Nail polishes that I've been loving lately

by - 23 October

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I've never really considered myself a nail polish person. My first and supposed last love-affair with nail varnishes was in college. After my freshman-sophomore college phase I always wore my nails bare. Part laziness, part my nails' brittleness.

Lately though I've taken an interest in painting them again and here are just some that have impressed me based on their formula, brush-shape, colour and efficacy.

Golden Rose color expert nail laquers

First-up Golden Rose Color Expert in 07 [tan beige one] and 53 [lavander-pink one]. This Turkish brand was the one who re-ignited my interest in polishes. The brush is wider than the typical brands' I've come across and makes application a breeze. And the formula [like all coloured polishes mentioned in this page] while thin is by no means less opaque. I find I can get away with one coat of 07. But of course two coats yields a smoother and more even colour. Plus it's cheap!

Price : Php 79
Weight : 10.2 ml

Picture Polish in Rebelle and Ornate

This online-exclusive Australian brand — Picture Polish, was love at first swipe. Rebelle, a light creamy peach shade with silver glitters and Ornate a royal purple with multi-coloured glitter with golden glitter chunks combined look pretty on especially if you have longer nails [mine are super short]. They're a little pricey but [in my opinion] for good reason.

  • Smooth despite the glitters [even the chunky glitters of Ornate]
  • Non-streaky
  • Opaque
  • Vegan!
  • 5 Free [meaning free from formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin - chemicals that could disrupt the endocrine system and/or cause cancer].
  • Touch-dry in 2-3 minutes
  • Has two metal ball bearings inside to shake up the liquid thoroughly and keep it from thickening

Website : [Tons of other foreign brands and wide range of payment methods]
Weight : 11 ml
Price : Php 660
Note : This was sent to me for review. As per my blog's policy, thoughts are unadulterated, unbiased and completely my own.

Essence Quick dry top coat and Jordana Calcium Boost Basecoat

I never really understood the necessity of a base coat until recently. The Jordana Calcium boost base coat was a fast favorite. I can't really affirm the Calcium absorption but I feel like it helps lengthen my nail colour on top and provides a barrier between my nail bed and the polish. I also bought the white coloured base coat but I feel like that one makes my nail colour chip way faster.

Available at : SM Megamall
Price : Php 99

This Essence "quick dry" top coat gives more shine to normal polishes and true to its name it does dry fast [touch dry in 2-3 minutes]. I haven't tried a lot and I can't say this is the best but compared to Caronia or the other local top coats, this beats them by a mile.

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Price : Php 99 - 100


PS. Have you tried any of these brands? What other polishes can you recommend that are thin but fully opaque in two coats?

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