Beauty Review: Topshop Nails in Geography Teacher

I am very lucky in that I work in a rather laid back office where bright nail polish is allowed, but there are occasions where you feel like a smart neutral as a nice grown-up alternative. As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a big fan of Topshop's nail polishes, which whilst having a collection full of the most amazing brights also have a good line in very nice neutrals - I also have their Mannequin polish which is a classic nude, but I have another idea for what to do with that one, so today's polish is Topshop Geography Teacher. I saw this in a magazine a little while back where it was mentioned that Katy Perry wore it (what can I say, I am a huge fan of hers) and thought it would make a change from my usual kinds of colour choices so figured I'd give it a whirl.


As always with Topshop nail polishes, it applied well and gave excellent coverage with two coats. However, as you can see from the picture, it does come out a different shade on my nails to the shade in the bottle - it's kind of a dark camel colour in the bottle but on my nails it looks much more like a chocolate brown. My boyfriend keeps making jokes about my nails looking good enough to eat (boys and food eh?). I do really like it though and will definitely wear this for smart work occasions or when I need something a bit more toned down. Plus

As with all my manis, this is done using Nails Inc Hyde Park base coat and Seche Vite top coat. I haven't really sung the praises of these much but I have to say they are both really, really good. Hyde Park is a conditioning base coat, which I bought when my nails were in rotten condition and have been using for a while. It does seem to be having an effect slowly but surely in terms of the conditioning, but as a base coat it's great at preventing staining and keeping the polish nicely bonded to the nail. It makes a nice plain clear polish as well, even though I'm not normally a fan of Nails Inc polishes. Seche Vite is something that friends on a forum I visit have sung the phrases of, and I have to say I'm impressed by it - it's incredibly shiny and works really well at preventing chips. There is a slight tendency for it to go a wee bit gloopy if you use too much of it, but otherwise I absolutely can't fault it as a top coat for when you want shine and chip-free nails for a good five days.

Geography Teacher, along with other Topshop nail colours and the rest of their make-up range, is available in larger Topshop stores and costs £5 for an 8ml bottle - sadly it seems to be discontinued on the website but I found it quite easily in the Preston branch. Nails Inc Hyde Park is available in Boots for £7.15, and I buy my Seche Vite from Sally Salon Services at £9.49 for a 14ml bottle, which is not cheap I know but the product is so good it's totally worth it in my book.

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