Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish – Spanish Moss

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I recently picked up two Revlon nail polishes on a 2 for £10 deal in Boots. The second I got was Revlon Colorstay in Spanish Moss. I don’t have many of the Revlon Colorstay range, but those I do have I love. I really like the size and shape of the bottle and brush (I know nail polishes don’t vary hugely but I tend to prefer a round bottle and a nice long brush with curved edges, both of which this has). Spanish Moss is a light khaki green, a sort of earthy tone.

Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss
Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss

The colour was mentioned in a missglamorazzi YouTube video I watched recently on drugstore makeup, and it’s one I have considered in store before. I tend to avoid green polishes, though I’m not really sure why and having bought this I now realise I actually have quite a few outfits this shade would complement. The opacity is great; I used two coats, but you could get away with one. The formula is excellent too; it self-levels really well and has a very smooth finish, even if your nails aren’t in perfect condition – a couple of mine have fairly deep ridges at the moment but you can’t tell with this polish.

Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss
Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss

I used my Nails Inc A&E basecoat and Butter London P.D. Quick topcoat. Unfortunately it wasn’t as quick dry as I’d hoped as I took a shower before taking these photos and as you may have noticed the shrinkage I had on a couple of nail tips. It still stayed nice and smooth though. I also did a pedicure in this shade, as it’s another option for co-ordinating with my brown and gold FitFlops (this was totally accidental, I didn’t think about this as I was buying but it’s a nice coincidence!). The shade is a pure cream, no hidden shimmer or glitter, though of course you could always add some. I like it as it is though, it’s a nice pure colour and has a slight glossy finish (though I add topcoat anyway).

Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss
Revlon Colorstay Spanish Moss

I don’t think I’ll be wearing this colour that regularly, but I’ll certainly wear it every now and again. As I mentioned, I have quite a few neutral shade outfits options I wear in spring/summer (browns, creams, khaki greens) and this works really well with them. I only wore it for one day this time, so I’m afraid I can’t comment on the wear time, but I have a number of other Revlon Colorstay polishes and have always been really impressed with how well they last (I also love the base coat and top coat from this range which I think helps extend wear time). I do still have it on my toes where it is lasting well, and I’m liking it as a pedicure shade.

Product: Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in 190 Spanish Moss – 11.7ml
Price (RRP): £7.99
Where to buy: Boots, Superdrug
Purchased: Boots using the 2 for £10 Revlon deal
Summary review: Fantastic formula and application, and a lovely colour to wear with neutral, earthy tones.
Rating (out of 5): 4

Revlon Colorstay Intrigue

After a disastrous experience with a blue polish (Orly High on Hope) which seemed to look stunning on everyone but me, I’ve been a little wary of blue polishes. However, Boots currently have a 2 for £10 offer on Revlon so I got some base coat (Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat), and a blue polish, Colorstay Intrigue.

Intrigue stood out to me, I guess you could say it got me intrigued! It’s a light blue shade with tiny bits of silver and blue shimmer in. The photos are two coats of Intrigue over the Revlon Gel-Smooth Base Coat with a top coat of No7 Stay Perfect top coat.

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Isn’t it pretty? I love the Revlon brushes – they’re quite thick and curved which really helps make application easy. This is almost a one coater, but the second coat helps enriched the colour and coverage. What I also love is the formula – it’s really smooth to apply and has that perfect mix between not being so quick drying that it drags on the nail if you go over it whilst applying, but quick enough to make it a nice quick manicure without too much worrying over ruining the finish.

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It self-levels really well too, and you don’t really need top coat for the finish but I like to use it to protect the colour and help it last longer. I was impressed with the base coat too, and am sure that helped smooth the finish and help it last well.

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I think this polish will go really well with denim, and it’s definitely removed my fear of blue nail polishes. My partner commented on the fact that it looks contemporary and I have to agree – it’s something a bit different but a colour I think I can wear without feeling self-conscious or trying to be too cool.

Some bloggers have commented on the smell of this polish. It does have quite a distinctive smell which seems to last on the nail, but I quite like it.

Before I removed the polish, I thought I’d try it out with some China Glaze Fairy Dust top coat, hmmm….

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I then added a matt top coat…

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I *love* this look, it seems to really complement the shimmer in the nail polish. I’d wear this again with the Fairy Dust and matt top coat together, or with my regular top coat as in the first three images.

I really like the Revlon Colorstay range, and it’s three free too so another bonus. I think I’ll be getting more when they’re on offer. Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay range? What do you think?

No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Colour

I visited Boots earlier this week to use up my last No7 £3 make up voucher; I use No7 topcoat so tend to buy that but I sometimes get tempted by a new colour. Lo and behold, something caught my eye – a new collection! Once I had calmed down with excitement (I don’t know what has come over me since getting into nail polish, seeing a new collection almost makes me want to jump up and down in the store), I spent a good 10 minutes or so choosing which one to get. Then I looked around the store at other collections, went back to the No7 stand, picked up another, then ummed and ahhed for ages over which one to get. This is the full collection:

No7 Gel-look Shine Collection
No7 Gel-Look Shine Collection

There are 6 shades in the collection, plus a Gel-Look Shine top coat. They are each priced at £6.50. The shades are (from top to bottom in the photo excluding the top coat in the middle):

  • Summer Holiday (a vibrant pink)
  • Pink Meringue (a soft pale pink)
  • Mint Treat (a light teal)
  • Neptune (a petrol blue)
  • Deep Wine (a deep red)
  • Hotting Up (a bright red)

They promise “spectacular colour and complete coverage in one stroke” and an “outstanding and durable gel-look shine”.

In the end I managed to narrow my choice down to buy just the one, and plumped for Neptune, a dark, petrol blue (a risky strategy as my only other blue polish I ended up hating so much that I gave it away after just one day of wear despite it costing £11!). Fortunately the risk paid off…

No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Polish in Neptune
No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Polish in Neptune

Isn’t it lovely? Amazingly, this is just one coat of the polish over (clear) base coat with no top coat. The polish is quite thick and although it seemed odd for me to just use one coat, it really didn’t need another. The coverage is great, and just look at the shine!

It really is Gel-Look Shine
It really is Gel-Look Shine (one coat, no topcoat!)

The brush is tapered and makes it easy to apply relatively neatly – I hardly needed any clean up. As mentioned before, No7 is my go-to topcoat and these polishes have the same applicator brush. Even though it was quite a thick polish, it didn’t take too long to dry and I haven’t knocked or dented it (I tend to find this problem when I’ve applied multiple coats and not let them dry for long but seeing as this was just one coat it didn’t suffer that problem).

I decided to stick with just the one coat, but nowadays I just can’t not use topcoat (unless it’s a textured polish). I decided to add my normal topcoat – I could have bought the Gel-Look Shine topcoat but my regular No7 one has decent shine anyway. Here it is later last night under direct light (with topcoat).

Under direct light (with topcoat)
Under direct light (with topcoat)

And here it is this morning in daylight to get a more accurate swatch of the shade in daylight. It’s a very dark petrol blue-green, and I quite like it. I’m certainly not itching to remove it like I was with my previous blue polish (I’ll maybe blog about that disaster one day!).

In daylight (with topcoat)
In daylight (with topcoat)

I’m really happy with this polish – the formula is amazing, the application is excellent, and it definitely lives up to the claims in terms of coverage and shine. The other colours in the current collection aren’t really my kind of thing, though I may get Deep Wine as I was very tempted by that one. I really hope No7 expand the range in future as I’d love to get more – they’re great for speedy manicures as you really do only need one coat and can get away without topcoat.

I can’t find any information about this collection on the Boots website, so it looks like for now you’ll have to check it out in stores (I visited my store on Thursday and they said it had launched the previous day so it has only been available for a few days). Definitely recommend checking it out though; limited shades so far but really excellent polish I think.

Revlon Colorstay French Roast

This is a polish I’ve had for a while now but only tended to use on my toes. I fancied trying a different shade recently but wanted something glossy with a bit of sparkle. Revlon Colorstay French Roast certainly fits the bill!

Revlon Colorstay French Roast
Revlon Colorstay French Roast

It’s a deep brown colour with gorgeous flecks of gold glitter. It’s really difficult to capture the glitter in photos but hopefully you can see a hint of it in the last photo – this was taken under spotlights in the kitchen.

Revlon Colorstay French Roast (in daylight)
Revlon Colorstay French Roast (in daylight)
Revlon Colorstay French Roast (under bright lighting)
Revlon Colorstay French Roast (under bright lighting)

I really love the application of these nail varnishes – love consistency and a well-shaped brush. It has excellent coverage too – I used two coats plus top coat in these photos. It lasted well too – though I found it difficult to co-ordinate with my wardrobe so only wore it for just over 2 days. Because the glitter is only tiny it’s not a difficult one to remove either.

Will definitely be looking out to get more of this range (if it’s still available!). I got mine from Boots when it was on offer – I got a purple (surprise surprise!) at the same time.

Barry M Pink Silver Glitter

Subscribing to nail polish blogs is an expensive habit – I keep finding out about so many polishes I want!

I’m going through a phase of loving deep purples and reds, but they’re not always appropriate for work, so I needed a more subtle polish that I still really liked. I spotted Barry M Pink Silver Glitter on another nail blog, did some Google image searches, and decided to give it a go. I’d not tried Barry M polishes before but heard only good things about them and they’re a good price (around £3-4 usually). When I went, Superdrug had an offer on so I did pick up a purple shade at the same time, I couldn’t resist!

Pink Silver Glitter has the Ronseal effect (it does what it says on the tin!) – it’s a glitter polish with some pink and some silver. The overall effect is more silver than pink, but in bright daylight you can see the pink more clearly. This is three coats (I think, it may have been two) plus top coat which makes it a bit smoother. Application was good, the brush is a nice size and it dries relatively quickly but no so quickly that it drags.

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I’ve recently been on a course which had a dress code (unusual for me) so decided subtle would be best. I applied it on Saturday, and added another coat plus top coat again on Monday to cover a few minor chips/dents. It did last until Wednesday, but I grew really fed up with it. It’s not quite pretty enough to make me smile every time I look at it, and the glitter means it is still quite noticeable. I think in future I’ll probably go for a sheer pink (I’m thinking of treating myself to OPI You Callin’ Me a Lyre?) or a French manicure.

The main frustration with this polish is removal, though having 7 coats of polish, 4 of which are glitter was definitely a factor in this. It took me over an hour to remove! I’ve been reading about peel-off base coats (or some people just use PVA glue) and have ordered one for future glitters.

I’m definitely impressed with the Barry M brand though – good price, nice shade (just not right for this situation), and easy application. I’ve already bought more and am sure I will continue to do so.

Barry M textured polish – Kingsland Road

I didn’t think I liked the textured look and feel which is really popular at the moment, but OPI’s Liquid Sand in Stay the Night had made me rethink that decision. Having been so impressed with Barry M, I decided to try one of their textured polishes. I’m not much of a pastel person, so struggled to choose which one. In the end I went for Kingsland Road which is a pastel pink shade.

Barry M Kingsland Road (sunlight)
Barry M Kingsland Road (sunlight)
Barry M Kingsland Road (shade)
Barry M Kingsland Road (shade)

The above pictures are two coats on top of base coat (no top coat). I kept it on for a few hours but am still not really sure about it. I do like the matt effect, but the texture does feel strange – as other bloggers have said, it’s a lot like sandpaper. OPI was rougher in texture, Barry M’s is finer grains which I prefer. I think I’d still rather have smooth nails though. I don’t think I have anything in my wardrobe that would coordinate with this at the moment either; my partner said I couldn’t get away with this look unless I wore clothes similar to those the actresses in Clueless wear!

So I’m still a little undecided about the textured polishes, I think it depends on the shade. If I really loved the colour I’d probably forgive the texture as I do quite like the look.

George Movie Star

Whilst picking up some gluten free goodies in Asda yesterday (it’s the only place I can find smoky bacon Pom Bear!) I spotted a beauty aisle and was drawn in. Even better, I spotted some nail varnish and they were only £1. They’re small bottles (5ml) but I rarely use a full bottle anyway, in fact I don’t think I ever have apart from base/top coat. I couldn’t decide what to go for but in the end decided on two different shades – Movie Star and Mysterious.

George Movie Star and Mysterious
George Movie Star and Mysterious

Movia Star really appealed to me – it’s a sort of grey/mauve but has hints of subtle purple/pink sheen – tricky to photograph but hopefully you can see what I mean below. It’s a really interesting colour combination.

Look at the sheen!
Look at the sheen!

I couldn’t wait to try it out on my nails. Sadly however, the colour didn’t seem to transfer well – I tried to capture the sheen in the photo but it is barely noticeable unless you look really closely and are under direct light.

George Movie Star
George Movie Star

It’s quite a thick polish but the brush is an uneven shape so I found it tricky to apply. Also, because it’s quick dry it starts to dry *very* quickly meaning you have to do the nail in one go otherwise it streaks (no time for topping up if you didn’t get enough to cover the nail with the first brushful, better to wait until the next coat). It did cover well, and I found two coats was plenty (in fact if it wasn’t for my untidy application just one thick coat may even have been enough). I used a gloss top coat, but it was fairly glossy without it.

George Movie Star with glossy top coat
George Movie Star with glossy top coat

It’s not a bad colour, I’m just disappointed the sheen from the bottle didn’t seem to transfer to the nail. It looks slightly darker on the nail than it does in the bottle; it dries to a sort of deep grey/purple shade. I’ll definitely use it again and for £1 it’s a bargain, but it just didn’t quite meet my expectations from the bottle.