Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Proud and Prejudiced

If you had (or hadn't) noticed the distinct lack of nail polish content on my blog so far, it's because the love for nail polish, or lack thereof, correlates with my inability to sit still and let them dry. Whenever I paint my nails I can do three coats but I'm too impatient to let them dry and they get smudged and ruined so I get out the nail polish remover and try again another day. Paint, remove, repeat. Seizing the opportunity of a half-price sale (Chemist Warehouse!) resulted in these purchases. The most recent development in my nail polish adventures has been the Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish in Oh, Mr Darcy! and the Maybelline Express Nail Polish Remover. I bought these a couple of months ago and tried them out then, but didn't have the time to take photos of my nails with the polish on. 

Oh, Mr Darcy! struck me as being a more slate-leaning taupe that is my poor-man's version of Nails Inc. Porchester Square, which has a tinge more lilac than grey (compared to Oh, Mr Darcy!). It's supposedly a dupe for Chanel's Frenzy, but with a far more durable formula. I love the name, I like the subtlety of a flattering neutral that doesn't clash with anything and I'm a big fan of the formula. This has converted me. I actually like painting my nails with this. It has a wide brush which makes application easy, it doesn't take ages to dry, and it's not streaky. It had been three days and I hadn't seen any damage- not even a chip. On the seventh day the tips had seen enough to wear to be removed. It was an opportune moment to try out the other purchase.

The Maybelline Express Nail Polish Remover is everything I hoped it would be. It's quick and easy to use, affordable and not unpleasant-smelling. In fact, it leaves the nails smelling quite nice. The reviews I've read take marks off because using this product to remove glitter polishes leaves the residual glitter behind, but I've only tried it with creme finish shades and it's been fine and dandy for that purpose. Naturally, the '1 second' claim on the label is exaggerated, even one coat of polish takes more than 1 second to come off. I still like it though; it makes removing nail polish as easy as dipping each finger into the sponge and giving it a twist. Extremely handy if you change up your manicure every couple of days and it'll be good to stock up on during sales. 


  1. I was pleasantly surprised with the Maybelline Polish remover. I thought it was just a gimmick but it actually works and is so fast.
    Love that nude, bronze type of shade!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  2. Ooh yeah, I read Anna raving about that polish, and the shade Hip Hop. The formula sounds amazing, I've been meaning to pick up a few shades. I always like the look of nude/taupe/neutral nails but I get bored of 'em easily :S. A lot of people love the Bourjois version of that remover, it seems really quick and easy!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.