Beauty Review: OPI Nail Lacquer in Gone Gonzo!

I am a sucker for a bit of glitter and a huge fan of the Muppets. So when OPI announced they were bringing out a Muppets collection to coincide with the new movie, I was stupidly excited. The collection is full of utterly gorgeous polishes, including loads of glittery ones I have my eye on - there'll be a lot of eBay scouring to find them! - but the one I really fell for was Gone Gonzo!, a gorgeous aqua-blue glitter with larger silver hex glitter mixed in.

I've used OPI glitter polishes before but this one was a bit of a surprise as it's very sheer and can look a bit patchy. The pictures below used three coats and I'm still not 100 per cent happy with the coverage as in some areas it looks quite thin. That said, I have a feeling that would make it great as a layering polish - I've already got plans for pairing it with a lovely Andrea Fulerton turquoise, but more on that another time. Points in its favour are that it does endure well - most of the nails were still holding up almost a week later - and it got loads of compliments!

As always, base coat is Revlon Post Trauma Nail Treatment (I will be blogging about this soon as it's so great) and top coat is Seche Vite.

Overall, this is a very striking polish but not the best consistency, and so I'd question paying  full price for it - unfortunately the Muppets mini collection didn't include the glitters, which surprised me as I thought they would be overwhelmingly the most popular. But if you do fancy picking up a bottle, eBay is probably your best bet as the line is sadly now discontinued...

Beauty Review: Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry

There are some days when you want a trendy nail polish, and other days when you want a more classic colour. Barry M Nail Paint has a good mix of both kinds of shades and today I plumped for one which fell nicely in the middle - Raspberry, which in the bottle looks like a dark pink bordering on red. On the nail, however, as you can see, it is much more of a dark red shade - this is three coats for consistency across my polish reviews, but in the bottle it's a lot pinker

The one thing that really annoyed me with this shade was that it marks something chronic - if the edge of my nail stroked across a piece of paper at work for example then it would have a huge powdery red streak on it, which isn't great when you accidentally do that on important documents. That said though what it does have going for it is durability. I wore this for three days before I got bored of it - because, let's face it, it's not that exciting of a colour - but on the third day it was still as if I'd just applied it so I reckon I could have got at least another couple of days out of it.

Ultimately though, this is not a shade I'd be particularly keen to hang on to - it just feels a bit too ordinary and safe for my liking, and the marking is one of my main issues with it so for that reason if I were to keep it I'd wear it at weekends or when I knew I wasn't going to be on the early shift or didn't have to handle documents that were going to other people at work. If you fancy picking some up though Barry M is available in Boots and Superdrug and costs around £2.99 a bottle.

Beauty Review: 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mint Choc Chip

Continuing my aim to work through as many of my nail polishes as I can before I go travelling, I thought I'd tap into the pastel shades trend which has been dominating beauty counters all spring and seems likely to go on well into the summer. Boots' 17 range is great for dabbling with colours that might only be around for a season if you don't want to spend a fortune, and as I'm supposed to be saving up for going travelling in September it seemed like the perfect place to pick up one of these colours. I went for their Mint Choc Chip shade in the Lasting Finish line, which as the names suggest is a pale green polish designed to resist chips.

I have to say it did live up to its promise on the durability front - it lasted a whole five days before they were any chips, so well done Boots on that one. It is, however, not as it says on the tin in regards to the colour. Admittedly the picture above is with three coats which makes it look darker than it does in the bottle, but to be fair said three coats were necessary because otherwise it just came out streaky. That is something I'm finding to be pretty typical of pastel polishes though, and not just from cheaper brands like 17 (as my so far unsuccessful attempts to find a perfect yellow have shown).

Overall this is a really good polish if you're prepared to put in the time to get an opaque finish - it holds up really well and is a great colour for when you want to feel summery and a bit girly. The need for more coats to prevent streaking makes it look more like a Tiffany blue rather than a mint green, so I'd be intrigued to see what it looked like compared to a shade such as China Glaze's For Audrey.
If you fancy picking up a bottle the polish is £2.99 from Boots.

Beauty Review: Nails Inc Polish in Wimbledon

I love Wimbledon - both the village and the tennis tournament. It's years since I've been to either, although I'd love to go again, but I make a point of watching the tennis as much and as often as I can during those two weeks. So, with that in mind, it felt like the only colour to go for was Nails Inc's Wimbledon, a bright yellowy-green shade that reminds me of the Wimbledon grass after a fortnight's play.

As regular readers will know, yellow - and especially paler yellow - is a bugbear colour for me. I've tried a lot of different versions and formulas but they all seem to have the problem of needing a lot of coats to stop them looking patchy and streaky. Sadly I'm afraid to report Wimbledon was no exception - the pictures below took four coats, rather than my usual two or three. It also did the classic Nails Inc thing of going very 'gloopy' around the sides, even with less on the brush than I would normally use.

On the other hand, the durability was good (I did this on Wednesday and it made it until Saturday before the first tiny chip appeared - please excuse the dodgy edges from picking!), and it does have a lovely happy colour to it but looks a little less green on my fingers than it does in the bottle, although that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've got a couple of other yellow polishes that I'd be interested to see if it compared to, so I'll report back once I've tried and reviewed those. If you're prepared to put a little more effort than usual into the manicure and clean-up though this is definitely a keeper.

You can buy Wimbledon from the Nails Inc website at £11 a bottle.