Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Nail Trend: Bold and crackly!

One thing I love about the warmer seasons is that everybody just embraces colour, and this year it is all about pastels and brights - the same goes for your nails too! Personally, I love golds and corals due to the way they stand out against sunkissed, holiday skin (although I can't talk, I just stay pale!) but I didn't own any polishes of these shades - until now....

Changing your nail varnish as often as you change your outfit seems to be the big thing in beauty at the minute, and it's a trend I've been wanting to follow. So as soon as payday arrived, I took a trip to Superdrug and invested in some summery shades.

1. MUA Shade 18, 2. Collection 2000 Hot Looks Shade 43 Fruit Salad,
3. Collection 2000 Hot Looks Shade 37 Bongo Beat, 4. Barry M Shade 321 Nail Effects

Firstly, I chose a simple pale pink shade - a classic favourite which I always seem to run out of. This is the first time I had bought MUA, Superdrug's own brand; it only cost £1 so I thought I'd give it a go.

Collection, or Collection 2000 as it was formerly named, has a lot of fun colours in their range at the minute. This coral shade really caught my eye and I fell in love with the turquoise shimmer! I was intrigued by the 'Fast Dry' claim as this is a problem I usually encounter; I get impatient waiting for my nails to dry, do something and then they're ruined! Collection have a 2 for £3 offer on certain vanishes at Superdrug at the minute - although this range only cots £1.79 as it is - so if you're looking for some new shades, this is definitely worth taking a look.

And when I heard that cracking top coats were back in style, I laughed! I remember one of my oldest friends having a sparkly blue one about 10 years ago - possibly even longer ago! I thought it was only right I bought one to remember the good times, so I opted for a shimmering summer gold.


Left to right: MUA Shade 18, Collection 2000 'Fruit Salad' and 'Bongo Beat'

The MUA varnish is incredibly thin; the image above shows the polishes after one coat so you would definitely need (maybe?) three to get the nice pastel colour.  I have yet to try this polish properly but since it it a nice, neutral pale pink, I don't think you can go wrong.

I was very impressed with the Collection varnishes; they really do dry within a couple of minutes! Although 'Fruit Salad' is a lot more suited for the summer, my personal favourite is 'Bongo Beat'; I think it is beautiful! I found that you do get a decent coverage after one coat, especially of 'Bongo Beat', but two coats of 'Fruit Salad' couldn't hurt - it would only make the colour even more vibrant.

Then of course, I had to try the nostalgic Barry M cracking top coat!


As you can see, it didn't look quite right on the MUA varnish, but doesn't it work well with Fruit Salad?! @ultimatecoddy even said it looks like lava breaking through my nail! I personally thought the gold shade would look best with the turquoise but I, must admit, 'Fruit Salad' was the winner! (And I prefer 'Bongo Beat' as its own polish anyway.) I found, as well, that the cracking coat looks a lot better when you apply it heavily as opposed to a light coverage, and it works and dries very quickly too - just make sure you give the bottle a good shake before applying the varnish otherwise it doesn't quite give the desired effect.


My favourite!

All together, these polishes cost less than £10 - bargain! I definitely needed to update my collection and I am so pleased with these colours. I would even go as far as saying that the Collection polishes may be my new favourites, and I am eyeing up new shades for the the future (hello 'Lemon Soda' and 'Shimmy Shake'!)

My only problem was that they chipped very quickly, especially when washing my hair, so if any of you lovelies have a good tip or know of a good finishing coat, please let me know!


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