because they're free from DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde. Snapdragon is available from Look Fantastic as well as SO MANY other Seche shades!
|Collection Lasting Gel Colour in Red Hot*|
I've really been getting into reds this winter and that hasn't stopped at lips as I've started to delve more and more into red nail polishes too. This one, is a true pillar box red colour- it's not too dark and its not too bright either, it is just a proper red. This is the first of the gel style formula polishes that I've tried from Collection and I'm really impressed. It applies effortlessly, dries pretty quickly although it does remain tacky for a little while after application and it lasted a good five days without a top coat before I had to take it off and reapply.
The Collection Lasting Gel Colour in Red Hot (and the collection polishes in general) is the most purse friendly offering from my Valentines picks at only £2.99 from Superdrug.
|Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in St.James*|
St James is a very traditional red colour that is bold and sexy, perfect for Valentines. I could have easily left this polish at one coat but adding a second layer gives a more vibrant, punchy effect. I must say that St. James isn't too dissimilar to the Collection polish above in Red Hot. It is perhaps one or two shades lighter than the Collection polish in natural light but it is so similar, even down to the finish so if you're watching the pennies, I'd save your money on the Nails Inc and just buy the Collection offering.
|Collection Gothic Glam Nail Polish in Dramatic*|
Dramatic is a plum red shade that is deep and dark with a shimmer running through it that gives it this burnt appearance. I found that this polish took a little while to dry compared to the other Collection polishes that I've tried over the years but I think it is to do with the shimmer in it as I find that with all shimmer polishes. What I love about this polish is that it is super easy to remove which is brilliant for me because I love to get my polish off quickly as it bores the life out of me sat there rubbing at my nails!
The Collection Gothic Glam Nail Polish in Dramatic is available here.
|Collection Lasting Gel Colour in Vixen Red*|
The photo above shows the polish at two coats; I think it could have done with three in order to make it fully opaque. The colour is gorgeous. It is a very deep and dark red with an ever so slight berry tone to it. It dries pretty quickly, lasts for around five days without chipping and removes effortlessly. This polish definitely gets the thumbs up from me!
The Collection Lasting Gel Colour in Vixen Red is available here.
So that's all of my Valentines Day nail polish picks. I think the photo above really shows the similarity between the Collection Red Hot and Nails Inc. St. James, dontcha think?
Do let me know which is your favourite.