Collection (2000)* Hot Looks Fast Dry Nail Polish 8ml - £1.79 at Boots / shade 48 Candy Floss (a pastel pink) and 49 Angel Wings (a light grey similar to the Rococo polish worn by Lily in this post on llymlrs.
If there is one thing I could never be tempted into spending more than I have to on, it would have to be nail varnish. Never have I paid more than five quid on a polish that I will no doubt be picking off within 24 hours of having it slapped onto my short nails. Admittedly, I do own a few Nails Inc. polishes which I do feel extremely posh using, but I got those free with Glamour magazine. As much as I enjoy the totally unnecessary colour names by O.P.I. I have never added one to my ‘must buy this before I die’ list. If I literally had money to s**t on then I would more than likely buy some posh polishes, but I don’t and so I stick to Collection, Rimmel and Models Own to accessorize my finger nails.
I get sucked in by cheating advertising schemes and good product reviews when it comes to foundation, perfume, skincare, heck even toners! But I always find that the cheap polishes do what I need them to – stay shiny for a few hours whilst I’m out, and then gradually chip away whilst I forget that I even put it on. It is one area of beauty I am not too bothered by; I do love ooh-ing and ahh-ing at nail art sites, like Wah Nails, but as long as my nails are short, neat and clean then I do not mind what fancy brand or shade they are. At the end of the day, no one’s really going to notice if I have Chanel or Dior on my nails are they? – are they?
I’ve got a few of these Collection Hot Looks polishes, they’re really small and cute and are only £1.79 so if I urgently need a colour that I don’t have, I just pick up one of these. If I want to treat myself, I go for Models Own or the Rimmel polishes. I’d love to have some Wah Nails nail art done on my nails if I ever visit London again, but this would be a serious well-earned treat in my eyes! Maybe one day –when I get a real world job- I will be buying O.P.I. and Nails Inc left right and centre, but for now, I have a five pounds limit on treating my nails. What polishes do you use? Am I being totally naive? Do the higher brand polishes actually have staying power of more than a couple of days?
P.S. I’m sorry about the bad quality images, I didn’t realise at the time that the top image is slightly blurred.
*I bought these polishes whilst Collection was still Collection 2000, I hear that they are now rebranding themselves as Collection.