5 May

I don’t think the most expensive brands are necessarily the best, it’s all about preference. Almost all polishes are the same, one doesn’t last longer than others for me, what makes my nails last longer is how I take care of them. Even using the same nail polish with last a different amount of time on your nails before chipping, that’s just because we use our hands for everything, check out my “Prolonging Polished Nails ” post for some helpful tips. Being cost effective will help you expand your collection without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Buy a few polishes at a time to see if you like the brand, then from there you can buy more if you do. Different people like different brands for various reasons, so test them out yourself first. A lot of people are in love with OPI, not sure if it’s because of brand loyalty, but I’m not a fan of the price ($10). I think any nail polish works just as well for the fraction of the price. Really you are paying for the array of colours they have available and the brand name. Yes, OPI is great if you’re looking for the precise shade, but since I’m poor and don’t want to pay very much for my collection, I mix my existing colours to the shade I want (as I have mentioned in my earlier post), mind you I’m not that picky when it comes to the “right colour”. I’m sure many would disagree with me and is adamant on the perfect shade, but for my purpose, close is good enough. I’m not saying that OPI is bad, just that for my budget it’s too high to buy many polishes from there. I do have a couple OPI nail polishes (mostly just use the base coat and top coat), which I like, but there are other cheaper brands that are just as good. I like OPI’s base and top coat polishes, honestly, haven’t really tried any others yet. I’ll keep you posted about other brands for base and top coat polishes as I try different ones.

OPI‘s pros is that that it is easy to apply, a good polish (not too thick or thin), good brush, lots of colours to choose from. The con is the price.

Essie is another more expensive brand, but I do prefer it over OPI. I really like the polish, it goes on very nice and even. They have a pretty good selection of colours, still not as vast as OPI’s collection. The quality of the colour is great, I have the ‘Blanc’ and it looks good, doesn’t look like i have whiteout on my nails like some other collections of whites. With the cost being a bit more on the pricier end, I only bought Essie’s black and white since they are essential base colours for most of my designs. I would suggest that if there is a colour that you often wear as a solid colour or as a base colour for your designs, get it from Essie, I really like their quality and colours. As with OPI, a nail polish collection from this brand would be very costly (hundreds of dollars invested), but a couple of polishes would be good to have.

I prefer the Xtreme Wear from Sally Hansen, it works really well for me and is probably my favourite brand right now (will probably change in the future as I try more brands out). I like this brand because the polish is a nice consistency, the brush is easy to use, it’s pretty quick to dry and it is cheap (at $4). Overall, it is easy to use and cheap, so it is great for someone starting off. The down side to Xtreme is that their colour choice is very limiting.

Insta-Dri by Sally Hansen has nice bright colours, but I am not a fan of the “squared” brush, it makes it difficult to stay just on the nail especially in the corner spots.

Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Pro has the same brush as the Insta-Dri, but the Rimmel’s brush is thinner so it is a bit easier to use. The polish isn’t great, I find it quite thin so I had to put about 4 layers on. I prefer polishes where I only have to put 2 layers to get the desired look.

Recently, I bought Nicole, by OPI (didn’t realize that it was an OPI collection until now actually…). I got the ‘Nickle’ and the ‘Brilliant idea’, both are very sparkly, which is what caught my eye. 2 coats and my nail’s sparkling already, 3 and it’s overload for me (I’m sure most would actually like 3 coats of this). The problem that I found with this one is that it started peeling off before the end of the day. It would peel off chucks at a time, I would rather polishes chipping than peeling. I could literally peel off the entire polish from my nail in one go, actually did that for a few since it was coming off. Mind you, I had applied the polish straight to my nail without a colour or a base coat underneath, might have been better and lasted longer if I had. I just didn’t realize about base coats until recently and now I can’t do my nails without a base coat (keeps your nails healthy and from turning yellow), more on base coats check out “A Few Things“.

Right now, my favourite colour is  the ‘Red Carpet’ (by Xtreme Wear). It is the perfect red colour for me and the glitter in it isn’t over powering, it is subtle and it helps bring the colour alive. What is your favourite nail polish colour?

used here: ‘Gunmetal’ and ‘Red Carpet’, both are by Xtreme Wear. These pictures don’t accurately portray the bright red colour, the next picture I have already posted in my blog, but I think shows off the red better.

Most of my nail polishes are Sally Hansen, did not realize this either because they have so many different collection names. Try the different brands out and tell me if you have a preference, which you like and dislike.


4 Responses to “Brands”

  1. crazynailpolishgirl May 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I have noticed the brush for the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and it is quite annonying. I love the colors they have and the fact that it dries quickly, but I don’t know if I will buy more because of the brush. Have you tried the Complete Salon Manicure ones from Sally Hansen? They claim to be a color, base and top coat all in one and the bottles are pretty big, even though they are little pricey.

    • LynnVo May 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      hmmm I have never tried Sally Hansen’s complete salon manicure, will look for this to try out.


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