Our daily beauty routines generally focus on our skin, hair and make-up, leaving little time to look after our nails. We don’t all have the time and money to get regular manicures so I’ve tried and tested some of the big brands to find the best, long lasting options.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche – €7.69
One coat is all that’s needed to give a gorgeous even colour. The brush has a rounded tip which makes it easy to apply right up to the cuticles. When dried it delivers intense colour, luxurious shine and can deliver up to 10 days wear. Available in 45 shades so you’re bound to find a perfect hue to match every style and occasion.
Bourjois 1 Second Gel Texture Nail Enamel – €7.99
As the name suggests, this polish takes only a second to cover the full nail. That’s thanks to the wide brush with rounded tip which again makes it easy to apply in just a single stroke. The result is an ultra-glossy finish. It’s best to apply two thin layers rather than one thick layer to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Available in 14 trendy shades.
Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Nail – €4.79
The colour glides on effortlessly giving a smooth even finish. It claims to last up to 10 days, and while that seemed a bit ambitious to me, it did last me a full week. It has a high gloss finish which left my nails looking fresh and pristine, plus the price-tag is definitely purse-friendly. Available in 30 great shades.
17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish – €3.79
Available in 12 shades, this polish is on my list because it has a great price-tag, fabulous colours, dries fast and lasts. I particularly like the pastel shades.
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel – €9.29
Providing brilliant colour, gel-shine and long lasting wear in an easy at-home 2-step system. The first step combines base coat and colour in one, followed by ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat which providing protective coating for long lasting strength and gel finish. Available in 30 shade to suit any occasion.
Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish – €4.99
Rimmel say this nail polish gives a chip resistant, anti-fade, high shine colour that dries in 60 seconds and lasts for up to 10 days. While it does sound optimistic, it really does pack a punch. I love this nail polish and while it may take longer than a minute to dry, it does live up to its claims. I literally have every colour.
Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish – €4.99
This is another of my absolute favorites. It’s a gel based formula and the colours are fantastic. It glides on easily giving a rich colour. While this nail polish does require two coats, it will last up to 7 days without chipping.